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RATINGS: 586   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Sampled at Dickinsonbeerís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (7560) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - 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.

   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 (3045) - 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.

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