Monteith's Doppelbock Winter Ale - Monteith's Brewing Co.
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United Kingdom (England)
4.26/5 rDev +18.7%
During 3 years of living in Australia, this was without the best beer that I discovered. In Melbourne it seemed to only really be available in the Autumn and Winter, which was perhaps due to the beer's name.
Not that many Australian's seemed to know about it, and it's stocks were generally quite low. I recall a number of times where I drank a few bottles and then had to choose something less exciting.
The colour is black with a mystic deepness, and it has a fresh, fruity, complex taste that is reminiscent of a dark Belgian abbey beer, yet originally different. There is a kind of dried apricotty taste infused with bitter mocha notes that forms a Christmassy overall experience that is smooth and easy to drink, yet highly complex.
This is completely superior to Monteiths other offerings, and is one of the best beers I have had.
11-09-2013 10:18:51 | More by Ant777uk
3.56/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Pours a dark cherry color with a small thick head that fades to bits of lacing.
S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit with a bit of chocolate and trace of spice.
T: Taste of roasted malt dark fruit, with a bit of nuts, chocolate and coffee. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.
F: Fairly light body, smooth with a decent balance.
O: Could be a bit more robust. Not a flashy beer.
05-30-2013 04:23:32 | More by soju6
3.95/5 rDev +10%
A - A nice dense head. Heavy looking brew with dark colours and a slight red hue.
S - A lot of malt influence as you would hope from this style. Plenty of chocolate and toffee.
T - Toffe and chocolate is there again with a slight hint of sweet dry fruit. Medium level of bitterness gives it a nice balance.
M - A medium to heavy body, and although creamy, sticks in the mouth nicely holding in the aftertaste.
06-18-2012 13:30:39 | More by aBeeraWeek
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Bottle from a shop in Melbourne. From notes.
A - Poured dark, dark red. One finger of off white head. Decent carbonation, bright. Spotty lace, no retention.
S - Really malty. Rum, raisin, dark fruit.
T - Sweet, toasty malt, some bread, mild dark fruit, tobacco.
M - Really carbonated, light to medium body, dry and roasty finish.
O/D - Too carbonated. Not bad. Decent and flavourful. Really nice maltiness for Autumn.
05-18-2012 01:31:18 | More by tbeckett
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +11.4%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. Acquired from Harvey Nicks in Leeds.
Poured into a Delirium chalice. A dark ruby hue with plentiful carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy light-tan foam that remains for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of rich, fruity malt with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, dried fruit, caramel and booze.
Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a dry finish. Notes of molasses, caramel, chocolate, dried fruit and yeast. A mild stewed hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and a little slick. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt.
Nice - rich and sweet. Uncomplicated; the flavour is well-judged and satisfying. Perfect for winter drinking. Well worth trying.
02-13-2012 00:41:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.9/5 rDev -19.2%
Clean malty smell, slightly metalic. Thin mouth feel. Slightly tangy chocolate taste, a little yeasty. The flavour isn't too deep and is fairly smooth, easy drinking. Overall it's not very inspiring and I wouldn't seek this beer out over others. I prefer Monteith's slighty smoother Black Beer.
11-23-2011 01:53:11 | More by Raebies
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Winter ale!? It's practically summer, those crazy kiwis! Well actually the summer ale from Monteith's will no doubt be out soon and I will be sad, why? I'll tell you why; I love Doppels! They're big Bavarian bear-hugs of a style, and I remember when I was in Munich apart from drinking excessive amounts of Weiss's that Doppelbock was my go to brew. Prost bitch!
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Stein glass.
A: Deep ruby red body with some foamy 1cm bone-meal coloured head action.
S: The malt aroma in this beer has it's own gravity! It's a bold malty biscuit fragrance with toasted sesame (weird but thats what I'm smelling) and a mild chocolate note. No hops on the nose, but this is to be expected from a classic malt driven Doppel.
T: Very on the nose with the flavour department; big malt biscuit base with toasted sesame and mild chocolate. The finish is long and dry with an accompanied tang of alcohol and minimal bitterness. Much smoother than expected but the taste of alcohol is a little more than it should be.
M: Quite smooth bodied and with a fairly low carbonation than expected this brew goes down easy... deceptively.
D: Intriguing in a way, but bland in another. I know it goes against the style but some decent floral hops would really have lift this brew into another dimension. However as it is it's a decent but average affair here. Would I recommend it? Yeah it's alright value as it is... a good kiwi go at what I believe to be a challenging style to brew. Sweet as bro.
Food match: German/Kiwi food? Errr, Hangi with Spatzle... or maybe a nice Schweinshaxe with a side of roast Kumara and Taro. You decide.
10-19-2011 09:26:40 | More by doktorhops
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
Pours a very deep brown with very little head, just a ring around the sides to lace the glass. Smells of chocolate and raisins, very pleasant. The taste is very sweet, chocolatey and fruity, with enough bitterness to bite on the back end. Finishes sharp. Mouthfeel is heavy, a little scraping from the carbonation, not bad. Overall, it's a very flavorful bock and a tasty brew. I'll be getting more of it.
08-13-2011 09:54:23 | More by Kulrak
3.38/5 rDev -5.8%
Drank from my De Struise tulip
A - Pours a dark brown colour with an off white
ivory coloured head that slowly reduces.
S - Sweet and peppery from the bottle. Much the same once poured.
T - Reasoanble amount of malt, some chocolate and roast.
M - This is quite watery and needs more body. The carbonation is a littel too much.
D - Not a bad drop but doesn't challenge any German versions
03-11-2011 14:59:30 | More by eric5bellies
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
Deep Crimson/brown with a rich taned hard, a thin layer of lacing visible.
Chocolate and dark malts, some charcoal and esters. Sun dried fruits.
A dark roasted barley tone hits first, bringing with it some additional bitterness. More dark fruits. Rasins and a slight spice.
A full bodied beer. A great mouthfeel, thickish and sticky, a warming alcohol kick is quite obvious in the chest despite the not extremely high ABV.
A great drinking beer especially in winter, I could sit down in front of a fire and knock a few of these down, now problem at all. I disagree with comments suggesting the alcohol should be better hidden. Its a winter ale and a doppelbock for crying out loud. A really top brew.
11-11-2010 10:37:17 | More by Finite
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
A typical Monteith in that it is an interesting beer with great aspects and otherwise. I found the almost total blackness appealing and also its thick tan head. I got very little aroma except for the faintest fruitcake esters. Flavour was fruitcake, pumpernickel and roast beef. Maybe some slight cocoa on the back palate. Late bitterness gives a clean finish. Complexity is satisfying without being awe inspiring. I guess bocks are never sessionable so I think only one at a time for me. A good beer but not interesting enough to be great.
08-02-2010 10:48:37 | More by rjimlad
2.68/5 rDev -25.3%
2009 Version--- 330 ML Poured into a SA glass
A-- Poured almost a dark brownish cherry color, nice color. Light brown head that was one finger in height. Took a few minutes for it to dissipate. Good lacing with the head. No visible carbonation.
S-- Heavy roasted malts, some dark chocolate but not very strong. Faint bit of cherry and bread to this.
T-- A bit thin on the taste. Do get roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little sour cherry. Also thin and watery. Needs a bigger chocolate taste.
M-- Starts off quite nice, then gets quite watery. Starts of with the chocolate and malts and a bit of like cherry acid. Then becomes very thin and watery on the backside of the mouth. Loses its flavor very quickly and finishes dry and clean. Medium carbonation and on the lighter side of body.
D-- One is enough. Not enough to this to want a second. Looks very good but after that is gets thin. Could be a really good beer. ABV is well hidden and drinkability is pretty good but the lack of substance is a bit disappointing.
06-25-2010 16:05:08 | More by mulder1010
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Dark with minimal head. Good lacing. True to the label there is a faint red hue.
S - Sweet bread with subtle dark fruit aromas.
T - Slightly sweet at first with just a hint of bitter aftertaste. Dark cacao flavours with a massive roasted malt kicker.
M - Not bad, solid feel with decent fizz. Not overly noteworthy though...
D - Nice winter ale. Probably not strong or thick enough to be a true doppelbock but a good attempt anyway.
Easily the best beer from New Zealand that I've ever had, but then I've only had two.. and the other was Steinlager, so really no competition then.
06-25-2010 11:03:11 | More by xylophonica
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Copper pour with a off-white persistent head.
Lots of sweet malt on the nose with some hints of oats. If it wasn't so faint it'd be quite good. Some chocolate and slight hops.
More sweet dark malt upon tasting, with caramel and treacle. Not much else though.
Too much carbonation and slightly watery.
09-29-2009 10:30:22 | More by CrazyDavros
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
This pours light brown with some red tinges. A good beige head and good retention.
Sweet spice aromas. A bit fruit cake-ish. Some chocolate notes.
The malts come forward on the palate. Some coffee as well.
Heavy body too it.
A nice sipping beer. Nice for the colder months.
08-28-2009 12:09:19 | More by Macca
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a dark nut brown with a thin, light brown head.
First taste the alcohol was fairly noticeable, even for 6.0%. Subsequent tastes not as much, but I'll chalk that up to desensitizing.
Strong maltiness & light frutiness (cherry?) characteristic of most doppelbocks.
Good mouthfeel, smooth with a good amount of carbonation.
Not too complex, but a decent flavor. Good for a New Zealand Doppelbock, left me wanting a German doppelbock.
07-15-2009 11:25:33 | More by istarilord
Monteith's Doppelbock Winter Ale from Monteith's Brewing Co.
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