Chad9976 (1335) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Shmaltz goblet.
Appearance: Pretty chestnut/mahogany hue. Dark, but carbonation is visible. Pours to an average size, tan, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Lightly sweet nose of milk chocolate, dark malt and hints of hops.
Taste: It takes a lot of chutzpah for an American brewery to not only offer a brown ale, but to do so on a year-round basis and make it one of your flagship brews. He’Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale is just that for Shmaltz Brewing Company, and it’s a more-than-solid, exactly-to-spec example of the American brown ale style.
There’s a pleasant sweetness right off the bat as flavors of candybar chocolate, toffee and caramel are all noticeable right away. Though flavorful, they are not especially rich or cloying; it’s akin to the sweetness found in a standard cola. Some spicy bitterness through the middle that imparts a touch of dryness and maybe a hint of citrus, though it’s quickly obscured by even more malty sweetness on the backend. There is a consistent hazelnut flavor found in this palate, though it lurks mostly in the background. I get a touch of iced coffee right on the finish. Overall, this is a flavorful, well-balanced beer that’s quite versatile.
Drinkability: As tasty as this beer is, its true selling point is the high drinkability. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, consistently crisp, and even a tad refreshing while it’s crossing the tongue. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, albeit briefly, and fades away after some time. At only 5.2% ABV, He’Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale has quite a lot of flavor. Enjoyable as a standalone beverage, a dessert beer, or an accompaniment to a meal.
Bif (1617) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thick head and some lacing. Aroma of Malt, chocolate, bit of toffee and nut. Taste is a blend of the malt and chocolate with a nice touch of toffee and nut in the background. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Moderate body, smooth and creamy. Nice beer that goes down easy.
libertine (270) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark brown with a large tan head. aroma of chocolate and toffee. very malty nose. taste is also very malty. chocolate and toffee. very light on the hops. body is light. heavy carbonation. light dry quick finish. tasty.
drjay44 (2860) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained ivory head, with heavy lacing, ovre a clear, darker brown (SRM 27) body....nose is lightly roasted malts, with cocoa, chocolate notes, toffee/caramel tones, minimal esters, mild herbal hops....taste is medium roasted malts with nutty tones, cocoa, hints of chocolate, minimsl esters, finishing with a light hop bitterness....mouth feel, light of medium body, no astringency, light carbonation, very light acid on the soft finish. The malts are dominant, not overly so, but the hop contribution is quite light. This is more of a Northern English Brown, with the pleasant malt dominance, minimal sweetness, and lack of trite American Hops. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
Niko100 (2162) - Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark murky brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, caramel, some chocolate, nuts; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, and chocolate; Solid brown ale.
rondphoto (2617) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Clear dark cherry mahogany, fuzzy rim head, thin wisps of lace. Taste is uncomplicated caramel malt that turns bitter enough to balance at the end. Add a little carbonation, and that’s the whole thing. It also quenches thirst in a refreshing way, and goes down really smoothly and easily, which means I may drink it (and its companions) way too quickly.
tackjc (12) - - APR 18, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Darker than other brown ales. Initial aroma is a bit sour, however that changes as the pint goes on. A bit too much hop.
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Brewed at the new facility according to the label. Not sure if it is still new but ill take it. Rather than brown this is actually a really deep plum/magenta color. The smell is pleasant, light cocoa, roasted malts, slight earthiness. The flavor is ok. Definitely a big metallic note but in this case it doesn’t ruin the beer. The rest of the flavor is light and refreshing slightly roasty mineral watery ale. It drinks super light, a good dark beer for summer.
gschrade (797) - Collinsville, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Taste sweet, nutty, chocolate. I thought this was good. I could drink this again.
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tricyclist (1000) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint pour of deep mahogany brown with light khaki head. Nose is light roasted malt and mild caramel. Cant place the other aroma but its not killer. Flavor is smooth toasted malt and mild caramel notes. Easy drinking but not a favorite brown.