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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kroney (255) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
pours opaque reddish black with a tiny toffee chilled head. aroma Id mostly rusted coffee bean with some earthy tones and just a hint of hops. very heavy carbonation, but that definitely opened up the taste buds. flavor was mostly rusted malt, with a hint of dark chocolate and some espresso. the yeasty sweetness tries to make is easy through but is demolished by a hoppy bitterness that is almost overwhelming for a lager. style rating should be about an 80, but overall is in the mid-90s

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2010
Pours cloudy black. Taste like a smooth, thin porter with hints of bitter cocoa.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Big coffee aroma, thin body. Very smooth drinking some vanilla. Slight bitter on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2012
On draft at iron abbey. This is really good, coffee dominates the aroma and taste, along with roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleph (231) - - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour, coffee head. Dominant roasted malts, reminiscent of a black ipa, some chocolate. Medium body, medium flavor duration, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Enjoyed at the Carnevale party. Pours dark with a thin head, almost non-exsistant. Aroma of malt, coffee, and toffee. Flavors of coffee and malt. Thin mouth feel. A differnt style for me. Nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bomber with mpersinger. Pours a rootbeer brown with tiny off-white head. Light bodied with a coffee and roasted grain aroma and flavor. Also hint of chocolate. Moderate co2 and hops level, finish kind of watery, but a nice brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Im actually rating this against the style of American Dark Lager, I dont think that it is a schwartzbier. Just because its a really dark lager doesnt mean its a schwartzbier. Aroma- Burnt roastiness, smells like a campfire. I even got the impression of smoked meat. Appearance- Murky, Dark Chocolate color, no clarity... perhaps due to the bottle conditioning. Very little dark tan head is appropriate for style. Taste- No sweetness and no esters, both qualities are appropriate for style. Roasty, burnt flavors dominate, BJCP says that this is a defect for the style, but I kind of like it. Low sorness, moderate hop bitterness. Low hop flavor. Palate is light in body, heavy on the carbonation. There is a very little astringency. It works for the style. Overall impression- I enjoyed this beer because you dont see too many dark american lagers. If you made this with ale yeast instead of lager, it would be an awesome stout. The roastiness is a bit out of place, but it works for me because it is different. It tastes like they just heaped the roasted malt in the beer. For the price, its worth checking out.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kirk36 (223) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2013
I read labels and try to relate. I read this one and cannot. It's verbal diarrhea. What does surfing at midnight have in common with a schwarzbier? Moving forward. Pours abysmal black...think Siberia darkness 24x7 season...yeah it's bleak! It meets the standard and is a tastier black lager than the newer Guiness black watery lager. There is value in your choice tonight. Coffee, earthly, terroir and bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmsulliv (219) - - FEB 26, 2012
Crisp and refreshing, very strong roasted malt flavor. Not hoppy nor very aromatic, dark porter color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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