This beer is a very interesting specimen from the Monteith’s brewery in Greymouth, New Zealand. I’ve been to that brewery in Greymouth and I can confidently say that it’s the most interesting thing in town. I did see some dolphins though. They were quite interesting. No really, I do like Greymouth with the spectacular views down the coast to the mountains beyond and the seemingly never-ending gale-force winds that blow in from the ocean.
Monteith’s Black Beer is a curious combination of dark ale and stout. It exhibits the colour and bitterness of a dark ale, but with the more malty, roasted characters and mouthfeel of a stout. The aroma is an interesting mix of roasted malt and a bit of a berry hint and the colour is deep black with a deep red hue when held to the light. The flavour is complex with notes of nutty biscuit, caramel and coffee, derived from the use of 5 malts. The finish is nice and malty, but works well with the bitterness to give a crisp drinking sensation.
I’d recommend this beer with a good roast over Sunday lunch.