Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nice aroma of roasted malts with a hint of coffe. Pours a opaque brownish black with a mostly diminishing tan head and slight lacing. The taste is chiefly bitter. Roasted malt up front, a quick nut flavor in the middle, and a grainy finish. There is strong bitter aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, while enjoyable, a little more bitter than I’d like in a brown ale.
yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From tap. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted dark malty and light caramelish. Mild metallic, bitter and roasted dark malty. Flat malty finish. Roasted breadish finish.
Mep3222 (578) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice roasted malt aroma. Has a bit of cocoa in the aroma and flavor. Full flavored nice brown ale. Bit of a bitter finish, but a solid brown.
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downender (6523) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Ale Mary, Baltimore, September 2014. Medium brown in colour, with a decent, off-white, head. Sweet brown sugar, some yeastiness, dense malts and a hint of hop in the finish. Fine.
bpatrick01 (6) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2014 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty, nutty, bitter aroma. Black appearance. Initial flavor consist of slight chocolate malt and finishes with an expressive coffee hop flavor. About average diminishing affect. Body is creamy and heavy. Good lacing affect.
ajnepple (2538) - Conifer, 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 (6084) - 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 (1823) - - 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 (712) - 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 (350) - 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.
Chad9976 (1246) - 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.