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Monteiths Brewer’s Series Barrel Aged Porter

Brewed by Monteiths Brewing Co. (DB Breweries)
Style: Porter
Greymouth, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A deliciously dark beer conditioned in American oak pinot noir barrels. Meticulously monitored to achieve optimum balance of oak and pinot, overlaid with the rich, malty dark flavours of the porter. Racked off and filtered with a final flourish of dry hops to add a slight edge. Perfect for that moment when you sit down to a Sunday roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adasko (1595) - Poznan, POLAND - MAR 22, 2016
Very nice chocolate aroma with a bit of vanilla. Sweet with notes of oak and red wine, maybe ram. In taste it has even more chocolate, noticeable less oak. Still though has this wooden, teniniczny mouthfeel. Medium body, easy drinking. Not mind blowing, but good solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1436) - HONG KONG - FEB 13, 2016

500 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Looks: Clear deep blackish brown colour; One and a quarter finger head and crumpet y light beige foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing and very fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with strong roastyness, strong oak, roasted chestnuts, roasted coffee beans, toast, milked coffee, strong caramel, sugar, biscuits and light grass.

Taste: Mid to strong sweet dark malt, with strong roastyness, strong black coffee, light caramel, light toffee, burnt toast, light chocolate, strong sugar, dry biscuits, yeast, lime, quite strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Light body. Watery palate.

Mouth Feel: Full-blown dark maltyness in a very thin background. Very good roastyness but also very sweet, almost syrupy. Caramel is lighter than expected with right dose of burnt toast and good black coffee. Not much of oak characters figures here. Biscuits and lime to round. Simple and quite okay.

Hoppiness: Light grass in nose. Good lime and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is moderate to strong for a lasting, astringent sweet bitter finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, malty and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one feels like a half completed work, with the hoopla of oak barrels shows up in woody chestnut aroma, and while the full maltyness is nice, the overall taste too sweet and lacks sophistication. All its good looks and pinot noir seems futile. Drinkable but, this is Monteith, you know.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSin (25) - Immensee, SWITZERLAND - OCT 10, 2015
Wunderschönes tiefschwarze Farbe. Leicht brauner Schaum. Riecht nach Kaffee und Karamell. Der Geschmack unterstreicht den Kaffee. Süsser Abgang mit wenig Hopfen. Gutes Bier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heyden (134) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2015
Roasty and oaky aroma. Medium viscous black body. Bittersweet caramel and oaky flavour. Earthy hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full body, lightly carbonated. Medium length bittersweet finish. Not bad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (2034) - Granollers, SPAIN - JAN 30, 2015
Cervesa amb aroma i gust a xocolata, també destaquen tocs a vainilla, molt recomanable. Cerveza con aroma y sabor a chocolate, también destacan toques a vainilla, muy recomendable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbeatty (1239) - New York, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle, 11/12/2014. Pours dark earthy brown, wispy head covering half the surface. Aroma is nutty chocolate and toast, touch of caramel, hint of wood. Taste is straightforward, dark malts, powdery chocolate with moderate roast bitterness, hops, hint of vanilla and wood to finish. Thin body. Mostly an average/mediocre porter for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Earplay (51) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 2, 2014
Aroma of wood, whisky, some chocolate malt. Light carbonation. Taste is balanced, some oak-like flavours, med to full bodied, caramel, hints of alcohol?. Overall not bad for a macro-brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2014 500ml bottle, 1st porter for a while, aroma is woody & chocolate while the flavours are slightly hoppy with a smooth tasty mix of coffee, malt & chocolate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sten (726) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2014
Black - ruby beer with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts. Flavour of roasted malts, a bit watery. (Bottle 50cl)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (2795) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Ranger Kate. Pours deep ruby with a fading tan head. Nice coffee aroma. Starts a little sweet with coffee and chocolate. Feels a little watery with the alcohol quite evident. Enjoyable, but could be better given the ABV.

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