Formerly brewed at Mac's Brewery (Lion Co. - Kirin Holdings)
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Thistle


on tap


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Winter Ale.
Malt Mac, the fourth in the Mac’s series of Limited Releases, is a dark copper-hued, full-bodied, full-strength winter ale. Our brewer has used a Peated barley malt, usually found in Scotch Whisky, and has skillfully blended this together with a selection of specialty malts to create a rich palate of toasted malt flavours with a unique whisky-smoke character.

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Acknud (1083) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Been sitting in my cellar since 2003. Smoky caramel aroma. Pours dark copper with little head. A little woodsy flavor with some coffee notes. Light carbonation. Sweet malt finish.

aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Oxidized nose with a bit of diacetyl. ever so slight smoke and salt nose with a touch of caramel malt. Seems grainy and overattenuated on the palate. Astingent finish.

TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
This beer is a Scottish Ale by style, as it is brewed with a variety of malts, included peat smoked whiskey malt. It comes in at a modest 6% abv, but is just packed with rich, robust, malty aromas and flavors. I was really impressed with this beer, from its really distinctive, stubby brown bottle, to the beautiful chestnut color liquid inside. This is an outstanding beer with great character, and makes for a perfect cool weather brew. Malt Mac pours to a beautiful, bright, deep ruby red color with a tight, white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is fragrant with the aroma of peat smoke, and sweet caramel malt. There is some slight flowery hop aroma, but the malt aroma is the star here. The plate is lean, but with lots of great malt flavor on the tongue. Flavors of sweet malt, dark toast, and hints of sooty, peat smoke flavor glide over the tongue. Malt Mac finishes with more toasty/peat smoky malt flavors up front, then with a slightly dry and sweet malt finish that lingers on the tongue. This beer is awesome. It is just so drinkable, and has such great depth as well. I love the sweet/toasty/peat smoky character of this beer. All I can say is, this is one hell of a good beer, and one I wish I could get a hell of a lot more of.

StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle via Milwaukee YeHa! white elephant. Transparent and magnifying deep copper with an oily thumbprint making the most out of the head. Aroma? Frightening. Blue cheese, leather, original flavored bubble gum, pigs feet and burlap sacks. Weak, watery and lucid flavor. Caramel and mildly smoked peat are the most apparent. Stiff stable hay used to stir maple syrup, and use it as feed for the chickens while you’re at it. Streamlined and one dimensional, finishing like burnt bran flakes. Such is the nature of the white elephant.

DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Bottle, thanks to Blake for sharing!. Clear brown body with a touch of red. Very nice aroma - light chocolate / medium-roasted malt with sweet peat smoke. Dry peat flavor with a light pale malt backing. Bit of coffee roast in the finish. Nicely smoked flavor but that’s all there is to it!

1FastSTi (3361) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Pours to a whitish head atop a dark brown/garnet color. So-so lacing. The aroma is peaty, smoky, oaky, unfortunately, it’s not very strong. I love Scotch, but don’t get the alcohol in the aroma that I love so much with Scotch. The flavor is Scotch-esque. Not enough oak or alcohol in the flavor. I get tons of peat. It "sorta" reminds me of Laphroiag 10, but it’s too weak. The palate is mildly Scotchy, but needs more alcohol.

Rastacouere (6175) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2005
Dark garnet. Neglectable head. Smoky malt aroma, very peaty. Approachable woody alcohol and minty tones try to add some depth. Light palate, light to medium carbonation. A mild sweetness doesn’t develop much beyond medicinal toasted bread and honey flavors. Slightly roasty in the finish. Interesting to say the least, this, while light, has some of the strongest scotch component I ever encountered, lots of lagavulin like iodine and medicinal strong peatiness. Gracias CaptainCougar!

JPDIPSO (6618) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Deep clear rich colors of orange and brown. Tall bone colored head that dissipates to half size and leaves a cobweb of lace. Toast caramel and wood alcohol aromas. My first sip I though, "wow there is a lot of peat in this one". I then read the commercial description, that explains a lot. Sweet toasty caramel throughout the quaff. Dry earthy finish. Not a lot of depth to this one. Some interesting characters, just not enough of a supporting cast.

DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Pours a medium brown color, amber I guess you would call it. Head is minimal, not a lot of lacing happening either. Aroma is faintly herbal. I get just a whiff of rasberry brandy and a slight chemical note. Starts off soft, malty, medium bodied, but builds up to a cresendo on the back of the tounge; big flavors of ripe, dark fruit and malted caramel. Long lingering aftertaste of sweet malt and cherries. A touch of spice; but not in the sense of those overdone American versions of Winter Ale like Harpoon's. This one is very subtle.

raymow (2693) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Nice dark reddish-brown color with a decent head. Has a slightly burnt caramel flavor and aroma. Pretty good, but not great.

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