Brewed by Macís Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Schwarzbier
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
summervillains (3) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2011 does not count
Got a chance to drink this when in the Marshall Islands. I love this beer. Unique... dark but not heavy. Incredibly complex but incredibly drinkable. I snuck 6 or 7 of these back to the States and am drinking them slowly and rarely only on very special occasions. Wish I could get it here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4029) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 12, 2012
Czarne jak noc w piwnicy. Smoliste i palone wyraźnie. Aromatyczne z wielgachną pianą. Wytrawne solidnie. Nut owocowych tu průżno szukać. Kolor nieprzepuszcza światła, jakby najlepszy szwarzbier z egzotycznego kraju. Blisko mu do najlepszych Stoutůw

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2001
Love it Marry it!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2012 Bottle at Auckland airport. Excellent beer. Roasted aromas, with chocolate, and toffee. Sweet taste with a bitter finish, average duration. Velvety palate, medium body. Dark brown; with a long-lasting, frothy , and white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2013
NZ Nį 50 # The head is good, the body black. It smells sweet, darkmalty roasty. The taste is roasty, darkmalty, maltaromatic, chocolate, toasted. Very Good Schwarzbier!

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9593) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1475) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2010
330ml bottle. Jet black in colour with a coffee coloured head of tiny bubbles. Looks thick and heary, a meal in a glass. Burnt smoky aroma leads to as burnt malt taste that lingers and the flavour spreads to all parts of the mouth.

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