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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A deep, bold nut brown ale beautifully balanced with rich dark malts and a complex hop character converging to reveal a simply enchanting elixir.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Scubatrip (609) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Pours a dark black from the bottle with a light head that quickly dissipates. Light aroma of dark malts. I don’t like this on initial taste. Dark malts, some licorice? toffee? Really can’t put my finger on it, but it’s not good. Tastes like a monkey. A monkey that’s past it’s prime. Or maybe a piece of fish that’s been sitting out too long. Or maybe bad shellfish. Aftertaste is bad too. Not a good brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Darker than average brown ale. Some might say bold. Oh, wait, the brewer is saying that in the name. Very roasty, nutty, highly drinkable brown ale. A little heavier in the palate than some others I’ve had but no less enjoyable. And here I thought the Messiah was supposed to be meek. Goes to show what I know. But I do know a good beer when I taste one, and this is no exception.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Dark mahogany ruby color, no head, no lacing. Nose of charred pine, mild coffee and some cocoa/chocolate character. A bit of darker fruits. Dry robust sweetness in the finish. Flavors are a bit watery but there’s some chewy element to it. Meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Crisp clean aroma. A rich dark amber color with a fluffy white head. Very smooth, some vanilla, malty, with a slight hop finish. Very easy to drink, great session beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Pours brownish-reddish color with a thick off-white head....a very easy to drink brown ale. Good malty qualities. Funky hop presence and toasty roasted notes. A pleasant, though not wonderful surprise

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Nice dark brown color with Malty caramel taste. It’s a light on alcohol and body but the overall taste is good with chocolate melding with citrus..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Interesting concept. Pours a dark brown color with mahoganey hues and a tan head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Light bodied, mildly carbonated and watery. Although somewhat flavorful with notes of nuts, caramel, toffee, and butterscotch. An average dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Comparing Messiah Bold to other black-and-tans rather than brown ales gives a much more favorable impression. The aroma shares roasted malts and earthy hops in equal measure. Served at 50 F, the well-extracted malt and hops blend very well indeed, and the yeast has done its job unobtrusively. A slight caramel malt sweetness detracts from the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2005
No expectations at all. Never heard of this beer. Pours a dark brown. Little to no aroma (it was pretty cold). Flavor has some suprising roastiness. It’s not too bad, but I wouldn’t pay for it. It’s drinkable tho, and I could certainly drink a few of these if I needed to. I sampled this after drinking several larger beers, imperial stouts and such, so maybe I missed out on all the flavor this has to offer, I’ll have to revisit this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Bottle (great label!). Very dark brown but clear enough that reds show through light. Little head with almost no retention. Very surprising fresh hops aroma above some general roasted and smoky notes. When chilled, the hops bitterness dominates the sweetness of the malt and the roasted aromatics and flavors. At room temp. the mouthfeel is impressively velvety, the hops are toned-down, and the dark malt and toasted grain sweets are boosted. Finishes, at room temp., very sweet, much like a thinner brown. A fine brew, but I wish the body were boosted a bit to improve its roundness.

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