Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes very impressive, strong malty sweet flavour but light and smooth on a delicate, lingering palate. I am impressed by the way beer is made. This is a very good effort.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well... I had always considered this to be one of my favourite beers, but now I am reconsidering.
Aroma is good as always, chocolate, coffee and a fair bit of malt, but with a weird vegetable (roasted capsicum?) aroma.
Tasted overly sweet to me in an unfermented kind of way. Lacking the bitterness to balance the sweetness too. Couldn't hold its head for more than a few seconds.
Still good, but nowhere near as great as I recall. Will probably rerate.
bluevegie (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like the roasted and rich chocolate flavours in this one that and the appearance, to me it was black with a light brown lasting head, could easily make a good session beer for me. Cheers!
bfgill (120) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black has the right body to be able to enjoy a quiet one or to drink when your having a big one. I love the chocolate and roasted malt flavours in a beer which is dark and creamy. Highly enjoyable. cheers
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A personal favourite when visting kiwi land. Have tried off tap and now in bottle, and the bottle is best. It's a dark brew with creamy head. Burnt malt and a light chocolate flavour blends nicely giving an enjoyable drinking experience.
BruceinPerth (5) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2003 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts well but finishes too thin. Good honest flavours not compromised by chemicals. Light enough in body and palate to be enjoyed year round. I found chocolate but no coffee -- and less of a taste "hit" than Tooheys Old. This is v-e-r-y drinkable.
SilkTork (5229) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Nice beer. Very drinkable - it slips down smooth and easy with bags of roasty toasty chocolate and coffee flavours, a delicate sweetness, an endearing oiliness and a lip smacking finish that it's all gone before you have time to take notes. I'll get this one again!
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a good impression of the Czech Blacks like Kozel or Purkmistr. This brewery has done very well, even though ther is not the presence of noble hops. Great mouthfeel, blance and nice burnt aroma and flavour
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured dark brown, lovely clear amber tint when you hold it up to a light. Short beige head that lasted about 20 seconds. Slightly fruity aroma, bit of roasted grain there too. Not a bad taste, nothing amazing though. Initially sweet malt flavour followed by a slightly bitter tang and a smokey/burnt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather smooth, bit fuller in feel than tooheys old which is a good thing.
Anonmatel (22) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Once again with Monteith's beers, the head dies really fast, inoffensive, bland, slightly hoppy, a bit burnt, slightly artificial with some chemicals present, I would drink this again. Decent beer.