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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tornado91 (3) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2009 does not count
smells like a coffee house, with that fresh brewed coffee hints of choclate(burnt) black as night in color. no white head at all. very pleasent to drink. will have again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours a black color with a dark tan head.Got the aroma of roasted malts and coffee.The flavor is of roasted malts,coffee and rye bread.The body is medium and the finnish is real smooth.Overall a fine brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
The head stays for a long while compared to other brews and is a great characteristic. It’s got a really complex flavor of malt, coffee, nuts, and finishes with a dark chocolate aftertaste. It’s simply amazing. The mild carbonation allows that flavors to really shine and allows your palate to notice all the subtle hints that the brew has.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (5777) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Dark malt, cocoa and a strong earthiness in aroma. The flavor is coffee, cocoa/chocolate that leads to a dry finish. Among the best schwarzbiers I’ve had, this had the elements of a porter/stout but with a good lager base. This is one of the best out there as far as schwarzbiers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2008
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2012 Draft at Jerry’s. Black with good, creamy cappuccino head / Roast barley and chocolate nose / Medium body, lively carbonation, with long, toasty finish / Flavors of roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, coconut and oak / An outstanding flavor profile for a lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2010
Beer was from a bottle. Poors black with a nice tan head. Aroma is predominately of roasted malt. Flavor is excellent. Reminiscent of a stout except very clean. Slight bitterness comes through from what appears to be roasted malt only, but Hops are definately there. Slight sweetness helps balance the whole package. Palate is great, with a smooth lager finish. Makes you want to have another sip after each drink. Overall this beer is excellent. I look forward to having it again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2010
First of all, by the name and style of lager, I originally thought it would be like Full Sail Session...when I poured into my snifter and saw a dark brew, I was delighted. A: poured into a snifter. the beer pours an impenetrable black/dark mahogany. No head at all on top, besides a haze of tan swirls. Lack of a head is the reason for the low score. S: almost smells like a stout. Rich roasted dark malts are the lead, which I pulled coffee, toffee, some figs and raisins as well. A mild hint of chocolate, but very faint. T: Wow...I now have a total understanding as to why Tomme is the fucking man. This is by far the most amazing schwarzbier I have ever tasted, and probably ever will. Deep and intense roasted dark malts, almost make this taste like a stout or a porter. Chocolate and coffee tones are the major flavors. This is a very sweet/malty version of this style. Some light hints of dark fruits like fig and cherry. M: carbonation was a little light, but it enhanced the malts in my opinion. The most full bodied schwarzbier ever! D: at 5% and the amazing flavor, this beer is a great "session" brew. extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - FEB 10, 2012
World class example of the style. Pours black with some brown hues along the edges. Foam is prominent with a light tan color. Beautiful beer. Aromas are roast, cocoa, coffee, and a dash of herbal hops. Taste is fantastic. Dark malts are full up front, the cocoa and roasted coffee dominate, middle is full of a woody mineral like flavor, and the finish is roast, hops, but finishes so incredibly clean. All the best aspects of a well made beer with all the positives aspects of a lager. The clean finish really accentuates the flavors found here. Well carbonated and super drinkable. A damn fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Draught, Lost Abbey, multiple occasions
Pretty close to black. Nice creamy head. Lightly roasty, chocolate, with vague hints of smoke and nuts. Full body. Lots of rich chocolate flavours. Sweet and supple. American lager to be sure, but so smooth and complex.

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