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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 (On tap Courtesy of yalnikim. Dark brown - close to black - with a creamy, beige head leaving some laces. Lightly sweet, hard roasted malt aroma. Medium in body with lightly sweet, hard roasted malt accents and a somewhat malt bitter finish. Drinkable indeed. 310108

(Bottle 33,5 cl) A beer that certainly lives up to it’s name, this really is black albeit with a reddish tint. Light brown, creamy head. Malty, lightly burned, but also with a strange tang of bon-bons or something - actually very unpleasant. I fail to believe this is intentional. Hope it’s a faulty beer. 3/2/3/1/6=1.5 100204

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
marcus (6591) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
This dark brown ale pours with a modest tan head. There is a malty, banana taste with a slight chocolate finish. One of the few drinkable ales found in New Zealand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2004
5%. Black in colour with good size light tan head. Hops feature initially on the nose followed by all the five malts posted on the label. Roasted flavours come through in the taste, milky coffee and grains, thin in body but easily drinkable. Don’t know if this is the same beer as the one listed here?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
Bottled: Certainly not the best brown ale I had. Red/brown coloured. Light brown head. Metallic and vague aroma. Flavour is significant better than the aroma, but it dosn’t say much. Light malt and hops and some roastyness. Is light bitter and dry in the end.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
motelpogo (6701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 12, 2004
i couldn't taste much in this other than golden syrup. no burnt flavours or bitterness, limp and uninspiring

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (19670) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2003
Bottled. Dark brown. Light bodied. Licorice aroma. Clean mouthfeel, some coffee and a lot of fizz. Metallic finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29484) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2003
A dark red beer with a light brown disappearing head. The aroma is sweet and slightly smoked. The flavor starts on a thin note but then comes a good malt flavor of roasted malt - though a little flat. The carbondioxide prickles the tongue, it ends on a slight sweet and bitter note. This beer has no body. All in all it is a weird beer - it has some good traits but also some bad ones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2003
Well, you can't claim false advertising. There is a very subtle nose of chocolate malt fully supported by the taste. Strong and bold, the low ABV is more than compensated by the power of the malt. I have only one comment on the description, what is gravity brewing?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2003
Lovely beer to come home to. Dark chocolate malt, with sweetness and finish. Brown foaming head. This beer worked for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2002
Nice aroma, chocolatey, nutty but the flavour disappears the moment you taste it and doesn’t come back. Thin body leaves you feeling like your beer glass... empty.

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