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.
StuffWine (117) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprised found it very drinkable. Interesting, especially aroma, woody. Dark brown, red tinge. Full mousy-brown head. Balanced toasted malt flavour. Long and smooth bitter-dry finish, though progressively bitter and slightly less enjoyable toward end.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
Massively roasty, like a burnt tree. Charred and barren. A true schwarzbier. Iíve noticed a lot of these in NZ so far. Enjoyed at Nova in Dunedin, NZ.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Bottle, a dark cola-like colour, plenty of carbonation present, and a bubbly light beige head. A very metallic aroma with some sweet caramal malt sneaking through. Very effervescent and astringent in the mouth, dominating the roasted malt flavour, which does carry some coffee liqour like characteristics. Never been a huge fan of this beer, and my view hasnít changed much after having not tasted it for a few years.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Newmarket Macs Pub. Coke like cherry black to look at. Thin bubbly head. Slightly choclate wafts but nothing overly dominant. Creamy choclate with slight coffee bitterness but overall a little sshort & thin. Sessionable but one of the better of the range I think.
sunevdj (3054) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a tanned yellowish head. Malts and some coffee with a hint of liquirish. Medium bodied with a medium to low carbonation. Toasted, slightly bitter finish.
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Macís Black, 5.0% ABV, and quite certainly bottom fermented.
Pours a deepest brown-tinged ruby in the lights. Black from the depths. Substantial, moussy beige head formed, held and snowed over the entire glass. Heady, molasses and dusty cocoa nose with hints of clear lacquer and burnt chocolate cake. Actually very pleasant. Nice, simple roasted and charred malt palate. A little on the thin side but progressively smooth in feel. Slight molasses tang and sweetness shows, a lick of milk chocolate mid-palate. Slightly dusty, dry, gritty malt swallow that shows some smoke. Good length. Very sessionable stuff, nothing spectacular but it works. Far above the other beers of this brewery. (33cL, 26/03/07, Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
Jimthechap (1482) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Just a wee bit disappointing really. Some describe it as a swartz, others a dark ale but itís just a wee bit hard to tell. This beer isnít as thin as Karen Carpenter, but isnít far off. Fortunately it has the punch of bitterness from its Motueka hops that gives you the reason you need to reach for another one. Goes very well with barbeque steak, backyard cricket and long summer evenings.
Nicko (191) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am also rating the current 5% "Macís Black". 330 ml bottle. Poured a nice black in my schooner glass. Strong burned malt aromas - nice. Minimal creamy head, bitter tastes. Slightly thin body though lets it down.