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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2008
RBSG 2008. Pours dark brown with a smooth tan head. Roasty chocolate, like bitter bakers chocolate, that really brings out the bitterness of the beer. Stronger on the hops for a schwartz, good bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2008
22 oz bottle. Aromas of roast, dark bitter chocolate, and a touch of sweetness. Pours almost black with a head that leaves rather quickly. Flavors of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, light molasses. Finishes pretty clean and crisp with a light roast lingering on the palate for a second. Enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 On tap at Lost Abbey. Poured deep brown with a nice, creamy cap of tan head. The aroma picked up semi-sweet, toasty chocolates and nutty notes accented by light smoke and molasses.. enticing. The flavor was deep and toasty with dried chocolates laced with molasses and a pervasive dry-roasted coffee bitterness.. more dark chocolates toward the end. Dry on the palate with an odd sourness that emerged about halfway through.. overall very tasty and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2008
[1360-20080517] 1pt6floz bottle. Old toasted bread aroma with coffee grinds and marinating beef shanks. Dark brown black body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Coffee grinds continues in flavour with dry and roasted nuts. Medium-full body. Quite dry, could stand to be more bitter.
(c/o blankboy, w/ others)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at brewpub for RBSG. Pours a deep brown with a brown head. Nutty and lagery aroma. Medium light bodied with a fine, but lively carbonation. Non aggressive flavor of dark roast, accented by nuts, tobacco, and chocolate. Clean finish. Not bad. A little thin in the middle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39989) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 From tap a the brewery. Pours pitch black with a lacin tan head. Smooth roasted malt and mild chocolate aroma. Smooth and roasted malt flavour with a nice and light sweet chocolate malt base flavour. Light acidic touch mixed with liqourice into the finish.7-4-8-4-15=3.8

From bottle, blind #20. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. DArk roasted coffee and chocolate, light roasted breadish aroma. Light bodied. Smooth roasted coffee and chocolate malt flavoured. Mild acidic flavoured, light chalky and roasted finish. Vague bitterness and vague acidic finish.7-4-7-3-15=3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Burnt caramel pour with finger thick tan head. Sweet malt and smoke nose and flavor. Dry clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2008
22oz bottle. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, molasses, and roasty malt. Poured an opaque black color. The head was short and brown. Somke lace was left behind on the glass at the end. Medium bodied. Delicately sweet up front, dry and bitter at the end. Big roasted malt flavor with a dark chocolate accent. Mmmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle sampled at Columbus tasting 11: This beer pours dark with a thin smattering of tan head. Aroma is chocolate and molasses. Flavor is also chocolate malts, and dark syrupy sugars, raisin. Lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
22 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Pours a dark brown body, very much like molasses in it’s appearance, with a small brown head that retained as a thin covering. Really great nose of coffee, dry roasted malt, and some hoppiness. Nice clean flavor with a roast and coffee all over the place, some black strap molasses. I love the dark malts with the smoothness and cleanliness of a lager. Moderate bitterness from both the roasted malt and some gentle hopping on the finish. This is really tasty, and a style that I wish more brewers would attempt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly crisp with perfect soft fizzy carbonation. This is a beer that I would drink a lot of in the summer/fall if I had access to it easily. There is an incredible amount of flavor to this for just a 5% ABV beer.

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