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Session Black Lager - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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733 Ratings
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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 15
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV 5.4% IBU 18

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-27-2009)
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel, malt, and some other kind of sweetness.

T: Tasted like it smelled - malt, caramel, and possibly some molasses. A interesting if not wholly gripping flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers that's drinkable, but not overly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 12:14:08 | More by avalon07
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Session Dark stubby into Konigsbacher Pils flute

Pours a very deep, clear ruby with gold edges. Forms a neat, one
finger beige head that looks lovely and tracks nice lacing.

Nose is clean, with subtle hints of sweet milk chocolate, subdues
roastiness, and a faint caramel sweetness. Flawless.

It's no doubt that I love schwarzbier, because I do. This one is a
perfect reason why. Very clean brewing, smooth with notes that follow
the nose: primarily chocolate, coy roastedness, toast, and a light
nutty/caramel touch. Subdued and inspiring.

Smooth and crisp, clean body with a zingy carbonation.

Drinkability....well, it is a 'session' beer, and a nearly perfect one
at that. My only complaint would be the cute little stubbies, they
only hold 11oz. What's up with that?

In short, I love this beer. The only black lager that is on par (dare
I say better) than the acclaimed Kostritzer Schwarzbier

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 16:39:23 | More by Flashsp2
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a nice foamy head that sticks around for a bit

S- Clean with a hint of dark roasted grain and a sticky sweetness reminiscent of molasses

T- Mostly sweet, a bit tangy and wholly satisfying. Again, sort of reminds me of molasses

M- Very light with fizzy carbonation. Slightly sticky and slightly chewy

D- Quite drinkable in such a cute, little bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 05:05:56 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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HalfFull

California

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an 11 oz. twist off stubby bottle. A firm pour yields a half inch of bubbly tan foam atop a clear brownish beer with deep red highlights. Decent retention and light lacing follow.

Nose is of chocolate roast and a bit of caramel. Some earthy hops are more apparent after some warming along with smoked notes.

Taste follows the nose with semisweet chocolate and offers a grainy consistency. Finishes with a bit of charred malt followed by a slightly creamy sweetness. Rather full in body for the style and without the usual crispness I would associate, in fact a bit porter-like with warming.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 03:49:22 | More by HalfFull
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice mahogany hue, nicely filtered. Through the darker hue, I can look out my office window through the beer with a remarkable clarity. Sandy, though more of an off-white head, leaving behind some stringly lace

S: Malty, a little sweet, with a floral hop note that complements the malt aroma rather well.

T: The flavour is nice - not all that complex, but malty and enjoyable. There is a sweetness element that I pick up on which could make it start to become a little much after a few, but for a couple of them, there's no real problems.

M + D: Light body, maybe a little bit slick. Drinkability isn't really in question, outside of the matter of sweetness noted in the flavour. I've found myself returning to this one a couple of times now and would happily pick up a 12-pack at this point.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 21:44:56 | More by Proteus93
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of light roasted hops.

Tastes of a small roasted taste with a small earthy hopiness. Malts are a little chocolaty wirh a touch of molasses. Plenty of and earthy taste provided by the hops and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is light, but the carbonation has a pretty smooth feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 05:28:30 | More by ocelot2500
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Minkybut

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a dark mahogany color nd poured a tan head. The head however went away very quickly and did not return. Ha Ha.
The beer had a sweet smell. The beer was a little bitter but not too bad but just did not taste black. Just nothing great here. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 19:21:07 | More by Minkybut
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear brown color with amber hues. I guess Full Sail doesn't think I know what black looks like. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes within twenty seconds into almost no lacing. This is not a very impressive looking beer. The aroma is of caramel, burnt chocolate, and malt. It is a moderately strong aroma, but is rather simple. The taste is like the aroma, but weaker. Even with its simplicity it would be nice if there were a little more pizazz to it. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Again not very impressive. Overall, this beer is quite disappointing. I expect a lot more from a Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 21:41:59 | More by KarlHungus
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GoApps

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz stubby bottle. drank March 15. best by 04-09-10
Nice beer. Fantastic value. Not a great schwarz (a style I love) but a good one.
When you pour it looks brown, more like a dunkle, but sits almost black in the glass. Ample foamy tan head.
Nice nose. Rich, inviting aromas with a lil cocoa on it.
Nice, smooth medium body. Some more cocoa and maybe vanilla. Not sweet, not bitter, somewhere in between. Faint bit of floral hop notes.
Really nice beer.
B

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 04:00:24 | More by GoApps
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not exactly a schwartzbier in my book, but more like a dunkel.

Dark chestnut brown, but no black, and off-white head.

Smells of mild dry toasty malt with a little caramel.

Tastes moderately toasty/ nutty with a little toffee.

Medium body with a dry, almost metallic bitter tang on the finish.

It's quite worthy, but mainly from a better-than-macro standpoint. Or easily better. This just wouldn't be my first, second, or third choice for a proper dunkel or schwartzbier. But it would be in my top choices if I was going to grab some fast food and go eat and drink by the river with some friends and goof off.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 02:56:36 | More by dedrinker
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Scwarzbiers are session beers to begin with, so it's not as though there's a need to make one "sessionable" if that was the intent. It pours a medium caramel-brown, similar to popular colas. Head is large and retains a medium sized layer well. Nose is light and with some herbal notes. On the palate it is light and watery, with some faint malt and roasty components there, and pretty much screams that it is a "3.2 beer" from Utah or other similar state (but it isn't!). Not a very good Schwarzbier, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 02:46:16 | More by yemenmocha
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a clear dark amber brown with a pale oatmeal head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. The smell is lightly roasted malts, with light hints of chocolate, anise, and wheat. The taste brings back those roasted malts, starting off light and becoming increasingly roasted as the taste floods across the tongue. There's a healthy amount of wheatiness in their as well, not unlike a dunkelweizen with less yeastiness. A slight woddy/nutty quality is also present, but very subdued. The body is on the lighter side and very smooth, allowing this brew to live up to its name.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 20:53:06 | More by TMoney2591
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diamondc

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I did the sacrilegious and actually poured this beer into a pilsener glass. Best By 04/09/10.

Looked good when poured straight down into the glass. Fluffy head, lots of big bubbles, but not the best head retention. A wisp of foam lingers on sip after sip.

A beef jerky smoky & Cocoa Pebbles aroma shows up with some decent floral/fruit/licorice smells lingering in the background.

Taste is smoke, chocolate, toast, licorice, & some dark fruits. Nothing huge.

Totally drinkable, complex for a dark lager yet not heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 09:47:21 | More by diamondc
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Not quite black coloring, more of an amber red. Very clear though with some good active carbonation. But I don't think they were going for real schwarzbier black. The head is 1-2 fingers, tan with mostly small, tight bubbles and there's lots of texture. I'm going to have to score this with a balance between style and what I take to be intent.

S: Smokey, maybe too much so, especially since I get sort of an artificial, liquid smoke taste rather than a true smoked/roasted malt taste. Other than that, it's a bit sweet, not at all hoppy.

T: Very similar to the smell, but the smoke isn't as strong. I could see this being somewhat sessionable, but not all that much. The taste just isn't cutting it for me. Too artificial.

M: Now here I think they nailed it. Very light and approachable, not filling at all.

D: I'm not a huge fan of the taste, to fakey, but I could see others liking this one if you like smoke flavored things.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 17:01:21 | More by mdwalsh
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icefisherman

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the stubby 11oz it poors a nice black, big head. Smells kinda odd hard to place not much do talk about. Taste kinda spicy/burnt with an odd bitter not really hoppy but kinda hoppy taste. Feels a little thin but what I was wanting tonight. Easy drinking and priced rite I could easily put back a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:45:55 | More by icefisherman
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josiahschlender

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Session lager is one of my go-to light, easy-drinking beers. When I heard of a Session Black, I was intrigued and wondered if Full Sail would pull it off.

Pours dark brown with amber highlights. Light brown head isn't too abundant, and fades quickly. Just clear enough to let light through. I like the stubby bottle, but 11oz kind of irks me. I think this and the traditional Session would be great beers to put in a can. Well, I think that about most beers. I won't fault Full Sail on its unique presentation, though.

I notice quite a bit of roasty chocolate malts with a hint of butterscotch on the nose. There's a bit of a sweet floral aroma that probably comes from the hops.

Flavors mellow out the roasted malts a bit. I did notice that my first sips, taken at refrigerator temp cold seemed more one dimensional roasted malt. With some warmth, more butterscotch sweetness and a grainy, bready finish pushed through. Still some subtle floral hops, but they're pretty faint.

This beer disappears quickly and easily. Light-medium body, subtle carbonation and a short, pleasant finish invites another gulp.

I'm impressed. This beer comes across easily drank without completely abandoning its dark aspirations. It's more versatile with food than most dark beers out there and quite affordable (I found mine for around $10 for a 12 pack). Too bad Full Sail's twist off caps are so hard to twist off. That's the biggest thing keeping you and me from the next one.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 22:36:58 | More by josiahschlender
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce short bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear very dark brown with amber tint when held to light. Small tan foamy head that didn't retain long but left nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Scents of dark roasted malts, coffee and licorice and a bit bready.

Taste: Dark roasted malts are the star here, with hints of chocolate, coffee and black licorice. Slightly sweet with a little bitterness on the tongue on the finish. It lives up to the expectations of a Schwarzbier style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not my favorite of the Schwarzbier style (that honor goes to Sprecher) but not bad either. A good fall/winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 00:30:54 | More by ChopperSmith
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and tranparent, with little light shining through. Head is white and creamy, but fades quickly.

S: Dry, astringent, but shows notes of chocolate and coffee, with some floral hops in the backround.

T: Chocolate, Coffee, and molasses are dominant, with a dry finish consisting of spring meadow, dried fruit, and fresh hay.

M: Light for this style. It's there, but then again not.

D: Actually very easy to drink for what it is. It's a decent beer at a very affordable price. One of the better American interpretations of a Schwarzbier...

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 07:52:50 | More by WYVYRN527
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deruiz10

California

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black body with reddish brown lining, tan one-finger head with little retention.

S - Toasty malts and mild chocolate, not too strong but works well.

T - Toasted malts, milk chocolate, and some biscuity goodness in the body. Finish has lingering chocolate notes and a nice toasty malt character with some coffee.

M - Slightly creamy, but perhaps could benefit from a less watery feel.

D - Very refreshing and flavorful, this one definitely stands on its own.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 22:10:20 | More by deruiz10
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natelocc787

California

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good example. Not the most thick, vicious or complex but tasty. Black body with a light tan head. Sweet roasted malt notes in the nose with a brown sugar presence. Sweet but not cloying, medium thick body with caramelized molasses, espresso notes, anise and sweet brown sugar. Mouthfeel could have been bumped up if a little less sharp. Still well done, tasty and a great session black. Looked very average by the bottles appearance but well worth it once you taste it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 23:46:02 | More by natelocc787
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liquidsunshine

Florida

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As one of my Christmas presents I received a "Create your own" 9 pack of tasty beers. Very excited about it. One of which was Session Black, having heard good things in the past I decided to try it first.

The pour was nice, with a thumb or so of tan head which faded to leave some decent lacing around the glass. Very dark in color, when held to the light you can pick out some deep red and brown hues.

I could not seem to get any particularly strong smells out of the beer, but that may be because I have a rather poor nose. There are pleasant, though perhaps faint, notes of caramel, coffee and roasted malt.

The taste is full, flavorful, and develops as it travels across your palate. I get a sweeter chocolate element when it first hits the tongue, which then fades through caramel, and to more roasted malt and coffee as you finish the sip. I find this to be a great characteristic.

It has a very nice variety of flavors which seem to spread out, involving all of your tastebuds, giving the beer a great filling mouthfeel.

Surprisingly drinkable for a dark and flavorful beer.

I would recommend it!

Cheers, Matt

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 05:37:34 | More by liquidsunshine
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BDJake

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown/ruby with beige head and slight retention

S- pretty simple, leaving just dark malts and coffee, not bad at all but also not very exciting

T- same as above, but a hair better

M/D- light body with decent carbonation, goes down with the greatest of ease- it's a perfect beer to offer to those friends of yours who's only experience with anything darker than a BMC was a Guinness, showing a much wider variety than they previously knew about

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 04:55:03 | More by BDJake
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Gatch

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at T's in Tempe, AZ for $.99 but it was in the "Specials" cooler.

A - Deep brown with an amber hue. A beige, fluffy head.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, not much else.

T - A pleasant maltiness with hints of roasted coffee. Subtle flavors with nothing overpowering. Very enjoyable.

M/D - Real smooth, slight carbonation, light body. While average, the flavors are enjoyable and nice on the palate. Very drinkable, of course.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 07:41:09 | More by Gatch
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce stubby bottle - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark brown body with a sustained inch of light khaki-colored froth which deposits a minor smattering of lace on the descent.

Smell: The malty nose is made up mostly of a basic chocolate scent with lesser, lighter hints of roast and toast and a faint, underlying earthiness.

Taste: Quickly goes from toasty to roasty and then to a smooth, pleasant chocolaty taste. Modestly sweet. With a little warmth on it, it gradually adds some caramel to the mix. Light earthy hops with an expectantly light, brief bitterness, leaving the flavor to tip back towards those initial malty tastes. Finishes drying and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Why, that's a pretty tasty beer, actually! If it's time to have a fine, flavorful beer with a reasonable amount of alcohol then Session Black is a good place to start.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 01:21:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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colts9016

Idaho

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A nice one finger head that has some retention, that is creamy, light tan and foamy. The color of the beer is deep mahogany color with rich garnet highlights. The clarity of the beer is clear with effervescence bubbles. The head is leaving lacing on the glass.

Nose: A medium roasted malt aroma with some yeast. There is some anise, coffee, dark chocolate, and a light phenol aroma.

Taste: A medium roasted malt, light coffee, hint of bitter chocolate, biscuit and light phenols.

Overall: The mouth feel is a medium carbonated, slightly dry, and smooth. The body of the beer is a medium light and the finish medium light. This is the first schwarzbier that I have tried and it is descent. There is nothing about this beer that stands out to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 01:14:06 | More by colts9016
Session Black Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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