SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
translucent mahogany, thin beige head, smooth medium body, medium co2.
aroma: sweet dark malt, notes of cola and chocolate and dark bread.
taste: lots of toasted malt, notes of char and cola, moderate astringency, a hint of leafy hops.
very nice. seems more like dry irish stout than schwarzbier, as the malts are a bit chocolate/coffee and there is no noble hop character
SPDickerman (935) - Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a short-lasting tan head. Smells of hops and caramel malts. Tastes like caramel and chocolate, not too sweet, but well rounded. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Session Black by Full Sail finishes sweet and smooth, like cocoa.
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall one of the best beers I have ever enjoyed. Perfectly named, this stuff drinks very easily despite having lots of flavor. Just a wonderful, drinkable beer perfect for any occasion.
22415brewery (371) - redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent and my favorite dark lager ever. The bottle itself is just as cool and unique as the beverage itself. So Kudos to the bottle, kudos to the dark inky pour with fine mocha head. The smoothness from the lagering process makes this black lager complete. Dark dark chocolate, smooth, medium-full body, and a semisweet finish make this very "sessionable". My complaint is that the black lager is much harder to find than the Premium Lager...also, dude where’s my extra ounce?
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the stubby bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark, but not black. Held up to the light there are some red hues. A nice 1 inch thick head formed. Eventually it went down to just barely covering the surface.
Fairly aromatic for a lager. The dark malt is most evident with a slight hint of dry hay.
Mmm. A lager with some dark malt flavor. However, the malt does not turn this beer into a sweet tasting beer like many other Schwarzbiers. For that, I really like this. The taste is a straight forward lager with the added bit of dark maltiness and a slight bitterness at the end.
Light and moderately carbonated.
All day long. It is a "Session" beer after-all. Those who appreciated a little more flavor in their lagers will enjoy this even more.
rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into tasting glass. Great example of the style. Very light sweetness/caramel in the aroma. Appearance is true to style: deep amber with some ruby highlights, quickly disappating foam stand. Good crispness and light roastiness in flavor. Would like to see a little more carbonation, but had a nice, light body. Overall, really enjoyable. Would benefit from just a touch more sweetness in the flavor.
novicepro (2) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Aroma is not that pleasant but taste is great. Found it on accident but happy I did.
ads135 (2890) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium to weak bodied dark ale. Slightly sweet with an understated coffee and chocolate flavor. Imminently drinkable.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty and toasty caramel nose. Reddish brown in color with a nice head and lots of carbonation. Nice melding of caramel and chocolate, slight corn and slight hops. Refreshing and quaffable. I like it!
ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11 ounce stubby bottle - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark brown body with a sustained inch of light khaki-colored froth which deposits a minor smattering of lace on the descent.
Smell: The malty nose is made up mostly of a basic chocolate scent with lesser, lighter hints of roast and toast and a faint, underlying earthiness.
Taste: Quickly goes from toasty to roasty and then to a smooth, pleasant chocolaty taste. Modestly sweet. With a little warmth on it, it gradually adds some caramel to the mix. Light earthy hops with an expectantly light, brief bitterness, leaving the flavor to tip back towards those initial malty tastes. Finishes drying and malty.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Why, that’s a pretty tasty beer, actually! If it’s time to have a fine, flavorful beer with a reasonable amount of alcohol then Session Black is a good place to start.