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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with medium brown head. Aroma is malty and roasty, not overly strong, with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is very roasty, with some burnt toast edges to it, full of cocoa and malt with bits of coffee but not a whole lot. There are hints at times of milk, but it disapears quickly and any sweetness is quickly overwhelmed by roasty bitterness. Pretty dry throughout with a dry and lightly bitter finish. The more times I have it, the more I like it. Smooth and easy on the palate, I could drink this every day.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (491) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Immediate and pleasant scent of toffee and cappuccino. Black color with foamy tan head. Texture and flavor is like a draught Guiness. Nice smooth roasted malt taste with cocoa and some tobacco.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
On draught at Hamilton’s Tavern (San Diego, CA): This is my first beer on my first night as a new resident of California (moved from West Palm Beach, FL). And oh, what a good one to start off my west coast beer journey with, considering I’ve never rated a Schwarzbier. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of bittersweet burnt chocolate, some coffee, smoke, and citrus. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. Noticable hops in the flavor along with roasted malts, licorice, wood, and faint coffee. A little thin. Drinkability: Bittersweet, with a clean, soft roastiness. Pairing: Spicy barbeque; hearty roast meat. Rebuy: Yes. #279 on 19022010, DG.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
On tap @ Craft Ale House Limerick PA - didn’t take notes while I was there, but from memory a delicious robust almost porter like (but not as much body or the sweetness of ale yeast) flavor. I could drink a bunch of this and be very happy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhunter151 (467) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Pours jet black with a thick brown head. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. The coffee flavor and bitterness lingers for a little bit. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (465) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours clear dark brown, inky in the glass, cherry brown around the edges, with a two-finger tan head, very good and lasting lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted rye bread, and grass. Medium-thin body, lively, crisp, lightly dry. Lightly sweet flavor, a touch savory, more coffee, rye bread, and some citrus. Well balanced and very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 5, 2010
22oz. bomber served in a SA Perfect Pint glass. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Bottle conditioned. Chocolate malt with some noble hops in the aroma. Medium bodied. Lots of chocolate malt in the flavor. Porterish flavor profile. Roasty and malty with a long lingering chocolate malt finish. Different take on a schwarzbier.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2008
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of golubj. Dark black pour with a thin, light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Nice roasty flavor, with sweet chocolate and nutty hints. Crisp, clean and wonderful treat. Thanks again golubj for the bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Pour is a very deep shade of brown, nearing black with almost no head at all. Nose is very roasty, almost like that or a porter. Taste is deep malty, and roasty, almost like a smoked porter again. Rather thin on the tongue.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
22oz bottle. This one was so underwhelming. Poured out nice however, pitch black dark, decent off white head. I’m not sure how this is a swarz, however some decently smoke, but really this is just a black lager that underwhelms. Smooth and silky, but thats about it, no discerable attributes that really make this one stand out. Bland.


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