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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Most beers this dark are so heavy-duty, you could eat them with a fork. Not Session Dark. You've heard of tall, dark and handsome? Well, this black lager is short, dark and drinkable. With notes of roasty chocolate, it's the perfect complement to original Session - a dark beer that doesn't drink like a meal. Session Dark was named #1 in the "Top Ten List of lagers Brewed in the United States" and has nabbed 15 golds over the years, to say nothing of other shiny metallic colors. (Formerly known as Session Black. It's the same great beer with a new look.)

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2.8
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2009 11 oz. stub- Pours dark amber to almost black with little head, better lacing than the Session lager, In fact everything about this beer is a little better than the Session lager. There still isn’t quite enough depth to consider this really good.

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Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a half finger tan head. The nose is caramel, light chocolate and nuts. The taste is light roasted malt, nuts, mild cocoa and light hops in the finish. Lighter mouthfeel. Decent.

3.6
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Reviewed 8/8/2009 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX): Pours a dark brown colored body, some red on the edges. Small off-white head, diminishing. Chocolately roasted aroma, some sweetness. Sweet and enticing. Sweet taste, roasted and chocolate flavoers. Very chocolately very good. A little too sweet after awhile, it would be hard for me to drink this as a session beer.

3.2
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2009
bottle, thanks to cavie. Pours dark, with thinnish head. Aroma of darkly burnt malts, caramel. Flavor is good crystal malts, sugary flavor. Decent dark lager.

3.5
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Poured dark brown with an off-white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma was smoke, roasted malt, light sugars and some chocolate. The flavor followed suit. Thin in body, relatively dry finish. Didn’t fall apart into a sour mess at the end like some beers of this style I’ve encountered. Good stuff to keep in the fridge.

3.6
Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle. Godd roasty smoked aroma on the nose. Black body with tan head. Creamy whipped chcolate texture but thin and easy on the palate. Good session brew is right on for this one.

3.6
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2009
sample from the bottle at The Great Decatur Beer Festival on 10/17/09... pours a dark brown with an off white head... roasted malt on the nose... medium body... some light coffee lingering... this is big on the roasty malt character... very drinkable.

3.9
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Big bodied yet relatively easy to drink. Darkly roasted, charred and toasty, with a subtle toffee-like sweetness. Finishes with a nip of bitter chocolate and cold coffee. Some Vienna lager-like qualities, though a bit darker, heavier and roastier. Balanced and well-made stuff.

3.9
Lawsonciv (29) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Tastes of chocolate and caramel with a hint of coffee beans. Smooth finish. Good black lager.

3.7
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2009
(bottle) Pours a dark reddish-brown with a tall off-white head that retains well. Aroma is initially a bit tart, like spent, day old dark roasted coffee grounds, which I didn’t particularly care for. There’s also some cocoa that mixes in with this smell. Gradually the stale coffee subsides and is replaced by a smooth, even, roasted malt profile that mixes with the cocoa and some light smoke too. The flavor has some nice roasted malt, dark chocolate, a spike of caramel right before the finish, and a bit of berry as well in the mid. The finish was properly roasted with some smoke as well. Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation was appropriate. This is a good beer for sure, and I have to bump it in the overall due to the affordable price.


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