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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a shiny black cola with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1867) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2008
22oz bottle courtesy of Joey at South Bay. The pour is black and glossy with a creamy ring of dark tan cream. If I didn’t know any better, I would think this was a stout. The aroma is roasty and chocolaty, much the way a porter would be. So far I can’t find the lager in this.
After the first big mouthful it becomes a bit more apparent. There is a ton of flavor here, but it comes across as more European and less American in character. I’m not finding any hops, but I’m finding some smokey/roasty/chocolaty notes that are really very appealing. The smoke is very well blended and it isn’t astringent, but it is earthy and strong. The body is more refreshing than heavy. At 5% this is definitely a sessionable beer and that would be a wonderful session. Great work on an under-represented style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
Smooth as silk, roasty and chocolatey, refreshing, medium body. Black with a deep tan head. From a bomber. Just a little bitterness, not much hop aroma or flavor. Some light, raisiny fruit on the finish. Nice dark beer that’s not too heavy, very clean, maybe not very complex but quite drinkable. Port/LA gets lots of hype for their high priced special releases, but this is yet another example of how tasty and drinkable their everyday priced beers are. I’ll definitely buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2008
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 finger thick tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is a roasted-toasted malt, faint coffee and dust. Flavor has lots of roasted malt and coffee. Medium body. Lingering roastiness on the palate. One of the more flavorful Schwarzbier beer I’ve had. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3720) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2008
Dark brown to black in color with a decent head. Smell is coffee, hops, dark roasted malts. Taste has some bitterness, is dry, and malty. Clean and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle, thanks to Bu11zeye. Poured a dark black with nice tan head with good retention. Aroma was pure dark roast, very nice. Taste, wow.....plenty of dark roast malt with nice slight bitter, was very tasty. Had medium=high carbonation with a light-medium body. VERY GOOD!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
dark brown body with a small brown head.nice aroma of roasted coffee,almonds,and earth.flavor does much of the same.nice full mouthfeel for 5 %.nice session beer for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
black with brown edges with a medium, I was immediately struck by the aroma of coffee, dark chocolate & nuts. Taking a sip, your palate is hit w/ dry roasty flavors and a clean finish. Now if only all session beers could be like this one...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2008 nearly black pour with a soft medium brown head that leaves behind some nice lace. aromas of roasty( near metallic) grain that borders tart, chocolate, some coffee, toasted nuts, butterscotch, fresh vanilla bean and its’ woody pod. the palate is surprisingly dry with flavors of yeast, almost astringent barley, some chocolate and light smokiness. there are some light tongue numbing grassy and woody hops noted before a slightly bitter finish. medium to full body for the style. nice soft texture and bright mouth feel...8/4/7/4/3.9

color is nearly opaque with red at the edges. flavors mellowing... molasses, chocolate, barley, woody and all around hearty. nice ashy/charred coffee aftertaste. robust and satisfying at the same time...8/4/8/4/16/4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2710) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2008
Also sampled during Brew Year’s Eve (and then a bottle)...THANKS Jonpol!!! Definitely, a trimmed down version of Serpent Stout. Flavor profile is similar...somewhat bitter, dark belgian chocolate and roasted premium coffee. The aroma is subtle and palate is on the thin side. A good beer but not something I’d seek out.

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