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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
330mL awesome bottle as always. Pour is a clear, cola brown with a thin, tan head with very little retention. Aroma is strong milk chocolate, rich caramel, burnt caramel, cookie dough, toast. Taste is sessionable, rich dark malts, cola sweetness, slightly bitter. Fresh, lively, bitter on the palate. Very well made and easily enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (3666) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2010
330ml bottle. Jet black in colour with a coffee coloured head of tiny bubbles. Looks thick and heary, a meal in a glass. Burnt smoky aroma leads to as burnt malt taste that lingers and the flavour spreads to all parts of the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle - Very dark/black with tan head. Medium carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Roasted malts, smoky, nutty, molasses. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madquacker (1051) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2010
A good solid black ale. Salty and abit watery with some vegemite. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2027) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2010
Pours black with a light tan small head. Nose shows light roasted malt with a lot of nutty and toasty chocolate malt. Big milk chocolate hit as well as vanilla. This is great. Such a lovely creamy mix of aromas. Flavours are less complex with more of the emphasis on plain roasted malt. Still, some hints of milky chocolate (reminiscent of a hot chocolate) show. Quite sweet, with just a hint of a roasty finish. Much too much carbonation for this kind of beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 19, 2010
Not a bad schwarzbier. Notes of toffee, cream, biscuit, chocolate in a smooth body with a moderately bitter finish. Nice effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2541) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2010
Almost black with a decent beige head. Smells of mild roast malt and grass with some hints of berries. Tastes barely sweet with a touch of roast and plain bitterness. A good quality lowbrow beer (which is nothing to sneeze at).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jade (416) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2010
Dark and murky cola colour with a biege/brown head. Roasted toffee or caramel aroma. Very heavy coffee taste - which is really not my thing. It’s a quality beer no doubt, just not for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2010
Black colour with garnet highlights. Reasonable tan head. Aroma has some dark roasty character that is light to medium with some spciy/herbal light hop aroma. Clean palate that is medium bodied and quite refreshing. A very interesting beer, I think my first Schwarzbier, would like to try some others to compare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1942) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2012 Bottle at Auckland airport. Excellent beer. Roasted aromas, with chocolate, and toffee. Sweet taste with a bitter finish, average duration. Velvety palate, medium body. Dark brown; with a long-lasting, frothy , and white head.

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