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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 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 Paul’s 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
It’s 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 (12789) - 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 (2435) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Grainy, buttered bread, some roasted coffee notes, nut meat, and a bit of an acrid, smoky jolt - tingly, even - this rocks my flavor world.

I drained one of these 22s the other night and am making a go for a second thanks to stefanje. This is a killer beer. The body is nice, not too full, but definitely characterful from the bottle-conditioning.

Goes down easy. Looks great. Gee, only gets a 3.7; no surprise there, this is criminally underrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 Tried again and enjoyed even more. Old rating follows. Thanks for sharing a bottle, iowaherkeye. The body was black with a tan head. The aroma was coffee and pecans. Nice roasted character. The taste was strong coffee with some toast. There was also a little bit of anise, but it was subtle. A medium body. A decent Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
22oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours very deep brown nearly opaque, capped with a moderate sized brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, burnt malt, coffee and saltine cracker. Chocolate malt hits the palate initially, then joined by grain and some coffee bitterness. Astringent, bittersweet chocolate finish. Interesting beer.

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