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Midnight Expression - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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BA SCORE
87
very good

360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very thoughtful extra in a trade with Stawn.. Thanks a ton Chris!! Shared this with the brother. Mine into my Delirium goblet..

Nice 2 finger dark tan head.. great lacing.. the brew is the expected black.... not getting any highlites..

Nose is almost all dark malts.... coffee... some background caramel or some type of sweetness right at the very end... no char or burnt notes.

Coffee notes lead the charge on the palate... reminds me alot of a dry stout.. really not alot of difference I guess, but there is some Citric hoppiness that really helps add a nice dimension.. Wow... working through this, I am really thinking... this has waaay more flavor than most Schwarzbiers, but I like it.. the burps come up with American C hops... eeewwww .... I said it, get over it. The char builds with temperature.... still, the body and carbonation are making this very drinkable..

I think that this is separated from the dry stouts is there isn't too much of the black malt "sour tang" that shows in the stouts... instead, it is muddied by the citric hops.

Pretty damn good beer.... out of character for the style for sure... but still pretty nice.

Thanks again Chris... I hope you like brews in your box as much as I'm enjoying mine.

all 4's

JohnGalt1, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MASPuros for this one. 22oz. bomber served in a SA Perfect Pint glass. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Bottle conditioned. Chocolate malt with some noble hops in the aroma. Medium bodied. Lots of chocolate malt in the flavor. Porterish flavor profile. Roasty and malty with a long lingering chocolate malt finish. Different take on a schwarzbier.

homebrewhawk, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pretty interesting SChwarzbier. I was definitely expecting something a little lighter on the palate, but Midnight Sessions was relatively dense with some pretty vivacious malt character. Pours a dark char color with a cream head; nominal lacing. Lots of roasted malt character for the style with some pretty nice smoke notes as well. Just a hint of hop bitterness that balances the malt notes nicely. A bit less crispness than I was expecting, but the nose was still pretty pleasant. The body is pretty dense for the style with a nice smoke and roast quality to the malt. Although the hop qualities were not as pronounced to me as some other posts, enough bitterness was present to balance out the malt. All-in-all a really nice pour and light enough to make me want another once the first disappeared. I really like this one, but knock it a few points for being off style in my opinion.

WOTO97, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Dijeriduster
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark and opaque with ample head that doesn't last too long, though plenty of lacing

S - Dark and roasty with just a hint of lager yeast coming thru in the end. Very unique bitterness

T - Again dark and roasty with malty sour notes coming thru from high extraction. Amazing as this is second runnings from Serpent Stout

M - Fuller then a regular lager for sure with thinish wispy after taste.

O - Nice session beer, a little harsh on the roasty taste but very drinkable. Another amazing beer from Port Brewing

Dijeriduster, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounces of San Diego brewed beer. And it's a dark lager, not a hopbomb. Bottled on 1/7/10, on to the beer:

Black with a little glow of runy red towards the bottom of the glass. The head has a semi-creamy look to it, is thick, and shows off very good retention. Aroma is spot on for the style. Milk sweet, roasted malts, a little coffee bean, lactose. A milk lager? We shall see.

Mmm, tasty. Midnight Sessions is certainly appetizing. I love how the flavors are balanced, and how prononuced the flavors are despite being just 5% ABV. I need to think here...well, you get a generous dose of roasted malt mixed with sweet creamer. Then baker's chocolate. Even a bite of clean hops makes appearances. Initially, the carbonation is very bubbly in the mouth, but a little extra time gives the bubbles a chance to be a little less intense. Still on the carbonated side though.

It's difficult to find a good American-made schwarzbier on the shelf. Midnight Sessions is made for sessions not just for midnight, but for any time of day. Damn tasty stuff; now it's my new favorite of the Port Brewing line.

DoubleJ, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a two finger off white head. Good retention and a light coat of lacing. Smells and taste of roast malts, some earthy and citrus peel hops, some smoke and a bit of yeast. Mouthfeel is moderate with nice low carbonation. Leaves a coat of roasty hops. Low bitterness. Certainly a nice laid back roasty lager at a good price. Could session this one for sure.

cbutova, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Jake Melnicks Corner Tap. Served in a room temp mug

pour was deep cola. light creamy cocoa head and nice retention. great lacing.

light roasted malts, a touch of sweetness, and like coffee.

a nice bold and flavorful lager. hints of smoke, roasted malts, light coffee, maybe some chocolate here and there, dark fruits. light bitterness through out with a great citrus mix of tangerine and grapefruit at the finish.

light body but fairly full. light to moderate carbonation.

this was super easy to drink, nice low ABV, great flavor with nothing really dominating. i drank this rather quickly.

hooliganlife, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a black with a small khaki head, and some lacing.

smell is of roasted malt, some coffee, a little smoke, and cocoa.

taste is bold, roasted malt, cocoa, some coffee, and hops in back, ends a little bitter.

overall a good schwarzbier that is more bitter than most.

froghop, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of nelnutter
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz. bomber into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Poured a pitch-black with huge foamy/sponge-like head that stuck around for a while. Left patches of lace here and there.

S: Roasty, coffee, chocolate...and there was a smokiness that was making me think of beef jerky; yum. Now I want some beef jerky.

T: Roasty and smoky, bitter chocolate, and coffee dominate, and there's just enough hops to smooth things out at the end. Leaves a long bitter finish (not hoppy though). Very very nice.

M: Medium-bodied for the most part. Ample, but on the lighter-side of carbonation. Goes down easy.

D: Thoroughly enjoyed this. Definitely would have it again and could easily make this a go-to beer when I'm in the mood for something roasty like this.

nelnutter, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice shiny solid black color. Tan head quickly turns to a film.

Smell: Deep roasted malt flavor, coffee, and a hint of chocolate and cream.

Taste: Nice roasted flavor with hints of coffee. Bitterness at the finish and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth feel.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink; the bitterness is a bit more than I'd expect, but not distracting.

Nice to have a good dark lager brewed locally!

mithrascruor, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of WarsteinerIceman
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Beer pours a dark dark brown, almost black. It has a mocha colored head that is persistent. As dark as it is, it's not as viscous as one would expect.

S - Smell is crisp, of smoke and nuts and is slightly sweet.

T - Tastes... good with first sip. Smokey, but not heavy like a stout or porter. Finishes with a little bitterness and woodiness, but not hoppy.

M - Very smooth at first, with a little bite at the end. Middling carbonation, just enough to keep things pleasant.

D - Drinkable, but not something I'd turn to for a Schwarzbier. It's light enough that I'd be able to enjoy a few should the mood for multiple smooth, smokey beers strike me.

WarsteinerIceman, Mar 03, 2010
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.

Bricelyn, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lush onyx body with one and one-half fingers of light mocha froth. Good duration and dense lacing adorn the Duvel tulip; great-looking beer. Roasted black coffee with dark chocolate malt dominate the smell. The coffee is especially strong, and that is a really good thing.

Coffee leads the flavors, with chocolate close in tow. Some hop bite provides a nice finish. It's not a deeply complex beer, but the style isn't typically complex, either. What Midnight Sessions offers, if does so in abundance and with gusto. This is delicious, with very good, smoky flavor, consistent aroma, and steady throughout. What it brings in the first sip is what one finds in the end--a good, robust Schwarzbier. It could step in for a smoke porter without too much difficulty.

Good texture, malty with nice effervescence. Really nice! It is one hell of a session beer, really fine, accessible, and delicious. This surprised me. Port makes very good stuff, but Schwarzbier isn't my favorite style. Sprecher Black Bavarian stands out to me as one of the very best Schwarzbiers I've had. This is very close to Sprecher's excellent offering, a really splendid dark, smoky lager.

I could enjoy a couple of these bomber bottles every night, at Midnight, earlier, or later. Terrific.

Gehrig, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of jminsc76
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a long Paulaner tulip glass, and the head erupted like a volcano right out of the glass upon an aggressive pour. The head is a purplish/grayish haze atop a darker body. Great visuals.

Aromas of roasted, malts, a little smoke, some melon, and other fruitiness in the nose. Mellows as it warms.

The flavors are roasty, smoke-y, with some walnuts on the palate. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy, probably due to the higher carbonation.

Overall, an excellent Schwarzbier, that exceeds expectations and demands returned helpings. Especially for a 5% beer.

jminsc76, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this in a shipment from Southbay. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours black with a ruby tint to it where the light strikes the sides of the glass. Poured with a big fluffy two finger white head. Good head retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma is big and roasty, a lot more roasty then I expected from other Schwartzbier's I have had. There is also a grainy more lager-ish aroma that comes through that helps it keep with style.

The taste is just as roasty as the nose suggests, the coffee and bitter chocolate are the dominant flavor on the palate. As I said before it's definitely more roasty then I expected but it tastes very good. I would probably say if someone likes stouts and porters they would like this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it has a lot of the things I love about a stout or porter but lighter more drinkable while still being full flavored.

Overall this was a very well made beer, I can't say how to "style" it was being so dominant in the coffee and chocolate flavors but it doesn't really matter to me as long as it is good. This actually reminds me a lot of some Duck Rabbit beers, maybe the porter.

billab914, Feb 07, 2010
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.

WeisGuy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled 1/7/10 (nice to see they are dating the bottles now!)

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 2+ finger tan head that left spotted lacing

smells of smokey roasted malts and some chocolate

taste much like the smell smokey roasted malts with some chocolate some nuts and a little dark fruit - but what i picked up on the most was that the flavors seemed watered down

mouthfeel is light with good carbonation that gives it the best of both worlds crisp and creamy

drinkability is ok - this is a session beer like the name says - i am just not a big fan of this style

jsh420, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange.

A: Midnight black, just as the name says. A dense and foamy tan head has strong beginnings. It slowly settles to a thin sheet of foam. Leaves just a little lace.

S: Sort of a stout light theme in the nose initially. Mineral rich molasses and a burnt wood aromas are out front. There's a grassiness in the background that brings the beer more in line with Schwarzbier style.

T: Starts out with a baking chocolate theme that's quickly joined by a burnt bitterness. A lemongrass flavor comes on late. Things get a touch acidic in the finish as the burnt bitterness returns to linger.

M: The body has nice density, but way too much tingly carbonation. Thankfully, the carbonation calms down fairly quickly. The beer's weakest area.

D: An enjoyable beer overall. It's sort of a Stout/Schwarzbier hybrid in presentation and certainly a nice change of pace on a late night.

Rayek, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Black with a thick tan head. Roasted malt, burnt and caramelized sugars and light acidity in the aroma. The flavor is smooth and has plenty of dark chocolate in a light and drinkable package. Lightly burnt roasty finish with light hops. This is quite flavorful for 5% but drinks very easily with only a light lingering bitterness in the finish fatiguing the palate.

bulletrain76, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of PhxHorn
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours opaque dark dark brown with two inches of tan head. The aroma is huge, chocolate, charred malt. Taste is mellow as you'd expect from the style--chocolate, coffee, charred malt. The charred flavor tends to stand out. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth despite the huge head. Very drinkable, highly recommended.

PhxHorn, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of mikecharley
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from a hell of a guy.
Served in my Portsmouth pint. The color reminds me of cocacola. Just like coke. Really no head or lacing to speak of. just a light cola ring around the edges
Nose of roasted nuttiness. The nuttiness is nice, with the slight dark roasted barley in the background.
The taste is of the nose. Some roastiness, with a very slight bitterness that is detracting for the style. There are slight hops, but minimal. Decent Black Lager, but not great.

mikecharley, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, as one would expect from the name, with a thin mocha colored head.

S: Chocolate, nuts, a bit of coffee, and the roasted malt.

T: Very roasted/toasted flavor, a bit of coffee bitterness, and a mild sweetness at some points.

M: Kind of light in body, but a lot more punch than a typical lager.

D: Good drinkability, as you would expect from a lager.

womencantsail, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, i believe it was still labeled "moon lit sessions". no date. tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into shaped pint glass.

midnight black (no pun intended). only the slightest hint of reddish brown under direct light. 1-finger brown head, fades to creamy, wispy thin layer and ring. very good lacing.

aroma: malty and roasty, almost stout-like. malt approaches savory, w touch of vanilla. coffee tones throughout and into the finish. hint of earthy hops.

taste: malty and roast again, but it seems the lagering keeps this clean and refreshing, despite the richness of flavor. coffee, touch of acidity, leafy hops, with moderate to almost bold bitterness that is still crisp, complementing the refreshment.

medium body, smooth, with some coffee-like acidity and astringency in the finish. very crisp carbonation accentuates this, but is also creamy.

not a traditional schwarzbier, that's for sure. but i don't think they claim it to be one. hard to categorize anyway.

NOTE: this is before i started hearing that the recent batches of older viscosity, BA santa's little helper, etc are still coming out flat. i was willing to give port/LA another chance (thus why i still went and bought this bomber), and knowing that this is from the second runnings of serpent stout, i was considering trying that too. but now i'm unsure if i want to keep supporting them. they need to get their act together.

tai4ji2x, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of deapokid
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pilsener glass from the bottle.

Beer is a number 2 pencil black with a very thin, bubbly brown head that settles within seconds.

Aroma prominently features malt, nuts and milk chocolate. Although it's not a strong scent, it's enough to provoke interest and a nice hint of anise and licorice can be detected with a few extra sniffs.

Taste is very "toasty," like what I imagine a coffee schwarzbier would taste like. The ending is sweet and crisp with a hint of espresso bitterness, boasting a few imperial stout characteristics (i.e. eggy dessert finish).

Although it has a bit more kick than the usual black lager, it is still a really nice choice for a summer night and its texture is thin without being underdeveloped.

This texture and a mild ABV make it really easy to consume and this night surfing inspired German lager is world-class and definitely worth the search.

deapokid, Aug 21, 2009
Midnight Expression from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.