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RATINGS: 472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Session Black is short, dark and totally drinkable. The initial tastes are a subtle pairing of caramel and chocolate malt flavors with precise hopping to provide an elegant citrus background to the delicate finish of dark cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
On tap at the taproom at Harborside McCormimck and Schmick’s in Portland on 6/26/09. Pours a nice dark brown with light tan head. Again, earthy aromas of pine and lavendar, with touch of roasted nuts. Complex lager that is very drinkable. A solid experiment by Full Sail.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
11 oz. bottle (stamped, 102409) from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is light roasted malt and herbal hops. Flavor is very lightly sweetened roasted malt and some dark esters. Has a slight lingering roasty finish. Medium body. A decent beer, but I couldn’t drink it all day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2457) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Eclipsed black cherry. Persistent, creamy, fine-bubbled ivory head. Soggy bread crust, metal, paper, cocoa, chocolate wafers, and hints of lightly scorched popcorn on the nose. Fluffy carbonation. Initially tart with a soft but forceful malt-derived metallic tingle and flabby cola sweetness compounded by a limp-grain center. While the malt does generate plenty of chocolate and cocoa notes, it sorely lacks clean definition as well as depth and texture. Notes of unripe plums exacerbate the semi-coarse metallic edge. Aside from a distant toasted-biscuit whisper, the malt is virtually devoid of any bready/powdery heft and vividness. Creamed java lightly offsets the limpness, though suggestions of popcorn tarnish the already fuzzy and limp malt frame. Finishes limply and muddled, with soggy notes of poorly defined caramel and chocolate drenched with cola. I was hoping for lots more as I have a serious affinity for delicate yet polished, complex lagers. But despite Full Sail’s noble efforts, this is quite the lackluster lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Little 11 oz bottle courtesy of ArrogantB. Bottle is pretty cool Ill give it that. Pours a dark brown with a quickly disappearing head. Whats left laces pretty good.Aroma is a bit sweet with the main smell being malt.Surprise. Has a strange tea like flavor, maybe a bit of odd spice, followed by some chocolate. Its really not too bad! I expected much worse with a dark lager. Finishes smooth and roasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle Pours out a crisp clear brown topped with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malts and a little hops. Tast a little hop bitterness along with plenty of roast malt. A little sweetness. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Thanks to rustychiles for grabbing me one of these. Pours a very dark, yet still opaque brown. Aroma is light roast, chocolate, and some sulfury lagerness. Taste is supremely well-balanced and tasty. Lots of chocolate, some coffee/roast. Great mouthfeel. Nice and light and refreshing. Very impressed with such a modest little beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head head. Aroma is malt, roast, barley, malt, caramel hops. Flavor is roast, grains, barley, touch of chocolate. Easy to drink refreshing, and somewhat flavorful. Nice beer for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle. Poured dark red with medium lasting white head. Moderate lacing. Light aroma of maltm. Medium body, malty, biscuity flavour. Light finish with a bit of roast. Good on a hot day or as it was intended, as a session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2009
A good lingering head followed by mild aromatics. Smooth, mellow, with malted biscuits and a mild roast. Good carbonation. Finishes long and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Best By October 2009; Sampled July 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color with a touch of amber to it; when held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue. The aroma smells of toasted, slight roasted malt, a nice caramel note that almost suggests berry and a grassy grain note that comes to dominate the finish. Overall the aroma is fairly subtle and easy going, this is certainly not a robust Porter or a Stout.

This was served at refrigerator temperature; a little north of 40ºF / 5ºC. The beer is crisp and light tasting up front, the beer finishes though with a grassy, toasted grain note that tends to linger on the palate. My first sip seemed to be quite low on the bitterness and hop character, but subsequent ones have an herbal backbone to them along with a light, but crisp hop bitterness. There is just a touch of malt sweetness here, but this is fairly dry, especially once you factor in the hop notes. A touch of astringent roast malt character kicks in towards the finish; this tends to keep this from being as crisp and refreshingly quaffable as a lighter lager, but it does, on the up-side, and a touch more complexity and interest.

The flavors aren’t perhaps as clean and smooth as I might expect from this style. While all the flavors are mostly soft, there is a nice balance between malt and hop character here. This is a perfectly serviceable beer, and if I was grilling outside I certainly wouldn’t be adverse to drinking a couple of these along the way.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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