HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with brown head. Decent lacing. Smells of toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes are on par with smells. Extremely carbonated with a dry finish.
ARH (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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. Itís 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.
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Stone Bistro. It was night and we were outdoors so i couldnít tell if it was black or just really dark brown. Nice roasty aroma. Very smooth mouthfeel with flavors of roasted malts, wood, and burnt chocolate. This beer is pretty dynamic in that it maintains the flavor of a stout with the smoothness and mouthfeel of a lager. Pretty cool drink.
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is really really good... My Bottle has a label that says Midnight Sessions Lager???? Very roasty and smoked nose. Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Low carbonation and a light body with a very smooth finish. Flavor is mildly sweet with plenty of roasty and smoky malts... ... This is truly Fantastic and Everyone should enjoy one soon.
Music = "Duck and Cover" by Glenn Philips "
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown. Woodsy, herbal bitterness. Too fizzy for my taste, but interesting.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This lager pours a very dark almost black color. The nose is of smoked cereal and roasted coffee. Taste is smokey dry malt flavor with a nice drinkability. One of the better lagers i’ve had.
kirk36 (100) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I read labels and try to relate. I read this one and cannot. It's verbal diarrhea. What does surfing at midnight have in common with a schwarzbier? Moving forward. Pours abysmal black...think Siberia darkness 24x7 season...yeah it's bleak! It meets the standard and is a tastier black lager than the newer Guiness black watery lager. There is value in your choice tonight. Coffee, earthly, terroir and bitter.
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BluePhish (93) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is super dark umber approaching black. Large, tan, foamy head with good retention and lacing.
Lots of roasty toasty malts on the nose. Bakerís chocolate, raisin, toasted nuts, a hint of bacon fat even.
Taste is bitter malt, lots of coffee-bean, caramel, toasted pecans, long bitter finish with some layering as well.
Palate is medium to full, high carb but obviously low alcohol. Carb perhaps a tad high but not horribly so.
Overall a good session beer although i would have liked it even better if they had shaved another point off the ABV. Still, lots of flavor for the low Alcohol investment and definitely worth a taste.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Pours a very dark brown with dark amber on the bottom when put up to the light, along with a one finger tan head.
S: Chocolate and coffee aromas.
T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with hop bitterness in the finish.
M: Light body but head and heavy carbonation stay with this the whole way through.
beeroverthere (81) - USA - APR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma:Roasted barley, some coffee
Body:Initially sweet breadish flavor moving over to burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate.
Finish:Roasted flavors continue with some remaining sweetness.
Over-all/Mouth-feel:Medium, medium to medium-high carbonation.