He'Brew Messiah Stout | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Messiah StoutHe'Brew Messiah Stout

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with no freshness date. Kosher ceritified and Rabbi approved symbol on the label.

Appearance: Black as night with a thin brown lace and a bubbly mass in the center. Head retention is fair with a semi soda like fizziness to it.

Smell: Mild acidic burnt malt aroma, charcoal like … rounded sweetness in its depth with hints of espresso.

Taste: Very crisp with a strong and flexing full body, touch of liquorice and iced espresso in the palate. Carbonation gets a little harsh. Hop bitterness rides along with the crispness with an on target sharpness. Quick to the roasted flavours, charcoal is first at bat with a touch of unsweetened chocolate then a mild acrid burnt malt flavour lands on the tongue an odd way. Small push of sweetness to show some balance, mild astringent lingering burnt flavour in the finish.

Notes: A stout too big for it britches? Perhaps something to adjust in the sparge or some how tone down the acidic burnt flavours a notch or two and soften the carbonation a bit also. Don’t get me wrong this is still a half decent brew that will still get the job done when trying to wash down those gefilter fish.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark color, not black, but SRM up there enough to call it a stout and not be ashamed. Aroma was faintly choco. Good roast, a little bitterness of coffee, but not of the smell.

Taste, a bitter stout, can't pin down hop wise what they used, maybe nugget or zues. Whatever, it imparts the bitterness and none of the floral hop qualities.

Wonder why they don't make this anymore. Great price.

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Photo of marc77
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Virtually jet black. Trace, clear crimson flashes when to held to light. Thick, fluffy mountainous dark tan head leaves sticky lace. The aroma is dominated by an odd combination of light roast coffee and leafy, sweet tea notes. Becomes floral and almost perfume like as it warms, while maintaining a sturdy roasted barley presence. Unique, if not underwhelming aromawise. Burnt, carbonized barley provides the bulk of bitterness in flavor, due to the meager hop bitterness. Quite heavy in chocolate malt and dark caramel malt, resulting in a pervasive, sugary milk chocolate tone. Agreeable, floral, rose like hop flavor permeates and offsets roasted grain notes. Quite soft on the palate, yes, but rather tame as well. Sweetness augments as the beer warms, and becomes akin to unrefined brown sugar. Moderate in body, with a gently viscous mouthfeel. Could use a bit more girth. Finishes lightly sweet and quite clean, with fleeting burnt caramel hints. Certainly the softest stout I've encounted in a while. Enjoyable, but a touch too sweet with not enough roast. A bomber is enough, for now.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a good brown head that doesn't leave much lace. Midnight black, light does not pass through it. Medium bodied, nose is burnt chocolate. Good mix of hops and malt, smooth, starts sweet and finishes with a slightly bitter finish. $4.20 for a 22oz. bottle

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, not quite black, 2/3" brown head. Aroma was of chocolate malt, average roast.

Bitter stout. Roast. More of a floral hop presence than you would often see in a stout. Perhaps it was merely the lesser use of darker, heavier roasted malt that simply allowed the hop presence to take on that affect. Mild caramel and toffee notes. Earthy. Some charcoal like acidity. Decent, was well priced, but didn't stand out for anything worth tracking down either.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber served at cellar temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Inky black with a thick and frothy brown head. The head recedes to a film and a ring after a few sips. No lacing.

Smell: Hearty dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt aromas. Nice balance between these ambrosial scents.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors singing in perfect harmony. A titch bittersweet from the chocolate and coffee tastes, must be a minor key.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, just a bit on the thick side. Great quintessential stout mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Better than the Genesis Ale, I'd say. I'll definitely have this one again.. and I suspect my Jewish girlfriend will like it since it doesn't have much in the way of f'kachta hoppiness.

Other: I was gonna try and do another review peppered with Yiddish words, but the Genesis Ale pretty much used them up. If it helps, picture some nebbishy guy with his pants up to his nipples when reading this.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is grande (that means big). The last two reviewers didn't seem to enjoy it very much, but I really find it quite enjoyable. But I can usually only do one of the 22ozers. It has a very nice black malt taste with a big hop flavor thrown in there too. I love the name and the label.

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Photo of scottum
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very dark with a nice light brown head. A smooth stout. Slight burnt flavor and a balanced hop make this beer kosher. For sure a good brew to go with some matza and horseradish. Not the best stout available, but you really can not go wrong here.

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Photo of marburg
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A kosher beer with an obviously humorous name and equally amusing bottle?

I thought I was going to be doomed.

So I was pleasantly surprised when this brew turned out to be pretty damn tasty. Used engine oil black. Midnight. Big fluffy brown head. Aromas of chocolate, soot, and malts. Surprisingly sweet and balanced taste. Very smooth and silky chocolatey up front with some roastedness and hoppy bitterness to finish.

Who the hell knew this would be this good?

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle. No date.

This stout poured well to give an opaque dark brown liquid with a tan, frothy head that lingered fairly long and gave some lace on the glass (though the head had dissipated before I finished the glass).

The smell was mild with the sweet aroma of malt noticeable.

The taste was rich, with the flavor of heavily roasted malt the most dominant, but with some chocolate and coffee overtones. There was a slight sweetness, reminiscent of porters. There was very little hop character except on the tip of the tongue and in the mild aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was smooth, with a slight sharpness on the tip of the tongue. There was some complexity in the flavor.

The drinkability was surprisingly good. Perhaps because of the whimsical name, I did not know what to expect of this stout, but it surprised me. It is a very decent stout.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent. This comes in a nice 22oz bomber bottle with a little blurb about it being kosher and rabbi approved. It pours a dark black colour with a mocha head. Aromas are of roasted malts, chocolate, hops, and toffee. The taste is solid, but a bit weak for my palate. A little bit of roasted malt here, some hops there, and some alcohol for good measure. Is this stuff supposed to be an Imperial stout or what, and what the heck is the abv for this stuff anyways? The mouthfeel was ok, but could have been better. Same thing goes for the drinkability.


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Photo of maxpower
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color, nice tan foamy head, light hoppy and roasty aroma. Light burnt flavors has some sourness, some what of a hoppy bitter, dry finish, very thin and watery, the worst beer I have had from this otherwise great brewery.

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He'Brew Messiah Stout from Shmaltz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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