corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on draft at Monk’s.
Pours a deep dark mahogany amber/chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with only the slightest of dark c
golden mahogany edges when held to a light source. Frothy two finger dark tan head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.
Deep dark roasted malt aroma with hints of bitter dark chocolate, smoke, charcoal, toffee, nut and subtle hops. I know this is a schwarzbier but I was shocked how smokey and authentic this smells. Of course there is a slight American twist with the slight citrus and earthy hops but this beer is roasted and smokey with hints of burnt toast and BBQ.
Chewy full body with a nice lactic creamy feel along with a beautiful smoked malt character that isn’t overpowering at all. Deep roasted flavor with hints of nut, toffee, chocolate, caramel and burnt toast. Slightly bitter hops provide the perfect compliment to the smokey roasted notes. There is also a subtle dark fruit presence, especially dark cherry thatnprovides a nice sweetnessto the deep roasted notes. This beer is perfectly balanced and extremely quaffable. This is a nice introduction to smoked lagers. No too overpowering with a lot of comlexity balancing it out but ruach/smoked beers fans will love this beer. Highly recommended!
TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 Had on tap at St. Stevens with Katie. Pour was. Thick dark brown almost black with medium lacing off white head. Aroma is roasted Manta, coffee like. Flavor is a rush of chocolate and molasis. Coffee follows.through into the aftertaste
Gachupines (746) - USA - APR 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black appearance with a thin tan head. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is very mild with a hint of toasted malts and chocolate in the finish. Very pleasant dark lager, would make a great session beer.
doublebock (487) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Immediate and pleasant scent of toffee and cappuccino. Black color with foamy tan head. Texture and flavor is like a draught Guiness. Nice smooth roasted malt taste with cocoa and some tobacco.
rforman15 (14) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
It is so difficult to find great lagers in the USA. This is a GREAT, Big and Bold, and smokey and licorice tasting lager.
SSSteve (3552) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle labeled "midnight expression lager". black with a large, fluffy beige head. salty nuts and roast aroma. very light body. dry finish. chalky and roasty flavor with dark chocolate. lager crispness.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Port Brewing Company--Midnight Sessions Lager--Oval Label--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--5.00% ABV--25 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Black Lager--Thick pour. Creamy dense lacy espresso mild head. Opaque deep obsidian red edge hint color. Burnt floral hop espresso front. Rich thick burnt bitter mild creamy sweet rich smooth chocolate espresso clean lager body. Mild hop malt spice doughy black bread end. Sampled 9/12/2009. $5.99 Each.
Getbetter (660) - Cucamonga, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22oz bottle,Black,brownish head,light body,smoke,great beer ,might buy more.
Aquilo (511) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of peanut butter and malt. Smells like a peanut butter sandwich. Flavor is very rich and mildly bitter very smooth mouthfeel. Delicious.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black pour with a thick creamy tan head. Very sticky and inviting. The nose is quite creamy and chocolatey with a touch of soft malted milk character as well. Chewy sweetness along with a touch of almost smoky cocoaish flavour. Soft and earthy with a touch of light lingering cocoa. Clean and quite fresh tasting… this is a damn fine schwarzbier.