He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale
Shmaltz Brewing Company

He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown AleHe'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #640
Ranked #41,694
3.6 | pDev: 11.94%
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown AleHe'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale
Notes: A complex yet smooth blend of bold dark malts revealing hints of chocolate, coffee and toffee paired with a lovely hop character.
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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 517
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 10/17/15 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; nice lace.

Acorn, maple syrup & a hint of smoke in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fall leaves & maple syrup flavors up front; brown sugar & faint cinnamon notes on the finish.

Really nice flavors but this is kind of watery; I wish it was bolder. Still good.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a mild dark brown color with a small cap of an off white foamy head sliding off at a decent pace. Some messy lace ran around the glass fairly nice after a small cap of a white foamy head fell off.
The aroma had some dark bready malty tones colliding with some dark fruits, nuts and roasty tones. Slight earthiness.
The flavor leaned into the sweet malty side initially and seemed to open up with some roastiness and a tad of earthiness. Slight aftertaste of dark fruits, dark chocolate, roast and earth.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable sort of strength about it. Carbonation felt a tad under than expected. ABV felt good. Good finish of nuts, dark fruits, roast and earthiness coming in somewhat dryly but with a smooth sort of way about it.
Overall, pretty nice as a brown ale, I'd say this leans more towards the English style than the American one.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with khaki thick head, notes of nutty brown sugar laced with a nice drop of hop to round it off.

“A complex yet smooth blend of bold dark malts revealing hints of chocolate, coffee and toffee paired with a lovely hop character.”

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Photo of Nephilium
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear brown, with a small dusting of off-white head. Aroma is nutty with a touch of roasted notes. The flavor is slightly sweet, with more roast then nut characteristics coming through. Not a bad nut brown ale, although I'd prefer a little more nutty notes to come through.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes 7/22/12: Pours a clear dark brown producing a 2 finger, tan, frothy head that leaves only a few webs of lace as it recedes. Aroma is mild bready, toasted malt with faint caramel, nuts and smoke. Taste is dark malt, roasted nuts, sweet caramel, some dark chocolate, pepper and light smoke. The finish is dry, peppery and lightly bitter. Aftertaste is lightly burnt and bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
Not gonna try to figure out date code
Deep dark brown with reddish hues, splid light brown head
Caramel, coffee
Sweet brown sugar, mellow coffee, with floral hoppy finish
Medium bodied easy drinking
Overall a sessionable brown ale nice easy drinking, with malt forward flavor

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is raisins,malt, raisins,and licorice and the taste is somewhat identical. An interesting brown ale thats got a little bitterness but a lot more going on. A very nice take on the style

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours dark brown with a very small head. The aroma has elements of coffee, bread crust and some hints of sweetness. The flavor is bitter upfront with some nuttiness and eventually sweetness toward the very end. A very nice brown ale.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown (almost black) with a small off white head. Smells of chocolate, raisins, and grapes. Tastes is much weaker than smell, watery dark grain with very slight nuttiness. Beer is light to medium bodied, good carbonation, easy drinking. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a brown ale the way it should be with nice dark roasted malts and chocolate taste that goes down very smooth, this is without a doubt one my fav brown ales.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the variety pack, I decided to leave this style last...none too happy with it...

Out of the glass and into the pint glass, the brew certainly does look good - a dark, slightly reddish colored brew with tan head but little staying power, and no lacing to mention. The smell has boozy scent but the more it aired out the skunkier it got. The rest of the specs were less than stellar. The mouthfeel was carbonated and watery, and the taste was simply a mess of malts and hops - it tried to be something while being too many things at once. I couldn't really pull out anything in terms of taste. It's not a bad beer but certainly nothing I will really go out of my way to look for in the future.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a long lived beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is nutty, toasted, bready malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and coffee. Medium, smooth body. Taste is of herbal hops, toasted malt, brown sugar and dark fruit. Finish is a long lasting and bitter. Well made Brown.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown tea color with a small white head. Nice sweet burnt caramel smell with a typical brown beer flavor. Swallow is smooth but not as smooth as a stout.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 02/14/17:

Deep dark ruby red, could pass for brown. Definitely dark brown in indirect light, but just a hair more orange than red wine in daylight. Semi-opaque. Fluffy-foamy creamy tan head of great retention with a splotchy ringlet of lace. Malt tartness aroma the strongest but also the soonest to settle down, leaving just enough room for a slight bouquet of roastiness and toastiness. With last bit of pour, some resinous to earthy hops. Tart, toasty, roasty, earthy throughout. Decent balance, with somewhat irony tartness lasting through to an otherwise leathery, soily finish. Nutiness is mostly lost on me apart from the retro-olfaction which is also very mildly herbal and peppery. Prior to the finish I wouldn’t say it is not there, but there are other things here that are too similar but much stronger, at least for my palate. Medium body but the subtle tingly effervescence makes for an almost full mouthfeel. Hardly astringent for the style.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark breads, molasses. Taste is bready, nuts, light sweetness, some smoke, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours with a dark brown body and a short tan head that has poor retention.
Roasted nuts,dark bread and toffee in the nose. The flavor follows. Slightly more bitter than sweet.
Mild, roasty flavor.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice and thick and dark. This was mistakenly delivered to us and I sat on it for a bit planning to send it back, but I'm happy we didn't! I would totally recommend this beer to anyone!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

In the late 1960s, the poster was as important to the American counter-culture as TV was to the mass culture.
One of my favorite posters was an advertisement that also became a cultural icon. It showed a little black kid with a huge smile eating pumpernickel bread and the caption read: "You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's."

Fast forward 50 years and ... you don't have to be Jewish to love Messiah Nut Brown either.
My high rating is not intended to say it is a great beer. (It probably is slightly above average.)
Its got mediocrity for Looks. But that gets bumped-up with its Smells: very malty, yet not sweet. And Tastes deliver about the same. An honest beer that cannot conceal that its Feel is thin, but nonetheless balanced, tilting to its malts.
Besides malt preference, I like Schmaltz' sense of humor. You don't have to be Jewish to get the jokes.
So, enjoy the ironies of life !

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a golden dark brown color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like caramel and toasted bread with some nutty aromas.

This isn't super bold or interesting, but it definitely succeeds as a nut brown ale. There's a nice warm nuttiness, with some breadiness and slight caramel.

This is medium bodied, and pretty crisp, with a normal level of carbonation.

Decent stuff here.

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Photo of zeff80
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear golden brown color with a small tan head of foam. The aroma was roasted malt, caramel and nuts. It had a sweet malty flavor with some nuttiness and caramel.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours an amber brown color with a thin, cream colored lacing ring.

S - Herbally, nutty, earthy, malty aroma.

T - Nutty, medium roasted malt, toasted caramel flavor on the back end.

M - Medium body, sticky.

O - Not a lot of flavor going on. Uneventful.

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Photo of predikit
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown, settles in the glass a dark brown, that just barely lets light through. The offwhite head dissipated immediately.

The smell is very mild, almost no detectable notes, minor molasses.

The flavor is almost non existent, no bitterness, a minor nut flavor takes the after taste.

Very light bodied, thin, watery, but crisp and drinkable.

A middle of the road, but disappointing ale.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a glossy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about less than a minute. Lacing was moderately speckled and then slides a bit.
The smell has a blend of sweet nuts, roasty nuts, light about of coffee, dark fruits, a little bit of toffee and then caramel, all smells nice and authentic.
The taste was mostly sweet through previously mentioned flavors with the dry roasty malts enamoring my tongue. There's a lingering sweet dark fruity aftertaste that might actually overstay it's welcome just a hair, hmmm...and the finish, well, that's a bit better, semi-sweet and nutty.
The mouthfeel sits on about a light to medium body and enables a semi-chewy texture, kinda like chompin' on nuts and fruits. Oh no, not that again, wrong nuts, don't read into that you sick perverts.
Overall, anywho, yeah, for the most part, this was a good brown ale that in my opinion ends up leaning towards the English wheelhouse, was that intended or did I have this too old and the hops died off? Oh I dunno.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caramel, toffee and some pine on the nose. Caramel malt, toffee and sweet hazelnut flavor with a distinct hop presence throughout. A solid American brown ale.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Is it divine? We shall see!

A : Very dark coffee brown-to-almost black body, only 10% light peeking through as its held up to light. The head is beige colored and 2 fingers, and settling at a single ring of moss on top. The lace is a solid ring around the glass.

S : A fairly weak aroma, and smells about like nothing...but as I'm trying to nose this I get some light coffee and chocolate creamer, a little bit of roast malt, and a touch of hazelnut. This is all REALLY stretching as the aroma is so weak it's hard to pick up anything at all. It could be my imagination for all I know.

T : Mostly just overly burnt malt, to the point of being sour, with a faint touch of burnt sugar and chocolate powder. Some burnt toast crumbs. The aftertaste brings up a nice note of baked chocolate maltiness that encourages me to keep drinking - but I keep getting tricked, as this flavor profile is severely, severely lacking.

F : Buzzing carbonation all the way throughout, ending fairly parched and burning on the tongue. It aids the drinkability but also is the unfortunate saving grace for what would otherwise be a completely undrinkable beer.

O : I've had way better browns than this. It's okay, actually probably less than okay. It's drinkable, it's not horrible, but there is no aroma, no flavor, no substance. It's simply sorely lacking in everything that would make it a good beer to begin with. I cannot recommend this one. :-(

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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 517 ratings