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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2008
OTH tasting 09/06/08. Pours very dark kind of amber-garnet with thin tan head. The aroma is mild with some roastiness and nuttiness to go along with more subtle notes that are tough to discern due to their smoothness and lack of strength. The taste is much the same with very tasty roasted malts, well rounded nuttiness and notes of chocolate malts. As with the nose there are more subtle notes in the flavor that are tough to pin down. This is really tasty with rich and varied malts and moderate nuttiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle. Rich brown beer with a tan head. Light roast, light malt, and light mineral aroma. Roasty, toffee, malt flavor with light mineral notes. Medium bodied. Toffee lingers with light roast and light hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6833) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle at Brewdog Bar Aberdeen. It pours jet black with a thick, light tan head. The nose is rich coffee, salted liquorice, soy sauce and dark chocolate. The taste is caramel, soy sauce, toffee, salted liquorice, tar, sesame seed and brown sugar, with a dry-roasted malt finish. Medium body and above average carbonation. A tasty Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6815) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2010
660 ml bottle. Finland.
Black colour with small tan head. Roasted malt, liquorice, bitter hops and some coffee in stout/porter like aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, some chocolate and bitter hops in flavour. Quite heavy for a Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6741) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6680) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle shared at the Smoke from the Oak release. Pours a dark black with a light tan head. Aromas of roast and chocolate. Medium bodied with a nice crisp roast character. Light bitter cocoa finish with more roast coming through.

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