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

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-27-2009

ABV 5.4% IBU 18
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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a victory tasting tulip.

A- a hard pour yields only a small cap of tan head that settles quickly and leaves a solid foamy ring a just a few spots on the glass. A good swirl does bring the head back a bit. Dark red brown black in color from a far and glows a nice ruby amber when held to light.

S- light roast and some fruit. Rather subdued nose.

T- mild roast again with a bit of nuttiness. Light fruits and some caramel.

M- on the lighter side of body with a carb on the high side of things.

D- its alright not one that will make an impression on ya. Nothing unpleasant by any means but nothing to write home about either.

Photo of mudbug
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Did this one two different ways, One poured into a standard pint glass which resulted in a nice black beer with a one inch bubbly head that held it's own. A pretty beer
Aroma of roasty barley with a tinge of smoke not overpowering but very pleasant the ghost of hops peeks in
Taste is nice and clean with roasted barley, some caramel and a nice unexpected hop bitterness at the end carbonation is quite lively and refreshing.
The other way was straight up from the very cold bottle.
Very enjoyable and refreshing, gets a nice lager bump from the fizz with a smart hop bite.
At ten bucks a twelve pack this is a great deal and will be a go to on hot beach days and fishing trips.
Bravo Full sail

Photo of corby112
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden mahogany edges when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, roasted malt aroma with hints of floral hops, toast, smoke and cocoa. There's also a subtle grassy straw character that compliments the piny hops.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of earthy bitter hops and roasted chocolate malt. Hop forward with dry pine flavor that provides some bitterness that lingers throughout into a dry finish. Slightly smokey with hints of cocoa, hazelnut and coffee bean. There's also an odd chalky character which is off-putting and hurts the overall flavor and drinkability.

This beer has a good balance of hops and malt but it just doesn't taste very good and I had a hard time getting through the 11 ounces.

Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with very good retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, grains, bread, and biscuit aromas. A light sweetness lingers in the nose. Simple, but very nice.
T: Again, simple but I love it. Big toasted malts with a very light sweetness and chocolate flavor initially. Baked bread, crackers, and biscuit. Very dry in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp, clean and dry. So smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

I love this. Without a doubt the best thing I have had from Full Sail. This is really an excellent lager. Everything is so clean, subtle, and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with orange-red highlighting. Offwhite head is not terribly sticky or firm, but it's nice and tall up front.

Some hopping up front in the nose, with a slightly chalky malt presence behind. Pretty faint in general, in keeping with the black beer style.

Definitely pretty light, fairly sweet with a mild hopping. Everything's down the middle of the road here. Some chocolate and dark fruit, only a slight hint of coffee and black tea. Hopping is moderate, with a hint of bitterness toward the finish.

A little metallic note that contributes to an aspirin-like quality of Session Black is my only drawback to this otherwise easy drinker. Light side on the body spectrum, and the carbonation is well-restrained too. Easy does it.

Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at the watermark in asbury

Pours a deep brown/black color with a tanned head. Decent retention with some rings of lacing.

Scents of hazelnut, light chocolate, roasted malts, and light hop profile.

Nice roasted malt profile up front with faint sweetness. Toffee and hazelnut combine for a nice profile. Dark chocolate bitterness with hops and slight citrus. Finishes with hops and edges of dry malt.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a bit chewy. Drinks surprisingly smooth and easy, the alcohol is invisible. This is one of those beers where I expected to be disappointed but was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of jpmclaug
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass

Dark brown with a small white head. Smells lightly of some toasted malts and caramel. Not much in the aroma though. The taste follows the aroma, once again not too much flavor but some toasted malt flavor. light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Goes down real easy but it isn't something I really would care to drink a lot of. Worth trying but not really for me.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into lacy patterns of bubbles in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the collar. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite nutty and the flavors have notes of chocolate and roasted malts. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the taste packs in a lot of flavor. I would definitely consider this to be sessionable.

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a fingers worth of receding head. Lacing is poor. Smell is roasty malts with a touch of chocolate and some deep roasted coffee. Just about a normal smell for the style. The taste is simple, very well done roasted malts are basically the beginning and end. There's a slight nutty feel, and some supporting bitter coffee and chocolate, but this is really the malt show, somewhere in the middle of roasted and sweet.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb - the mouthfeel here is just a hair thinner than I'd like, but is otherwise perfectly crisp and smooth, and the drinkability is extremely good, this goes down way too easily. Another solid brew from Full Sail.

Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a little bottle of this into my pint glass...

The liquid is dark brown with red hues and and off white head.

It smells of dark fruit, smoked malt, toffee, and hints of chocolate.

I could taste a nice smokiness, some toasted caramel, with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Feels light bodied with light carbonation, so smooth it's almost silky.

This is a great, full flavored, session brew.

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11oz stubby brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 022011 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.40.

A: Nearly black with soft 1-finger of off-white wispy head that falls away quickly but leaves a few crusts of lace.

S: Roasted and cereal grain with some herbal, earthy hops

T: Good roasted malt flavor but it is short-lived and leaves a slightly grainy papery taste that is a little bit dry. Hoppiness is mild but does lend some crispness on the back end.

M: Nice creamy feel from the even carbonation and light-to-medium body.

D: A pretty nice beer but what's with 11oz bottles -- that's a European trick!

Photo of Jimmys
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: brown/reddish. not really dark or light, just brown. cookies and cream fluffy head. cant really see any carbonation in here.

S: roasted malt. a little brown sugar. butter. not an off-flavor, but more of melted movie butter.

T: sweet roast, bits of coffee. some of that same butter that was in the nose, but just a touch. the roast is sort of cloying to the sides of the mouth, but not in an obnoxious way. just a reminder that it's a dark lager.

M: really gentle carbonation. medium body. super sessionable. cant decide if it's too light or just perfect. so im going middle of the road.

D: just a really easy drinking schwarz. i know this is unrelated to the beer review, but i dig the short stubby bottles. they are pretty fun to drink out of if im not in the mood for glassware.

Photo of negroobserver
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stubby 11oz twist-off bottle

COLOR: Dark brown color remeniscent of coffee. Pours with a nice 1/2 inch cream color head, which leaves behind light lacing.

SMELL: Malts. No presence of hops or any other spices or flavors. Light scent of coffee/cocoa.

TASTE: No taste of hops. Notes of roasted coffee/chocolate. Mostly, it tastes like watered down malts. Not very impressed with this beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Light carbonation. Smooth texture. The beer has a well balanced medium body.

DRINKABILITY: I don't like malty beers, so this is not very drinkable for me. For those who like malty beers, they will find that it's very enjoyable. It's not for me.


Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice cola brown with a large creme' & cocoa head. Head is big, retention good and lace is nice. Smell is roasted malts and yeasty bakery breads. Some fruitiness that is more english ale than german lager but still appealing. Taste is light roast and some malt body but I want more presence from a schwarzbier. A touch of tannic sourness and sweet light coffee verging on mocha. Feel is quite good, light with a touch more carbonation than the Session Lager that moves me. A refreshing and drinkable beer.

Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a new option at Molly Macpherson's Scottish Pub in Savannah, GA.

The beer comes in a brown stubby 11 oz bottle.

Poured into a glass, the beer is dark brown with garnet highlights. Thin but sticky tan head.

It has an aroma of sweet slightly charred malts and dark fruit.

The taste is sweet with some roasted qualities. Raisins a hint of molasses and coffee fill in the roster.

The mouth is pitch perfect. It has low carbonation with some oily smoothness.

It is an easy drinker that is a true session beer.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - black color with less them half a finger's worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - basically smells like a very light stout. Maybe just a little tinge of caramel and maltiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel - good balance of malts and hops in general, but with a sweeter taste from the malts. Caramel tinge is also in the taste. Texture is fairly well balanced but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Drinkability - not a bad tasting brew, but not complex in character. Interesting to taste a schwarzbier.

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany with a one finger head that leaves a strand or two of lace as it fades

Smell: Roasty, with a bitter nut-skin aspect

Taste: Toasty, and verging on roasty, with a caramel and bitter nut-skin character that develops, mid-palate, and lingers after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent enough Schwarz but nowhere near the top of the heap

Photo of riversider76
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with amber hues and a thin tan head. Not much retention and no laceing. Aroma is of grainy caramel malts,dark fruit,and brown sugar. Nice but a bit weak. Body is thin and carbonated.Taste is of fruity malts,and maybe a bit of coffee. Refreshing, but a bit on the weak side. Still worth a try.

Photo of Mike22
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a nice brown amber look. It smells inviting with notes of nut and caramel without being over powering. The taste is good with nut brown notes with hint of sweet caramel. Lacks any hops or bitterness which is nice for a change. Goes down smooth. This is a very drinkable beer. I enjoyed it overall and will plan on getting it again.

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the disgusting Session lager so I might as well try the dark lager to see if it is any better...it was better but still not good.

Beer is brown and clear with no head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly roasty, like nuts or really weak coffee.

Beer is thin with no carbonation in the mouth, an odd forward sweetness that is really mild that almost gives way to a sort of caramel-like nothingness with a finish like water. At least this one didn't tempt me to spit it out. I won't have it again.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz twist off medecine bottle at fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass. best before 02 2011.

pours out a dark brown with lots of red in the light. a small off white head that quickly faded to a retentive thin ring. no lace to speak of.

in the aroma there is lots of caramel, toasted grains, and a bit of dark fruits. some lightly roasted malts come in a bit as it warms.

the taste follows suit with lots of rich caramel, toasted grains, and dark fruits with hints of a bit of tart acidity. tastes and feels like a lager. in the finish there is a bit of earthy hops with just a touch of bitterness.

light feel, carbonation is a bit prickly, but just the right amount.

this is a very simple beer with drinkability at the forefront and i think this is exactly what there going for. nothing great to write home about, but i would drink it again, and i would recommend it for $1.50 a bottle.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.79 single from Oak Tree.

Medium brown, not black, body. Light ruby highlights. Three fingers of dense level mid-tan foam.

Nose is roasty, earthy, and with a touch of hay. Inviting and strong enough to sense without picking up the glass.

Very light on the tongue. Mild roastiness paves the way, giving way to earthy hops at the swallow. Finishes clean.

Smooth light/medium mouthfeel all the way through.

Drinks easily and another would be welcome.

A bit lighter than my fav schwartzbiers, but not bad at all. Worth a sample or two.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a single at the Village Pump the other day. 11oz bottle, best by 17th March 2011.

A clear, dark brown with a dense, light brown head that starts off as a disk, leaving a moderate lace. The nose is decent. Dark grains, mildly husky, a little caramel, chicory and instant coffee. Not particularly complex. A touch of fruity tartness is present as well. A little bit of earthy hop character is present.

The palate opens with flavors of coffee grounds, a mild tartness with some fruit (plums?). Mild sweetness is present in the mid-palate, with dark caramel, a little burnt sugar and some charred grains. The husky character of the nose isn't present on the palate. Drying on the finish with a mildly acidic character, a blend of carbonic acid and acidic burnt grains, this beer is medium-light in body with high carbonation. A touch too high in ABV for a session, but still, I could drink a few of these in a session. A good example of the style.

Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the beer settles, it gets more drinkable. You have to love the little bottle with the non descript labeling. The beer pours a ruby mahogany with a smallish creamy dark tan head. It doesn't lace much and the retention isn't great. The nose is modest, nothing bold. There are some herbal notes, some darkish malts, some slight caramel note or two. Nothing all that distinct.

The taste is a touch flat, there is a smooth caramel uncarbonated malt running right through this beer. The beer is a touch herbal, there is a bit of a metallic tinge before the beer settles. This beer isn't complex in the least and what you get on the first pour is what you get through to the last. There are some dark malts, some sweeter notes, a touch of hop in the finish, mostly a bit of caramel and light molasses. It's okay, easy to drink, nothing special, just wait a bit so the beer can settle in.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely little beer,lovely malting, easy drinking. A nice balance of chocolate and roast. Middling mouthfeel. Black colour with significant lace. Very good drinkability. Neutral at best aromas.Very fresh.I would love to have this regularly in the fridge.

Session Black Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
83 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.