Brewed by Mac's 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

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Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 7, 2013
Draught. Got a pint of this in Wellington and was a bit disappointed. Its decent beer but not great beer.

lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 surprisingly good, tastes kinda like a sweet chocolate liquorice log. not even that watery, rather smooth. biggest problem is the flavour disappears immediately, no punch at all, but its rather nice really. update: found out that the first one of these was actually 6 months past its best by, and was better than the fresh stuff. surprised that such mainstream stuff aged so well. tick this up a bit.

Beersiveknown (5309) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle on northern explorer train en route to Wellington 5/1/13
Dark brown-black with fizzy cola head. Fairly thin bodiedwith some roast barley and coffee notes and a touch of bitterness. Too sparing on the hops (AGAIN).

Rangi (671) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2012
Enjoyable beer. Has a pleasant malt and hop balance with some roasty flavours coming through.

Bif (2394) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2012
On tap at Mac’s Steamship Brewing Co inAuckland. Served a very dark Mahogany color with a hint of ruby around the edge. Decent head, creamy and fades to some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt bit of caramel sweetness and a bit od spice in the background. Taste of roasted malt caramel sweetness and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth and ceamy with a nice balance. Nice beer for the style that goes down easy.

Grzesiek79 (4485) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 12, 2012
Czarne jak noc w piwnicy. Smoliste i palone wyraźnie. Aromatyczne z wielgachną pianą. Wytrawne solidnie. Nut owocowych tu próżno szukać. Kolor nieprzepuszcza światła, jakby najlepszy szwarzbier z egzotycznego kraju. Blisko mu do najlepszych Stoutów

petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2012
330ml bottle, pours dark black, thick caramel coloured head. Smells coffe, nutty, toasted malt. Tastes very toasted, coffee, some chocolate and nuts coming through. Not a bad effort by macs.

Cantabrian (1170) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2012
It does say on the label that this is a dark ale, although technically it is classified here as a lager. Whatever it is, it’s no good. Looks cheap, too frothy, smells like DD7 10-cent coins wash, and it tastes equally. Thin, watery, too hoppy and citrusy, not my choice for a dark ale.

deusax (456) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 31, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Quite nice on tap, with a round palate, and a strong caramel taste. Bottled is worse, with a hard sparkling and a strong bitterness and sourness.

TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Bottle at Hops & Crops. Dark red-brown pour with a brief tan head leaving heavy, coarse lace. Metallic nose (bottle may have sat). Medium body and carbonation. Heavy metallic taste overpowers a chocolate and toffee middle, followed by a medium, coffee and bitter finish. The metallic taste fades somewhat as the glass warms and the chocolate becomes more prominent as a hint of licorice enters. This is what I have for now, will try a fresh pour at Steamship when I’m there next and re-rate.

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