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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2008
On tap at the 2nd anniversary party. Nearly opaque brown-black color with a thin film of dark brown head. Roasty, acidic aroma, some chocolate. Roasted malt, meaty flavors dominate. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Mild nuttiness then manifests. Leathery, smoky flavors linger in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, somewhat dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
pours a black with a small khaki head, and some lacing. smell is of roasted malt, some coffee, a little smoke, and cocoa. taste is bold, roasted malt, cocoa, some coffee, and hops in back, ends a little bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1974) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Black liquid with a creamy, foamy light brown to mocha head. Good schwarzbier aroma. Lots of roasted German malt. A little bit of citrus is in the mix. The malt is chocolate and biscuity with some good rosasted notes in the end. The hops are kind of citric and floral, but they’re way in the background, hiding behind the chocolate roast. Smooth and creamy. Just a little thin in the finish. A bit of bitter astringency in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - JUN 30, 2010
Aroma precedes a far lesser taste. So a port brewing dark lager. 2nd or 3rd favorite brewer wants to take crack at this less than beer style. Is this a great schwartzbier? maybe. A great beer? no. This is the last beer I have before 400 but I still have much to learn. Can you coax greater flavors out of the lager yeast? I hope so. This is one of the cheaper Port beers (outside of the brewery gift shop) that you can get, and possibly in contention for the best per style....BUT, meh. Overall, meh (thanks Simpons & M-W for making meh a word). Meh, Meh, Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7681) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 650 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pannuhuone. Rated @ 30.7.2010.
Pours a black colour with a off-brown head. Roasted coffee and malts on the nose with dark chocolate. The taste is very dry; coffee, malts and chocolate just like in the aroma. Very stoutish. Medium bodied, oily and a bit watery mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Good and light. 7-4-7-3-15 3.6

650 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, almonds, birch leaves and strong burnt biscuit. Flavour of roasted malts, burnt biscuit, grassy hops, wood, salty licorice and weak fruitiness. Light bodied, disturbingly high carbonation and a lingering, roasty, bitter finish. Harsh and too much carbonation, but nice hop profile. 7-3-7-3-14 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsmerig (1472) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Highly carbonated. Head exploded and took five minutes to settle. When it did I was left with a smooth dark beer with a toasted malt presence as well as smoky coffee. Pleasant but uninspiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Roasted malts bordering on burnt; not a lot of discernible hop flavor or aroma, but also not the complex malt qualities I hoped for or expected. I would like to try this beer again when I can be more certain of the freshness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (1145) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours black with tan head. Big roasty nose. Roasty, burnt and finishes dry. Avg palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Big coffee aroma, thin body. Very smooth drinking some vanilla. Slight bitter on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmsulliv (219) - - FEB 26, 2012
Crisp and refreshing, very strong roasted malt flavor. Not hoppy nor very aromatic, dark porter color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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