sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2007
Pours black with a tanned yellowish head. Malts and some coffee with a hint of liquirish. Medium bodied with a medium to low carbonation. Toasted, slightly bitter finish. ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2006
Mac’s Black, 5.0% ABV, and quite certainly bottom fermented.Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2006
Pours a deepest brown-tinged ruby in the lights. Black from the depths. Substantial, moussy beige head formed, held and snowed over the entire glass. Heady, molasses and dusty cocoa nose with hints of clear lacquer and burnt chocolate cake. Actually very pleasant. Nice, simple roasted and charred malt palate. A little on the thin side but progressively smooth in feel. Slight molasses tang and sweetness shows, a lick of milk chocolate mid-palate. Slightly dusty, dry, gritty malt swallow that shows some smoke. Good length. Very sessionable stuff, nothing spectacular but it works. Far above the other beers of this brewery. (33cL, 26/03/07, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
Just a wee bit disappointing really. Some describe it as a swartz, others a dark ale but it’s just a wee bit hard to tell. This beer isn’t as thin as Karen Carpenter, but isn’t far off. Fortunately it has the punch of bitterness from its Motueka hops that gives you the reason you need to reach for another one. Goes very well with barbeque steak, backyard cricket and long summer evenings. Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2006
I am also rating the current 5% "Mac’s Black". 330 ml bottle. Poured a nice black in my schooner glass. Strong burned malt aromas - nice. Minimal creamy head, bitter tastes. Slightly thin body though lets it down. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2006
This has changed over the years and is now a 5% abv Schwarzbier called Mac’s Black, according to the Mac’s website. Can’t 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. It’s 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 Mac’s. (330ml bottle found at Purvis Cellars, Melbourne)
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2006
I think the bottle I had said 5%, but I can’t recall. Clear red-black, greyish head. Aroma is to the Reserve as Tooheys Old is to New. Actually that’s probably underselling it a bit but it definitely has that same yeastiness, though in this there are some nice subtle toasty dark malts and instant coffee. Very nice marshmallowy dark malt flavour without much roast or hop in the finish. The dark malts are nice and soft and smooth, but it’s all too light and subtle, and there’s little else, though it did grow on me somewhat. Not bad, but it needs more guts. Lunkie (1937) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2006
Sharp bitter burnt malt smokey aroma. Black colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter brunt flavour. Flat palate. Not the best beer to drink on a very very hot summer day like today. But it was the only cold beer in the fridge. vanvenlo (1886) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2006
21 Jan 05 - Pronounced chocolate roasted malt aroma. Black colour, flat head and suds lacing. Big roasted malt (simple) and quite pleasant. Light tangy, thinnish and roasted choc malty finish. Easy drinking beer but a bit simplistic. LeopardMan (53) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2006
330 ml. bottle served in a 440 ml. tumbler. 5% ABV listed on the bottle.
Dark Red/Brown. Thinnish but reasonably toasty with definte bread/biscuit/coffee/chocolate notes.
Would make a nice casual-drinking beer if it were a bit less expensive. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2005
Tasted 06/12/2005. The famous, and distinctive, 330ml "Mac’s" bottle is taller and slimmer than it used to be.
Pours a deep chestnut, with burnished red hues. Short lasting off-white, tending to tan, head. Lacey. Dark chocolate, crusty bread, cookie and coffee in the nose. Astringent, dry, toasty in the mouth with just a little vanilla-like sweetness creeping through. Lacks malt. Slightly lightweight, thins and with a powdery mouthfeel. Lowly carbonated, so gets away with the thiness more than some might.