Midnight Expression - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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4.19/5 rDev +7.7%
I had this beer on tap at Terra on El Cajon blvd in San Diego. It was on their rotating tap.
This beer came in a traditional pint glass, with about 1/8th inch off white head. It was a full pour...which I appreciate and I'm sure that's why there was little head. (There's a joke in there somewhere...) The appearance was a translucent black. The aroma was malty with small but present roast note - like very mild coffee brewing. I really didn't pick up any hop notes. The taste for me was all malt with roast malt present - very well balanced. It had some hop bitterness but was balanced by slightly sweet malt. It was like Negra Modelo but wayyy better. Mouth feel was medium body with good carbonation.
Overall, this beer was a really nice black lager; well balanced and flavorful. I had 2 pints which is uncharacteristic of me when there's sooo many beers to try. (p.s. The food was great too!)
06-21-2013 22:21:05 | More by FlyingBull
3.66/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, hint of smoke, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, hint of smoke, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance and blend, but the bitterness that the roasted malts impart it too strong for a Schwarzbier.
05-17-2013 15:29:19 | More by Tone
4.24/5 rDev +9%
22 oz bottle in an assorted six-pack at WHOLE for $14.99 - great deal.
A - Very dark and handsome, between stout and black. A medium, soft, tan brown head. Looks and laces like a stout.
S - Boom! strong bouquet of mineral aromas; nicely bitter, oily, sensuous, appetizing. Some grassy sweetness and toasted, roasted grain.
T - Excellent taste. it's bitter, roasted, smokey, dark grains. Slight presence of charcoal and burnt wood in a good way. Beach bon fire, boardwalk. Also nutty and grainy, some one wrote like a bran muffin. Mineral, earthy, reminds me of my spring garden. Coffee and chocolate notes round out with sweetness but finishes nicely refreshing and dry. Complex. Good session or meditation beer. Good with food.
M - Despite complexity, there are no off or overpowering notes, and it feels smooth and drinkable. A great black lager meets stout. Easy going. Not overwhelming, but rewarding.
O - If you like stout, black beer, you must try this.
05-17-2013 01:19:33 | More by Act25
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
A - Somewhere between cola and black. A thin, soft, light brown head. Looks like a stout.
S - A strong bouquet of mineral aromas; smells of bitter, metallic mineral water. Some honey sweetness and dry roasted grain.
T - Definitely bitter, dry roasted, dark grains. Strong presence of charcoal and burnt wood. Is also nutty and grainy, like a bran muffin. It tastes like it was made from rich, raw mineral water. Mild, semi-sweet chocolate powder adds some sweetness before it finishes pretty dry.
M - For all of this flavor going on, it's quite smooth and drinkable. Typical of a schwarzbier, and that's why I love them. A rocking session beer.
O - I got this 1 pint 6 oz bottle for $2.99 at my local beer store, Jack's Wine Sense. Can't beat that.
03-09-2013 04:25:37 | More by BeerForMuscle
3.84/5 rDev -1.3%
22oz Bottle from Bevmo La Quinta for 4.50$
Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some smokey/burnt notes and a bit of a nuttiness. It ends with a chocolatey aftertaste with a lingering roasted coffee bitterness.
Overall - It smells like a Schwarzbier but has the flavour of a RIS or a porter. Regardless, it's very good and packed full of flavour.
02-28-2013 03:55:48 | More by spinrsx
3.3/5 rDev -15.2%
Pours a dark black with a khaki, creamy head, fitting the style nicely. Coffee, light roast, cream soda, wheat bread crust, and bitter chocolate round out the aroma. Flavor starts with sweet chocolate, a hint of lactic sugars, turns quickly to bitter, burnt toast, and dark, slightly chalky chocolate. If there are hops in this, they are well hidden. I'm guessing earthy English hops, since I don't get any nectar you find in noble hops. Feel is creamy with a slight chalk to even it out. Finish is slightly dry. Loving all the diversity of flavors in this sessionable lager.
02-18-2013 22:49:41 | More by Philousa
Midnight Expression from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.