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Midnight Expression - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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BA SCORE
87
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
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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SamanthaMarieee9


2/5  rDev -48.6%

02-02-2013 02:58:22 | More by SamanthaMarieee9
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Tamaquadan

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.6%

09-25-2013 17:46:13 | More by Tamaquadan
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hopley

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.6%

12-16-2012 00:26:29 | More by hopley
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Bricelyn

Idaho

2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:06:37 | More by Bricelyn
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

02-06-2012 12:40:00 | More by rkcrozier
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WeisGuy

New York

2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 04:18:17 | More by WeisGuy
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

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

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

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

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied and smooth with a slight crispness.

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

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 16:20:02 | More by justintcoons
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Halcyondays

California

2.8/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 07:31:08 | More by Halcyondays
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.88/5  rDev -26%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 19:52:17 | More by TheGordianKnot
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mdfb79

New York

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 16:49:04 | More by mdfb79
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MenardMa

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.9%

06-09-2014 18:21:09 | More by MenardMa
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jjh19

California

3/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 05:36:32 | More by jjh19
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-17-2012 02:13:39 | More by gafferjohn
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Seanibus

California

3/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 15:02:29 | More by Seanibus
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 14:00:54 | More by beachbum1975
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DocJitsu

California

3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:15:28 | More by DocJitsu
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 22:56:35 | More by dbrauneis
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GClarkage

California

3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 15:13:24 | More by GClarkage
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BeerManDan

California

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 22:31:01 | More by BeerManDan
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 03:49:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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fox227

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

02-14-2013 15:50:37 | More by fox227
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 20:38:04 | More by DavoleBomb
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Crosling

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, nearly black with ruby edges. Quickly diminishing foam. Smells like a Schwarzbier should with notes dried chocolate, cocoa and dried coffee grounds. Flavor is well balanced, with schwarzbier dryness and notes of dried chocolate and fruit. Let's not get carried away here. It's a well made beer. I think Kidd Lager is better.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 16:46:05 | More by Crosling
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a fluffy coffee colored head. Cocoa and bitter coffee on the nose with some earthy hops. Pungent nose. Cocoa nibs and bitter black chocolate bitterness up front complimented by a layer of coffee flavor. Medium in body with thin carbonation. Deep roasted malt flavor comes through. A complex brew at 5% with quite a few layers of flavors and big flavor at that. Thins out slightly on the finish but otherwise good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 22:22:54 | More by jtierney89
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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Paired with garlic bread. Expectations are above average given the brewery, though I don't particularly care for the style.

Acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $4.29 USD plus tax.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black. It's generally appealing.

Sm: Dry schwarzbier malts: nuts and maybe vague chocolate. Dark malts. Caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, with notes of nuts and vague chocolate. The promise of the aroma is fulfilled, though it wasn't that grand to begin with. Some caramel. Enjoyable. Decently balanced. All around, the build isn't great but it's pretty good. No layering is present, nor is any discernable complexity. This is a simple black lager.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit creamy. Not too thick nor too thin. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: Drinkable but largely unremarkable. I'd have it again on an 'every once 'n' then', but it's not great. Fans of the style will enjoy it, but it's far from unique or special. Don't go out of your way to track this one down, lads.

B-

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 07:56:08 | More by kojevergas
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Midnight Expression from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.