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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
It’s 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, you’ll 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (3565) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
Coca cola colored body with a small dense light brown head. Mild coffee, chocolate, puffed oats and wooden notes on the nose. Roasted coffee, bitter flavors. Smooth and medium bodied. Lasting roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3378) - Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
2010 bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Dark roasted malt and toffee notes. Dark roasted malts and toffee up front. IMHO the body can’t hold up the taste. Effervescent. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - NOV 23, 2013
Pours black with caramel colored head. Notes of coffee and bitter chocolate. Smooth, creamy finish. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5744) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
22 oz. bottle. It pours very dark brown/black with a thin but creamy tan head. The aroma is sharply roasted with black coffee and mild cocoa. Hints of chocolate sweetness. The flavor is very dry and roasted/burnt with noticeable acidity from the roasted malt. Thin and coffee like with good bitterness and a dark chocolate, ashy finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3847) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2013
22oz bottle 10/18/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-40° in Mug-Pours black with big brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Taste of the same with more roasted malt.This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and is one if not the best Schwarz beer I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1935) - Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Appearance: very dark brown, with reddish edges, and one finger of frothy tan head. Aroma: roast, chocolate, coffee, hint of caramel, and a good dose of grass and hay. Taste: bittersweet dark chocolate, slightly burnt brown toast, fresh-cut grass, black pepper, a hint of smoke and rye. Finish: crisp, clean, slightly smoky, with a lingering hint of chocolate. Notes: Pretty darn good schwarzbier. I measure all US versions of the style against Uinta’s Baba Black Lager, and this, while not in that neighborhood, is still excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1499) - ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle into a Jupiler Tauro glass. Black with a good orange-brown head, its bubbly. Fine chocolate malt aroma. Dry, roasty, a touch bitter, chocolate malty. Its smooth and nice, the roast hit mellows out after a few mouthfulls.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4638) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle. Pitch black beer with a strong off white head. The aroma is gently roasted, and the flavour is fairly deeply roasted with a slight expresso bitterness. Overall a nice dark beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (4516) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Old rating, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Lett fyldig sødmerik lukt med preg av mørk malt, humle, røsta korn, røsta kaffi, lakris, karamell, sjokolade. Lett tørr røsta smak med preg av mørk malt, humle, røsta kaffi, lakris, røsta korn, gras, høy, brent karamell. Middels bitterhet som set litt. God.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kroney (254) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
pours opaque reddish black with a tiny toffee chilled head. aroma I’d mostly rusted coffee bean with some earthy tones and just a hint of hops. very heavy carbonation, but that definitely opened up the taste buds. flavor was mostly rusted malt, with a hint of dark chocolate and some espresso. the yeasty sweetness tries to make is easy through but is demolished by a hoppy bitterness that is almost overwhelming for a lager. style rating should be about an 80, but overall is in the mid-90s

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