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RATINGS: 504   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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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drjohnrock (841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Poured from 11 ounce (cheap Full Sail bastards!) bottle at Supersuckers concert at Southgate House Revival on December 1, 2012. Small slightly off white head, cola color, light malty aroma, initial mouthfeel of carbonation followed by a light sweeetness. Definitely not enough flavor to be sessionable or a proper schwarzbier, and it’s not a particularly impressive dark lager in general. This is the second beer I’ve had with the word session in its name (Saranac Session IPA is the other) that’s anything but a session brew. As they say, caveat emptor.


3.7
geolgau (455) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - SEP 25, 2017
Roasted malts, light watery coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, toasted black bread. Feels nice on the tongue, with a medium-light body which makes it an easy drink. Refreshing, flavorful, malty and roasty. Good beverage.

4.2
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2017
DOB: 4/24/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 2C International Dark Lager

AROMA: Fairly generic lager scent of base malt and not much else. Dark malt is present, but does not come off as roasty or sweet. Virtually no hop character other than a hint of spicy/earthiness. No overt adjunct presence. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Deep brown from a distance, though more of a mahogany color overall (13-27 SRM). Clear body. Large tan froth never completely dissipates and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: First half of the palette is rather mild with a standard base malt character. Not particularly sweet, but far from dry. Mild dry bitterness with low spicy/earth hop flavor. There is a noticeable roasted malt and coffee flavor as it descends with a light coffee-like aftertaste, though it fades quickly. No adjunct taste. Clean fermentation. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. More smooth than crisp. Not refreshing per se, but quaffable. Despite the name, it's not really sessionable at 5.4% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Much more flavorful and interesting than your standard pale lager. Very drinkable and exemplifies the style quite well. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

3.3
yespr (47515) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2017
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dsrk brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty. Light breadish. Roasted malt, breadish and sligh sweet caramelish. Lingering roasted breadish into the finish.

2.8
crossovert (13869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2017
325ml stubby. Dakr brown pour. Aroma is herbs cocoa and raisin. Flavor is tartish, fruity, raisin, metallic, not amazing.

3.3
Idiosynkrasie (7952) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2017
325ml bottle. Clear, mahogany colour with small, creamy, moderately lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Caramel malty and minimally nutty aroma, a touch of milk chococlate. Taste is slightly sweet caramel malty, minimally nutty, a touch of milk chococlate, minimally citrusy hoppy counterweight, a spicy touch of liquorice; oily texture, super soft palate.

3.2
sinfull (1798) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2017
Dark brown color. Medium-sized, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Sweet, malty taste with bitter , roasted notes at the end. Seemed kind of weak and thin. Not bad though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
ehaak26 (707) - - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Pours a dark brown with off white head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel malt.

4.3
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a dark brown to black color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is a mostly chocolate with some malt. The taste follows the nose. A very good beer.

3.4
17Beer (414) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 5, 2016
CARAMEL AND COFFEE NOTES. POURS DARK BROWN WITH SMALL FAST GONE HEAD. TASTES OF SWEETENED COFFEE AND A LITTLE CHALK. MALT NOTES. FIZZY CARBONATION. NICE SOUR FINISH. GOOD.

3.5
chinchill (5312) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2016
11 oz bottle in Oregon. Mild flavor and aroma but strong enough to leave a light lingering flavor of dark roasted grains and light bitter hops. Solid but not extraordinary flavor. Exceptional soft and smooth but lively mouthfeel.


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