RATINGS: 585   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.

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Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Objectively speaking: A very bold schwarzbier that feels like a stout
I like: Highly aromatic. Fine coffee flavours. Highly roasty and confident. This is a racy one: fruity and rather complex.
I dislike: Timid lager character, I’d have mistaken it for a stout. Rather rich-bodied and certainly not very refreshing, but just a very tasty black beer – nothing really all that sessionable.

ChainGangGuy (4941) - 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!

JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Cocoa aroma with some burnt malt. Black pour with a quick head. Lots of caramel and roast in the flavor, rather thin, with a roasty finish. Good quaffer.

Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle. Dark dark brown with tan head. Cramel, coffee, nutz, and light malt aroma and flavor. This was really weak with a thin body.

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.

Shag (3059) - 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!

blankboy (7864) - 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.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Molasses and raisins flow in this stout Schwarzbier’s veins, surrounded by muscular chocolate and agile roastiness, conjuring up a lusciously nourishing and drinkable example of the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-sleeved black.
-There is a lot of body for a beer this size; this feature tends to differentiate it from most German-brewed schwarzbiers I’ve had.
-Some coffee character is perceived as well.
-All flavors coalesce and present themselves as a single, complex entity.
-The finish is relatively crisp and nicely bitter, which was not necessarily predicted by the sweet nose.


kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Name: Moonlit Sessions Lager
Date: 05/24/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaky lace,
Aroma: roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and a touch of dark caramel for sweetness,
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, dark chocolate brings in additional bitterness, earthyness keeps it dry, long bitter finish, borders on astrengency but keeps it in check,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a nearly opaque with dark mahogany edges and a well-lacing beige head. Aroma of rich roasty malts and mild smoke with a touch of chocolate. Starts semi-sweet and fairly full with a good amount of roasted malt and hop bitterness before a drier, crisp, smooth finish with some lingering smoky roasty notes. A nice schwarzbier.

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