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RATINGS: 584   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2008
Black. Brown edges. Small off white head. Huge roasted malt in the nose is accompanied by whole coffee beans, cookie, and graham cracker. Same flavor with a hint of concentrated bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Real easy to drink. World class schwarz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
Huge thanks to stefanje for this beer! Pours a very dark chocolate color with small roasted head. Nose is very strong of rosted coffee, chocolate type malts, pitted fruits and molasses...wonderful. Palate was rich and full-bodied with dark chocolate, dark fruits, sweet bread and roasted coffee beans, which lended itself to a smokey finish. Fantastic beer that I wish I had more of...thanks Stefan!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9469) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
Draught Small greige head, fast gone over near black beer. Roasted but sweet, molasses-like and sweet (honey-) roast; roasted raisins in a cake, near burnt. Burnt and very dry, nearly carbon-like, sticky in the finish. Well filled slick, sticky body. Good, but rather sweet, stout-like lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 22oz bottle. pours dark brown with small tan head. aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, and caramel. nice nose. flavor of dark fruits, roast, chocolate, a fizzy dry and clean finish. a nice med-heavy body. easily the best schwarsbier iíve ever had and probably the best mouth feel for a 5% beer. great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Haslinger (909) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
Tap @ Port Brewing. Dark brown creamy head. Good coffee and roasted malt aroma, tasted of roasted malt and some coffee with a little chocolatey mocha thing going on. Great smokey aftertaste. Great would buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
22oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. I was surprised to find this was an extremely deep dark black. Created a small formation of head but it quickly died and became a solid brown color of liquid in a glass. Plenty of roasted malt and olfaction of coffee bean pre-ground. Texture is initially oily but also has somewhat of a creamy palate in the end. Flavor is considerably simple with moderate use of roasted malt and background taste of mocha or hazelnut coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2565) - 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 (2079) - 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 didnít 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 canít 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. Iím not finding any hops, but Iím finding some smokey/roasty/chocolaty notes that are really very appealing. The smoke is very well blended and it isnít 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 (128) - 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 thatís 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. Iíll definitely buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - 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 Iíve had. A good beer.

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