KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle 330mL. Chocolate malty aroma. Very close to black beer with a hint of red in it. Good size head and good head retention (tan colour). Smooth tasting black beer. Chocolate malty taste. Not burnt tasting at all. Short finishing and a bit weak in flavour compared to other good black beers. Eructoblaster (4455) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2008
On tap at Mac’s Brewery, Wellington (NZ). Opaque black body with average beige creamy head. its malty/hoppy aroma carries black chocolate and roasty hints. Taste is OK but lacks complexity and ends with a decent bitter/roasty finish. Honest effort. Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2008
(Bottle 4.8%, thanks to my friend Alex) Pours dark brown (almost black in the glass) with a light brown head. Nice roasted malt aroma with tones of coffee, caramel, liquorice and a touch of smoke. Also some hints of dark chocolate, nuts, dark juicy bread and molasses. Bit metallic. The flavour is light to medium roasted with caramel, chocolate and coffee and some background notes of mild salt liquorice, nuts, smoke, pepper, minerals/wet stone and metal. The mouthfeel is rather creamy and soft with some hard edges from the roast and the metallic tones. Hops far away in both in the aroma and flavour, very woody and English in character. Caramel sweet without being that sticky. Malt lingers with tones of caramel and chocolate. Light to medium bodied. A nice one. RichardGretton (4862) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2008
Bottle in New Zealand. Black beer with a weakly roasted and coffee aroma, and a roasted and lightly bitter/dry flavour. Overall an average dark beer. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
Interesting pull cap. Darker brown with minimal head. Aroma is rye bread and some light roasted malt. Drier upfront with a dark malty flavour that is quite simple yet enjoyable.
NoiZe (2394) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
I’ve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon. Visited the brewery too.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2007
Dark black colored brew. Roasted malts, decent bitterness. Nice one!
I’ve had this beer before but never really thought it was all that great although people rave about it. This is the first time I’ve tried it since Shed 22 was bought out by Mac’s, Shed 22 had a lovely porter called Sultry Dark which was discontinued after the take over and parts of the recipe were amalgamated into Black Mac....to cut a long story short, the old black Mac was rubbish but the new black Mac has certain characteristics of sultry dark that actually makes it pleasant to drink. Not as good as sultry but not as bad as black....somewhere in-between. StuffWine (187) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2007
Surprised found it very drinkable. Interesting, especially aroma, woody. Dark brown, red tinge. Full mousy-brown head. Balanced toasted malt flavour. Long and smooth bitter-dry finish, though progressively bitter and slightly less enjoyable toward end. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Massively roasty, like a burnt tree. Charred and barren. A true schwarzbier. I’ve noticed a lot of these in NZ so far. Enjoyed at Nova in Dunedin, NZ. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Bottle, a dark cola-like colour, plenty of carbonation present, and a bubbly light beige head. A very metallic aroma with some sweet caramal malt sneaking through. Very effervescent and astringent in the mouth, dominating the roasted malt flavour, which does carry some coffee liqour like characteristics. Never been a huge fan of this beer, and my view hasn’t changed much after having not tasted it for a few years.