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

Session Black LagerSession Black Lager
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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
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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%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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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 jwc215
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted a little over a year ago, shortly before freshness date expired, reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found:

Pours more brown than black with a thin wisp of a head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is earthy with molasses and chocolate. It has a mild medium-to-dark fruitiness.

The taste is semi-sweet with a typical dark character. Some roast appears in the finish to balance the sweet, dark character.

It has a smooth, crisp, light-to-medium body.

This says "premium" on it - and usually that's a warning sign. In this case it deserves the description. Too bad this bottle is a bit small because I ended up looking for more. This is a nice "session" beer. If you're looking for an easy-drinking dark lager, this one is definately worth choosing!

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3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11oz bottle into 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark cola color with a medium brownish head that dissipates quickly and yields a few spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and bitter roasted coffee malt aromas are dominant with a slight grassy backing.

Taste: Begins with a sweet roasty flavor rounding out to more chocolate before finishing with coffee and some slight herbal/grassy hop to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Overall: A good beer that's very representative of its style, but doesn't offer anything to set it too far apart from the herd. Worth a try and very sessionable.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Around a finger of deep tan foam, lots of larger bubbles interspersed creating a dimpled surface, not much retention and dissolves to the surface quickly, any lacing evanescent as well. Rich brown to orange in color while remaining fully transparent, shines vividly in the glass. The nose is not really that smoky and puts the spotlight on caramel, honey dolloped breads, brown sugar, cola bean and a touch of café au lait, minor element of grains and yeast, the plum to black cherry fruit has some prune in it, average length and staying power. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is not that big, however, it does steadily churn across the tongue and relieves some sweetness. That said, the smokiness here too is a barbecue grill nature and plays to the molasses, caramel, brown sugar, grilled nuts, cola and mocha chocolate. More breakfast danish sort of breadiness than dinner breads or pretzels, no pronounced hops presence. The fruits more a mix than distinct flavors, dark berries and cherries. In the end it’s the carbonation which saves it and allows it to be “sessionable.” Could put back 2-3 before getting bored.

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3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I always seem to have a 12 pack in my fridge at all times. looks, smells, and tastes great for being a lower abv and lower priced beer. extremely easy to drink, but still has a great flavor to it. obviously not overly complex, but it does what it can for being a session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark chestnut color under a fleeting off-white head. Smooth nutty aroma...roasted malt, creamy caramel, and a touch of coffee. Sweet roasty/nutty flavor. Chocolate, earthy hops, coffee, and some syrupyness. Pretty clean and drinkable. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Not a bad drinker...

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Session Black Lager from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 51.5% out of 100 with 918 ratings
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