Midnight Expression - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly called Moonlit Sessions Lager.

also called Midnight Expression

(Beer added by: Stoneman78 on 03-16-2008)
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of Bricelyn
2.2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured out of Large 24 oz bottle, pitch black looks like motor oil that hasn't ever been changed Made about a half inch of nice brown head.

Smell is smokey and like baking chocolate.

Taste is much the same but with a watery hop at the end smoke lingers after on the back of the tongue.

Mouth feel watery and light carbination

I Was told to give it a try and I did... not to impressed.

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2.25/5  rDev -42%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of WeisGuy
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - pours a deep brown a few shades from black, two-finger tan head with great retention and lacing

s - milk chocolate and roasty malt dominate the nose, not much hop presence

t - weak, thin milk chocolate with light roastiness, hints of cola, no hops to speak of, some nuttiness on the finish with a lingering roasted malt flavor, disappears pretty quickly on the finish, no alcohol noticeable

m - somewhat on the thin and undercarbonated side, not overly dry or sweet on the finish - pretty well-balanced in that regard, no alcohol warming

d - sure, it's easy-drinking and easy on the palate, but the taste/most important component is lacking

Pretty weak effort by Port here, in my opinion -- I like most of their offerings, but this just seems like a bit of an afterthought beer.

Photo of justintcoons
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Opaque black with 2 fingers of brown head. Good head retention and decent lacing.

Caramel and hints of charcoal. Cocoa and a touch of dark fruit.

Pretty much follows the nose. Caramel, cocoa and charcoal. Some smoke and a faint touch of raisin. Some bitterness on the end.

Medium bodied and smooth with a slight crispness.

It is what it is. Easy drinking and a little on the boring side.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black, with a thin tan head with fair retention and no palpable lacing.

S: Strong roasted malts, a bit of creamy coffee.

T: Strong char bitterness upfront, with a bit of lactic acidity as the beer warms. Hops are quite light, with a bit of a spicy bite. Could definitely use some more sweetness.

M: Full-bodied, nice carbonation, oily, but has a clear lightness about it overall.

D: Kind of a disappointment from Port, at the end was not really enjoying this one, a fair effort.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to John for picking this one up for me! Poured into NB globe...

A- Dark brown, fairly clear. Caramel colored head, creamy, dense for the style.

S- Roasty and sulfury. Almost a slight lactic nose. Maybe a hint of floral hops, but overall the aroma stays light in the nose.

T/M- Nice 20ish IBU level of bitterness. A little fruity on the middle of the palate. Finishes chalky with a touch of roast; not as clean as I prefer. Feel is a bit watery, with prickly carbonation on the tongue.

O- For the style this is just ok. One of my favorite styles, but I didn't find a wow factor, or a flavor that really pops in this one. Would drink again, but not go out of my way to get...

Photo of mdfb79
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 02/20/12 notes. Picked this up the day before in Middletown, NJ for $7.99. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 12/20/12, so 2 months prior.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, a bit smokey, chocolate, coffee, some nuts, and some light vanilla or cream. Pretty good, nothing dominates or is too strong here.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, light coffee, and light chocolate or cocoa. Taste isn't bad at all, but is very weak and very bland. A major step down from the nose.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Body is smooth and easy to drink, but a bit watery which brings it down a bit.

o - Overall an okay beer, but not Port's best offering. Bosy is a bit thin and the taste is a bit bland. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jjh19
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: My bottle of of Midnight Sessions had a moderate, tan head. Very dark color and opaque. Tiny bubbles throughout.

Smell: I got mostly coffee smells, but not a very strong aroma.

Taste: I found this beer to be surprisingly sharp in the taste. A couple touches too bitter for my tastebuds, for a dark lager. Maybe the balance was off for my bottle?

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was decent leading to an okay mouthfeel. I thought this lager was a little thin and watery.

Drinkability: Not good, not bad. This was fine, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is interesting, but it is very far from refreshing.

Pours deep black with a slight head. Aroma is sweet, malty, and roasted, more like a porter. The flavor is malty, woody, surprising robust, with cherry and chocolate. This is much more like a porter. Mouthfeel is rich and milky.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one as a recent freebie from a GREAT CA trader, numbeercruncher - this guy is amazingly generous!

Interesting blue label of a surfer surfing at night. Ok, you sparked my attention - oh and it's a lager?!

To my suprise, this beer poured a deep, dark brown, almost black with a faint tan head that disappeared immediately after the pour.

After a good whiff, I gathered hints of coffee grounds and heavily roasted malts. It may have just been my olfactory acting up on me, but I may have smell alittle barnyard vinegar funk in there as well. I hope this beer isn't spoiled?

Taste is much like the nose. Light to medium body and flavor with coffee up front, some smoke and that re-occuring vingar funk. Low carbonation on the mouthfeel.

This bottle may be old, as there is no freshness date, so I am going to grade this one lightly, for fear of it simply being past it's prime. Unique, but I won't be running out for more after this one.

Thanks again, numbeercruncher!

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3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black. No head at all. Mouthfeel is wet with slight carbonation. It could've been a bit creamier. Aroma is pretty disappointing. Smoky like a burnt piece of toast. Pretty weak flavor of dark roast malt. Some underlying notes of plasticky cream. I'll never make this mistake again.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer is very dark amber, almost black in color and pours with a two finger tan head with large bubbles in it. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving little retention but does exhibit some lacing on the glass.

S: Very little smell to this beer at all but what I could detect was a slight aroma of dark malts, the smell intensifies slightly as the beer warms but I find it lacking.

T: Dark roasty malts are the highlight in the taste but not a strong/intense flavor. Very little bitterness in this beer.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not a great example of the style and nothing special about this beer in particular though it is quite sessionable.

Photo of GClarkage
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

02/09/09- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color. A full two fingered head on the pour. Slower to dissolve. Does not, however, leave any significant lacing behind.

Smell- A bit of a sweet caramel-bready nose. Also a burnt malt base detected.

Taste- Seriously burnt and medium smoked malt in flavor. Some hops milling around. Minorly sweet in flavor.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, not creamy as many of this style I have had. Doesn't have that nice smooth milky texture.

Drinkability- Not really my cup of tea. A bit to roasted and smoky for my tastes for a schwartzbier.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color was a very dark brown, with a little tan foam and some lace on the side of the glass.
The smell of roasted malts, yeasty bread and a hint of herbs had a pleasant and soft aroma. The taste was different than the aroma. The taste had a bitter flavor of roasted malt (maybe over roasted, which gave it a smoky flavor). Also, a hint of an herbal nature. For me, not a Lager I would buy again. My first disappointment from Port Brewing!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark roasted malts, lager yeast, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky as you would expect, with flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate, with a strong and hearty background of lager yeast. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance but overall, the flavors don't seem to mess as well as they should. The after-taste is bready and bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this beer has all of the characteristics to make it a sessionable dark lager, but I think that there are more flavorful beers in that category.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Very much overcarbonated, but didn't explode out of the bottle. First pour gave me 1/8 glass beer and 7/8 head. Anyway, black color. Several fingers of frothy soda-like light brown head that retains well, but doesn't lace well at all.

3.5 S: Roasted barley up front. Light dark fruitiness, but this is very soft. There really isn't much going on here.

3.0 T: Again there isn't a whole lot going on. Light roastiness and a subtle fruitiness. Not bad, but there are plenty of other Schwarzies out there that offer more.

3.5 M: Light body. Overcarbonated. Very smooth though.

3.5 D: Like I said before, this is okay, but not my schwartzbier of choice.

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Midnight Expression from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.