CapnStabbin (14) - Wellington, - AUG 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Of NZ’s widely produced black beers, this is the best. However, the taste is still a bit uneven. Solid effort.
canadiankiwi (135) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 11, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a tap. Smells like a less salty marmite. As a mainstream beer this is quite enjoyable. Nothing fantastic but has more flavour to it than a lot of other standard monteiths. Smooth finish.
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Sissio (1147) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAR 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home
Clear dark brown, brown head
Hint of ash, cream, coffe, cacao, ovomaltina, amaretti
Easy drinkable with complex aftertaste
lrkmilani (88) - BRAZIL - JAN 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had it from bottle. Nice beer, easy drinkability. Not as strong as it thought it would be, but still nice.
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TorbenJensen (1435) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coarse sustained light brown foam covers a limited aroma of hard roasted malt. The flavor is excellent and contains lots of rich roasted malt tones with a little bit English licorice in the background. It is certainly very tasty and can certainly be equated with many of the best German schwarzbier. Only a slight hoppy bitterness contributes to the long after taste where malt is used to continuously maintain the taste buds. It is certainly worth recommending.
Wim (3506) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On holiday dark brown black colored body with an off white head with a roasted malt hops aroma a hop malt coffee sweet taste with a slight bitter finish
Westkyoto77 (606) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to pint glass. Lovely dark mahogany, medium head. Some coffee, soy sauce and milk chocolate. A little on the thin side, but flavours were pleasant.
DavidAust (169) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coming from a warm country, I tend to drink cold beer. This Schwarzbier version has enough flavour to still provide plenty of taste straight from a cold fridge, without making you feel you are drinking a heavy beer. Because it is a lager and not an ale, it still has quite a crisp and clean finish (unlike the dark ales fruity finishes) which means the flavour doesn’t linger as long, but it is more consistent in it’s chocolately / coffee flavour. Good mouthfeel with nice carbonation which provides a nice frothy head if you give it an active pour. Will come down at a moderate pace and leave nice lacing on the glass.
Because of the lack of lingering finish, you do keep going back for more quickly making this quite the session beer - so on the colder nights (only around 12 to 15 degrees Celsius) this is a great beer to polish off with mates, Goes well with chocolate brownies.
Bule (1680) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Mild hop flavors and nice roasted malt.
TedE (814) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2015
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle into glass. Strong coffee nose. Mahogony dark with big tan head. Looks and smells great. Quite weak watery taste. Ends with iced coffee. It’s all up front with this one.
anstei (937) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in Haast. Black but not pitch black, hints of brown. Little soft head. Roasty nose, but not extreme. Hints of liquorice in the taste, but altogether surprisingly light and refreshing. As others have mentioned, definitely sessionable.