He'Brew Messiah - Barrel Aged (Bold on Rye)

RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Contract brewed for Shmaltz Brewing Company. Messiah aged for 3 months in Rittenhouse 100 Rye Whiskey Barrels.

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argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Draft. Minimal beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous/cherry, light rye. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, some raisin, rye. Light-medium body, low carbonation, some stickiness.

deyholla (12589) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Sampled from the tap at NotB. Poured near clear amber brown with an off-white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a good amount of rye, some slight spice, sweet grains, a bit of light fruit and a hint of alcohol. Flavor had smooth rye with some light spice with light fruits and caramel and a bit of alcohol coming out in the finish.

paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
A: snifter. nice rich mahogany color with a huge light tan head. amazing retention rate with phenomenal lacing. S: huge sweet and sour notes of wild strawberries. light tartness. I get some crazy barrel aromas. yeasty. vanilla and oak. some rye malts in the back. T: very interesting. I get sour fruits, mostly strawberries. big rye flavors in the back. some wild yeast flavors. so complex. M: medium bodied/low gravity beer. medium carbonation level. interesting palate. D: due to the lower gravity of the beer I could drink several of these. very interesting and well worth a shot if given an opportunity.

misterbeer (528) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2010
5 ounce pour from mini growler at DLD.-A dark brown pour -beige head-aroma and taste of sweet rye, alcohol heavy, sour,- somewhat tart bitter sweet finish

Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Tap @ The He’Brew Bash at the Blind Tiger NYC. I was fricking wasted by the end so some of these rates might be a bit odd. Truly slick and sweet oated goodness. Slightly vinegary, especially for a dark beer. Lemons and apricots. Yeah it’s good but kinda off.

j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Mini growler from Half-Time. Pours a clear deep dark brown to black with a light tan brown head on the thin side of medium which deflates quickly. Whiskey and smores on the nose. Curious really. The barrel really comes through here, big whiskey tones and light wood over roasted malt, and the booze is pretty well concealed, just the faintest touch of isopropyl. Strangely though, the nose must be connected through some sort of space anomaly to a different beer, because this tastes nothing like what it smells like. Starts off sour, and not in a good geueze sort of way, but rather a spoiled fruit sort of way. Rancid cherries and tangy flavors mingle unpleasantly before finishing with a little bit of papery cardboard and metal. This started off so remarkably promising… I think I’ll sit around and sniff it some more before the rest of it goes into the sink. Knew it was too good to be true for a Schmaltz brew.

yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 18, 2009
What was this. Sour and tingly in the tongue. Sweet and funky with weird odd sourness. Not very good.

JCastner (112) - New York, USA - APR 18, 2009
Reviewing Barrel Aged Bold Messiah. Pours a jet black with white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is of all sour, almost like a combination of white wine and strong blue cheese. First sip is intensely sour with notes of fermented grapes overwhelming the palate. There are muted hints of caraway.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Name: Messiah Bold on Rye
Date: October 17, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Decatur
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine beige head, sheets of lace
Aroma: tart fruity aroma backed by dark caramel sweetness, light oak
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, tart dark cherry, nice oak, touch of bourbon and vanilla sweetness, light bitterness from the oak combines with the fruity tartness to balance the vanilla sweetened chocolate
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Tap @ Mr. Dunderbaks. Pours a clear deep brown amber with a one finger light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, and rye whiskey. Taste is full on whiskey with hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Very good.

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