RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Under the name of Midnight Sessions Lager Pours near black with a small, but densely packed beige head. Lots of quality lace on the glass. Aroma of dark roasted coffee and warm cream. Elements of toffee; slightly chalky. Tastes like a stout--it is even full-bodied, despite being lagered (still lighter than most stouts). Lots of burnt toast/black patent flavors, particularly at the swallow. There’s enough hop to be present. Great chewy finish with lots of spiciness. An easy to drink "session" beer, even though this is no session beer!

3.6
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
On tap at brewery. Pretty in your face for 5%. Resembles more stout than lager. Flavorful but drinkable...session beer at its finest. Not bad...

3.7
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 5, 2009
The color is a dark brown with no head at all. The nose is roasty and full of malt and nuts blended with hints of coffee and mocha. As you sip on it there is a robust bitter hop flavor initially mixed with some dark malt that sticks to the sides of your your mouth. It has a rather thin body but the presance of burnt or old coffee sticks to your mouth for a while. Overall it is a good brew with just the right amount of carbonation and well balanced flavor.

3.2
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Black in color with a thin layer of brown lacing. The nose shows off coffee, dark caramel and malt. The nose is pretty simple but comes off as almost deep. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with good balance and a finish of bitter coffee. A strange combination of "heavy" attributes as well as "light".

4.2
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Pours jet black with a thick brown head. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. The coffee flavor and bitterness lingers for a little bit. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Immediate and pleasant scent of toffee and cappuccino. Black color with foamy tan head. Texture and flavor is like a draught Guiness. Nice smooth roasted malt taste with cocoa and some tobacco.

3.7
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2011
Quite dark in colour. Aroma has coffee and mocha, a lot of roast malt character. The palate is quite full bodied but clean and the hop bitterness balances it all out. I prefer a schwarzbier with less roast aroma and flavour, but this is a very well made beer and pretty tasty.

3.6
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
couldnt believe i was drinking a lager. dark very dark with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma of Chocolate, nuts, a bit of coffee, and the roasted malt. Clean crisp and refreshing as most lagers

3.8
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bomber from August trip to Colorado. Pours a light-consuming black with a moderate, short-lived pale brown head. Aroma is as roasty (read burnt) a roast coffee can be, as strong as any RIS competitor. Flavor brings a robust push of roast coffee, dark chocolate, and liquid smoke. The balance brought in by the earthy and fruity hops is surprisingly good, and this brew has a wacky depth of flavor for a schwarzbier. 9 out of 10 commoners would confuse this for a good stout, if not for the slightly thinner body. Awesome brew!

3.6
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle sampled at Columbus tasting 11: This beer pours dark with a thin smattering of tan head. Aroma is chocolate and molasses. Flavor is also chocolate malts, and dark syrupy sugars, raisin. Lingering bittersweet finish.


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