ajnepple (4897) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Tipsy’s. Dark brown appearance with a light tan head. Malty, dark and rich with notes of caramel, chocolate and nutty malts. Medium sweetness with a medium body and a smooth, creamy feel. Decent brown ale overall.
slowrunner77 (9620) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"Solid brew for a brown ale, but nothing too exciting. Slightly better than the average brown...decent body and carbonation, aroma and flavor slightly more robust than the norm. Malted chocolate, light nutiness, earthy hops, and a touch of bittersweet in the finish."
Darkmagus82 (2233) - - AUG 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-01-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a one finger cream head. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a decent level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is one the lighter side for a nut brown. It does however have a nice sweet brown bread aroma, mixed with notes of chocolate and some nutty smells.
Taste – The taste starts out a nice blend of roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. A lighter nutty and cocoa flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle in the taste. In the end some lighter bitter hop flavors of an earthy flavor come to the tongue and leave a roasted bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thicker body would have definitely been better, as it would have played well for the roasted, nut and earthy flavors.
Overall – The taste is fairly nice; roasty, lightly nutty and bitter, but the other characteristics, mainly the mouthfeel take away a bit. Overall not too bad, but nothing spectacular either.
zvsn (1533) - ISRAEL - JUL 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at He’Brew tasting at the Beer&Beyond shop. Hazy brown with a small beige head. Aroma of slightly roasted malts, nuts and earthy hops. Taste - sweetish, grains, malty, herbs and nuts, dry finish. Light-medium bodied. Decent.
rayaron (1301) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUL 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at He’Brew Brewery tasting at Beer&Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear dark brown with low off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, carobs, light hoppy. Light sweet flavor, roasted malt, a bit sourness, herbs. Sweet-sour aftertaste. Low to medium body.
ChadPolenz (1652) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 (1983) - 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 (385) - 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 (3339) - 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 (2626) - Chicago, 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.