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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

He'Brew Messiah Bold Dark Brown Ale

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He'Brew Messiah Bold Dark Brown Ale
Shmaltz Brewing
New York, USA
Est. 1996 (5757 Hebrew Metonic Cycle)

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.6 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Dark brown color.
Firm malt flavor.

One finger head that disappeared quickly.
Negligent lace on the glass.
Light to medium bodied mouth feel.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy

If this beer were a movie, it would be "Cool Hand Luke".
"What we've got here is failure to communicate!" Nothing extraordinary speaks to the drinker. As the character Dragline explains it, "You're an original, that's what you are!" And so is Messiah Bold. I'll tell you this, 'shtick' with He'Brew and you can't go wrong, but like Paul Newman's character, you may want to escape this one.

Typical of brown ales, I was expecting the maltiness, sans the hops. But there wasn't anything else remarkable that set it apart from other brown ales I've sampled. Brown ales are an acquired taste, and it seems the British pretty much own that category in ale.

You might be tempted to throw this one in the ditch, but just like Luke, it has redeeming values and is far from criminal. And also like Luke, Messiah Bold just casually refuses to change its behavior in order to please others. Gotta' admire that quality.

1 comment:

  1. Hey there. Zak from Shmaltz again. Glad you picked up the Messiah Bold. Interestingly enough, it's probably my favorite of all of our beers. I think that a solid session beer tends to get overlooked these days, but I can certainly understand your critique. I can't wait for you to get your hands on a bottle of Freaktoberfest next month. A blood-red lager brewed with 6 malts, 6 hops, and 6.66% alcohol for Halloween. L'Chaim!!