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He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

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

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +20.2%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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 jzeilinger
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -21.6%
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 -2.5%
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 +1.1%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of thebeers
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice dark brown color with a couple fingers of tan head. Malty aroma. Nutty, and slightly roasty, malt taste, with strong carbonation and medium body. Would have said it made a fine table beer at first, but as it went on, got a bit of formaldehyde taste on the backend that wasn't at all enjoyable. I may have over-poured the yeast sediment, but still.

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Photo of delta490
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear brown with a nice cap of creamy white head. The aroma is strongly caramel without much nut. The taste is much the same with a little bit of earthy hops. The body is thinner and has a steady carbonation to it.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, albeit mild, brown ale. The strong amount of malt is really the only flavor here, but then again, that's exactly what I look for in a brown ale.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yummy beer, another one from this company. They make great beer. This beer was rich and smooth with a nice caramel flavor expected from this type of beer. Yet it was not fake or added tasting, this beer was brewed with and for flavor. I wish I could get it here in Franklin Va. 23851

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear brown with a thin, creamy khaki head that recedes quickly.

S: Mild aromas of chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, and herbal hops are present on the nose.

T: Delicate notes of chocolate, coffee, cream, roasted nuts, leather, caramel, grass, and herbs present themselves in the mouth. The finish is gentle, with notes of roasted nuts and chocolate prevailing.

M: On the lighter side of medium and off-dry for the style. Carbonation is unobtrusive. Very easy to drink, but lacking the firmness that I typically enjoy in American brown ales.

O: Not a bad brown ale by any means. It does not really do anything new or unique, but it is a tasty little ale to throw back when you do not want anything too heavy or complicated.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A laid-back brown ale. Not very complicated. Dark brown appearance prepares you for the dominant toffee taste. Almost a dessert beer. My wife appreciated the lack of bitterness.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This brown ale pours....well...dark brown with a moderate off white head of foam that dies down to a very thin layer and thin ring of foam with light lacing. Nose of dark roasted malts, chocolate, roasted nuts, light bittering hops, and a hint of coffee. Flavors follow the nose with moderately sweet malts tot he front, giving way to a dark chocolate and light coffee note to the middle of the taste, as well as a light piney bittering hop note to the rear. Aftertaste features some heavily roasted charred malt notes and a light bittering hops that increases with warmth. Good carbonation makes this an easy session brew that is a bit above the standard brown ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/18/2015 at Pour Farm, in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains maple, caramelized malts, nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of maple and caramel. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of CHickman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with red/orange at the edge of the glass where the light hits the glass leading up to a 1-2 finger creamy light tan head that looked like a Guinness and faded slowly, leaving decent spotty lacing.

Smells of caramel, nuts, cocoa powder, floral hops, metal or a penny, roasted grains and charcoal or dry burnt toast with a hint of sweetness at the end. Earthy comes to mind and the grainy finish lingers with the metallic notes.

Tastes of toffee, caramel, roasted grains, metal/penny, cocoa powder, burnt toast, roasted nuts, piney hops, herbs or floral hops, syrup, light yeast and earth flavors like peat moss or top soil. The hops add some nice spice bite and bitterness, but the earthy syrup flavor is a little bland and doesn’t vary much from sip to sip or change as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, with slightly below average carbonation, a smooth watery feel and a bitter grainy finish that has too many earthy notes to make this tasty. It was average, nothing exciting overall.

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Photo of stercomm
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark mahogany in color, very slight head, minimal lacing. Smell of sweet toasted malts, Taste is roasted malts, coffee, nutty. Fairly carbonated, a bit watery perhaps but overall a decent brew.

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Photo of Zach136
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown, thin head.

Aroma: Raison, nut and toasty malt.

Flavor: Malts border on roast with hints of dark fruit and nuts.

Mouthfeel: Light and very drinkable.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Sampling right now on 9/8/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a brandy snifter glass. Contains 5.2% alcohol (ABV).

Pours a very dark brown and really close to being pitch black. A thin beige head is seen along with sheets of lacing when sipped. The aroma of roasted malts, caramel malts and fresh baked brown bread. Very pleasing. Taste of malts, light hint of coffee, chocolate and caramel with a hint of hazelnut(?). Very easy to drink with a (but not over powering) slight hoppy finish. Overall, a good brew.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Nice look, Dark mahogany brown, nearly black, with orange-red highlights and around two fingers of rich creamy light tan head. Aroma is decidedly malty, light roast coffee and milk chocolate, caramels and lightly toasted breakfast cereal. Hops are low key on the nose but show up as a floral/woody undercurrent on the palate. Tastes like English hopping to me. I am getting ample caramel malts on the palate, which is sweet, mellow, and very smooth. Think less nutty and more "black tea with sweetened condensed milk". Dark fruit (raisins) and vanilla peek out from time to time. Any citrus from the Cascade hops is well masked. I am getting just a touch of burnt toast and singed grain late. Brown spices? Very cool. Little of the more aggressive hopping one can expect from American browns but this is not really a complaint. Low to moderate carbonation and the body has some heft without being thick or sticky. The finish is rather dry and roasted although the complex malt bill lingers through to the end and I do think that's a hint of gooseberry right there. There's the hops! Quite a solid brown ale that offers some interesting twists and turns. This brewery has yet to let me down. Perhaps it speaks to (a portion of) my roots.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%

(poured into a tulip pint)

A: seemed as though some chunks of something came out during the pour, however, the beer ended up showing a fairly-clear, reddish brown... though, yes, small specks of sediment are floating about... collar holds all the way

S: dark malts with a hint of fruitiness and an overtone of Long Island musk

T: nice and malty, alright, with toasted-nutty and dry chocolate malt flavors and a somewhat assertive bitterness... I wouldn't call it sweet, but it does have some dark sugar nuances of the crystal malts showing through... bit of a leafy, flowery note in the aftertaste, though no real "hoppy" flavor throughout... there's some nice elements to its construction, however, this particular bottle doesn't come across as quite "brewery fresh"... little bit of a smoky phenolic overtone from the decay setting in

M: medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation and a dry, snappy finish

O: the bottle wasn't at 100%, but most of what one would need to know came through... all-around standard, East Coast American brown... hits all the right spots... wouldn't go out of my way for it

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Photo of slym
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Nice nose on a great-looking pour, and the taste follows suit at first, but then gives way to an over-sweet malt back-end. It's a little too thin-feeling for my tastes.

Still, a decent beer overall.

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Photo of malvrich
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Brown bottle into a Stella glass

A: 3.5 Brown /burgundy appearance. Tight tan head with decent retention. Good lacing noticed. Spotty at best throughout the drink

S: 3.25 Roasted dark malt toast prominent and tart hops at the back.

T: 3.75 Exactly like the nose with the hops bite a bit more forward than expected per the nose. The tartness is nice against the round maltiness. Not burnt tasting. Sort of tangy. Maybe a bit "light" for the style. Very nice!

M: 3.5 Good carbonation tingle which I like. Lighter than expected with a little stickiness remaining in the finish.

O: 3.75 Pleasantly surprised with this. Wondered if it would be sweeter than I prefer. Well balanced and interesting. Notes say 5.5% ABV however the bottle says 5.2. This I would purchase again!

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