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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 StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

excellent black lager, love the surfing theme too. it could not be priced any better, at under 3 bucks a bomber, this could become a go to for me. dark brown pour with a lively rising mocha head, looks like a good porter. smells like heavily roasted malts, more than the normal schwarzbier calls for. chocolate too, dark and rich, and lager yeast. the depth of flavor caught me off guard, lots of complexity and layering here. chocolate is really forward, cool in a lager, and the roast of the barley is about as dark as it can be. lager yeast doesn't do quite enough to lighten it up and shorten the finish, that part is a bit out of whack for the style guidelines, but I almost prefer its chalky long bitter finish because I really like the flavors here. a touch thin on the body for all the depth, but it is a lager I suppose. an excellent beer overall, one of the better black lagers ive had.

StonedTrippin, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%

InspectorBob, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled 26 December 2012.

A: Tan-brown head, thick with decent retention. Black body turns Coca-Cola brown in direct backlighting.

S: Lightly roasted malt. Not much else.

T: Tastes like a schwarzbier. Very true to style. Chocolate. Smoke. Roast malt. Lightly lagerish yeast profile. No hops. Slightly ashy.

M: Thin-bodied. A bit metallic-feeling (but not tasting).

O: Fantastic example of the style. Recommended.

AgentMunky, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Tamaquadan
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Tamaquadan, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Jame515, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of saeh
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

saeh, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of nosavingsaccount
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

nosavingsaccount, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Eriktheipaman, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of FlyingBull
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!)

FlyingBull, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of TommyLiam
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

TommyLiam, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of magnusdave
4/5  rDev +3.1%

magnusdave, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Tone, May 17, 2013
Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Act25, May 17, 2013
Photo of ALBuff
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ALBuff, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of FrankShirley
4/5  rDev +3.1%

FrankShirley, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JohnK17, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ambruns1979, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

BeerForMuscle, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of heavenlyStash
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

heavenlyStash, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ryser2k, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

spinrsx, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of irishgreensoda
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

irishgreensoda, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
4.5/5  rDev +16%

JMS1512, Feb 22, 2013
Midnight Expression from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.