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

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Session Black LagerSession Black Lager

Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV 5.4% IBU 18

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Photo of colonelk
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved it. Great price and great taste. Dark beer with a delicious flavor. I highly recommend it. To be fair, I am a fan of dark beers already. I saw that this particular beer won a gold medal in 2010, so I tried it. I am a big fan now. Hopefully I can find 6 packs at Total Wine or elsewhere. So far, I've just been buying them in singles to try. Purchased at Total Wine in Sarasota, FL

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Photo of Seven
4.89/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown Black.
Roasted Nuts, Chocolate, slight Hop smell.
Molasses, Chocolate, dark fruit.
Full bodied carbonation.
This is a premium dark Lager. Very simular to Black Butte Porter. My all time favorite in the dark variety is, the Abyss and the Dogfish, Paulo Santo Marron.I would consider this in a very simular field. If you are looking for a high quality Dark Lager this is a fantastic choice.

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Photo of a061183
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark, but not too dark and not too caramely (if thats a word). So really it is dark, but not too light for the style. It is perfect for the style, being a Schwarzbier. If you hold it up to light in a glass it is not see through by any means. Color of it held into the light is caramel and milk chocolate. It is dark period. 1 Finger mocha head.

S: the smell is mostly of coffee notes and a lil bit of bitter sweet chocolate. Gosh a lot of coffee comes from this lager and is quite unexpected, but it is not too heavy at all.

T: Pretty much like a "lite" porter/stout. It has a great coffee/milk chocolate taste but not too strong and has a nice mellow feeling when drinking, so it is easy to drink more than a couple. Which I feel a Schwarzbier/Black Lager should be. It still has hops, but still has complex flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is not lite, but not like a stout/porter. And that is what a Schwarzbier/Black Lager should feel like.

D: Drinkability is amazing very sessionable. It is a great nitecap where you can have a few.

Remember this is a review for the style a Schwarzbier/Black Lager.

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I received my first sample of Session Black Premium Dark Lager free from a good friend. Was not sure what to make of this beer from the looks, I was expecting a normal stout. Pulled from the cold fridge and poured into a glass, out flowed the deepest mahogany color with an off-white head. I wanted to allow time for this beer to breathe, nonetheless for unknown reasons I was compelled to quaff it down and was hit with pallet punch of flavors. The aromas of coffee, black cherry and licorice are mixed in with lightly roasted malts and a bit of dark chocolate. I enjoyed every minute of this beer immensely, regrettably some people might find this similar to Guinness.

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Photo of scoobah36
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolutely love this beer. Best finish ever. and i don't feel like typing 250 characters so i am just going to talk about not wanting to type that much. for good measure

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Photo of Matthew_Reynolds89
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is wonderful!

I love black beers and this one is just amazing!

Fresh marker near me has 12 pack boxes for 11.59 so i picked up two for my fridge!

way more than worth a shot!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Woody welcomes Hood River, OR to PA with open arms! I am so excited that not only has Full Sail expanded to us, but they did not restrict themselves to Philly, as so many are wont to do.

My aggro pour created a cascading action that eventually settled into nearly three fingers of dense, deep-tan head that looked like the top of a root beer float. Its retention was such that I held it up to the light to check for color and clarity only to be flabbergasted by its ruby color and stunning clarity. Nose smelled of dark chocolate and freshly dug soil. Earthy as all get-out! That they could accomplish this in a lager is amazing. We make some great lagers here in PA, thanks to our German heritage, but this is great for a west coast concern. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and I was getting flavors of dark chocolate, smoke, tobacco and earth in the mouth. Finish was semi-dry and very tasty with the smoky chocolaty flavor really lingering. I might try this out on my work colleague, Spike, who is not generally a fan of beer. I almost forgot to mention the lovely sticky lacing that remained in my glass. It may require a jackhammer to remove.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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

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Photo of AngusOg
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer straight out of the bottle, which is how the bar i was at served it. However it was a stubby gernade bottle, so if it is going to be in a bottle, it might as well have some personality. This beer isn't extraordinary or over the top, but for what it is, a session beer it is really good. Malty, roasty, easy drinking and delicious. Knocked back 2 with no problem, could have drunk a couple more. Even my wife, who drinks Miller lite, liked it. I would definitely order this beer again in the right situation.

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a dark brown to black color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is a mostly chocolate with some malt. The taste follows the nose. A very good beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown not black body. Good color variation. Ruby undertones. Nice light tan espresso head with good lacing and retention.

Nice malt flavors intermingle with a quick snappy hop bite. Aromas of Caramel and Chocolate mocha. Secondary notes of Pilsner yeast.

The taste is toasty and caramel. Quite delicious Secondary notes of bitter chocolate. Very malt forward for a simple lager. Well done.

Light to medium body. Slightly chewy with a quick closing bitterness.

Insanely drinkable Schwarzbier. Good price. Very available. I will buy this again.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice. Didn't taste like a lager to me (which is a good thing in my book).

Slightly darker than a good British brown, but not as black as a Porter. The smell and taste are pure malt. Super sweet, but with enough hops to balance the sweetness out. Really, really nice!

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Photo of rogerboy
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in an 11oz stubby bottle similar to red stripe Jamaican lager ,just the bottle .it is a dark cola color lager ,the aroma is slightly sweet but not to much just right for my likeing ,chocolate nicely carbonated just makes it a very drinkable beautiful bodies beer ,my brother introduced the red session n i desided to try the session black easily one of my favorite beers gotta have a pack in my fridge typa beer I love it ! Thank you full sail brewing company :)

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Photo of leannlovr
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer. It reminds me of the German blacks like Köstriker et al but with less mouthfeel and a bit more macro in flavor. I prefer it to the red labelled lager. I would like to try it as a draft but I don't think they have it. At least not in NYC. Overall a good pounding beer!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Huge off white head with good retention. Dark ruby brown body.

Smell - Malty, coffee.

Taste - Malty. No off flavors. Slightly alcoholic finish. Very slight astringency in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, but not particularly creamy. Good, interesting texture.

Overall Drinkability - Great balance. Good beer overall. Much better than the Xingu I had recently.

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Photo of ShireReeve
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Tulip Glass

Appearance: A deep dark brown It looks similar to a cola flavored soda. Started with a decent two to three finger head. Within about 5 minutes is died down to a slight foamy head sticking around the edges. Very little lacing that consisted of large bubbled lace patches.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malts. Really got some great chocolate notes and a hint of coffee. The aroma really is appetizing. The aroma invites you to take a sip.

Taste: Mirrors the nose with the chocolate and coffee notes. I didn't get any bitter hops in this brew. Really enjoyed the chocolaty goodness.

Mouth Feel: Medium body. Wet, the palette stays moist throughout. Chocolaty aftertaste lingers, pleasantly at that.

Overall: Hmm… Great beer! Not much else to say. I wouldn't drink it all the time but definitely a great brew to pick up every now and then.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the stubby bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark, but not black. Held up to the light there are some red hues. A nice 1 inch thick head formed. Eventually it went down to just barely covering the surface.

S - Fairly aromatic for a lager. The dark malt is most evident with a slight hint of dry hay.

T - Mmm. A lager with some dark malt flavor. However, the malt does not turn this beer into a sweet tasting beer like many other Schwarzbiers. For that, I really like this. The taste is a straight forward lager with the added bit of dark maltiness and a slight bitterness at the end.

M - Light and moderately carbonated.

D - All day long. It is a "Session" beer after-all. Those who appreciated a little more flavor in their lagers will enjoy this even more.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass on 2/9/12. Absolutely delicious!

A - Pours a jet black (deep red when held up to light) with a small one finger, off-white head. Not much lacing, but the black color is really striking. I'm used to stouts and porters, but this is the first black lager I've ever had. 4.0

S - Strong smell of roasted malt and a teensy hint of aromatic hops. Some molasses/burnt sugar notes in the middle. 4.0

T - Delicious malty flavor supported by a slightly bitter backing. Subtle flavors of roasted malt, molasses and coffee come through in the middle. 4.5

M - Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Tingles all over the tongue but doesn't dampen the flavor at all. 4.0

O - For the price of a (relatively) cheap 12-pack you get a wonderfully well-rounded and extremely drinkable beer. I bought this beer with low expectations and wound up loving it. Full Sail's Session series is exactly what the name implies; these are lovingly crafted beers that taste great but yet are light enough to drink as session brews and not get tired of them. I would HIGHLY recommend this beer to everyone who has yet to try it. For that reason, overall this gets a 4.5

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Photo of letsgopens
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive pour from a unique, 11 oz. bullet bottle. Displays a deep, ruby brown body with some copper colored highlights. The very pale beige head is somewhat thin and recedes rather quickly but is still substantial.

Cocoa, hops and a somewhat minerally aroma hits me at first. Some weak coffee and a earthy, creamy note. Raw milk, some black roast and just a hint of licorice. Pronounced for the style and very appetizing.

Mellow, pleasing and extremely well balanced. Some bold cocoa and sweetened coffee up front fading to grassy, fresh hops and half and half. More of a milk chocolate note comes through as well and finishes with a hint of tart, acidic black cherry and licorice. As it warms, the booze shines through just a bit but doesn't diminish the drinkablity or burden the palate.

A fantastic Schwarzbier and, true to its namesake, a great session brew. A rather low ABV and a balanced, interesting flavor profile make it extremely drinkable.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 oz bottle!?!

Brown color with auburn and amber hues, strong creamy foam, slow dissipation.

Roastie chocolate malt scent, black fruits, cream, herbal, roastie malt and cream.

A lush and smooth malty flavor and feel, soft dark chocolate, no sweetness, roastie nuts, creamy milky smoothness, herbal, yeastie and musty kick. Green herbal, grassy hop flavor's balance this all out really well. a simple but complex style brew.

The feel is smooth and lush but not at all heavy, silky smooth, medium feel. Very nice.

Very much like a light porter with lager-like yeast which is very nice.

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Photo of mudbug
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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

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Photo of Mike22
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of bondjedi
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tacoma Craft Brew Festival.

Rich and smooth, has some heft without being debilitating. This was my first beer of the fest, and was a good way to kick the entire session off. In a perfect world, I would have made several trips to the Full Sail booth and imbibed this all afternoon long.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light black color with dark brown hints when held up to the light. A good amount of carbonation creates a thin, light tan head that goes away pretty fast.
Smell is very nice for a black lager. A strong smell not normally in black lagers. A slight bit of hop smell but mainly dominated by some really good chocolate and cocoa smells.
Taste is awesome too. Great chocolate base on the tongue with a real nice hop taste too. Good balance between the two.
Mouthfeel is good. Very nice medium thickness with a tad bit of chewiness as well.
Drinkability is awesome. There is a reason this is called a session beer. So many good tastes going on that balance out so well. These beers were meant to be drank all day and they can be. Immediately moves into one of my favorite beers.

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