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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 16/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Very dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma is smoke, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is smoke, chocolate, light caramel, light smoke with a faint hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering: Dark brown pour with a strong dark tan head. Nice roasted German malts in the aroma. Chocolate, cream and dark malt. Chewy, velvety mouth feel. Nice dark malt flavor. Dark chocolate roast, tobacco hints and a mild roasted finish. A beautiful and highly drinkable dark lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Wish most porters looked that good - pitch black pour, not thick-looking, with a solid fizzy-foamy light brown head (4+). Creamy grainy aroma, deeply roasted and earthy, but not burnt at all, lightly herbal. Amazing taste - dry yet sweet, heavy roast (coffee bean and cocoa) with dry herbal bitterness and licorice root in the finish - did I say I wish most porters were this good? Light, silky mouthfeel, a wee bit of acidity and mineral tang in the linger, not much carbonation, but it’s so smooth and balanced who cares - one of the best beers I’ve had in a long while - it’s a pleasure to drink a bomber of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
My bottle (22oz) shared at ’Rudolf’s May 2008 Tasting’. Pours black with an average size diminishing tan head. Aroma’s smoky along with roasted malt, grain, some chocolate and light hops. Flavour of a roasted Lager with some smoke, herbal hops and notes of chocolate. Nice long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Great stuff -- these guys always deliver.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2008
A black apperance with a beige head. The aroma is very roasty with some coffee. chocolate, and marshmellows. The flavor is rather bitter with some sour notes. The flavor is complex and contains some chocolate, coffee, grapes, and licorice. Overall this was a good one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Wow. Black pour with a cascading tan head. Rich aroma of coffee, cocoa, cream, and roasted malt. Taste of the same, plus cereal, caramel, and a nutty smokiness. Bittersweet offering with the hops and caramel/chocolate flavors balancing each other out. Never disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black, opaque body capped by a frothy, bubbly, khaki-colored head. Smell: Aroma of dark malts, roasted licorice root, dark caramel, and fruit. Waft of pipe smoke, too! Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness with a very restrained sweetness. Tastes of licorice and caramel. Splash of mineral water. Roasty bitterness. Slight tart fruitiness underneath all the heavily burnt malts. Smooth, smokey finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carboantion. Drinkability: Geez Louise, this thing’s more roasty than some stouts, yet it still retains a pleasingly crisp body. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5540) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Pours black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention leaves no lacing as it recedes to skim surface. Dusty cocoa aromas. Smoked sweet malts with a lasting bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle shared by emacgee and aubreya! Thanks! I didn’t write too many notes for this one but it was most likely because I was enjoying it so much. Very nice beer here--roasted malt and chocolate flavors come to mind. This was one of the best beers of the night in my opinion. I’m really digging on the lower alcohol offerings nowadays and this has everything I want in a beer. Wish this was available in 6 packs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2008
22oz bottle. Good roasted coffeet aroma. Black body with tan head. Flavor had a craemy texture along with some carbination. Good roasted coffee flavor with some chcoclate in the background. Man would of thought this was a stout. Smooth on the palte good beer.

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