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!
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
On tap @ Craft Ale House Limerick PA - didn’t take notes while I was there, but from memory a delicious robust almost porter like (but not as much body or the sweetness of ale yeast) flavor. I could drink a bunch of this and be very happy. Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Tap at the brewery. Very dark maroon color. Aroma of chocolate biscuits. Taste is chocolate with a bitter background. Nice stuff. jgb9348 (6438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Pitch black, a touch clear dark brown at the bottom near bright light with a dense, thick light brown head - very very nice! Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee and a big bit of vanilla. Medium to Light-bodied; Deep roasty flavour with a little smokey character, a touch of coffee and a minor dose of hops near the end. Aftertaste is mostly roasty with a very good flavour profile and a complexity that is pretty good for the style - a lot of porter type tastes dominate this one, even though it’s not an ale! Overall, a very nice beer - definitely worth drinking if you can find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 08-February-2011 for US$4.49 sampled at home on the other coast in Washington on 28-February-2011. quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Dark brown pour, think foamy head lingers a while. High, malty aroma with a hint of cherries. Sweet aroma. Good malty flavor with quite a bit of nuttiness. Pours and looks like a stout, but doesn’t coat your tongue the same way, and less bitter. Very nice.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
I’ve never had a dark lager before, so I was intrigued to try this one. Slight taste notes of chocolate, and roasty coffee. Not a ton going on all together with this beer, but if you are a fan of darker styles you might find this one good for a hot summer day. superspak (5883) - Waterford, 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. AndyW68 (1592) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Dark brown with light red hint. Aroma is mild grass, cocoa and maybe a hint of coffee. Taste follows nose with a bite that hints of cinnamon. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 First Rating of this brew, Pint @ Lost Abbey Carnivale, Carnivale release night party. Goldtwins told me to try this and explained that it was Serpent Stout that had been altered and laggered. I found this beer to be pretty tasty and different, somewhat like a schwarzbier. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose was huge and malty with a big bite of coffee. Taste is very big rich malty, smoky and full of coffee. Overall really a great beer, a style that I don’t usually go after, but I liked it. Cyn had a pint later in the night and she liked it too. DenverLogan (1241) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2008
At the Carnivele...black; tiny head. Aroma of rich malts. Very tasty and smooth and not really bitter at all. Great balance of toasty malts, chocolate, coffee,