RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Session Fest is a Czech-style strong lager (gotta love the Czechs!) called polotmavé or literally "light dark or semi-dark." Brewed with 2 Row Pale malt, Munich malt, Caramel malt and Wheat malt, and hopped with a blend of Glaciers and Cascades, Session Fest has a medium-to-full body balancing candy caramel and full malt flavors that are underscored by a spicy hoppiness that provides a nice perfume with citrus and pine overtones and a long clean finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to Santa for the stubby bottle. I once again have all styles until there is another split and then I guess it will be time to chase down yet another elusive tick. This would have been nice even if it were not motivated by catching them all. A typical Full Sail beer is full of flavor without being so heavy that it wears down the palate after a single bottle.

Aroma / Appearance - A semitransparent ruby base bubbles below a strong ivory head that takes time to settle down. Melted caramel, waxy chocolate, cherry licorice, and nutty malts are a snack of Twizzlers and Twix.

Flavor / Palate - Spicy caramel perks up the tongue. A collection of anise and chocolate chips carry into a filling full bodied finish. Easy drinking for 6% ABV this release is something that I hope more breweries will experiment with. If I ever were to visit the Czech Republic trying more of these fresh would be at the top of my list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (4014) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle in Phoenix around new years. I really don’t understand the category and it took me a bit to find the listing but the beer was fine. Nice filling malty body. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1202) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
c/o Beer Delivery from WillRunForBeer Aroma - was light, some spicy hop, but mostly a caramel malt. Appearance - really blah, the body is a caramel amber, clear liquid, the head setup was really minimal. Then the little bit of head there was just utterly died. No ring, nothing at all. It quickly came to look like iced tea. Taste - is a balance between caramel malt flavors and a somewhat spiced hop. Palate - body is light, the texture thin, the carbonation on the palate is soft, the finish is somewhat spiced hop. Can’t say I knew anything about this brewery before hand. It is a rare style, and I’m glad I got to try it, but it’s just really forgettable. I will say based on everything, but appearance, it’s a tasty session - that’s as kind as I can be. One other issue I had with this is the frustrating sort of electric tape kind of plastic on the bottle. It also had it’s cap rivets so closely tucked into to the taper of the bottle, that it was difficult to get a grip. I’m not going to look favorably on picking up anything from this company in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (12829) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle shared by Drake. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt with earthy hops. Flavor is malt and hop balanced with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (10998) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of bread and grain notes with not much of a hop profile. Flavor is similar with bread and grain throughout with a crisp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3817) - New York, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle actually drinking quite a few it is a session beer after all. Pours clear copper with one finger head. Nose of light pine and toffee. Tastes of caramel, pine, earthy bitterness, a touch of fruit. Semi sweet palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle from Prufrockstar, this one allows me to (re)complete the set of all beer styles.

Pours a deep orange-brown into my stemmed Stella glass, fluffy white head along the top. Aroma of slightly grassy hops, malts like ritz crackers with peanut butter. Somewhat sweet, shortbread, a little bit of iron through the middle, bit of hops in the close. I don’t get all that much cascade here. Very easy to drink, quaffable and just the right degree of carbonation. This is not just the 75th style tick -- it’s actually pretty darn good!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Burnt orange, amber/gold hues. Beautiful beer! Aroma of caramel apple with a slight spice. The taste follows the aroma with some earthy pine notes. Medium clean mouthfeel. The name session fits this series perfectly! So smooth and drinkable! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (2071) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Bottle. Took me awhile to track this down on the tail end of the season, but still well before the "best by" date. It’s a fun change from chasing $20/bomber limited releases to looking all over town for a $12 12 pack. Anyway, pours copper with nice white head. Aroma is that of dark fruits, caramel, maybe some biscuit -- not too far removed from a scotch ale, actually. A little nutty. Taste: slightly sweet, caramel, fruit, biscuit and spice. Actually, this is totally pleasant. Medium body, average carbonation, mouth-coating texture. Overall: super easy to drink, pretty tasty. I’m not upset to have so many bottles, actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2210) - - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark copper with a little ring of off white head. Aroma is metallic with fruity esters. Taste is almost like caramel apple with a slightly spicy finish. Crisp, effervescent mouthfeel. I could drink a million of these.

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