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.