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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a deep ruby brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is roast, some chocolate, brown sugar, and a touch of coffee. Flavor is roast, chocolate, some coffee, and a bitter peppery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1452) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Black pour with a thin tan head. Roasty and smokey aroma. Flavor was mild roasted malt, smoke, coffee, a bit of chocolate. Light mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
2008-05-17. Black body with modest tan head. Moderate aroma of roast and hints of smoke. Similar flavour, mild roast malt with mild smoky undertones. (6+) Average palate. Well crafted brew, but the flavour departments in which it excels in are not my favourites to start with, and it also probably lost a a point or two in the midst of a raucous tasting, as evidenced by the fact that I wrote down almost as many quotes as beer notes on this notebook page. At Rudolf’s, shared by Blankboy <P>"... that sounds a lot better than Black-Out-Drunk-Guy." - Frylock<P> "Once again you’ve failed us!" - Blankboy<P> "...someone pissed on a midget... the got closed down..." - Rudolf

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of coffee, smoke, roasting, chocolate, and brown sugar. Poured very dark brown in color with a small tan head that disappeared instantly. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of burnt malts, slight smoke, coffee, roasting, chocolate, and some nuts. Medium to full body. Chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Burnt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Wish most porters looked that good - pitch black pour, not thick-looking, with a solid fizzy-foamy light brown head (4+). Creamy grainy aroma, deeply roasted and earthy, but not burnt at all, lightly herbal. Amazing taste - dry yet sweet, heavy roast (coffee bean and cocoa) with dry herbal bitterness and licorice root in the finish - did I say I wish most porters were this good? Light, silky mouthfeel, a wee bit of acidity and mineral tang in the linger, not much carbonation, but it’s so smooth and balanced who cares - one of the best beers I’ve had in a long while - it’s a pleasure to drink a bomber of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Lupulin Reunulin – Brickskeller. Black, thin tan creamy head. Burnt cocoa and vanilla aromas warms to soft coffee liquor and dark currant tones. Black chocolate and dusty cocoa flavors balance the light coffee notes from start to finish. Light bodied, soft carbonation, light powdery chocolate finish. Easy drinking and very well made…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at Tria. The pour was dark brown with a thick light brown head. The smell is full of roast and smoke, with just a little bit of hops and clean yeast character. Same with the flavor. This beer is quite robust, yet easy to drink. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry clean finish. Really one of the better surprises I’ve drink in a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2957) - 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.

   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.

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