Midnight Expression - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.
A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer appears black with a generous chocolate milk head that settles to a thin layer, leaving some sparce lacing on the glass.
S- Very pronounced aromas of creamy milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, espresso, and molasses. There are some hops in the background too.
T- Big roasted malts and coffee up front, leaving a very mild hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.
M- Smooth and creamy, but also light in the mouth with mild carbonation.
D- Considering the 5% ABV and the creamy but not heavy mouthfeel, this is a really rich and flavorful beer that is very sessionable.
04-11-2008 22:38:11 | More by Tdizzle
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
22oz bomber bought at Walnut Liquorette, poured into a pint glass. Dark, opaque black with an ample brown head. Good chocolate and coffee aroma and flavors. Medium-light bodied, and very drinkable. Went through the whole bomber before I knew it! I wish I had more!
04-11-2008 03:11:41 | More by srroos
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Bought from South Bay Liquor. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Dark with a small brown head. Smells of chocolate and coffee. But in a soft way, not like a stout. Tastes exactly like it smells. Chocolate at first, then coffee, finishing with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is unfortunately on the thin side. Not a complex beer by any means, but extremely pleasant and very easy to drink.
04-09-2008 01:47:46 | More by throwitallaway
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
Thanks to Weibull for giving me this beer as a wonderful extra - you are a good man!
Pours a beautiful dark black (definitely one of the darker schwarbiers I have had) with a nice 1/2 finger tan head that leaves some tasty looking lacing.
So how's the smell? Wow. I've never had this style smell so roasty and chocolate-y. Hints of dark fruit seem to reside in the background.
And moving on...the taste. Delicious. Dark fruits, roasted malts, espresso and some hints of dark chocolate on top of a relatively light malt body (although pretty thick for the style). The flavors here are incredible for this style. I'm not convinced a lager yeast was used here (and if not, this is most definitely not a schwarzbier), but I do enjoy the beer regardless.
Mouthfeel is thick for the style, but quite drinkable. Carbonation is low to medium. Drinkability, as mentioned, is quite good.
Recommended. I need to find out if this is a true schwarzbier (instincts say no), but at 5% this makes for a really flavorful session beer. This is most definitely worth a try.
04-08-2008 07:10:57 | More by rallison
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
A vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, well browned, tan colored crown of froth. The beer is an opaque, solid black color that allows no light to come through even when held up directly to the light. Hugely roasted aromatics dominate the nose of this brew; a mix of toasted malt, light espresso (deeply roasted coffee and some light burnt acidity), roasted saltine crackers, toasted whole grain bread. While the roast character is huge in the aroma, it never gets out of control or harsh, and the cracker / bread malt notes are just so inviting and appetizing. A big part of this whole grain cracker character probably comes from the fact that this is from the second runnings of Serpent Stout; it doesn't get astringent in the aroma though.
Smooth tasting and almost devoid of sweetness, large roast character, but a very light beer until you get to the long finish where the malt character sticks to the palate. This beer is most definitely defined by the massive roast character; this tastes burnt, with notes of French Roast coffee, blackened malt, deeply toasted whole-grain crackers & rustic bread, and overly caramelized / blackened maltose all without taking on the strong harshness that so much roast grain could cause (obviously Tomme cares about his mash PH). The burnt acidity here is quite restrained and adds just enough for a nice balancing effect and the sharp, astringent, burnt grain husk character is almost non-existent.
As the beer warms up a bit the malt character picks up a bit of richness, roundness and adds more texture to the body of this brew. It is of course still quite quaffable, but the residual grain sugars start to have a little more influence without adding much sweetness to this brew. The roast character is just too big for any sweetness to come into play. The second pour injects some more carbonation which accents a burnt acidity, so I definitely prefer this with a slight carbonation (luckily a few quick swirls of my glass get this to the right level).
A really nice beer, I am definitely enjoying that this beer does not have any overly harsh flavors, especially since it has such a huge roast character & is the second runnings of a mash. Somehow instead of creating astringent grain husk notes, the fact that this is from the second runnings of Serpents Stout, has given this brew a really interesting, whole grain, cracker character (both in the nose and in the flavor). A superb beer that I can't wait to get more of next year. I could wish that this became a regular part of their line up, but I think that the character would change quite a bit if it did not come from the second runnings, but maybe it would get better. Speaking of which, Serpents Stout is going to have a hard time being more enjoyable than this.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
04-06-2008 01:35:30 | More by Gueuzedude
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Picked up a bomber of this today from South Bay Drugs and Liquor.
Pours really dark and roasted, like black coffee. A two inch head of foam quickly forms and trickles down slowly but settles to about ¾ of an inch and holds there for a while. Finally after about 3-4 minutes the foam settles to a thin layer, very nice.
Great roasted aroma. Immediately I get some roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, toasted oats and granola. It has a nice roasted aroma but without the bitterness of roasted barley. Some warm milk and milkshake aromas come out as well. A touch of dry grain too. As it warms up I detect some cocoa and a few notes of caramel.
Very smooth tasting. A nice balance of milk chocolate and coffee with hints of roasted and chocolate malts. There's also a good dose of toast and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.
Mouth-feel is thin but adequate for this type of beer. It has some flavor but it's refreshing at the same time. At only 5% and thin on the palate this one is easy to gulp down! This one would be a nice session beer, and I'm in need of more of these.
Probably the best black lager I've had so far.
04-02-2008 21:08:43 | More by seaoflament
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
On draft at Lost Abbey, made from the second runnings of the mashed grains from Serpents stout . . .
Appearance is pitch black hue, minimal head and lacing
Smell is moderate coffee/espresso malts, hints of chocolate, roast, subtle grassy hops in the background
Taste is a nice blend of coffee and roast malts with grassy bitter hops, lager yeast and nuts peek through and the roast borders on a smoky sensation, finishes bitter
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth texture, mild carbonation
Drinkability is moderate, this is a solid lager from LA with a good malt profile, big coffee/roast/smoke works well for this style, the alcohol is well-masked, this hints at the quality and body the Serpents Stout will bring
03-16-2008 21:56:05 | More by Stoneman78
Midnight Expression from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.