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Brewed by Macs Brewery
Style: Schwarzbier
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bif (1563) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2012
On tap at Macís Steamship Brewing Co inAuckland. Served a very dark Mahogany color with a hint of ruby around the edge. Decent head, creamy and fades to some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt bit of caramel sweetness and a bit od spice in the background. Taste of roasted malt caramel sweetness and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth and ceamy with a nice balance. Nice beer for the style that goes down easy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3307) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 12, 2012
Czarne jak noc w piwnicy. Smoliste i palone wyraźnie. Aromatyczne z wielgachną pianą. Wytrawne solidnie. Nut owocowych tu průżno szukać. Kolor nieprzepuszcza światła, jakby najlepszy szwarzbier z egzotycznego kraju. Blisko mu do najlepszych Stoutůw

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
petergaynor (114) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2012
330ml bottle, pours dark black, thick caramel coloured head. Smells coffe, nutty, toasted malt. Tastes very toasted, coffee, some chocolate and nuts coming through. Not a bad effort by macs.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cantabrian (883) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 30, 2012
It does say on the label that this is a dark ale, although technically it is classified here as a lager. Whatever it is, itís no good. Looks cheap, too frothy, smells like DD7 10-cent coins wash, and it tastes equally. Thin, watery, too hoppy and citrusy, not my choice for a dark ale.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deusax (451) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 31, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Quite nice on tap, with a round palate, and a strong caramel taste. Bottled is worse, with a hard sparkling and a strong bitterness and sourness.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Bottle at Hops & Crops. Dark red-brown pour with a brief tan head leaving heavy, coarse lace. Metallic nose (bottle may have sat). Medium body and carbonation. Heavy metallic taste overpowers a chocolate and toffee middle, followed by a medium, coffee and bitter finish. The metallic taste fades somewhat as the glass warms and the chocolate becomes more prominent as a hint of licorice enters. This is what I have for now, will try a fresh pour at Steamship when Iím there next and re-rate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4859) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, a touch of licorice, some light coffee and a bit more roasted malt and earth. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt flavours with a touch of sugars, cream and a little earthiness. Aftertaste shows the simple, yet potent roasted malt taste with a little sweetness and a hint of alcohol near the end. Overall, a decent beer that shows some quality, but not great compared to other artisinal beers in New Zealand. I sampled this 33cL bottle with ridges on the lip, on my honeymoon on 22-August-2011 at the Koru Club (Air New Zealand) in Auckland International Airport.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3285) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Quite fond of this beer. Nothing special. Shows lots of roasted malts and light bitter coffee but a fantastic dark quaffer

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (1985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
Dark in colour, almost black with browny tinges. Light in the mouth, more like a porter or German black beer /schwarzbier. Nice roasted flavours with coffee high notes and chocolate on the finish. Only criticism is bit too light in body and thin in the mouth.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
summervillains (3) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2011 does not count
Got a chance to drink this when in the Marshall Islands. I love this beer. Unique... dark but not heavy. Incredibly complex but incredibly drinkable. I snuck 6 or 7 of these back to the States and am drinking them slowly and rarely only on very special occasions. Wish I could get it here.


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