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

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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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.

4.4
Grzesiek79 (4297) - 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

4.3
davidm (2080) - 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.

3.7
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2013
NZ N° 50 # The head is good, the body black. It smells sweet, darkmalty roasty. The taste is roasty, darkmalty, maltaromatic, chocolate, toasted. Very Good Schwarzbier!

3.6
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.

3.6
DuffMan (10429) - 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.

3.6
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)

3.6
austinpowers (2828) - 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.

3.6
mkel07 (5963) - 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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