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RATINGS: 586   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 18/20
MacBoost (1775) - Penfield, New York, USA - APR 27, 2013
Ahh... Lager. There is just something so relaxing about lager, isn’t there?

Pours a very thin looking black and forms a light brown head which doesn’t last all that long. Aromas of roast and some cocoa. Taste is just pure relaxation... Subtle, supple, succulent. Light roast. So good. So very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Tap at Oasis Micropub. Opaque brown-black body, thin steady beige head. Smooth chocolate aroma. Soft, medium body. Chocolate, brown nutty roast malt, mild coffee, smoke. Spot on, very drinkable. Smooth brown chocolate toffee finish. Excellent, sublime, perfect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Teddlet (12) - Magalia, USA - APR 18, 2014
A bit more roasted chocolate than I’d like in a Schwartz beer but still drinkable without being overly cloying. Mild malt nose, and a slight hop bitter on the back.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (5021) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2015
(En fût au Pizza Port Solana Beach): Un liquide délicieusement torréfié, caramel salé et esters fruités dans une bombe de buvabilité terriblement efficace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2008
Black. Brown edges. Small off white head. Huge roasted malt in the nose is accompanied by whole coffee beans, cookie, and graham cracker. Same flavor with a hint of concentrated bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Real easy to drink. World class schwarz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Grainy, buttered bread, some roasted coffee notes, nut meat, and a bit of an acrid, smoky jolt - tingly, even - this rocks my flavor world.

I drained one of these 22s the other night and am making a go for a second thanks to stefanje. This is a killer beer. The body is nice, not too full, but definitely characterful from the bottle-conditioning.

Goes down easy. Looks great. Gee, only gets a 3.7; no surprise there, this is criminally underrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at Rudy’s tasting May ’08, courtesy of I think Blankboy. Pitch black, small tan head. Smoke, roast aroma with some hops. Strong roast and smoke taste over a very thick body. Like an Imperial Swarzbier, this might have the most mids leading beer name ever. Very nice and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at Tria. The pour was dark brown with a thick light brown head. The smell is full of roast and smoke, with just a little bit of hops and clean yeast character. Same with the flavor. This beer is quite robust, yet easy to drink. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry clean finish. Really one of the better surprises I’ve drink in a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Heavy weighted roast aroma with a bit of campfire smoke and burnt marshmallow. Or maybe I just want summer to get here. Very dark, even thick in the glass, thick creamy persistent sandy head that sticks to the edges of the glass. Plenty of sediment int the glass, like no other lager I’ve ever seen. Definitely more like a stout than a lager. Thick, creamy roasted character up front, more maduro cigar notes in the finish. Quite the treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - APR 6, 2009
Bottled 650ml. Courtesy of badlizard. Appearance: Almost pitch black with a beautiful creamy head. Good lacework. Aroma: Deeply pleasant. Reminiscent of Milk Stout. Wow! Christmas cake, coffee, vanilla and walnuts showing up. Flavor and palate: Medium to full bodied. A lot of great chocolate characteristics appearing. Extremely smooth. Even better than the nose. Wonderful finish. Overall impression: A fabulous surprise. Thanks a lot badlizard!

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