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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Itís 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, youíll 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - 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 itís so smooth and balanced who cares - one of the best beers Iíve had in a long while - itís 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 Ė 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 madeÖ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - 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 Iíve drink in a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2353) - 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 (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at Rudyís tasting May í08, 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 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sampled at Paulís 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - 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.

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