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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Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kendo
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the hand-grenade bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with a small off-white head that's gone quickly.

S: A little odd - I'm getting molasses and grape juice.

T: Also fruity - plums over modestly roasted barlet malt and caramel malt. Finishes very clean.

M: Light in heft with an interesting carbonation that arrives at the back end of the sip as active but fine fizziness.

O: Not much going on here. At least it goes down easy.

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Photo of BanrionMAB
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of dragonx2099
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dunix
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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 stephensinner
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dan38
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mani
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of GMB
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of cougfan2002
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of fezmeister
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nose is malts, a little citrus fruit, and maybe a touch of coffee. Tastes more strongly of coffee than in aroma, with same citrus tang which seems to provide the flavor balance rather than a pronounced hop flavor. Dry, brittle molasses and malt provide the majority of the body. Plenty of carbonation and lack of stickiness or heaviness do make it quite sessionable, along with low gravity.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice burnt amber hue with good clarity, deep auburn highlights, thin lace of off white head. Nose of mostly charcoal and faint roasted malts with a touch of chocolate.

Smooth medium sized body with brisk carbonation. Roasted malt with a touch of caramel flows in pungent chocolate which is washed away into an amazing balancing act thanks to the hops. While the flavors are mostly subtle except for the pungent flavor bomb on the mid-palate, theres lots of subtle complexities of charcoal and dark fruit, plums, black berries, cherries and raspberries. Extremely sessionable with bold flavors, and subtle ones if you want look for them. This beer is meant to be drank cold though! and actually, i think it tastes better straight from the bottle rather than a glass. Once this beer warms, those nice roasted chocolate notes become harsh and medicinal. Just keep it cold and you have one of the most flavorful session beers around.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of misterchief
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DarrellK
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has some roasted malt, as well as some cocoa and a hint of dark fruit. The aroma is fairly sweet overall. The flavor is has some roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a hint of smoke. There is also a little bit of hop bitterness, but not any real hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A passable domestic Schwarz. Pours cola black, with a small fizzy head that settles rather quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is quite mild; slightly roasted malt character; some faint bittersweet chocolate, trace of earthy, floral hops perhaps. Gotta really shove your nose in the glass to pick up much of anything.

The flavor is also fairly bland; again there is a mildy roasted maltiness; a touch of bittersweet chocolate and faint sweetness that dries up completely in the finish; low bitterness from subtly grassy, floral hopping. Not much of an aftertaste either.

Medium-light body, crisp but smooth carbonation, drinks clean and goes down pretty easily. Refreshing and certainly sessionable but bland and ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a well enough made schwarzbier. It has a decnt appearance and reasonably good aroma. The taste is a bit roasty yet crisp and the aftertaste is much more roasty.

Overall, this is a reasonably priced and very refreshing drink but I doubt that I would want to purchase it again. I would like to try some of their others and see if they can do a decent ale.

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Session Black Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
3.67 out of 5 based on 918 ratings.
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