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Monteith's Black - Monteith's Brewing Co.

Monteith's BlackMonteith's Black

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%

Brewed by:
Monteith's Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002)
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Reviews by madvoice:
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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark chocolate, almost black with a foamy head that left a fair bit of lacing down the glass. Smells of malt, coffee and chocolate. Tastes very much like it smells with the malt, coffee caramel and chocolate with a slight sarsparilla aftertaste. Not a very heavy on the mouth beer for what it is but still nice and smooth. Really enjoyed this and will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:18:46 | More by madvoice
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

03-26-2014 17:25:39 | More by k3ve
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Alberta (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the brewpub in Greymouth 11/3/14 from notes

A dark cola liquid with a dense finger of foam that's gone in a flash but even after it falls the thin film leaves continuous lace deep down the glass

S a little sweet with a hint of peat smoke, milk chocolate and coffee come out a little but it smells pretty tame but then again it was served ice cold

T mimics the smell without the peat but still a little smoky, simple brew for sure, decent but needs a little something

M lighter side of medium, soft carbonation, creams up after a few seconds, a little charred wood and chocolate linger

O OK stuff, pretty basic but drinkable, not going to be blown away but no reason not to try it ect..ect..ect...

the ice cold serving temp probably doesn't help its cause. just another brew that I won't remember down the road.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 01:03:10 | More by wordemupg
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

02-20-2014 18:26:10 | More by Bobhoya
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 11:11:57 | More by chinchill
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-08-2013 00:06:33 | More by BillRoth
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-30-2013 06:51:57 | More by XsoldoutX
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-11-2013 03:56:19 | More by OKCNittany
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-20-2013 04:36:50 | More by Cheld
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-10-2013 04:40:03 | More by magnusdave
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-12-2013 03:12:12 | More by Agentveba
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-15-2013 08:32:22 | More by magpieken
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-13-2013 01:04:07 | More by Brionna
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-08-2013 14:00:22 | More by tobelerone
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Hong Kong

3/5  rDev -15.5%

08-05-2013 15:15:55 | More by Noodleboyg
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-02-2013 01:27:37 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

06-16-2013 15:08:46 | More by adityashekhar
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3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with anicetanhead that fades to web like lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, bit of grain and a hint of chocolate in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, dark fruit, with a trace of chocolate and coffee. Nice bitterness and the finish is quite clean.

F: Moderate body and smooth. Nie balance.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:17:51 | More by soju6
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

05-22-2013 04:18:14 | More by pin
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2/5  rDev -43.7%

05-12-2013 08:12:04 | More by lisagirl
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2.2/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Brown-black body with a tall, but thin, tan coloured head. Leaves a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Black american-style coffee (not espresso), roast grains, and a little bit of 'dry' sweetness.

Taste: Quite bitter and burnt flavours at the front, with some smoother (but not smooth enough) caramelised malt following. Finishes with a slightly mettalic ash taste that is quite unpleasant. A bit flat and thin. I can tell that it definitely is not a stout!

Mouthfeel: Quite dry, with medium carbonation. Quite a light body, but too harsh and astringent to be enjoyable.

Overall: No thanks. I didn't enjoy this at all, but am not sure if it is the beer or just the style, as I haven't had another Schwarzbier before. I think I can understand what it is trying to achieve, so I will try to find a better example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 04:39:16 | More by machalel
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-26-2012 02:30:44 | More by sloelco
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 13:37:00 | More by BlackHaddock
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Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
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