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Monteith's Black - Monteith's Brewing Co.

Monteith's BlackMonteith's Black

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BA SCORE
81
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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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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast..

Poured a very deep black / brown colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Slightly washed out notes of lightly roasted bread, toasted malts, metallic notes, black coffee, some dark brown sugar sweetness, light nuttiness, some blackcurrant and raisin fruitiness, faint liquorice traces, some graininess coming through, dusty hints...

Taste - Toasted maltiness mixed with sweet nutty notes, toasted buttery bread, some molasses / treacle sweetness, light chocolate mixed with black cherry and blackcurrant fruits, light nutmeg and pepper spiciness, some light vegetal traces just noticeable, cola hints...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... pretty quaffable and sessionable at 5.2%

Overall - A very pleasant find this one... nothing groundbreaking but a well made and very quaffable example of a Schwarzbier.... worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 07:46:32 | More by mdagnew
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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

Pours a deep dark near black with minimal cap of khaki head, little retention and lacing. Scent is dominated by roasted yet sweet malts with the faintest hints of earth, coffee, chocolate and fruit. Taste brings the same qualities of the scent, nothing overpowering but none of the ingredients evene stand out. Lighter side of medium bodied, smooth and lightly carbonated. A decent drinkable beer that does nothing wrong, but doesnt wow in any way. Heck, I really just wanted to try a bee rfrom New Zealand, so no loss.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 13:24:17 | More by rfgetz
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Monteith's Black

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.

Overall:
This isn't bad. It isn't very complex, but it is nicely brewed and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 03:41:14 | More by megahurts4
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keitho

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours dark red/black with two finger off white head which leaves a light lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass mug.
Smell-Slight chocolate cofee malt aroma.
Taste-Coffee and chocolate malt with a dry bitter finish,a bit short.
Mouthfeel-Medium mouthfeel decent carbonation.
Drinkability-A drinkable brew from Monteiths one of the better beers they brew and it's good beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 08:54:58 | More by keitho
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 22:15:24 | More by EgadBananas
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Brad007

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. About right for the style.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with with a slight hint of coffee/dark fruit. Not bad.

Taste is sweet with a slight hint of coffee and caramel upfront. They kind of salvage this effort but not by much.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness and the coffee/caramel touches.

Not a bad stab at the style but you can do better. Worth a try but only if there aren't any other options available.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:02:56 | More by Brad007
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 15:58:06 | More by TMoney2591
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bgildea

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 23:36:36 | More by bgildea
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 02:15:11 | More by russpowell
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mempath

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 21:28:17 | More by mempath
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A – It pours way black with a good two fingers of tan head and lots of splattery lacing

S – The aroma is of roastiness, raisins, alcohol and cinnamon, then dark bread, spices and banana. Better than it tastes.

T – It tastes pretty good, if a bit macro perhaps. This tastes a lil too roasty for a Schwarzbier and drinks more like a porter. It has decent flavor, but it is a bit watered down. What is there is vague hints of chocolate, dark breadiness and even coffee-chicory; not bad stuff, just a bit underpowered.

M – Very creamy mouthfeel

D – Nice enough brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 18:08:30 | More by ktrillionaire
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 14:41:32 | More by tone77
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popery

California

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fairly average schwarzbier. Pours a nice deep ruby brown with pretty good lacing. Aroma is mostly malty caramel with a touch more roast and a bit of nuttiness in the flavor. I guess if schwarzbier is your thing then you'll like this one. For me, it's all a tad thin and uninteresting and doesn't quite stand up to American and German versions.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 06:14:48 | More by popery
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at State Line, drank this a couple of nights back.

Not quite black, this beer is a deep brown with reddish brown highlights. A thick, light brown head is noted, and retention and lacework are good.

The nose is nice and roasty with a touch of cream. Mild bitterness with a touch of almost lemon-like hops. Bitter chocolate and coffee grounds round out the nose.

The palate opens roasty and smooth (it could use a little more roast). Toasted bread (burnt on one side?), light roasted coffee, a little cream mid-palate with some cocoa. Mildly nutty, especially towards the finish. Very clean, I can't pick out any off-flavors. Hops are light but present with a touch of bitterness. Medium light in body with a medium level of carbonation, this finishes great with some mild bitterness. While a touch watery mid-palate, this is a drinkable - and cheap - schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 04:50:24 | More by DefenCorps
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:47:49 | More by tugdriver7
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Macca

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a true black. Not a lot of head to speak of.

A touch of milk chocolate on the nose. I was hoping for some darker aromas.

Ok the coffee comes through a lot better on the palate. Ties in quite nicely with the sweet chocolate.

A lighter mouthfeel for a dark beer.

A lighter style dark (which I normally don't like) but I think I could have a few of these and enjoy them all.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 11:43:14 | More by Macca
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola colour with thick, frothy tan head, sizzles as it sinks slowly with light pock marks appearing, not leaving a whole heap of lace. There seems to be a lot of very small bubbles pounding the head from beneath. Does look very fizzy, quite cola-esque, but pretty good.

Nose has a rich, deep sourness to it, roasted and slightly burnt. Fair amount of espresso coffee with a light cocoa character and an astringent spice to it, like licorice or even, dare I say it, a touch of cayenne. A bit lofty or slight on the fragrance, a nice blend but not much to it.

Taste is very earthy in its bitterness, with a distinct burnt flavour that suggests itself without being especially potent, oddly enough. A slight cocoa character on the front is soon overtaken by the roastedness, which has hints of charcoal, espresso, soil and red apple skin. Palate stops quite short and falls short as far as flavour goes. Finishes quite dry, but flavour-wise is fairly weak, with nothing really happening there.

Mouthfeel is accurately described on the label as "never heavy in texture", but the label doesn't mentioned that that makes it a bit thin instead. There is enough body to elevate it above the 'watery' level though. Drinkable enough beer but not very hearty. All in all a bit blah.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 06:31:20 | More by laituegonflable
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TexIndy

Texas

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

[1xBOA]

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:16:27 | More by TexIndy
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dgilks

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black with a foamy light brown head. Head quickly dissipates to a thin quarter inch. No lacing.

S - Predominantly roast with a touch of sweet malt. Nothing amazing.

T - Plenty of roast with some faint coffee notes. A slight sweetness across the mid and back palates. Watery ending. Could be more interesting.

M - Thin and watery. Medium carbonation level. This is just a bit too light for what is described as a 'hearty' beer.

D - This is easy enough to drink. It goes down smoothly but lacks the interest and punch to make this a really drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 05:15:27 | More by dgilks
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juju7

Australia

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Funnily enough...it's black. A 2cm off white head that laced pretty well. Soft coffee notes among the roasted malt. A little sweetness on the palate with some biscuit and tidy bitterness. A very easy drink on these chilly nights. Worth buying but not hunting for.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 10:11:51 | More by juju7
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WHROO

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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)

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 08:26:22 | More by WHROO
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +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!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 02:56:30 | More by LittleCreature
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brendan13

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 09:03:49 | More by brendan13
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rjimlad

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 10:07:31 | More by rjimlad
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Kulrak

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 13:02:07 | More by Kulrak
Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.