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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8798) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8795) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
Pours semi-cloudy dark chocolate brown with a small, thin head. Nose has some heavy amounts of roasted barley and chocolate malt, with a similar flavor: roasty, charred, dry malt, toasted bread, charred wood, cracked cereal grains, and a bit of a twangy quality as well, maybe from the yeast or the lagering? It definitely comes off like a stout, but has some small amount of character that’s unlike stout, but I certainly wouldn’t pen this as a schwarzbier. Pretty damn good, regardless of style definitions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8794) - Ursel, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8736) - 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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle. Very dark walnut brown, light brown head that laces early then forms a ring. Coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Bitter roast, coffee, baker’s chocolate flavours. Finish is dry and slightly vegetal with medium bitterness. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (8197) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
65 cl bottle.
Pours dark red-brown color with a large off-white head. Aroma of ash, malts, hay and mild fruity notes. Flavor of malts, fruits, some smoky notes and faint licorice. Very strong carbonation, a bit watery palate though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2008
Pours black with brown head. Aroma is roasted, malty / coffee. Taste is the same, caramelized sugar with a watery aftertaste. Light and easy drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
Draught. Low and quickly disappearing off-white fluffy head. Pitch black body. Powerful coffee aroma. Roasted barley malt with a heavy shot of coffee. Not sweet at all, little bitterness though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (8062) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle at de molen tasting. Dark brown, almost black pour with a ring tan head. Aroma is strong burnt malts, a little chocolate. Flavour dominated by burnt malt, some whiskey, chocolate, toffee, and medium bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2010
22 oz. bottle via trade with daknole- thanks again, Dak! Pours a dark, hazy brown with a small tan head that leaves a ring around the inner edge of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dust, chocolate, toasted nuts, and lagery hops. Flavor of roased chocolate malts, toast, caramel, rust, cardboard, and wet tobacco leaves. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a vegetal mouthfeel. Really easy to drink, and absolutely sessionable. Very nice schwarzbier.

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