He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown AleHe'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale
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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown AleHe'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States
shmaltz.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A complex yet smooth blend of bold dark malts revealing hints of chocolate, coffee and toffee paired with a lovely hop character.

Added by Cyberkedi on 03-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,139
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
499
pDev:
11.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
86
Trade:
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Reviews by Pintofbrown:
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3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a nonic pint. Certified Kosher.

Dominating, three-finger's width cap of tawny foam, the creamy suds recede slowly and leave behind some lacing. A dark brown body has crimson highlights poking through the glass.

The nose is chalky milk chocolate, some marzipan, a nutty almond malt, and a grassy hoppiness. This may be a little too sweet when it should have err'd on the side of roasty.

The palate has that sweet marzipan and nutty almond-like quality that was on the nose. The combo does just not work well. The palate also has an astringent mineral-like and roasted quality that is also not very pleasant. The finish is even bitter thanks to that astringent roast.

Medium-light body and more crisp than dry, this beer is slightly overcarbonated with hard bubbles on the tongue, too tingly.

This brown ale is unbalanced and can't decide if it wants to be sweet or roasty, and both qualities get muddled, neither complimenting the other. This offering is one that can easily be skipped.

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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 BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Opaque ebony in low light, ebony with glorious ruby red highlights in the natural light. The head is a thick creamy, very light tan. Lookswise, this is a tempter, though the head quick to fizzle out.

Smell: Hello, diacetyl. This unfortunate scent gets I the way of that nutty malt, but if you really like your nose in, toasted almonds, walnuts, and even macadamia nuts help to substantiate the beer's name. yes, there's some nice malt complexity, if you can overlook the d-word.

Taste: Deeply toasted malt with a layer cake of nuts--these guys really took "nut ale" as literally as possible! Peanuts, almonds walnuts, and those expensive macadamias again, they're all up on the palate. There's something missing, however. Earthy hops are present, yet faint, and could use a boost to balance things out. Or perhaps a bit of spice to distract from the slightly cardboard quality that sadly reminds one of an oxidizes Homebrew.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body, with a semi-dry finish. A nice mixture of hearty and refreshing.

Overall: The focus on the malt complexity could be balanced, and even improved upon with some hop, or other flavor additions. The brewing-fine-wrong aroma is light, but still distracting. A good beer when all is said and done, but not one I'd go back to.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of alyssa1224
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheFunGuy
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in the bottle. Pours very thick, very dark brown, almost a black. It cannot be seen through. Thin head that fades to a sickly looking slick of microbubbles.

The smell is chocolate and malt.

The taste is malt, a slight lemon, and light but overly sharp hops. Only after the swallow is there a chocolate taste on the back of the tongue.

The after swallow is a chalky chocolate back of the tongue and an okay brown and mismatched hops at the end of the tongue.

Not a fan.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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3.6/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Justind04
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

12oz bottle, another nice single find in this American craft beer far-flung consumer outpost.

This beer pours a clear, deep, dark reddish cola hue, with two fingers of supertight, fine foamy beige head, which leaves a few streaks of bleeding cut lace around the glass as it slowly sifts away.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, a twinge of edgy toffee, oily mixed nuts, and herbal citrus hops. The taste is somewhat biscuity, semi-sweet bready malt, a grainy, almost dry nuttiness, some dark, singed wood-tinted sugar, some mild generic citrus notes, and earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are rather sedate, but still softly burbling in the background, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the nuttiness pulling more or less even with the malt by this point, while the hops loiter about listlessly.

A tasty enough brown ale, the inherent nuttiness showing some commendable staying power - the flavour does not let up to the (not so) bitter end. Not a smack in one's keister, but at least worthy of seeking out more, methinks.

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Photo of rachelhenderson
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 499 ratings
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