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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
This beer is made from the second sparge of the mashed grains from Serpents stout. This must imply Serpents stout will be very sweet or high in alcohol as the efficiency was low enough for the leftover sugar to make an entire other beer. On tap at Lost Abbery during Carnevale release. What a great party, with a band, great food, great people and great beers. I wish I could have stayed longer. This was a very interesting lesson in rating for me. They only let you buy pints, so I bought a pint. I’m not the biggest fan of light lagers, especially when you add too much roastiness, so this was what I was expecting. Initially I get that lagerish taste and am not impressed, but I keep drinking and I like it more and more. A bit of roastiness, but high drinkability. Actually pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Black bodied, tan head. Sweet chocolate, mocha aroma. Flavor is predominantly a dry coffee. Thin and watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle, shared at the May 2008 tasting. Thanks Paul, because "Blankboy is much better than blackout drunk." Very rich dark brown, tan head. Nose is smoke & cocoa, light iodine malt. Flavor is smoke, burnt malt, cocoa, very dark toffee, burnt fruits. A very aggressive Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of coffee, smoke, roasting, chocolate, and brown sugar. Poured very dark brown in color with a small tan head that disappeared instantly. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of burnt malts, slight smoke, coffee, roasting, chocolate, and some nuts. Medium to full body. Chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Burnt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
2008-05-17. Black body with modest tan head. Moderate aroma of roast and hints of smoke. Similar flavour, mild roast malt with mild smoky undertones. (6+) Average palate. Well crafted brew, but the flavour departments in which it excels in are not my favourites to start with, and it also probably lost a a point or two in the midst of a raucous tasting, as evidenced by the fact that I wrote down almost as many quotes as beer notes on this notebook page. At Rudolf’s, shared by Blankboy <P>"... that sounds a lot better than Black-Out-Drunk-Guy." - Frylock<P> "Once again you’ve failed us!" - Blankboy<P> "...someone pissed on a midget... the got closed down..." - Rudolf

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Name: Moonlit Sessions Lager
Date: 05/24/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaky lace,
Aroma: roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and a touch of dark caramel for sweetness,
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, dark chocolate brings in additional bitterness, earthyness keeps it dry, long bitter finish, borders on astrengency but keeps it in check,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Poured a hazed deep brown color with an off-white head. Ashy coffee aroma with a sweat roasty malt base. Coffee and mild roasted malt flavor. Mild-moderate sweetness. Bitter finish with a light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3331) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black with very little brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor was very roasted for the style; with more coffee than expected. Mild hopping. A light chalky presence. Would have liked some more chocolate and/or sweetness. Was expecting something spectactular, this was just pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at brewpub for RBSG. Pours a deep brown with a brown head. Nutty and lagery aroma. Medium light bodied with a fine, but lively carbonation. Non aggressive flavor of dark roast, accented by nuts, tobacco, and chocolate. Clean finish. Not bad. A little thin in the middle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at Lost Abbey, made from the second runnings of the mashed grains from Serpents stout. Appearance is pitch black hue, minimal head and lacing. Smell is moderate coffee/espresso malts, hints of chocolate, roast, subtle grassy hops in the background. Taste is a nice blend of coffee and roast malts with grassy bitter hops, lager yeast and nuts peek through and the roast borders on a smoky sensation, finishes bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth texture, mild carbonation. Drinkability is moderate, this is a solid lager from LA with a good malt profile, big coffee/roast/smoke works well for this style, the alcohol is well-masked.

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