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RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Bomber. Pours black as midnight, almost like a porter. Little to no head, but what there is is light brown. Aroma is roasted malts with a touch, and really just a hint, of anise. Taste is lightly bitter, like good afternoon light coffee, with just a touch of cocoa. Slightly metallic tinge, but it doesn’t spoil a really surprisingly good lager. Mouthfeel is light and minimal, but there is nothing wrong with this one. Nicely done Port!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
I’ve never had a dark lager before, so I was intrigued to try this one. Slight taste notes of chocolate, and roasty coffee. Not a ton going on all together with this beer, but if you are a fan of darker styles you might find this one good for a hot summer day.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Black as night with a tan head showing good retention and lacing. Rich roasted nuts on the nose. Balanced and light to medium bodied. This is a choice 10 times out of 10 over stuff like Guinness if I’m looking for a lighter bodied dark beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
on tap poured into a 4oz english tulip. Grilled hot dog aromas hit the nose initially and almost overwhelmingly. As it mellows, some tropical fruit notes start to come through under the smokiness. It pours a dark, nearly-opaque, caramel red color with a micro bubble, espresso head. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves abundant lacing. It has a mellow burnt bitterness that out-muscles the mild sweet with a touch of umami. It’s a fairly light body, with a thin texture and very light amounts of carbonation. The mouth is mostly filled with a char-dog flavor (bun included!) and finishes with a very roasty nut and burnt toast finish which does linger for a while.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
On tap at brewery. Pretty in your face for 5%. Resembles more stout than lager. Flavorful but drinkable...session beer at its finest. Not bad...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 5, 2009
The color is a dark brown with no head at all. The nose is roasty and full of malt and nuts blended with hints of coffee and mocha. As you sip on it there is a robust bitter hop flavor initially mixed with some dark malt that sticks to the sides of your your mouth. It has a rather thin body but the presance of burnt or old coffee sticks to your mouth for a while. Overall it is a good brew with just the right amount of carbonation and well balanced flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Black in color with a thin layer of brown lacing. The nose shows off coffee, dark caramel and malt. The nose is pretty simple but comes off as almost deep. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with good balance and a finish of bitter coffee. A strange combination of "heavy" attributes as well as "light".

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhunter151 (585) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aquilo (556) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of peanut butter and malt. Smells like a peanut butter sandwich. Flavor is very rich and mildly bitter very smooth mouthfeel. Delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (545) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - SEP 9, 2014
660 ml bottle from Domus Birrae. Dark brown with some red tinges, difficult to see through, with a nice, creamy, fluffy and persistent light beige head. Grassy and herbal upfront, coffee beans and chocolate as follow. Slightly spicy (cinnamon) as well. Little metallic edge during the first sip quite bitter and dry, more coffee forward than the nose indicated. Slightly astringent, very mild sourness, lingering burnt caramel aftertaste. Average carbonation, light to medium body, slightly oily texture. Not my favourite Schwarz (even tho I suspect this is an old bottle), but a pleasent beer nonetheless.


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