Sunday, June 8, 2014

He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1108) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
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. 
Grade: 8/10

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