Monteiths barrel aged porter


image“A delicious dark beer influenced by 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.”

These guys have quite the extensive range, besides the Doppelbock their standard range is…well standard, but this new range of crafty brews sold in 500ml bottles has really changed our perspective on this brewery. So far the imperial Pilsner and the apricot wheat has impressed us, we’re hoping this one does too. Served in a pint glass it’s pouring an attractive dark brown with ruby red edges. The 2 finger lightly tanned head slowly reduced, eventually settling to a fine layer on top. Laced well. Nice aromas emanating here – almost wine like, and this is explained by the Pinot noir barrels this brew is aged in. Undertones of sour cherry, raisin, chocolate, coffee and nuts are a delight to take in. In the mouth feel it’s light on and slightly oily. Body is mild and the carbonation is mild-medium. Nice chocolate flavours combined with oak, dark malts and berries makes this beer a pleasure to drink. Very wine-like finish and aftertaste with lingering hints of dark berries and wood. 6.5% ABV. A very good offering from Monteiths..we’d have to be honest, this would have to be the top pick of their beers for us now. Delicious drop.