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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4867) - Dallas, 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 (2875) - 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 (1799) - 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 (3004) - 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 Łber 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 itsí 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 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2008
Also sampled during Brew Yearís 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 Iíd seek out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bomber. Pours an opaque black with an initial one finger head that fades really fast. Nose is mild coffee made over a campfire. Palate is smoke, coffee, cocoa and a hint of bitter dark chocolate in the finish. An interesting beer. Mouth feel is thin and feels like a lager but it looks, and to a degree tastes like a mild stout. Nice session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2008
Pours a deep brown to black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted barley, malt and coffee. Flavor of roasted barley, and a little coffee come through with just a touch little malt sweetness to back it up. Lots of flavor in this bad boy, but itís quite refreshing and low in alcohol content compared to itís big brothers. Rejoice, a sessionable beer with awesome flavor.

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