Ratman197 (14372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ City Beer poured a clear dark brown with a small lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of rye, fruittiness, carmel, toffee and sour cherry. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a lightly tart finish. Flavors of rye, sour cherry, light oak and light carmel with a smooth lightly tart finish.
argo0 (14022) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 (11017) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hopscotch (11005) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hand bottled from cask... Clear, dark ruby ale with a very small, creamy, off-white head. Earthy, woodsy, vinous nose. Medium-bodied and watery with tickling carbonation. Moderate caramel and darker malt sweetness flanking mild acidity and very low bitterness. Crisp, thin, clean finish. Thanks to redlight for generously hand bottling this sample!
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Messiah Bold on Rye
Date: October 17, 2008
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
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
marcus (9991) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Toronado. This dark brown ale poured with a thin beige head and a woody aroma. The flavor is a bit sour and fruity with some evergreen notes. Not real tasty.
sebletitje (9910) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ OTH. Lucky to have this on tap. Thanks Tony.
Pours amber, huge foam, beige head.
Aroma oaky. fruity with sugary notes.
Taste, sweet and tingly to the palate. Light fruity notes (apple), hoppy, some sugary malts.
Mouthfeel and palate get the nice touch of oaky, close to a brandy barrel.
Hard to believe the beer was only 5.6%.
bb (8987) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark brown/black beer with an off-white head. Nice whiskey, malt, light roast aroma. Whiskey, malt, berry/stone fruit flavor with light roast. Medium bodied. Light roast, whiskey, malt, and fruit linger. Fruiteier than expected. Roast just works - doesn’t quite take away from the beer, but almost does.
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the OTH (Oldsmar Tap House). It poured up very foamy and it took Tony a while to complete the tumbler fill. It ended up with a clear garnet body and quarter inch tan head with cool looking creamy looking lumpy layered foam top. The aroma was fairly light and consisted of mostly dry fruity wine notes followed by mild wood/oak and faint malts in the back. The taste was very similar. I had to strain to pick up the base beer notes behind the full fruity red wine like flavors, dry tannins and oak wood notes. At the finish the base beer started to show up but only in a supporting role bringing mild malty notes and even milder notes of citrus hops. Seems to be too smooth and mild a base beer for barrel aging. Or maybe it could be aged a little less to keep the beer notes from getting smothered.