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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
Iíve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon. Visited the brewery too.
Dark black colored brew. Roasted malts, decent bitterness. Nice one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
StuffWine (135) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2007
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bozoNZ (718) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3277) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2487) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2006
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimthechap (1820) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2006
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.

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