Drjohnrock (288) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from 11 ounce (cheap Full Sail bastards!) bottle at Supersuckers concert at Southgate House Revival on December 1, 2012. Small slightly off white head, cola color, light malty aroma, initial mouthfeel of carbonation followed by a light sweeetness. Definitely not enough flavor to be sessionable or a proper schwarzbier, and it’s not a particularly impressive dark lager in general. This is the second beer I’ve had with the word session in its name (Saranac Session IPA is the other) that’s anything but a session brew. As they say, caveat emptor.
FROTHINGSLOSH (3977) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel-brown color with a medium sized foamy tan head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was cola, wood and a bit of roasty malts. The flavor was dry and woody with light notes of cola and roasty malts. Long woody finish. Medium body. Eh.
Nejhleader (1057) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a nice mild toasty malt aroma. Bit of a creamy body. Roasted malts pretty much sums up the taste.
finn1918 (145) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had straight from the bottle at a party. Looks black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is the same. Medium bitter finish. I thought for sure this was a schwarzbier, not a dunkel. Simple, cheap, and very sessionable as the name suggests; a good buy for the money.
Jules59 (1) - Butler, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a lager glass. Appearance is cola like with ruby tinge. Smells of roasted malts, caramel and very light cocoa. The taste is where I was hooked, delicious but light tastiness with hints of caramel with some light hopping at the end, very light mouth feel crisp and refreshing. Yum, easy going down to the point of being dangerous. If your in the mood for a very easy drinking lightly flavored brew then then this is for you. Great everyday drinker !
Artichoke (17) - California, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Less than one finger head. Nice caramel malts with a hint of bitterness. Great bite on the finish, nothing lingers leaves you wanting another session
fluffy (800) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
while its nothing to write home about, its certainly better than regular Session, darker malts, creamier albeit somewhat oilier palate. quite nice really. bottle shape sells it for sessioning of course,
rayOfBeer (545) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: brown pour with medium, quickly fading tan head. Aroma is mild with roast grain, cocoa, and toffee. Flavor is chocolatey with some roast grain and malt. Nice flavor, very easy to drink, I will buy more.
3fourths (6940) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 bottle. clear dark chestnut brown body with a small to medium-sized tan head, some retention, some lacing. rich dark malt expression in the nose (milk and dark chocolates, coffee grounds with lighter touches of munich/ vienna/caramel ). yeast supplies a light sulfur/egg and mineral character; aroma hops low and pleasant. creamy and full dark malt presence, somewhat starchy, but for the most part the chewy and filling malt is right on. finish is moderately starchy / crunchy but also pleasantly dry. so, I’ve had this about a dozen times in the past, but not in the last few months. after reading a recent interview with the brewer about his Czech-focus for these lagers, I had to find a fresh batch and try again, and I think I found one of the better batches since this beer was first released. Some of the older ones had been overly-metallic and the carbonation + malt ruined the texture, so I’m happy to see both a firm crispness and dryness along with a creamy. I reviewed this in the most unforgiving glass I have, which says a lot to me. good stuff.
MrPresentati (23) - Gualala, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh Heavens, that’s good! A lager with the full-bodied, smoky taste and appearance of the stout side of ales. Dark in color, with light-brown medium head. Smoky and chocolatey...really quite delicious. I’ve had the Session red label, and while I liked it, I can say the Session Black Lager is my favorite of the two. Quite enjoyable.
DavidWoodruff (237) - Windsor, California, USA - APR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Dark brown with light tan head.
Aroma: Coffee, roasted malt and just a touch of grass.
Flavor: Mocha with a low hop bitterness.
Palate: Light bodied.
Overall: Very smooth, roasty dark lager.