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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle revealed a pitch black brew with a chocolate tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, citrus and hops.Light body but with good roasty malt, vanilla, and bitter flavors. Some carbonation. Pretty darn good lager and the coolest label, artwork, and description possible

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 Bomber from IronchefScott; Nose is roasty coffee, coffee, and more coffee; black with a medium tan head; flavor of coffee, minor chocolate, and a tiny bit of hop bitterness. 7/4/8/4/15 3.8 on 5/7/08 Another 2008 bottle on 8/12/2010. Nose of toffee and prunes. Clear dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is toffee and licorice with some caramel malts and a hint of smoke. 9/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Rerate. 1/13/2012--12/20/11 is the current bottled bomber. Can’t believe it’s been almost four years since I had it last. The only thing I’d change in my description of the beer is that I’m getting some nice soft pine hop notes, both in flavor and aroma. Not nearly as burnt or ashy in the finish, though there still is some burnt notes and lingering bitterness. Old rating follows. 22oz bomber, no date. Black with a small tan head, fair retention. Plenty of roast and yeasty notes up front, though not coffee acidic. Milk chocolate and malted milk balls are also present. Flavor is much more roasty (with coffee this time) with much milder milk chocolatey notes. Roasty ashy dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3. Light to moderate carbonation with a light to medium body (department of redundancy department). If it tasted like it smelled, I would’ve rated it a fair amount higher. Old rating 8-3-6-3-13--3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2008
On tap at Lost Abbey--Dark black, mild tan ring for a head. Coffee nose, chocolate. Big acidic flavor. Porter-like. Smooth. Sharp. Highly drinkable. Thin oily slick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2008
On tap at the 2nd anniversary party. Nearly opaque brown-black color with a thin film of dark brown head. Roasty, acidic aroma, some chocolate. Roasted malt, meaty flavors dominate. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Mild nuttiness then manifests. Leathery, smoky flavors linger in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, somewhat dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2008
22oz from South Bay. I don’t know why but I didn’t cotton to the fac that this is a schwarzbier until I poured it. Anyways, that works for me! Very thick pour, almost milky in its consistency. But it’s got a nice, dry finishing, almost roasted quality, sort of like a fusion between a sweet stout and a schwarz. Nice hopping to compete with the dark malts, another good one from Port.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted barely, light smoke, roasted nuts, and cocoa. Flavor of roasted malt, mild hops, nuts, and light smoke/charred character with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2008
22oz bottle with some killer graphics on the label. Plenty of lightly roasted malt on the nose. Nice, though. Not charred, but plenty roasty. Some cocoa powder and black liquorice as well. A touch of bitter chocolate comes as the beer warms. Pours a nearly opaque brown with a very thin ring of a khaki head. Flavor is quite simple. Hints of roasted nuts, malt, anise and a touch of spice and smoked wood. Medium bodied, slightly silky with just the right amount of carbonation. Not my favorite style by any means, but a nice beer all the same. Thanks Craig!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
22 oz bottle purchased at PP Bottle Shop. Awesome art work on this bottle. Surprisingly dark pour. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is much of the same, although incredibly smooth and easy to drink. A nice schwarzbier. I can totally picture having pints of this after an afternoon surf session.

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