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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nicko (191) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2006
This has changed over the years and is now a 5% abv Schwarzbier called Macís Black, according to the Macís website. Canít comment on earlier incarnations but I liked the current version a lot. At room temperature on a cold Sydney day, it presented as a very smooth, easy-drinking schwarz. Not very demanding, but a fine session tipple for the colder months. Poured with a terrific head that left great swathes of tiramisu cream down the glass as it retreated. The aroma reminded me of the ginger creams that you find in those pseudo ye olde world lolly shops. It also showed bath grout, milky drinking chocolate and cookies-and-cream ice cream. Itís quite soft and subtle. At room temperature, the mouthfeel was great - soft, creamy and filling. The flavour mix was intriguing - cafe latte, ice cream, marshmallows, burnt toast, strawberry cordial - with minimal bitterness in the finish. An unusual beer and good enough to encourage me to seek out more Macís. (330ml bottle found at Purvis Cellars, Melbourne)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2006
I think the bottle I had said 5%, but I canít recall. Clear red-black, greyish head. Aroma is to the Reserve as Tooheys Old is to New. Actually thatís probably underselling it a bit but it definitely has that same yeastiness, though in this there are some nice subtle toasty dark malts and instant coffee. Very nice marshmallowy dark malt flavour without much roast or hop in the finish. The dark malts are nice and soft and smooth, but itís all too light and subtle, and thereís little else, though it did grow on me somewhat. Not bad, but it needs more guts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lunkie (1401) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2006
Sharp bitter burnt malt smokey aroma. Black colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter brunt flavour. Flat palate. Not the best beer to drink on a very very hot summer day like today. But it was the only cold beer in the fridge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vanvenlo (1225) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2006
21 Jan 05 - Pronounced chocolate roasted malt aroma. Black colour, flat head and suds lacing. Big roasted malt (simple) and quite pleasant. Light tangy, thinnish and roasted choc malty finish. Easy drinking beer but a bit simplistic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeopardMan (53) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2006
330 ml. bottle served in a 440 ml. tumbler. 5% ABV listed on the bottle. Dark Red/Brown. Thinnish but reasonably toasty with definte bread/biscuit/coffee/chocolate notes. Would make a nice casual-drinking beer if it were a bit less expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2005
Tasted 06/12/2005. The famous, and distinctive, 330ml "Macís" bottle is taller and slimmer than it used to be. Pours a deep chestnut, with burnished red hues. Short lasting off-white, tending to tan, head. Lacey. Dark chocolate, crusty bread, cookie and coffee in the nose. Astringent, dry, toasty in the mouth with just a little vanilla-like sweetness creeping through. Lacks malt. Slightly lightweight, thins and with a powdery mouthfeel. Lowly carbonated, so gets away with the thiness more than some might.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6669) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
Dark reddish brown, small tan head. Caramel, chocolate, biscuit aromas that carry over to the palate, along with some faintly bitter hops. Balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
330 ml bottle. Dark brown ruby tinted beer with a thin tan head. Nice sweet malty aroma, molasses, toasted nuts, chocolate and toffee. Flavour is slightly sweet with a touch of sourness. Chewy licorice, molasses, toffee malts. A bit of toast. Hints of chocolate and coffee with faint roastiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2005
Dark brown with a medium sized loss, collapsing beige head. Caramel aroma, really sweet malt in the flavour. Dry and slightly roasted at the end. Ok, not too bad but not really good either. Not one I would buy again.

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