Port Brewing Midnight Expressions Lager

Port Brewing Midnight Expressions Lager

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Brewed by Port Brewing / Lost Abbey

San Marcos, CA, United States

Style:  Schwarzbier

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

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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 sectret spots of an age trying to pass us by.

ID: 30712 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank1174
Overall Percentile97.8
Style Rank6 of 337
Style Percentile98.2
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.858
Weighted Score3.686
Standard Deviation0.358

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Aroma is rich and smoky with undertones of malt, molasses, yeast and coffee - very like a good stout or porter. It pours a near-opaque sable with a thick, fluffy, fairly persistent light tan head. Flavor is mainly malty with an undertone of roast coffee and hints of molasses. Texture is fizzy as cola, dancing on the tongue and all the way down.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It pours a very dark-brown or black with some hints of red. The head is a thin tan with some lacing hanging-around. An aroma of chocolate, coffee, orange, hops, and spiciness. The mouthfeel is smooth and quite rich. Flavors of coffee, unsweetened chocolate, hops, orange, lemon, yeast, light molasses, and spices. Very good!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    near black in appearance. smooth and very drinkable. lots of roasty malts and just enough hops to notice. nice lager. it’s a toss up between this and hot rocks.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Quite possibly the worst example of the style I've ever had. A nice black colour with a creamy beige cap starts off the experience. There is lots of roasted malt in the aroma, but also metallic and acidic tones. The flavour was just as raunchy. This was the first time I tried it. I tried a second bottle (bought over 1000 miles from the first) several months later with the same effect.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Bottle listed as Midnight Sessions - SJ BevMo

    Aroma - lightly smoked, huge dark roasted malt/espresso bean nose with a not-so-subtle chocolate appearance.

    Appearance - jet black body, cream 1" tan head with some lasting power. Spotty lacing left behind in clumps.

    Taste - roasted coffee, chocolate in a melding of a nice mocha drink. Some wine-like components witht the sweetness...kinda port-like yet very easy to drink.

    Palate - medium bodied, a little heavy with the carbonation but nothing overhanded. Finish is clean, with a easy bitterness.

    Overall - very nice, easy to approach and a nice example to introduce someone to this style.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours out in a black colour with a small tan foam. Crisp roasty aroma of dark chocolate and crackers. Medium-bodied with notes of roasted malts, coffee, crackers and chocolate. Crisp finish of cookies, chocolate, crackers and coffee.

  • CHEFCHAD 542 reviews
    rated 4.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This beer is really really good... My Bottle has a label that says Midnight Sessions Lager???? Very roasty and smoked nose. Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Low carbonation and a light body with a very smooth finish. Flavor is mildly sweet with plenty of roasty and smoky malts... ... This is truly Fantastic and Everyone should enjoy one soon.

    Music = "Duck and Cover" by Glenn Philips

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle: Poured a deep black color lager with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sumptuous black coffee with some dry roasted malt notes is really enjoyable. Taste is a very nice mix between some dry coffee notes and some roasted malt with some subtle black chocolate notes. Body is full with nice creamy notes and good carbonation and no alcohol. Very well done and perfect representation of the style.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sampled on 3/1/2009. This Schwarzbier pours a deep black color from a 22 oz bottle. Small to medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is roasted malts and chocolate, slightly sweet. A medium bodied Schwarzbier. The malts are strongly roasted and chocolaty. The hops are earthy and slightly floral. Nice balance. The earthiness is balanced by the caramel malt sweetness and again balanced by the roastiness. Good carbonation. Light and refreshing. Crisp and clean. It reminds me of the old ‘dark beers’ you could get every once in a while in the days before the craft beer revolution. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

  • KILLPINEAPPLE 79 reviews
    rated 4.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Wow, what a delicious beer! Pours nearly pitch black with a milk chocolate colored head. smells of roasted malt, some light smokiness but not what suggests a Rauchbier. Thinner in the mouth than expected except I shouldve known better with this being a black lager. Rich and delicious roasted malt flavor yet staying very light and easy to drink. I put this on par with Sam Adams Black Lager but it has been some time since ive had it.

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