Monday, August 23, 2010

He'Brew Messiah Bold

Poured in a pint glass from Rock Island Brewing Co. (RIBCO) on a balmy night in Chicago.  I'm not very enthusiastic about this one, though the company and the ambiance were fabulous. 

Appearance:  Blackish/brown with an absent head. 

Aroma:  immediately nutty with hints of dark bitter chocolate and licorice. 

Taste:  Sweet at the tip of the tongue, but finishes uniquely sour (OFF?!). Segues into an almondy flavor that eventually progresses into a like-sourdough taste. Caramel takes center stage but with tobacco and citrus notes that don't quite fit in with the beer. 

Overall Impression:  A porter in the sense.... But I'm not very thrilled with this beer, especially with the unusual aftertaste of licorice, Cigarette Butts, and tobacco.


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