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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fg8080 (37) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
Dark black pour, black head. Roasty aroma, chocalate nutty taste, better as it warms...great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8386) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours hazy black with 1-finger light-brown head. Nose is roasty, slightly rauchy, with dark malt, chocoff, and slight nutmeat hints. Tastes dark malty, very smooth, with roasty and rauchy notes mid-palate, plus mild chocoff notes and a touch of hazelnut. Medium palate heft. This is a very nice brew, second runnings or not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
The body is an extremely dark chocolate brown. A creamy, foamy tan head settles to a thin film, leaving primarily sudsy sheeting behind. The aroma is full and roasted, showing tons of chocolate malt, darkly toasted caramel, espresso, and a touch of sweet cream. The nose is very inviting, and rivals that of many well rated stouts. Likewise, the flavor is impressive. Full, roasted chocolate and coffee notes are enhanced with caramel sweetness and mild, earthy hop bitterness. Incredible balance. Medium-full bodied, incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Awesome Schwarzbier, right up there with the very best of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Dark chocolate, oak hued brown; somewhat sickly appearance of grey film. Lightly pungent dark aroma of black and green olives, milk chocolate, cinnamon, musty leaves. Wink of black licorice, doughy cocoa, toasty malts. Warming layers of spring fruits blossom toward the end with a lovely, rounding influence. Crisp, dark malt flavor only lightly tinted with soap astringency; mostly dominant are flavors of pleasantly creamed coffee and soft sugars. Sweetness of red apple and blood orange and cinnamon; plenty of lactose lining the mid palate with tangy and tart sugars. Light bodied and mildly sharp throughout; ashen pulse of coffee grounds and grey sweetness in the long finish. Plenty of prickly shwarz character throughout, but bolstered by an unexpectedly soft, simmering complexity uncommon in this type of simple dark offering, porter, stout or otherwise. Warm and quiet; a fine, pointed representation of this difficult style from this most skilled of brewers. Thanks Andy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2008
awesome scwarzbier....great roasted flavor and a great roasted and not burnt flavor.......damn I could drink this all day...... best scwarzbier I have ever had!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a dark milky black color, mostly opaque, with and a healthy layer of foamy tan head. Clean malt aromas of chocolate, malted milk balls and gently toasted nuts, along with some hints of roast bitterness. Clean, straightforward malty nose, just as it should be. Medium light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a smooth, creamy texture. Not overly light, but certainly easy drinking. A hefty amount of black patent-like roast is present, bold, but bitterness is restrained. Lots of cocoa and lightly roasted coffee with some nuttiness toward the back end. No yeast characters noticeable, which is good. A mild to moderate herbal hop bitterness comes in on the back end, complimenting the dark malt characters nicely. Not really a schwarzbier in anything besides color or the fact that it’s a lager, but unless that’s what you’re looking for, don’t let that deter you. This is much more flavorful and enjoyable than most schwarzbier’s I’ve had. Certainly a good beer overall, but my only criticism comes in the name. While I was able to enjoy the flavors throughout the entire 22oz bottle, the sheer amount of roast bitterness/astringency made it difficult to plow through the last few ounces, and I expect a "session" lager to be something I could potentially finish a few bottles of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2008
Black pour with a dense dark tan head that dissipates down to a ring. Aroma is light powdered cocoa, clean roast, a background nuttiness. Taste is a wave of smooth roast that is rich without being heavy. A pleasure to drink.

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