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Itís 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, youíll 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
On tap @ Craft Ale House Limerick PA - didnít take notes while I was there, but from memory a delicious robust almost porter like (but not as much body or the sweetness of ale yeast) flavor. I could drink a bunch of this and be very happy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11016) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Tap at the brewery. Very dark maroon color. Aroma of chocolate biscuits. Taste is chocolate with a bitter background. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4706) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Pitch black, a touch clear dark brown at the bottom near bright light with a dense, thick light brown head - very very nice! Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee and a big bit of vanilla. Medium to Light-bodied; Deep roasty flavour with a little smokey character, a touch of coffee and a minor dose of hops near the end. Aftertaste is mostly roasty with a very good flavour profile and a complexity that is pretty good for the style - a lot of porter type tastes dominate this one, even though itís not an ale! Overall, a very nice beer - definitely worth drinking if you can find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 08-February-2011 for US$4.49 sampled at home on the other coast in Washington on 28-February-2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Dark brown pour, think foamy head lingers a while. High, malty aroma with a hint of cherries. Sweet aroma. Good malty flavor with quite a bit of nuttiness. Pours and looks like a stout, but doesnít coat your tongue the same way, and less bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (619) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Iíve never had a dark lager before, so I was intrigued to try this one. Slight taste notes of chocolate, and roasty coffee. Not a ton going on all together with this beer, but if you are a fan of darker styles you might find this one good for a hot summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2556) - Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2012 22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 12/20/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger foamy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, coffee, light char, grass, and herbal. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, herbal, grass, and earth. Lingering notes of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, herbal, and grass on the finish for a bit. Nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; no cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy, chalky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent schwarzbier! Very robust and balanced roasted flavors; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 First Rating of this brew, Pint @ Lost Abbey Carnivale, Carnivale release night party. Goldtwins told me to try this and explained that it was Serpent Stout that had been altered and laggered. I found this beer to be pretty tasty and different, somewhat like a schwarzbier. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose was huge and malty with a big bite of coffee. Taste is very big rich malty, smoky and full of coffee. Overall really a great beer, a style that I donít usually go after, but I liked it. Cyn had a pint later in the night and she liked it too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2008
At the Carnivele...black; tiny head. Aroma of rich malts. Very tasty and smooth and not really bitter at all. Great balance of toasty malts, chocolate, coffee,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a fizzy light brown head that fades quick. Smells roasty and almost smokey with a hint of dark fruit sweetness. Tastes very dark and malty, roasty with some dark fruit sweetness. Again, almost smokey flavor as well. Medium body, semi-dry with vibrant carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2008
Pours a deep brown to black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted barley, malt and coffee. Flavor of roasted barley, and a little coffee come through with just a touch little malt sweetness to back it up. Lots of flavor in this bad boy, but itís quite refreshing and low in alcohol content compared to itís big brothers. Rejoice, a sessionable beer with awesome flavor.

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