Monteiths brewing co. Black beer (Schwarzbier)


image“Crafted from a blend of five premium malts to create a complex depth of flavours with dominant coffee notes. Crisper than sweet darks and smoother than harsh stouts. Perfect for the moment when you step in from the cold.”

It’s always a bit of a risk buying beers from this brewery because their range of quality can go from good to bad very easily. As it’s a dark beer we have served this in a beer tulip. From the pour the appearance is dark brown to black with some highlighted edges when held to the light. The 1 cm tan cap reduced to a thin covering on top. Pretty good head retention with some fine lace trails. The aroma is quite subdued, offering a roasted coffee dominated nose with a touch of chocolate. There is a strange and unpleasant metallic scent in here too which is actually putting us off. The mouth feel is smooth and really light on. Mildly carbonated with a slightly thin body. The palate is quite a let down due to the expectation of some solid roasted malts ,coffee or chocolate because all we can get out of it is a flat, subtle hint of cocoa, caramel and very subtle coffee notes with a short back end. Only 5.2% ABV so there wasn’t a lot of bite there either. Too one dimensional and tedious. A disappointing beer overall.