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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, 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 (1097) - 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 (1432) - 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 (1545) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2008 nearly black pour with a soft medium brown head that leaves behind some nice lace. aromas of roasty( near metallic) grain that borders tart, chocolate, some coffee, toasted nuts, butterscotch, fresh vanilla bean and itsí woody pod. the palate is surprisingly dry with flavors of yeast, almost astringent barley, some chocolate and light smokiness. there are some light tongue numbing grassy and woody hops noted before a slightly bitter finish. medium to full body for the style. nice soft texture and bright mouth feel...8/4/7/4/3.9

color is nearly opaque with red at the edges. flavors mellowing... molasses, chocolate, barley, woody and all around hearty. nice ashy/charred coffee aftertaste. robust and satisfying at the same time...8/4/8/4/16/4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle, thanks to Bu11zeye. Poured a dark black with nice tan head with good retention. Aroma was pure dark roast, very nice. Taste, wow.....plenty of dark roast malt with nice slight bitter, was very tasty. Had medium=high carbonation with a light-medium body. VERY GOOD!!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2008
22oz bottle courtesy of Joey at South Bay. The pour is black and glossy with a creamy ring of dark tan cream. If I didnít know any better, I would think this was a stout. The aroma is roasty and chocolaty, much the way a porter would be. So far I canít find the lager in this.
After the first big mouthful it becomes a bit more apparent. There is a ton of flavor here, but it comes across as more European and less American in character. Iím not finding any hops, but Iím finding some smokey/roasty/chocolaty notes that are really very appealing. The smoke is very well blended and it isnít astringent, but it is earthy and strong. The body is more refreshing than heavy. At 5% this is definitely a sessionable beer and that would be a wonderful session. Great work on an under-represented style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
Courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown/black body with a small tan head. Big dark chocolate nose with toffee, some dark fruits and a dusty yeast. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter with lots of chocolate and roast, raisins, toffee and doughy yeast. Medium body is round with light carbonation. Really nice to see Tomme brewing a Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11459) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
22oz bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a dark, deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of lots of roast, light chocolate, and some nuttiness. Tastes of roast, chcooalte, nuts, and more charred malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2008
Black pour with a dense dark tan head that dissipates down to a ring. Aroma is light powdered cocoa, clean roast, a background nuttiness. Taste is a wave of smooth roast that is rich without being heavy. A pleasure to drink.

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