Midnight Expression - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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3.71/5 rDev -4.6%
"It's not often that a great summer swell coincides with a full moon, but when they collide, nature affords us a rare opportunity to paddle out long after everyone has called it a day, these moments are a solitary pursuit with empty lineups, but those who carve graceful lines under a full moon understand how things can be dark, lonely and rewarding at the same time. So next time you paddle in from an overcrowded beach break, remember that nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a session. We suggest a glass of this smooth roasty black lager for contemplating empty lineups and waves that go on for days, most likely you'll long for epic summer swells under moon lit sessions opening the doors to isolation and empty secret spots of an age trying to pass us by..." Brewed in the style of a Schwarzbier (Black Lager). No bottle date, but this is their early winter seasonal release, possibly from late 2011. Purchased on discount from locals at Smokerise.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a pint glass. Served north of 45º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a brown creamy head of a large size over a very dark brown body, near black. Retention is quite nice and lacing is thin but consistent throughout. The appearance of this beer is quite exceptional for what could have been a very shallow dark lager. 4.5
(Smell) First impressions are faint chocolate malt and some black patent malt with a roasty sweet tone paired with a bread-like yeast character. There's some fruit here too- dark grapes and plum mostly, perhaps indicative of an overdue bottle to drink. It's largely in balance still, even without a significant hop aroma, there manages to be a bitterness to round out the mild sweetness. The aroma is clean and the potency is medium at best. At its age it's not ideal but it is certainly a decent smelling beer. 3.25
(Taste) Up front is most of the aged qualities- the rush of unexpected fruity esters and a touch of wet cardboard oxidation. It all fades away quickly leaving a clean, heavily roasted caramel and black malt blend, slightly dry but expected for the style. the finish is very enjoyable, a wonderful blend of black malt bitterness and mildly chocolatey roast, with a touch of syrupy sweetness that keeps balance in check. Drinkable throughout, although a little heavier in body than the average Schwarzbier. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Crisp and slick with a touch of airy carbonation, it has a slightly dry finish. Body is medium+ for Schwarzbiers, light-medium amongst all beers. The carbonation is very good for the style, not overly busy but lively. Alcohol presence is medium at the highest. 4
(Overall) Out of the schwarzbiers that I have had, this one is certainly one of the better ones, even with some (obvious) age on the bottle, most of the flavors are well preserved and the beer is quite well balanced. Carbonation is present but not overdone and neither sweetness or bitterness take over the flavors, leading to a drink that specializes on drinkability, especially fitting since I'm here alone with an entire bomber of it tonight. Worth a shot if you find a well-priced bottle or if you enjoy a fully flavored, yet light bodied and drinkable beer. 3.75
Port Brewing Company's
Midnight Expressions Lager
01-27-2013 04:36:43 | More by Jadjunk
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
I picked a bomber of this in Western Mass. Poured into a pint glass and it pours a black color with a thin light brown head, which continued to sit with a nice ring throughout consuming the beer. Its` nose has coffee, over cooked malts, some caramel. The taste is roasted malts, smoky, while a tad watery. Mouthfeel is very nice, it is creamy and finishes clean. All things considered, this is an enjoyable beer and while I was on the fence when I see it in the aisle (for the 10th time or something), I am glad that I finally picked it up on one of my infrequent visits to a bottle shop in my neighboring state to the north.
01-09-2013 00:49:34 | More by mltobin
4.23/5 rDev +8.7%
A 22oz bottle dated from 2011.
A - Pitch black, creamy looking, no clarity. No much head or lace, but this is what a Stout is supposed to look like
S - Roasted grain. Dark chocolate.
T - RIch. Caramel, sweet chocolate, coffee flavors. Damn tasty!
M - High in carbonation, smooth and oily. Excellent.
O - A great tasting, light, stout. I had this one after a Guinness, and it kicked the Guinness's butt. Very tasty and it won't knock you out like an imperial stout!
12-14-2012 01:35:09 | More by BeerDawgs
3.05/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
12-09-2012 22:15:28 | More by DocJitsu
3.2/5 rDev -17.7%
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!
11-21-2012 22:31:01 | More by BeerManDan
2.78/5 rDev -28.5%
Poured into a pint glass.
Opaque black with 2 fingers of brown head. Good head retention and decent lacing.
Caramel and hints of charcoal. Cocoa and a touch of dark fruit.
Pretty much follows the nose. Caramel, cocoa and charcoal. Some smoke and a faint touch of raisin. Some bitterness on the end.
Medium bodied and smooth with a slight crispness.
It is what it is. Easy drinking and a little on the boring side.
10-16-2012 16:20:02 | More by justintcoons
3.65/5 rDev -6.2%
Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port
ABV: 5.00 %
LOOK: Pours a hazed dark brown with a bit of sediment. Looks like a typical schwarz, a bit lighter in color.
SMELL: Roasted malts, lager yeast, firm, bready notes, and a touch of herbal hops.
TASTE: Malty, smokey roasted flavors upfront with some nice char and hints of coffee. There is a bready, pumpernickel bread influence. Hops are mild, leafy, and noble, but have presence enough to provide ample bitterness to go with the roasted edge.
FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, chalky finish, with malt and roast lingering.
OVERALL: Not a bad schwarzbier, highlighting a rich, malty flavor. Enjoyed this bomber for what it was and it did drink easily. A little loose around the edges, but still a solid dark lager.
09-29-2012 19:13:08 | More by Stinkypuss
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 12/20/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger foamy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, coffee, light char, grass, and herbal. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, herbal, grass, and earth. Lingering notes of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, herbal, and grass on the finish for a bit. Nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; no cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy, chalky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent schwarzbier! Very robust and balanced roasted flavors; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one.
09-26-2012 03:59:55 | More by superspak
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Pours with two finger of light tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles at a modate pace and leaves good lace.
S - smoky notes of dry toffee and chocolate.
T - Dry caramel up front with some dark bread. Light molasses in the middle and a finish of smoke, cola, and dry chocolate with herbal hops and moderate bitterness.
M - Medium body, moderately hi carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Not bad, it is a little outside of the traditional German mainstream for the style, but that is to be expected from port. It is perhaps too roasty and smoky for the style but still white drinkable in the end.
09-18-2012 01:50:02 | More by nickfl
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
A: single finger tan head with nice lacing on a jet black.
S: roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. this is very stout like.
T: smokiness comes out more in the flavor with a nice coffee and roasted malt base. vanilla and milk chocolate late in the finish for a sweet ending.
M: full body with moderate carbonation. nicely smooth.
Overall: I have limited experience with this style. This one is very flavorful and full bodied but still light going down making it very drinkable.
09-18-2012 01:49:34 | More by kylehay2004
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a black beer with a one finger tan head. The head faded relatively quickly to leave a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was of roasted malt with a good presence of chocolate and coffee. There was also a light caramel sweetness as well as some lighter more herbal hop aromas mixed within.
Taste - The taste begins nice and roasty and remains that way much throughout. The flavors initially are of a coffee and chocolate flavor with a light amount of caramel sweetness (quite light). The caramel grows a bit in strength in the middle of the taste where it is met with the appearance of a light herbal hop flavor. The caramel however fades once again and the brew becomes even more dry toward the end. With the drying of the taste comes some notes of char and a nutty flavor, which when combined with the roasted coffee and dark chocolate from the start of the taste, leave a dark and dry flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side with the carbonation there as well. A bit of a thicker body may have suited the dark flavors slightly better, but for the style and dryness I think it was pretty good.
Overall – Roasty and tasty. While one I would not take as a session beer, it is one to have every once in a while.
08-31-2012 23:36:27 | More by Darkmagus82
Midnight Expression from Pizza Port Solana Beach
87 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.