Session Black Lager

Oregon
United States
Session Black Lager
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Most beers this dark are so heavy-duty, you could eat them with a fork. Not Session Black. You’ve heard of tall, dark and handsome? Well, Session Black is short, dark and drinkable. With notes of roasty chocolate, it’s the perfect complement to original Session – a dark beer that doesn’t drink like a meal.

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ABV: 
5.4%
IBUs: 
22
Served at: 
45 - 50°
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Although not a wildly popular style, American dark lager is starting to build a following, and Full Sail Brewing’s Session Black Lager is a stellar example. Perched on the Columbia River, overlooking some of the best sailboarding water in the world, Full Sail turns out an extensive portfolio of amazing beers, and this one is no exception. For such a dark beer, the aroma is surprisingly subdued, with whiffs of caramel and chocolate drifting over a light, Graham Cracker-like malt base. Pete found hints of toasted English muffin underneath the prevailing caramel and was pleasantly surprised by the somewhat plummy fruitiness. While Tom noted the same appetizing toastiness that Pete picked up, he found the caramel aroma much richer and darker, almost to the point of coming across as burnt. As befits a dark lager, this beer shows itself as a deeply saturated mahogany, bordering on brown, and it’s capped by a moderately sized, off-white head that collapses rather quickly. A somewhat aggressive graininess jumped at Tim, but he noted that flavors of mocha and cream helped keep it in check. Rick, on the other hand, thought the malty chocolate and caramel flavors were muted and possibly lacked a little punch and complexity, leaving the overall flavor somewhat neutral. As more beer drinkers switch to session beers, especially those with roots firmly in the Pre-Prohibition tradition, expect to see Session Black Lager at your local purveyor of fine beverages. Should you find yourself in Hood River, Ore., stop by the brewery’s attached pub to sample it and the rest of Jamie Emmerson’s top-notch lineup.

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Jim Dykstra's picture

My Score: 
90
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
9/ 10
Overall Impression: 
19/ 20
I've never poured this one, because I feel obligated to leave it in its natural stubby environment. I have no qualms with quaffing it, however, and am always pleased. It's a mild beer, not bold. Sweet and roasty, creamy, not overpowering in alcohol content or bitterness. All the best parts of a lager combined with some of the better aspects of more commanding malt melanges. Similar to the reigning American potato crisp rationing ideology, I would take up arms against you if you can have just one.