Monteith's Black - Monteith's Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
On tap at the brewery in Greymouth, NZ
Excellent clarity in this very dark brown ale. The body is topped by a creamy tan head that is very durable and leaves the glass almost totally coated.
Both flavor and aroma are about average for style, if a touch more hoppy than a European version. Dark and medium roasted malts lend a lingering malty aftertaste. No burnt notes.
Feel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth.
O: solid version of style.
01-05-2014 11:11:57 | More by chinchill
3.1/5 rDev -12.7%
Once again with Monteith's beers, the head dies really fast, inoffensive, bland, slightly hoppy, a bit burnt, slightly artificial with some chemicals present, I would drink this again, only for the fact that i bought a 6 pack.
11-30-2002 00:26:58 | More by Anonmatel
3.48/5 rDev -2%
pours out a dark black beer. Shows light very faintly through with red tones. Tan head small and weak. Smells mostly of coffee ,slight smokiness in the background. Taste of coffee, much like a stout,,a dry beer, and has an astringent feel. Besides the astringency i like this beer. No mouthfeel to speak of. A very drinkable beer, slightly dry but not enough to make unpleasant
11-14-2010 01:03:43 | More by tweeder263
3.2/5 rDev -9.9%
nice head on top dense black...great massive topographic map of lacing
slight toasty malt nose, but nothing jumps out.
taste is a little better than the nose...some flavor...very smooth but nothing amazing. nice creamy mouthfeel with a slight crispness making this drinkable and sessionable but not sure i'd want to get too bored. one of the lightest black beers i've ever had. a great beer for after mowing the lawn if you want refreshment and some flavor.
03-17-2010 21:28:17 | More by mempath
4.35/5 rDev +22.5%
Picked up a bottle today at Mid Town Liqour in Tulsa today...
Pours an effervescent chestnut/brown with 3+ fingers of dense tan head. Insane lacing & good head retention
S: Roastyness, a touch of licorice & brown bread
T: Follows the nose, much dryness, some carob & rye spicyness too up front. Brown bread with rye spicyness, plus a touch of roastyness as this warms, subtle hints of pear here too. Finishes roasty & dry with a touch of coffee
MF: Grainyness that works, low carbonation & medium bodied
Really drinkable, good take on the style, this held up well considering how far this had to travel to get down my neck. This one far exceeded my expectations!
04-29-2010 02:15:11 | More by russpowell
3.18/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of roasted malts with a touch of coffee. Taste is mild compared to the smell, again malts with a hint of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.
02-24-2010 14:41:32 | More by tone77
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours black with a small fading tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, caramel and faint smoke. Pretty nice, quite sweet smelling.
Flavours are along the same lines: roasted malt, soft coffee and a little sweet caramel.
Could do with more carbonation.
07-30-2011 04:32:27 | More by CrazyDavros
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle: Poured a light black color beer with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light lactic sugar notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some roasted malt and light sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing earth shattering but well brewed and enjoyable.
11-06-2010 01:35:17 | More by Phyl21ca
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
Black, well deep brown in the glass with a nice head of tan foam. Subtle carbonation visible. Coffee roasted malt in the nose with a pleasant citrusy hop overtone. Initial taste is the same with a smoky, bitter aftertaste. The thinner body was refreshing. All well balanced and extremely smooth. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
10-01-2009 01:47:49 | More by tugdriver7
3.55/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of Nov 09 on back label. The color was dark brown with mahogany highlights. Good sliding lace. It had a large 2 finger tan head that slowly settled into a thick collar and whispy film.
Sweet malt aroma with roasted malts as well. Missing the darker roast, smoke and coffee tones that I usually find in schwarzbiers. Was good smelling but could have been better with a addition or two of those. The taste followed the aroma. More sweet than roasted. Really needed something to cut the sweet. Again, not bad but could use a little something more. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels but a touch of watery.
Overall, a good but not stellar beer. Mild recommend especially if you are looking to knock New Zealand off your countries tried list. For me, one and done as better ones out there unless someone offered me one.
07-09-2009 01:16:27 | More by TexIndy
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
It is black. Big tan head adorns. Laces well.
Smells roasted, with hints of chocolate and coffee. It's not exuberant, but it's seriously nice.
Taste is good, albeit nothing phenomenal. Roasted malts and a bitter, metallic twang. Something I find common with black beers.
Feel is thin but silky, and it's nice, clean and refreshing.
Easy to drink, and a very nice example. Glad I picked this up.
07-24-2010 22:15:24 | More by EgadBananas
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a dark ruby brown with a fair amount of tan head that fades away pretty quickly. Smells of sweet roast malt and a little coffee, very pleasant. Tastes drier than the smell led me to believe. It's sweeter than average, but most of the flavor is just roastiness. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness but that would be too much I think. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy. A little harsh on the tip of the tongue, with light carbonation all over. All in all, it's very drinkable, fairly well balanced, nothing is really overpowering. I like it, I'll probably get it again.
03-02-2007 13:02:07 | More by Kulrak
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +12.7%
330ml Bottle: best before the end of Oct 2012, whoops. Poured into a Westvleteren chalice on 7th Dec 2012, a bit late!
Looked impressive: lovely dark body with a deep tan head of foam (well for 60 seconds anyway).
Initial aroma leans towards a Stout maltiness smell and mild chocolate notes waft through the air: good for a Black Lager.
The taste is also Stoutish, but with the lager crispness reminding you this isn't at ale based beer. Those aforementioned chocolate notes can be found it the taste as well as in the nose along with slightly burnt caramel flavour.
A lot better than I thought it would be and could well be my highest scoring beer of this style so far.
12-07-2012 13:37:00 | More by BlackHaddock
2.85/5 rDev -19.7%
A - Pours a dark brown almost black colour with an of white head that retains well
S - Expresso and toffe are the main aromas.
T - Dark chocolate and toffee with a well rounded roasted finish.
M - A bit watery and slightly overcarbonated.
D - Good in places but bad in others
03-11-2011 15:41:48 | More by eric5bellies
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
Appearance: Dark brown, small head, and okay lacing.
Smell: Dark malts, some cocoa, and slight grain.
Taste: Dark malts, light coffee, slight grain, slight hop, and a very light chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.
This isn't bad. It isn't very complex, but it is nicely brewed and smooth.
10-10-2010 03:41:14 | More by megahurts4
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
wasnt sure what to expect being my first schwarzbier.
almost black in color, with just a bit of light breaking through at the edges showing a reddish-black color.
forms a very large dirty white head that leaves a lacing on the glass as it settles.
dark malty aroma. more of a black malt than roasted or chocolate, though i am guessing since i havent used plain black malt before.
taste is much more chocolaty than the aroma let on. just a slight bitterness that doesnt get in the way of the malty sweetness.
mouthfeel is light but smooth.
im not used to pairing beer with food, but this would have to go pretty good with dessert.
09-24-2004 07:18:36 | More by joecast
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
Thin mouth feel, low fizz and not much head. Smells of charcoal malts with a slight hint of vegemite. Low acidity and very clean on the palate for a dark beer, without much of an aftertaste. The flavour is fairly straight forward, with hints of caramel biscuit as it warms up. Very smooth, easy drinking.
11-23-2011 01:13:07 | More by Raebies
Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
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