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RATINGS: 586   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2605) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Black pour, rich tan head that coats and lasts. Aroma is lightly roasted, moderate bitter chocolate, some caramel, light hops. Medium bodied, very drinkable, lightly sweet. Nice but Sprecher is still my favorite schwarz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5539) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Pours black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention leaves no lacing as it recedes to skim surface. Dusty cocoa aromas. Smoked sweet malts with a lasting bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 8, 2008
(22 oz. bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Pours very dark brown, almost black, nearly opaque but for some highlights around the edges. Three fingers of khaki head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, coffee and some molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-full, almost oily, slightly loose, a bit of fizz. Some patchy, broken rings of lacing. Flavor is quite roasty with notes of baker’s chocolate and slightly burnt coffee. Alot like a stout except flavor is a bit less intense and there is less texture. A bit bitter through finish and leaves a medium-bitter coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle and served in my Fullers No-Nik pint glass: Near black with some reddish highlights, small but lasting head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of toasted bread, pumpernickel, oatmeal, ashy charred malt, some coffee and cream, hint of bakers chocolate, anise, and non-aromatic Perique pipe tobacco.

The taste starts roasty and pungent with blackened malts at the forefront before lingering onward towards to lacto and soft fruity twang. Once again a tobacco like flavor comes about to slap you around a bit. The finish is a bit of coffee, a bit of walnut, and a bit of ashy wood.

The mouth feel is soft and surprisingly thin, the letdown of the beer IMO. That said, this is one amped up fine example of a dark session lager. Would be even better if the coffee tone was a bit more muted, try some for yourself.

   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 (12198) - 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 (6103) - 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 (6174) - 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 (4808) - Woodstock, 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!

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