Monteith's Black - Monteith's Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
10-14-2010 13:24:17 | More by rfgetz
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
3.45/5 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
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
I cant believe i have not reviewed this ive had it plenty a time but to be honest its been a while and thought why not,it pours a dark ruby brown hue with a three finger creamy head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing,the smell is black coffee,caramel malts,herbal hops and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and very sessionable and has tastes of dark belgian chocolate,caramel malts,herbal hops,cocoa and finished just like a black coffee bittersweet and overall i like what someone stated earlier Monteiths is just like Australias James Squire its above average and usually best option at a country/or lame pub but theres way better out there thats for sure cheers.
08-10-2012 13:41:13 | More by ADZA
3.25/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
03-10-2010 18:08:30 | More by ktrillionaire
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.55/5 rDev 0%
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...
10-20-2010 07:46:32 | More by mdagnew
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured into a snifter.
A: the deep walnut brown color is just a few shades short of black. A fluffy cream cap has OK retention. As it falls to a patchwork blanket, it leaves a smattering of lace.
S: Molasses struck me first. Let me nose linger revealed aromas of baking chocolate and lemon.
T: Baking chocolate is the central theme. Bitterness is mild and has a burnt quality. The beer gets rather acidic toward the end.
M: The medium-light body is semi-dry and has the right level of fizz.
D: This is an OK beer overall. The acidic finish keeps this beer from garnering a higher score.
12-19-2010 01:07:34 | More by Rayek
3.74/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
05-30-2013 04:17:51 | More by soju6
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
08-16-2011 12:33:20 | More by DCon
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
08-13-2007 09:03:49 | More by brendan13
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
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
3.48/5 rDev -2%
A - Jet black with a thin white head. Decent lacing.
S - Not much here except a faint hint of roasted malt.
T - Nice basic flavour of roasted malts, with dark chocolate and coffee notes.
M - Thin in body but smooth.
O - A very drinkable dark beer. The first Monteith's Ive enjoyed this much. Good session beer.
09-01-2011 05:20:06 | More by dansmcd
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
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
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
04-06-2006 13:10:21 | More by jamie2dope
3.8/5 rDev +7%
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!
07-10-2008 02:56:30 | More by LittleCreature
Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
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