Midnight Expression | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Midnight ExpressionMidnight Expression

Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called Moonlit Sessions Lager.

also called Midnight Expression

Added by Stoneman78 on 03-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured opaque murky brown. Big foamy tan head that did not sustain.
aroma: delicate and light. chocolate notes. A little chalky.
Taste: smooth and slightly dry. chocolate character. Not a lot of hop but a citrus character that lingers.
Mouthfeel: Moderately dry. Feels right.
Overall: awesome drinkable lager. very enjoyable

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black, not a hint of light gets through. Thick foamy head, almost rootbeer-esq in appearance. Smooooth.. good mouthfeel, very drinkable. Smell roasted malt, coffe chocolate, very nice. A lot of porter characteristics, yet lighter in body ike a swartzbier. Very good beer and highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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!)

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Midnight Expression from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 373 ratings