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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
couldnt believe i was drinking a lager. dark very dark with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma of Chocolate, nuts, a bit of coffee, and the roasted malt. Clean crisp and refreshing as most lagers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Under the name of Midnight Sessions Lager Pours near black with a small, but densely packed beige head. Lots of quality lace on the glass. Aroma of dark roasted coffee and warm cream. Elements of toffee; slightly chalky. Tastes like a stout--it is even full-bodied, despite being lagered (still lighter than most stouts). Lots of burnt toast/black patent flavors, particularly at the swallow. Thereís enough hop to be present. Great chewy finish with lots of spiciness. An easy to drink "session" beer, even though this is no session beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (528) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bomber from August trip to Colorado. Pours a light-consuming black with a moderate, short-lived pale brown head. Aroma is as roasty (read burnt) a roast coffee can be, as strong as any RIS competitor. Flavor brings a robust push of roast coffee, dark chocolate, and liquid smoke. The balance brought in by the earthy and fruity hops is surprisingly good, and this brew has a wacky depth of flavor for a schwarzbier. 9 out of 10 commoners would confuse this for a good stout, if not for the slightly thinner body. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ragnampiza (525) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (514) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle sampled at Columbus tasting 11: This beer pours dark with a thin smattering of tan head. Aroma is chocolate and molasses. Flavor is also chocolate malts, and dark syrupy sugars, raisin. Lingering bittersweet finish.

   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.

   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 Hamiltonís 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 Iíve 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
On tap @ Craft Ale House Limerick PA - didnít 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.

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