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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

Added by msubulldog25 on 06-27-2009

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Ratings: 918 |  Reviews: 370
Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a murky mahogany brown body.

S: nose is decently full with mostly smokey and toasted malts.

T: flavor is simple with roasted malts and some molasses, licorice and chocolate notes and some mild bitterness.

M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I don't like licorice so those notes I want to avoid. Its better than I was expecting but the body wasnt as full as I wanted.

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Photo of acurtis
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear dark amber color with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a thin cap. Thin broken rings of lace form along the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and slight caramel. Taste is of toasted malt with a caramel/toffee aftertaste. Slight roasted bitterness quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer from Full Sail but I don’t like it as much as the Session Lager. A good deal for the price for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

interesting from a marketing standpoint, but i feel like im being cheated an ounce of beer here. smells bitter and roasty, like a cold cup of black coffee. flavor is malty and smooth, a touch of smoke, and just a hint of hops in there at the end. feel is nice, down really easy and still strong enough to warm you up on a chilly day. overall nothing special here, just as it says, a throw them back style session beer with a lot more to be excited about than a budlight or someother can of crap. not sure ill buy this again, but it serves it role.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tasty beer for any fan of darker lagers, Session Black has a simple and masculine flavor profile that's remarkably easy to drink.

Dark bark-brown in color, the beer forms a froathy yet dainty slightly tanned head that unfortunately didn't retain or lace well. Brilliant clarity does offer a mirror-like depth to showcase the dark brown color well.

Simple aromas of burnt caramel, heavy toast, and burnt plumbs give convey a moderate intensity with somewhat masculine proportions. The roasted grains come through well, but the depth of caramel is more than usual for Schwarzbiers.

Flavors are also very simple and carry a medium caramel sweet maltiness that's backed with roasted grains for a masculine taste of nutty coffees, walnut, toast, cocoa, and wood embers. Earthy hop flavor develops into a mild bitterness to accent the bitterness of roast while offsetting the malty sweetness.

Medium, but perhaps a bit more malty rich and creamy than the style suggests. The mid palate holds onto a sticky malt feel that never develops into the powdery dry finish that do classic examplex like Kostritzer.

While Session Black Lager is a nice but non-descript dark Euro-lager, there's a few minor characteristics that make it more of a Dunkel than a Schwarz.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz stubby (we Canucks love dat!), for only a buck-twennie, in agreeably friendly Idaho Falls.

This beer pours a clear dark brick hue, with one solid finger of thin foamy speckled pale beige head, which settles quickly, leaving a low wash of seafront lace around the glass. It smells of toasted biscuit malt, dry chocolate, coffee grounds, and earthy hops. The taste is pretty much in line with the nose - lightly roasted malt, a bit nutty, amongst the usual baker's chocolate and bitter coffee notes. Coming up short, however, are the very subtle weedy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and free any obfuscations that would detract from its session smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the roasted malt very laid back in its 'dominance'.

Well, this is one well-named beer - lots of flavour, and goes down very easily, the extra few percentage points of booze only a consideration if you really take the concept to heart...

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. The head was short-lived and it left little to no lacing.

S - Great roasty aroma with toffee and chocolate notes, too. Some mild floral aromas.

T - It had a rich roasty malt flavor with chocolate and toffee. It had a nice bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a tasty, easy drinking lager. Nicely done by Full Sail, again.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11oz. bottle served in standard pint glass. Revisited in July 2016.

A - dark orange-brown body. Clear. 1/4" tan head quickly dissipates.

S - subtle

T- little dark malt flavor. Summer schwarzbier? Quite tasty for a lager, with a nice hint of hops.

M - light. Good carbonation level. Exceptional soft and smooth but lively mouthfeel.

Has neither flaws nor any particularly attractive or special qualities. Still, easy recommended as an economical session beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown to black in color with ruby hints. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Some caramel malt notes, some biscuit notes, and some light hints of hops.

T: Nice roasted malt flavor with some caramel notes and some light biscuity hints. There is a light pleasant bitterness in the finsih.

M: Light to medium bodied. Slightly crisp.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and definitely an easy one to drink. I could easily go through a couple of these in an evening.

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