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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1761) - 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 itís a lager, but unless thatís what youíre looking for, donít let that deter you. This is much more flavorful and enjoyable than most schwarzbierís Iíve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2008
22oz Bottle. This shit is really good actually, pours out a black color with a nice tan head on it. Smell is full of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, some nutty flavors too. Taste is smooth and rich, very robust for a "lager" beer. Never had a schwarzbier near this good, probably never will either. Very easy to drink, light alcohol makes it all the more easy to consume. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianprentiss (699) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2008
Well, this is about as good as it gets in the lager/schwarbier category. Itís smoky and charcoaly and overly roasted for my tastes, but if you like this type of beer Iím sure this will be a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11596) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
22oz bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a dark, deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of lots of roast, light chocolate, and some nuttiness. Tastes of roast, chcooalte, nuts, and more charred malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2008
Poured a dark brown / black color with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, some smoke, and light nuts. Taste was dry, roasty, dark chocolate, light smoke, and tobacco, nuts, and more roast in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
Tap @ brewery. Pours totally black, leaves scattered lacing. Earthy, minerally aroma like fresh soil. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Intense pleasant burnt, roasty flavors. Also tastes strong and woody. Good character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
Pours semi-cloudy dark chocolate brown with a small, thin head. Nose has some heavy amounts of roasted barley and chocolate malt, with a similar flavor: roasty, charred, dry malt, toasted bread, charred wood, cracked cereal grains, and a bit of a twangy quality as well, maybe from the yeast or the lagering? It definitely comes off like a stout, but has some small amount of character thatís unlike stout, but I certainly wouldnít pen this as a schwarzbier. Pretty damn good, regardless of style definitions.

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