Formerly brewed at Matsons
Style: Schwarzbier
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Matson’s Black is made in the style of German Schwarzbier (black beer). Very dark brown to almost black in colour, it has a smooth roasted malt character with a hint of chocolate.

Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1792) - Christchurch, - APR 16, 2013
Schwarzbier is a style I have a soft spot for. I love the coffee roastiness of the style along with the invigorating almost sherbety mouthfeel. There’s been many a session I have enjoyed on Kostritzer and so it is the standard by which I judge all other imposters. So, how does this measure? The flavour is more on the mark than most New Zealand takes on this style and it certainly has the spritzy brightness the style demands. This is one of the better Matson’s beers in my opinion but could use a bit more alcohol to carry greater flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (2148) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
330ML bottle served in a glass at Town Ball near the brewery. Looks like, and seems to be a schwarzbier. Feel: Light body with high (too high) carbonation. A bit fizzy. Aroma: weak; more hops than expected. The flavor is weak but with more hops than in a standard schwarzbier. Ignoring style, the balance is OK. Very mildly bitter aftertaste. O: Over-carbonated and somewhat weak. Needs more dark roasted malts. Not bad, but disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cantabrian (883) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 30, 2013
True to the style: one-dimensional and rather boring. This has actually a nice plum touch to the aroma. The rest is basically just dry wood, roasted malts, ashes, some cheap, sweet, waxy chocolate, all wrapped within a rather watery body. It’s not bad, especially for a Schwarzbier!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ShaneJ (588) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Blackish-brown, flavour/aroma dominated by roast grain, coffee, sweetish malt, not very bitter. Ok, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (969) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2012
Poured a dark nearly opaque black with a red tint. Virtually no head and so no lacing. Aroma of sweet molasses and a hint of coffee. Taste of roasted grain followed by a hint of sweet molasses. Thin body. Short smooth finish of roasted grain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 21, 2009
A rather unattractive pale brown colour. Aroma is weakly of coffee. Flavour is also mildly coffe-malt. thin in the mouth. Drinkable, and better than monteiths black.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 Rated May ’08: Pours almost pitch black with a white disappearing head. Aromas of burnt malt. Slight bittersweetness, coffee, burnt toast, some caramel. Quite an easy dark lager, good one to start out on but nothing spectacular. Re-rated December ’08: Pours brown/black, off white head. Aromas of cocoa, chocolate and a wee bit of hop. Watery texture. The chocolate notes dominate the flavour, and some bitterness. Some coffee in the finish. Quite a nice Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2008
(On tap) Clear, brown with an orange hue and a small, off-white head. Light aroma of burned malt and a wee buttery whiff. Light and a little watery with only a touch of burned malts. The finish is dry with a wee malt astrigency. I believe this is the thinnest NZ Dark Ale ever. 190208

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2007
Tasted 27/10/2007. 5oz tasted from the brewery bar. Near black. Chocolate malt, toast, vinyl and caramel on the nose. Thin, watery and mild in the mouth. Nice ashy note in ths finish but it doesn’t have the guts to fully carry it off.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bozoNZ (718) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 20, 2007
330ml bottle. Dark almost black with copper hues. Toasty malt aromas when it warms. Nice enough up front - toast char malts but fades and thins too quickly.

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