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Monteith's Black - Monteith's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Monteith's Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002)
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wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

jraldous, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

russpowell, Apr 29, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

k3ve, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

wrightst, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of bgildea
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice black color, decent white/tannish head that faded quickly and left sligt lacing.

S: No strong aromas. Slight background of roasted malts.

T: Really great taste. Nice roasted malts and chocolate notes. I am surprised by how good this beer is.

M: Pretty thin beer. No real chew to it.

D: Very drinkable beer. Great taste, and fairly light for a dark beer. I'd definitely have another.

Overall: Overall the beer was enjoyable. I thought the flavor was very good with great notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Very drinkable, I would recommend most beer drinkers try this. It's a very easy drinking dark beer.

bgildea, May 30, 2010
Photo of diablo14
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is without doubt the pick of monteiths standard range of beers. black/dark ales are not easily defined. i think they often get confused with porters, stouts and bocks. schwarzbeirs for me are a dark lager. not too strong, with a dry/bitter finish. i honestly find this style suffers in rating because many drinkers are comparing them with the wrong genres of beer. its supposed to be a bit more subtle than any of the above mentioned kinds. schwarzbiers i feel are supposed to be a dark beer you can have a real session on.

having said all this, monteith black is a gem. a spectacular dark mahogany color, with a creamy head that doesnt go over the top (as it shouldnt with this style), it looks a good beer in the glass. its got beautiful subtle roasted aromas, with a fine malt taste, supported by dark chocolate notes. once again, its crisp and clean like all n.z brews, and its like black velvet going down. some may say its thin, but i disagree. its well balanced, and for a dark beer, its so smooth going down i can easily drink a half dozen of these without thinking too much about it. high praise for a dark beer of any kind. the finish has enuff hop bitterness without cancelling out the smoothness of the beer on the front and middle palates.

this is a dark beer you can drink cold, or warming up. in winter or summer, and with many different kinds of food. its just so subtle, and for me thats where the charm is. not to mention it can always be got for a reasonable price. and in that regard, adding to everything else i have said about its standard, montieths black is pretty close to my favorite session beer as far as dark ales go.

diablo14, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of WHROO
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another I have been chasing after reading good things, & this didn't dissappoint.
Wonderful dark opaque look with good brownish bready biscuity head.
Burnt notes in smell & taste...caramel toffee sweetness with coffee, some mocha & biscuit...quite complex & interesting, definately not boring.
Mouthfeel was medium, creamy & full bodied, with a soft but alive carbonation. This was a very easy drinker & a six pack is on the cards next time (only tasted tested 1 stubby this time)

WHROO, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of DCon
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 330mL bottle of this w/ loldmopar. He brought this back from New Zealand along with another brew. Poured from the dark black bottle into a Speight's Hefeweizen Glass and has Best Before Nov11.104855J1 on the back.

Aroma- Has a ton of maltiness and sweetness in the whole aroma and has a type of German malt aroma that isn't present in many of the "Black" ales we have in the states also. Finishes with a clean yeasty/lager aroma too.

Appearance- Pours 3 fingers of off-white head that keep for a long while. Has a DEEP brown/black color body and leaves huge lacing down the whole glass.

Flavor- Good, clean malty flavor, slight roastiness, and a sweet finish. Has even hints of chocolate throughout the drink.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves roastiness on the palate.

Overall Impression- Since I'm not sure if I've had this style before, very easy drinking and nice! Roasty, flavorful German lager that ends up being one of my favorites of the month from an import. WIsh this was available in the states. Would like to enjoy another one.

DCon, Aug 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tugdriver7, Oct 01, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice deep coffee/coke colour with little head or lacing. I got hardly any aroma from this except a faint coffee malt note. Flavour is great and full of coffee, dark chocolate and malt. Quite sweet but very well balanced. A bit like treacle in flavour too but for a full bodied schwarzbier not sticky. This makes it more drinkable than some schwarz I've had even though the flavour is more restrained. I had this beer years ago and loved it. Now that I can get it easily I think it will be a regular. It's cheaper than the German gear and unlike those (which I love a lot) I can drink a few Monteith's without being overwhelmed by their bigger flavour. This is the best Monteith I've had so far.

rjimlad, Aug 04, 2007
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

BlackHaddock, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

My first Kiwi brew (and without kiwis no less...). It pours a translucent ruby-brown topped by over a finger of ecru foam, which leaves some decent lacing behind as it fades. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, and light florals. The taste holds notes of these elements, though instead of straight flowers, a light floral bitterness pervades. The body is a fairly light medium, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a solid schwarz. I hope I can get some more Kiwis if they're anything like this one.

TMoney2591, Jun 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

endless1408, Jun 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

mmilyko, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

OKCNittany, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with a couple of centimetres of beige head that quickly falls away.
S - Smell is roasty and caramel.
T - Taste is roasty and caramel but with some coffee and slight chocolate.
M - Smooth and medium bodied. Fairly high carbonation.
D - Probably the most interesting beer from Monteiths that I've had. A good alternative to the heavy stouts and porters that I love so much. All the flavour without the bloated feeling.

brendan13, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of joecast
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

joecast, Sep 24, 2004
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch black color with a nice looking white head that stayed pretty constant until the end of the brew. Aromas of mild iced coffee and chicory permeate the beer, not half bad. Taste was rather chocolaty with some soy sauce characters in there as well. It was also much more hoppy then I had anticipated. Mouthfeel is light to medium, more on the medium side if you ask me. I could see myself having a few of these, not bad at all. I like the fact that it shares some qualities with porter while at the same time being so different. Cheers

jamie2dope, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of deg
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expect a schwarzbier to be a little darker. The beer appeared black until the light hit it, and then it was a little too light, a little too brown. I got a good roasty smell from the beer, and the taste did not disappoint. More roasty goodness. The mouthfeel was OK. It's pretty easy to drink, I could have more without a problem.

deg, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Finite
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, Head retention was poor and left only a little lacing on my glass. Could smell this from 2 feet away. Great smell, burnt malts, dark chocolate. Smell was maybe a bit to bitter. I noticed the description on the back was more like a review off BA which was admirable, compared to most beers which write “made with the finest, bla bla bla”. Great combination of malts, all perfectly balanced. Definite dark chocolate, roasted malts. The hops grab your attention fast before the malts get too busy.

A very well balanced beer.

A very easy drinking beer which fits the scwarzbier style well.

Finite, Nov 24, 2005
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Poured half a finger of light brown head that quickly reduced to just about nothing. Almost solid black in colour, with red where the light passes though.

Smell - 3.5
Plenty of malty sweetness, aromas of molasses, slightly burnt with a little hop presence.

Taste - 4.0
Not bad, I'm not usually a big fan of black beers (with the big exception of Belgian ales), but this is really quite nice. Reasonably complex with malty flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel sweetness, somewhat biscuity. Quite bitter from the roasted malt and the hops, but it mellows with warmth.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Fine, persistent carbonation, feels quite light for a dark beer.

Drinkability - 4.0
This would be sessionable for someone who appreciates the style. It is tasty enough to want a second, I did not struggle to finish it.

OVERALL - 3.65
I thought this was a stout before posting my review here. Still, it is a better than average beer, good value (like all the Montheith's range), plenty of flavour, not too heavy and quite easy to drink. Not much wrong here, thumbs up from me! I'd choose this over a Guinness Draught (yes, even on-tap!)any day!

LittleCreature, Jul 10, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish black in colour with a good head thats is persistent.

So-so aroma of toast and dark malts with only a slight hoppy character, mainly some slight fruity notes.

Great load of flavour on the palate with some good burnt and roasted style malts and a rich choc/coffee kick. Not to bitter, not too long. Kind of a strange sweetish mouthfeel, but it is very pleasant. has a bit of hotness, but works well in the cooler months.

I dig this beer. Its not very complex and is lacking in some areas, but for a readily avaliable drop this is a good soild tight dark beer. Get into it.

koolk, Jan 06, 2005
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Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.