RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Its 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, youll 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (12060) - Troms, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2012
Big bottle purchased at Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo. Carried back home and shared with Finn at a dinner party with the ladies. Huge, tan-coloured head resting on top of a devil black body with a brownish shade. Aroma is mid-sweet with earth and roasted malts. Roasted dark malty in flavour including a touch of chocolate. Sweet ending offset by bitter roastiness. Easy to drink. Paired well with our food (Skibotn, 06.10.2012).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esp0r (2845) - NORWAY - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle shared at the daje & esp0r hits #1000 rates sessions
Pours dark, black in glass, tanned head. Smells of roasted malts, yeast and some coffee. Light to moderate sweet, quite dry, crisp, some yeast and coffee. Moderate bitter, earthy nice hops. A quite nice schwarz, but from this brewery i usually gets more blown away than with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (5040) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2012
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Black color ( a nice surprise- was expecting lager as in the name). Roasted aromas, coffee, leather, licorice and some chocolate . Medium body & medium/ high complexity. Good bitterness , well balanced Very enjoyable- one of the bestSchwarzbeers Ive tasted so far

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Simonsen (1257) - NORWAY - SEP 28, 2012
En mrk l med smaker av brent malt og preg av kaffe og lakris. Mrk men fortsatt lett

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiarmaidBHK (4505) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle from Liquor Max. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Nice malt on the nose. Big malt on the tongue with a nice thin mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Fantastic example of style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5297) - Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2012 22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 12/20/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger foamy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, coffee, light char, grass, and herbal. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, herbal, grass, and earth. Lingering notes of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, herbal, and grass on the finish for a bit. Nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; no cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy, chalky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent schwarzbier! Very robust and balanced roasted flavors; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8218) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
Big bottle split with Matt and Octo at Sandy Lane, CA, 28/08/12. Slippery pitch capped with creamy yellow-tan. Deep-roasted nose dusted with coal, smoothed with chocolate and mocha, slight seahorse (??). Notes of iron, blackcurrant and Nutella spread on burnt toast, dipped in mocha. Hint of pepper: Matt reckons radish. Straightforward, sessionable and delicious. Bittersweet but mainly sweet. Bags of berries and brimstone. A top, full-bodied, English-style stout, basically. Fuck it feels good to be back on the mainland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
22 poured into a half yard. Huge rocky mocha head, black beer. Smooth and creamy roast aroma. Deep and luscious, medium bodied, bitter malts. Lots o flavor in a small attractive package (i.e. low ABV.) The sun has just set and theres very little surf here, so Im going to go sit under the full moon and contemplate life, the universe and beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle at coles, black pour. Mildly roasted aroma. Medium roast, slight sweetness. Lighter mouthfeel. Tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7470) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2012
Medium brown head. Opaque black body. Roasty milky licorice aroma with burnt earthy notes. Dry-sweet dusty earthy taste with citric burnt notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry metallic earthy burnt aftertaste with pine needle and flour notes. Nice, bold, drinkable. (0.65l bottle at Olympen, Oslo.)

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