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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Poured a hazed deep brown color with an off-white head. Ashy coffee aroma with a sweat roasty malt base. Coffee and mild roasted malt flavor. Mild-moderate sweetness. Bitter finish with a light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11345) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2008
bottle @Pauls Hoboken#1-pours a tan ring for a head and black color. Aroma is chocolate-dark malt, some lactose, nutty, oats? Taste is chocolate/coffee-dark malt, some lactose, nutty, oats?, slight hops bite/acidity. Nice, occasional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Lupulin Reunulin. Black, tan head. aroma is roast, a bit of caramel. nice medium body, good malty base, roasty-toasty finish. not bad at all, but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 In short: A “Swarzbier” convincingly disguised as a very roasted chocolaty stout. Very very good
How: Bottle, freshly release first batch of this new beer. Shared on the Stone-Bourbon-Barrel-RIS-Hype-And-Disappointment tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Black body with a very short-lived tan head
In long: Nose of a big roasted chocolaty American stout. Full body beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate upfront with a mix of black chocolate and milk chocolate. Roastiness level would be high by stouts standards so by Swarzbier standards this is over-the-top roastiness. Some fruity notes limited to raisins and some light vinous notes. A little floury too. With all the roastiness and all those chocolate malts I would have never guess that this was a lager yeast beer, even less a Swarzbier. Someone at Port Brewing decided this is a Swarzbier, ok, no problem, when you rule the business you can redefine the standards as much as you want, Microsoft has been doing that for years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Objectively speaking: A very bold schwarzbier that feels like a stout
I like: Highly aromatic. Fine coffee flavours. Highly roasty and confident. This is a racy one: fruity and rather complex.
I dislike: Timid lager character, I’d have mistaken it for a stout. Rather rich-bodied and certainly not very refreshing, but just a very tasty black beer – nothing really all that sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4487) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black, opaque body capped by a frothy, bubbly, khaki-colored head. Smell: Aroma of dark malts, roasted licorice root, dark caramel, and fruit. Waft of pipe smoke, too! Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness with a very restrained sweetness. Tastes of licorice and caramel. Splash of mineral water. Roasty bitterness. Slight tart fruitiness underneath all the heavily burnt malts. Smooth, smokey finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carboantion. Drinkability: Geez Louise, this thing’s more roasty than some stouts, yet it still retains a pleasingly crisp body. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Cocoa aroma with some burnt malt. Black pour with a quick head. Lots of caramel and roast in the flavor, rather thin, with a roasty finish. Good quaffer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle. Dark dark brown with tan head. Cramel, coffee, nutz, and light malt aroma and flavor. This was really weak with a thin body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Wow. Black pour with a cascading tan head. Rich aroma of coffee, cocoa, cream, and roasted malt. Taste of the same, plus cereal, caramel, and a nutty smokiness. Bittersweet offering with the hops and caramel/chocolate flavors balancing each other out. Never disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2655) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2008
A black apperance with a beige head. The aroma is very roasty with some coffee. chocolate, and marshmellows. The flavor is rather bitter with some sour notes. The flavor is complex and contains some chocolate, coffee, grapes, and licorice. Overall this was a good one!

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