frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy, tan head that settles slowly to a thick film. Dark fruit and coffee aroma with chocolate notes, raisin and a musty bitterness. Thickly malted flavor with pleasant sweetness throughout, leading to light hops and roast with a smoky finish.
In my book, a Brown Ale connotes something much weaker in appearance, flavor and mouthfeel than this, which is more of a Porter crossed with a Schwarzbier. I thought this was a novelty beer but I’d buy it again.
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theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Bottle. Pours deep brownish black. This clearly emulates Israeli "black beer," a nonalcoholic malt beverage - and does so well. Very dark malt flavors, with some licorice and bitter cocoa. Not exactly nutty like other brown ales, which may explain some of the low ratings. Bonus points for good representation of its nonalcoholic counterpart.
Scubatrip (610) - 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.