Machalel (32) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance: Brown-black body with a tall, but thin, tan coloured head. Leaves a small amount of lacing down the glass.
Aroma: Black american-style coffee (not espresso), roast grains, and a little bit of ’dry’ sweetness.
Taste: Quite bitter and burnt flavours at the front, with some smoother (but not smooth enough) caramelised malt following. Finishes with a slightly mettalic ash taste that is quite unpleasant. A bit flat and thin. I can tell that it definitely is not a stout!
Mouthfeel: Quite dry, with medium carbonation. Quite a light body, but too harsh and astringent to be enjoyable.
Overall: No thanks. I didn’t enjoy this at all, but am not sure if it is the beer or just the style, as I haven’t had another Schwarzbier before. I think I can understand what it is trying to achieve, so I will try to find a better example of the style.
Bif (1580) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with anicetanhead that fades to web like l acing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, bit of grain and a hint of chocolate in the background. Taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, dark fruit, with a trace of chocolate and coffee. Nice bitterness and the finish is quite clean. Moderate body and smooth. Nie balance. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.
Kurtos (103) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Looks a bit like coca-cola except without the fizz and a slightly more dense body.
Aroma. Can smell mocha espresso flavours, with also notes of cream and biscuit.
Flavour. Can taste flavours of Coffee, Dark Chocolate and a slight lingering bitterness, along with general roasted grain flavours.
Overall. Good beer, nice and smooth from start to finish with no off flavours. Definitely my favorite Monteiths Beer.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
first time i had this about a year ago i can remember it being not bad. this time i think i got a bad bottle as everything was horribly metallic and rather a put off. i’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and split the difference. couldn’t taste much of the coffee or chocolate that i remember from last time.
zacgillbanks (2620) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A black beer with red fruit and chocolate flavours with roasted notes on the finish.
Imaena (1915) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Had this in Wellington and enjoyed it at the time. it was a nice smooth SB.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mörkaste brun i färgen med offwhite skum. Doftar mörkt rågbröd, fruktigt med mörka bär, lite choklad och kaffe. Smakar söt mörk malt, lite gräs, karamell, fruktigt med mörka bär. Lätt bitterhet på slutet.
Cantabrian (886) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Everything is average on this beer. It is not bad, but nothing extraordinary either. The flavour has the potential to be a bit more complex than an ordinary Schwarzbier, but it does not make it much further. It will still be my choice out of the Monteith’s family in any pub.
fletchfighters (1148) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle
Pours like cola, settles black with ruby tints. One finger light brown head with good web like lacing. Settles to a fine film.
Nose is lots of roast, coffee, some rolled oats, and slight aroma of caramel.
Coffee, roast, licorice, slight sweet malts and caramel taste.
Palate is good lingering roast and coffee. Slightly thin in the mid palate but decent in the finish.
Nothing too bad but nothing earth shattering.
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KeefOz (991) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured an opaque black with a red tint. No head; no lace. Aroma of roasted grain and a slight malt sweetness. Taste of sweet malt, roasted grain and caramel. Medium to light body. Short smooth finish.