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RATINGS: 571   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7771) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
Draught Small greige head, fast gone over near black beer. Roasted but sweet, molasses-like and sweet (honey-) roast; roasted raisins in a cake, near burnt. Burnt and very dry, nearly carbon-like, sticky in the finish. Well filled slick, sticky body. Good, but rather sweet, stout-like lager.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2012
Big bottle purchased at Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo. Carried back home and shared with Finn at a dinner party with the ladies. Huge, tan-coloured head resting on top of a devil black body with a brownish shade. Aroma is mid-sweet with earth and roasted malts. Roasted dark malty in flavour including a touch of chocolate. Sweet ending offset by bitter roastiness. Easy to drink. Paired well with our food (Skibotn, 06.10.2012).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours hazy black with 1-finger light-brown head. Nose is roasty, slightly rauchy, with dark malt, chocoff, and slight nutmeat hints. Tastes dark malty, very smooth, with roasty and rauchy notes mid-palate, plus mild chocoff notes and a touch of hazelnut. Medium palate heft. This is a very nice brew, second runnings or not.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Molasses and raisins flow in this stout Schwarzbier’s veins, surrounded by muscular chocolate and agile roastiness, conjuring up a lusciously nourishing and drinkable example of the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-sleeved black.
-There is a lot of body for a beer this size; this feature tends to differentiate it from most German-brewed schwarzbiers I’ve had.
-Some coffee character is perceived as well.
-All flavors coalesce and present themselves as a single, complex entity.
-The finish is relatively crisp and nicely bitter, which was not necessarily predicted by the sweet nose.

Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7567) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2011
This brew pours dark brown with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and a bit of smoke, plus a bit of hops. Medium body with a roasty malt character backed up by notes of cocoa, hops and a touch of charcoal. The finish is roasty with a hoppy aftertaste. Well done overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
2008-05-17. Black body with modest tan head. Moderate aroma of roast and hints of smoke. Similar flavour, mild roast malt with mild smoky undertones. (6+) Average palate. Well crafted brew, but the flavour departments in which it excels in are not my favourites to start with, and it also probably lost a a point or two in the midst of a raucous tasting, as evidenced by the fact that I wrote down almost as many quotes as beer notes on this notebook page. At Rudolf’s, shared by Blankboy <P>"... that sounds a lot better than Black-Out-Drunk-Guy." - Frylock<P> "Once again you’ve failed us!" - Blankboy<P> "...someone pissed on a midget... the got closed down..." - Rudolf

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (7189) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle 650ml @ yngwie
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a nearly opaque with dark mahogany edges and a well-lacing beige head. Aroma of rich roasty malts and mild smoke with a touch of chocolate. Starts semi-sweet and fairly full with a good amount of roasted malt and hop bitterness before a drier, crisp, smooth finish with some lingering smoky roasty notes. A nice schwarzbier.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Owen.
An opaque black / brown colour with a good beige head and great retention. Really interesting aroma. Rich earthy malt and some glorious chocolate bitterness along with just a lick of amonia, but in a pleasant way. Similar flavour that is slightly floral and just a little soapy. The chocolate comes through beautifully in the finish though. It’s such a challenging beer on the senses. I know it’s a lager but all this black stuff comes at me at the same time. It’s the best thing about drinking a schwartzbier. Not my favourite of styles but just really really interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7096) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
Big bottle split with Matt and Octo at Sandy Lane, CA, 28/08/12. Slippery pitch capped with creamy yellow-tan. Deep-roasted nose dusted with coal, smoothed with chocolate and mocha, slight seahorse (??). Notes of iron, blackcurrant and Nutella spread on burnt toast, dipped in mocha. Hint of pepper: Matt reckons radish. Straightforward, sessionable and delicious. Bittersweet but mainly sweet. Bags of berries and brimstone. A top, full-bodied, English-style stout, basically. Fuck it feels good to be back on the mainland.


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