Scubatrip (609) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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..
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.