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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002)
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Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

wrightst, Tuesday at 02:32 AM
Photo of verysupple
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

First off, this isn't a shwarzbier. It's a fine beer but it's in the wrong category on this site.

It's easy drinking; nothing too offensive for the introductory craft beer dinker. There's a fair whack of chocolate malt in there (probably some crystal malts too) giving it a medium-strong chocolate flavour and aroma and some coffee notes. There's more to it than that but my palate/descriptive skills aren't developed enough to say what.

While it's quite clean without much fermentation character coming through, it doesn't have a lager-like quality. Being an ale with prominent chocolate and roasty notes this is far from a schwarzbier, but it is a decent, easy drinking dark beer that's hard to fault.

3.5/5 because it's a well made beer just lacking that extra something of a really great beer.

verysupple, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of probert
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

probert, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle with a simple but stylish label. (3.5)


Appearance: pours a great dark brown tending towards black, with a solid one-finger tan head that hangs about for ages. Great lacing too. (4.0)


Aroma: roast coffee up front, with some dark cocoa and bread malts. (3.75)


Taste: pretty much follows the nose - some sweetness with plenty of that roast coffee and cocoa. Lovely. (3.75)


Aftertaste: the flavours linger nicely, but without too much malt fug or bitterness. A touch of sweetness comes through - possible star anise? (3.75)


Mouth feel: moderate in feel with light-to-moderate but solid carbonation. Goes down easy. (3.75)


Overall: a very nice dark beer from Monteith's. I headed into this one with a little trepidation, as Monteith's is a bit hit or miss. Well complex and easy drinking. Great for a price of AU$55 a case of 24 x 330mL also (2014).

SmashPants, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

dmorgan310, Aug 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Larz_73, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

endless1408, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

KrisBeerndt, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

k3ve, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

wordemupg, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Bobhoya, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

chinchill, Jan 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

magnusdave, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

magpieken, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.