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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown body with a nice brown head. Lightly roasted malts with a hint of cocoa and vanilla in the smell. An excellent roasted malt taste, smooth with a soft, medium body. Hop bitterness shows up near the finish, but the malted grains are definitely at the fore.

A very delicious dark lager. Rich without feeling or tasting heavy. Plenty of dark grain taste wrapped up in a lager smooth body. This is a year-round standby for me...

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep coppery brown with a decent, if not persistent, pale tan head. Malty aroma has a caramel undertone and a hint of coffee. Firm flavor is mainly malty plus notes of caramel and coffee of typical quality, as well as just a hint of cloves. Body is about average, though there is a decent amount of fizz. Yes, a good sipping beer, to sample now and then whilst taking in a good book or hobnobbing at a party.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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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%

Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours brown with a thick, long lasting beige head. Aroma is of bready malt and grassy hops. Body is medium, slightly crisp and creamy. Grassy hops, toasted, bready malt and brown sugar fill the mouth. Finish is long astringent with some saltiness. Not a bad brew but the finish spoils impression.

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Photo of therica
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

T= deep deep ruby mahogany, ruby light coming thru when held to a lamp. Interesting. Not much head, very slight rimming.

S= very nice nose of roasted malts and nuts when first opened, then roasted malts, light chocolate and hops florals.

T= nice dark malts, slightly dry chocolate, some nice balanced hops. It's not bold but not watery-- it's pretty much right on the mark for a traditional Schwarzbier.

M= slight carbonation bite; residual roasted chocolate malts.

O= overall I sure wish they sold this stuff on a regular basis around here, especially at the $11.99 for 12-pack price quoted in an earlier review. A decent solid entry in the traditional Schwarzbier category.

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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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’m always on the lookout for a new beer that might do the trick. I wasn’t familiar with the Full Sail Brewing Company, nor Session Lagers, but looking for something new to try and at $11.99 for a twelve pack (11oz. stubby bottles; 5.4% ABV), I came home with the Session Black Lager.

If pours a very dark brown color, though not quite as opaque as I was expecting from a black beer. On closer examination, there’s also a deep ruby color in the mix (holding it up to a light confirmed this). There was little head to speak of when poured, although if left a nice lacing on the glass as I drank it. The aroma isn’t overpowering, but what does come across are the roasted malts.

As far as drinkability goes, Session Black Lager is up there. It’s much more thin than you’ll be anticipating and it goes down smooth. The roasted malts are quite noticeable at the front end, with hints of chocolate, but they ultimately give way to a much more ordinary, lager-like finish with just a touch of hop at the end (something that Full Sail apparently plays up). I had expected it to be sweeter than it was, and while there’s still some sweetness there, the finish is smooth, lightly-carbonated and surprisingly clean.

I can definitely see myself enjoying these on a regular basis. That would almost seem to be what Session is going for. It’s different, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t good. Full Sail claims that Session will appeal to all beer drinkers, whether they be the craft beer-types, import drinkers or those looking for something to drink while they mow the lawn. I don’t know how well those claims will really hold up (there are some fairly rigid personalities in those demographics), but I can see someone who just likes good beer making Session one of their regular brews.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Session Black Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 918 ratings
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