sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black with brown edges, and a creamy tan head.
Smoky, roasted malt like a stout yet sweet honey and herbaceous notes like a belgian blonde.
Very mild notes of coffee and hops.
Nice bitterness in the flavours balanced by a vanilla sweetness.
Tones of burnt malt, mellow coffee and apricot fruit.
Very nice and light on the palate whilst retaining fairly complex flavours. A bitter aftertaste that ends kind of smoky.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours almost black, with ruby. Brown fluffy head. Sweet aromas of chocolate, nuts, caramel. Flavour is nice, a bit sweet. The roasted malt chocolate flavour is there, with some bitter hops and malt.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap 01.05.09. Black brown, off white head. Aroma is chocolate, malt, and roasted nuts. Flavor is the same with an oily body, caramel, pine, coffee, dry finish. To me, this is more like a dry stout.
KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 20, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 330mL. Chocolate malty aroma. Very close to black beer with a hint of red in it. Good size head and good head retention (tan colour). Smooth tasting black beer. Chocolate malty taste. Not burnt tasting at all. Short finishing and a bit weak in flavour compared to other good black beers.
Eructoblaster (2759) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Macís Brewery, Wellington (NZ). Opaque black body with average beige creamy head. its malty/hoppy aroma carries black chocolate and roasty hints. Taste is OK but lacks complexity and ends with a decent bitter/roasty finish. Honest effort.
Marsiblursi (2963) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 4.8%, thanks to my friend Alex) Pours dark brown (almost black in the glass) with a light brown head. Nice roasted malt aroma with tones of coffee, caramel, liquorice and a touch of smoke. Also some hints of dark chocolate, nuts, dark juicy bread and molasses. Bit metallic. The flavour is light to medium roasted with caramel, chocolate and coffee and some background notes of mild salt liquorice, nuts, smoke, pepper, minerals/wet stone and metal. The mouthfeel is rather creamy and soft with some hard edges from the roast and the metallic tones. Hops far away in both in the aroma and flavour, very woody and English in character. Caramel sweet without being that sticky. Malt lingers with tones of caramel and chocolate. Light to medium bodied. A nice one.
RichardGretton (4119) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in New Zealand. Black beer with a weakly roasted and coffee aroma, and a roasted and lightly bitter/dry flavour. Overall an average dark beer.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting pull cap. Darker brown with minimal head. Aroma is rye bread and some light roasted malt. Drier upfront with a dark malty flavour that is quite simple yet enjoyable.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon. Visited the brewery too.
Dark black colored brew. Roasted malts, decent bitterness. Nice one!
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Iíve had this beer before but never really thought it was all that great although people rave about it. This is the first time Iíve tried it since Shed 22 was bought out by Macís, Shed 22 had a lovely porter called Sultry Dark which was discontinued after the take over and parts of the recipe were amalgamated into Black Mac....to cut a long story short, the old black Mac was rubbish but the new black Mac has certain characteristics of sultry dark that actually makes it pleasant to drink. Not as good as sultry but not as bad as black....somewhere in-between.