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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2044) - 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) - Łůdż, 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 (5154) - 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 Caponeís (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 (3922) - 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. Canít believe itís been almost four years since I had it last. The only thing Iíd change in my description of the beer is that Iím 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 wouldíve 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 donít know why but I didnít 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 itís 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.

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