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Port Brewing Midnight Expression Lager (Moon Lit Sessions)

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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Itís not often that a great summer swell coincides with a full moon, but when they collide, nature affords us a rare opportunity to paddle out long after everyone has called it a day. These moments are a solitary pursuit with empty lineups, but those who carve graceful lines under a full moon understand how things can be dark lonely and rewarding at the same time. So next time you paddle in from an overcrowded beach break, remember that nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a session. We suggest a glass of this smooth roasty black lager for contemplating empty lineups and waves that go on for days. Most likely, youíll long for epic summer swells under moon lit sessions opening the doors to isolation and empty secret spots of an age trying to pass us by.
Note: Formerly Midnight Sessions Lager.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hazelnut_brown (4) - - MAR 16, 2014 does not count
Not bad for a dark lager. Hints of nuts and coffee, but not rich and thick like a stout. Perfect beer to pair with ribs or a nice steak!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (1958) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours a dark brownish black from the bottle with fluffy tan brown head. Aroma is chocolate, slight lager yeast. Taste follows, a hint of smoke in there too. Bubbly mouth, pretty nice for how old it is.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilligoose (3117) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 Tap. Pleasant coffee roast. Dark chocolate. Doughy cocoa. Easy drinking. Pleasant roast chatacter . Like balance between bitter dark chocolate roast and sweet truffle cocoa. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (1756) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2014
Bomber from Five Points Bottle Shop (Atl Hwy) discount bin. Light chocolate nose with a handful of rusty nails. Thick black, with a clumpy tan head. Mild chocolate and some dark fruit / choco continues in mid / mild lightly sweet finish. Medium body. Okay. Well made ,,, and all... but not a lot going on here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (644) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Tap, hops and pie. Clear dark, reddish brown with a light tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark fruit, and light coffee. Flavor is the same. Light bodied and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
on tap poured into a 4oz english tulip. Grilled hot dog aromas hit the nose initially and almost overwhelmingly. As it mellows, some tropical fruit notes start to come through under the smokiness. It pours a dark, nearly-opaque, caramel red color with a micro bubble, espresso head. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves abundant lacing. It has a mellow burnt bitterness that out-muscles the mild sweet with a touch of umami. Itís a fairly light body, with a thin texture and very light amounts of carbonation. The mouth is mostly filled with a char-dog flavor (bun included!) and finishes with a very roasty nut and burnt toast finish which does linger for a while.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nicb66 (2) - Riverton, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
It is a little thick, which I have a hard time believing for a 4%er. Flavor is amazing though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3052) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Draught. Pours a near black color with a moderate tan head on it. I get caramel and toasty malts up front, with some roasting coming through underneath. Taste is just a little sweet up front with a hint of cocoa. It then settles into a nice roastyness and a slight bitter finish, not unlike black coffee. Good light drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ Chrisoís Pre-GBBF Shindig. The pourís brown with a small head. The nose is pretty rich. Plenty of toffee and cocoa. Charred grain. Nice toasty hop flavors. Lightly creamy roasted grain. Caramel cake batter. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Draft at Strangelove. Pours deep brown, near black, with fluffy beige head. Nose of roasted malt, coffee, caramel. Medium to light body, slightly watery in the mouthfeel. Nice roasted malt flavor. Doesnít taste much like German versions of this style but it pretty tasty and sessionable.


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