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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Pours a dark brown/black with a moderate, dissipating tan head. Aroma, at first anyway, is incredibly close to the Serpentís Stout, but eventually gives way to other things. Strong roast, coffee and licorice elements at first, followed by nuts, toasted pumperknickel and maybe rye-like grain, similar to an O-fest. Tastes of similar elements as well with a big dark burnt toast, dark chocolate and strong coffee flavor, but all mellowed out to a a real drinkable level. Finishes with roasty espresso flavor and strong dark bitterness. Itís interesting to taste potent imperial stout style flavors in something thatís so easy to drink. Palate is medium bodied medium carbonated, and I would call it thin cause itís so drinkable, but itís far from thin-bodied. I never thought Iíd say this about a schwarzbier, but this is pretty f*cking hardcore! Tasted pretty nice with a roasted pepper chicken breast recipe topped with bleu cheese chunks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Didnít know it was a schwarzbier when I bought (just saw it was by port brewing and I grabbed it) it so it was a bit surprising to see the black pour. Bit of licorice and dark roasted flavors make this reminiscent of a porter with a slightly thinner flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle, shared by goldtwins. Dark brown pour. Aroma is burnt malt, black licorice, coffee, some light malt sweetness, and nuttiness. The flavor is the same, very strong flavor for the low abv... burnt finish is somewhat bitter. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle at Paulís Hoboken Gathering: Dark brown pour with a strong dark tan head. Nice roasted German malts in the aroma. Chocolate, cream and dark malt. Chewy, velvety mouth feel. Nice dark malt flavor. Dark chocolate roast, tobacco hints and a mild roasted finish. A beautiful and highly drinkable dark lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle, nice artwork. Smoky, roasted black lager. A good flavor of chocolate as well. Not your average lager by any means.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Itís like a stout lager. I was really astounded by the amount of deep chocolates present while being light like a lager. A very surprising beer for sure. Serve this one cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Draught, Lost Abbey, multiple occasions
Pretty close to black. Nice creamy head. Lightly roasty, chocolate, with vague hints of smoke and nuts. Full body. Lots of rich chocolate flavours. Sweet and supple. American lager to be sure, but so smooth and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad-indian. Pours black withwith a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and smoke. The flavor is smooth, black malts, chocolate, roast, smoke, with a smal amount of detectable hops in the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2343) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle sampled with stega sore ass, I mean stegosauras. Dark brown almost black pour with big hints of a roasted aroma and coffee. Smokey, roasty taste is very apparent up front with a dry finish. It was pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Very dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma is smoke, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is smoke, chocolate, light caramel, light smoke with a faint hoppiness.

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