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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: 3
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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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).

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of LittleCreature
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!

Photo of doktorhops
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

And just like that I'm off to Aotearoa... not literally of course (been there, done some of that), but taste-figuratively, and Monteith's is to me the James Squire's of NZ - not awesome, but they do a decent enough job to keep me buzzing with beer-warmth in those dark winter days of choosing from the local pub tap. Speaking of "dark winter days" dark beer is certainly the type of beer for that time of year and with winter thrust upon us antipodeans again I am once again reminded of the taste of a decent Stout. Rich and rewarding, like a treasure chest full of stolen pirate doubloons, AARRR!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pirate... wait, pint.

A: Deep, deep ruby red body (like a Guinness), with a dusting of tan. Looks like a Stout, aye.

S: Toasted wheat grains upfront with a sweet honey/vanilla musk, and some liquorice characters as well... intriguing, not average Stout aromas, however I am reminded it is a Schwarzbier (German for "darker than all those lagers and wheat beers we drink, jawohl!").

T: Fairly flat and dry tasting. Bit of that honey and vanilla resonates and the undertone of classic Stout flavours (think chocolate, chicory and espresso coffee), but with a hint of pale ale; caramel malts and light floral hops. Not fantastic, but not bad either. Preferred it to the 4 Pines Stout I just tried.

M: Flat carbonation with a medium body. Found the carbonation too flat - needs a little bit more here.

D: Yeah it's not bad. Not bad but not great either. It's just a shoulder shrug beer - someone asks you if you like it and you shrug your shoulders in reply. I'm not convinced Monteith's, I need something more exciting. That being said it is Monteith's, the James Squire's of NZ, and I guess it's about as much excitement I will get from them. I'm moving on to American Stouts (if I can get my hands on some) now.

Food match: [Copy and paste from the 4 Pines Stout] rack of roasted meat (any dark meat), side of roasted vegetables and heavy gravy, or a nice warm stew. Dessert: dark chocolate. Follow with a glass of port.

Photo of megahurts4
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

Photo of Macca
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tugdriver7
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.

Photo of Kornoms
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TubaManJack
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Tap into my jug (mini pitcher) over a multiple times

Appearance-A solid three fingers of creamy foaming head. The beer is solid black that is almost opaque with a little carbonation along the sides.
Smell - A wee bit of sweet malt and floral "English-style" hops. The majority of the smell comes from the roasted malt.
Taste- Sweet Roasted flavors but this is really quite nice a very smooth flavor and its not assaulting. Limited hops and balanced by that and the sweeter malt.
Mouthfeel/Drinkablity-Very drinkable for a dark beer and a great option for those who want flavor in their beer.

Photo of juju7
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of mempath
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of will1256
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Kulrak
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Cheld
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of koolk
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.

Photo of adityashekhar
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of deaconoflove
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap. Nice very dark near black, but not opaque. MInimal brown head.
Sm. Malty and caramel first with a hidden tartness. Second and third sniff gave me a sourish or spoiled? off odor.
Ta. Chocolately at first and some slightly burnt roastiness, then a little of that sourish off thing.
Mf. Nice, full, thickish.
Dr. Very good, but not great. Can't figure the off odor/taste that showed up a couple of times.

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.

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)

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