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Macs Black Mac

Brewed by Macs Brewery
Style: Schwarzbier
Wellington, New Zealand


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A dark malt beer which is brewed to give an excellent balance to the palate. The characteristic aromatics and flavour being derived from the inclusion of dark malts. Black Mac has a good head, is full bodied, and contains sufficient sweetness to compliment the hop bitterness. Brewed using choice Motueka hops and quality barley. Black Mac contains no added chemicals, preservatives or colouring

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
heyden (79) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2015
Christian bale - the dark kight. A man who hides behind the shadows, and appears very seldomely. Perhaps this so called ’bevarge’ should follow suit. A tangy plague like aftertaste sends you directly to the afterlife.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rulymel (197) - SPAIN - AUG 10, 2014
Black colour. Good taste chocolate and cofee in a god body beer. Nice and soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
KeefOz (1072) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
Tasted 8/2/2014. BB 01/08/14. Poured a semi-opaque very deep ruby red colour with a ruby edge tint. A one-finger light tan bubbly head diminished quickly and laced OK. Carbonation low. Aroma of mild nice smelling roasted malt dominates over a hint of dark chocolate. Taste of sweet malt which very quickly turns to a nice pleasant but strong roasted malt flavour. Light to medium body, a bit heavier than a lager. Smooth, slightly bitter finish. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2647) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
330ml pop-top bottle with ABV of 4.8% and a BB date of June 2014. Pours clear, dark reddish brown with a good head, leaving very good lacing. Feel: meium body and nicely smooth, with medium carbonation. Aroma: caramel, medium and dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavor: good balance; lasting dark roasted malt aftertaste with a touch of NZ hops and a hint of coffee. O: easy drinking, moderately favorful black ale that was notably better and more flavorful than the Matson’s Black that preceded it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3425) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2013
NZ N° 50 # The head is good, the body black. It smells sweet, darkmalty roasty. The taste is roasty, darkmalty, maltaromatic, chocolate, toasted. Very Good Schwarzbier!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14694) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Draft at the source. Very dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of ciffee grounds. Taste is very roasty but plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1564) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 9, 2013
Appearance: Very dark brown, clear I guess. Some tan head. Aroma: Dark malt, chocolate. Taste: More dark malt and chocolate. Coffee? Actually refreshing. Info: 330ml bottle, 1/6-2013

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1989) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Draught. Got a pint of this in Wellington and was a bit disappointed. Its decent beer but not great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 surprisingly good, tastes kinda like a sweet chocolate liquorice log. not even that watery, rather smooth. biggest problem is the flavour disappears immediately, no punch at all, but its rather nice really. update: found out that the first one of these was actually 6 months past its best by, and was better than the fresh stuff. surprised that such mainstream stuff aged so well. tick this up a bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3630) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle on northern explorer train en route to Wellington 5/1/13
Dark brown-black with fizzy cola head. Fairly thin bodiedwith some roast barley and coffee notes and a touch of bitterness. Too sparing on the hops (AGAIN).

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