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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle, shared at the May 2008 tasting. Thanks Paul, because "Blankboy is much better than blackout drunk." Very rich dark brown, tan head. Nose is smoke & cocoa, light iodine malt. Flavor is smoke, burnt malt, cocoa, very dark toffee, burnt fruits. A very aggressive Schwarzbier.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at Rudy’s tasting May ’08, courtesy of I think Blankboy. Pitch black, small tan head. Smoke, roast aroma with some hops. Strong roast and smoke taste over a very thick body. Like an Imperial Swarzbier, this might have the most mids leading beer name ever. Very nice and complex.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sampled at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering. Almost black in color. Aroma: light chocolate and alot of coffee (roast), with some light molasses in the background and vanilla. Taste is very roast driven- espresso, light chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Light bodied, very drinkable. Finishes with roast and a light hop bitterness. nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Black bodied, tan head. Sweet chocolate, mocha aroma. Flavor is predominantly a dry coffee. Thin and watery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
22oz bottle. again thanks to justin....pours dark pretty close to black with brownish hues at the edges. very thin light brown head tops it off..... aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little ashy.... flavors stay true with an emphasis on the roasted malt, chocolate, and a little smoke at the end. medium body and lively enough carbonation to give it some perkiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Thanks to Hellbilly for this. I must say this brew grew on me. Dark brown pour; almost black with tan head and some spotty lacing. A interesting funky coffee aroma. Slick mouth-feel with lots of coffee and some hints of chocolate. Burning taste finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Thanks Todd. The beer pours to a very dark cola colored body with a thin creamy darker beige head. The aroma is nutty coffee and rich milk chocolate. Roasted bark and twigs. Very complex aromas. The flavor is rich with roasted black malts, coffee and chicory. Nice richness but slick roast that finishes clean. Average slick palate. Great lager overall. Dry at times. Aroma also had some burnt toast later on that became apparent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s Hoboken gathering - cloudy dark brown - highly roasty aroma, notes of vanilla, loads of espresso bitterness - kind of bitter and ashy, but the vanilla sweetness adds a decent counterpoint - some burnt sugars and light tobacco quality - tastes more like a stout than a black lager, but a good one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (4621) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Tasted at the Lupulin Reunulin at the Brickskeller. Tomme Arthur said this was brewed with the mash run off from a Serpent Stout batch. Pours a watery, although opaque black with a faint, slightly tan head. Smells smoky and wheaty with chocolate and coffee in the nose. Flavor is heavy on the coffee with nuts, toast and cocoa all combining. Finish is clean with just a bit of lasting coffee bitterness. Lighter and crisper than a stout, but very similar in terms of flavor profile.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2008
(Lupulin Reunulin) Dark brown body with small brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, coffee liqueur, some cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, coffee liqueur, roast, light chocolate, burnt. Smooth medium body, light syrup, low carbonation.


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