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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Session Fest is a Czech-style strong lager (gotta love the Czechs!) called polotmavé or literally "light dark or semi-dark." Brewed with 2 Row Pale malt, Munich malt, Caramel malt and Wheat malt, and hopped with a blend of Glaciers and Cascades, Session Fest has a medium-to-full body balancing candy caramel and full malt flavors that are underscored by a spicy hoppiness that provides a nice perfume with citrus and pine overtones and a long clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Bott.e Reddish, murky amber with a small off-white head. Nose is grainy, light bitterness, light red fruits. Flavor is icky, some grains, light fruity. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
Appearance: deep coppers and garnets under an off-white head thick as bready, fading into bumpy clumps and sticky lace. Swirls with an even thicker blanket.
Nose: whole wheat breads and butter. Peppery and twiggy in the back – dry stale whole peppercorns and brittle twigs. Apple flesh long turned brown and soft. Generic cupboard spices.
Palate: whole wheat and whole grain breads with a bubbly mouthfeel. Mildly dry finish. Massive buttered apple flesh in the middle. Finishes with dry old apple skins in the back. Spice and twigs grab the back of my tongue – abrasive. Feeble whisper of honey sweetness along edges before butter resumes control.
Final Thoughts: a revisit with this particular beer from Full Sail is definitely in order. Way too much diacetyl and far too little nondescript spices. I expect better from Full Sail which is why I fear my bottle long passed its point of no return.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3371) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear orange gold with a small frothy off white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is bready malt and spice. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet caramel and spicy finish. Easy to drink a very good vienna from Full Sail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (1975) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Clear amber with a tiny off-white head that fades quickly to a ring. Aroma of toast, caramel, spicy hops and leather. Taste is toasty and more hoppy than is typical of the style. It’s pretty clean and refreshing. Light bodied, dry and slightly bitter finishing. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma has moderately sweet malt, biscuits, and a faint hint of citrus hops. The flavor is a pretty straight forward lager; clean, toasted bready malts, mild sweetness with lightly spicy hops. Decent for what it is, but not very exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5591) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle. Red, indeed. Nicely active, with a huge rocky head. This drinks with a nice full body, rich with well-rounded caramel, and just a bit of an appley finish. This is one of the better, well-balanced fest beers I’ve had in a long time. (#4483, 2/23/2012)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bkurtz (728) - PERU - JAN 30, 2012
Poured deep amber/copper with fairly fluffy, white head. Sweet malts with slight bitterness, not a bad beer, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Clear orange red color with thin white lacing. Nice lager nose with slight metallic notes and baking spice. Smooth palate that is even throughout with good spice notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cybercat (3225) - Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Strong, crisp aroma is mainly malty and has quite a bite to it. I got a mild skunky whiff, but that hardly put me off. It pours a nice clear, dark coppery amber with a thick and fluffy pale tan head that sticks around for a while. Flavor is fairly typical for a lager, except fairly strong and with nary a trace of the skunkiness I detected in the aroma. Maybe I was smelling things? ;) It does have a hoppy, somewhat bitter tone with a hint of something nasty, but it is still decidedly drinkable. Texture has average body and average fizziness. Overall, not great but worth a try. Maybe this sample was from not their best batch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10534) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT. Pours clear, orange-amber with a frothy, creamy white head. Pleasant ’lager’ nose, some toasty bread, light leaves, toasty sugar. Very nice flavor, medium sweet, light caramel, bread, faint leafy and herbal bitterness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Modestly sweet finish, low hops, some lightly sticky caramel and sweet bread, faint leaves. Very nice session beer. Great character.

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