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Midnight Expressions Lager by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company
Schwarzbier
5.00 % ABV


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Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2010
22oz Bomber

This is yet another beer received from the great trader known as BitterBill, thanks again Bill! I don't see many different schwarzbiers around so it's a treat to try a new example. The body of this beer is surprisingly dark to the point of not allowing any light to shine through. When this beer is directly backlit there is a faint mahogany highlight along the bottom of the glass but that's it. The head grew to a mellow one finger of chocolate milk brown and fell rather quickly to a thin cap. The receding head left a few lines of lace on the way down.

The nose on this beer draws me right in. Lightly roasted malts get things started and lead the way through this beer. The roastiness is joined rather quickly by anise, coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and heavy cream, all of which are subtle and combine nicely with the light roastiness. All these soft stout like aromas are accompanied by a subtle but definitely noticeable hop presence. The smell of this beer makes my mouth water and forces me to drink.

Moon Lit has a nice depth of flavor and follows along the path the aroma suggested. The subtle roastiness gets things started and is quickly joined by freshly ground coffee, cocoa powder, subtle anise, and a couple drops of cream all in that order of intensity. The roastiness is the main character, and adds a touch of acidity, but the coffee grounds linger after the swallow. There is a noticeable hop presence. I can't put my finger on the hops used but the slight bitterness is certainly there. This is a damn fine beer.

The body of this beer is moderate throughout whether it's the feel or the carbonation. The carbonation adds a touch of creaminess but also keeps the beer moving at a healthy pace. The bitterness from the roastiness combines with a slight bitterness from the hop additions to create a snappy zesty bite on the finish.

This is made as a session beer and fits the mold quite well. It's nice to see (fairly) new schwarzbier being released for just the right purpose. This bomber is a treat to finish and I could stand for another pint afterwards.

Moon Lit is a quality and sessionable schwarzbier from Port. One I would like to see around here because I get in the mood often for schwarzbiers and there aren't many examples around these parts. I wouldn't hesitate picking this one up if I lived in the distribution area. Thanks again for the treat Bill!

Reviewed: 8/6/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/22/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
Color is black with cocoa colored thin foam after the pour. Smell is dominated by roasted grains and semi sweet malts. Gives a faint hint of a campfire, for lack of a better reference. Taste is dominated by almost-burnt grain flavor, with a slight bitterness at the end. In the end you get a mix of slightly sweet and sour. Medium body with notable carbonation. Actually seems a bit high on the carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good example of a Schwartzbier. If you like styles like a Dunkelweisse, ten this one compares well with that style.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
Dyan, thanks man.

Pours a darker than cola brown, with some faint amber tones flittering within the depths. A momentary appearance by a mocha colored head, resulting in a thin collar around the inner diameter of this pint glass. A quick swirl gets a mild reaction, and sporadic thin lacing is left to grasp at walls of this lagers glassy prison.

Aroma is primarily smokey malts - nice and roasty, with tones of hard wood smoke swirling on the wind with a heavier salty cured meat aroma mixing in at certain intervals. Dense, wet coffee grounds live an impressionable stamp on this as well. Some hints at grains as well.

Oooo, this is tasty. Dark, lightly charred malts spread their ashy residuals around the tongue. A good dose of strong campfire smoke - but not so much of the cured meat as the nose led me to believe. More black coffee in the taste. Some bitterness towards the finish. Not too complex, but a nice balance overall.

Medium to full in body. Thick, crisp and very dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is a touch light, but subtle is called for here. No boozy presence at all.

This one surprised me. I love me some Black Biers, and I especially like this one. Just a straight forward black lager with ample amounts of dark roasty/smokey malts with a balancing bitterness... pure quaff-ability at work here.
Good call Dyan!!
Thanks!
Highly Recommended!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 04/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 3 8 2008
A - Wow, it's dark for this low of an ABV beer. Dark brown and completely opaque. Nice cocoa colored head that is thick and made up of tight bubbles. Good retention.

S - Big roasty aroma here. Freshly roasted coffee, cocoa, and some oatmeal. Light smokey smell to it. Milk chocolate.

T - Starts off with a sweetness. There is a light lactose flavor that seems to be hanging alongside. Sort of a milk chocolate thing going on. Nice roastiness that seems to last through the whole experience. Tobacco and light leather. Light coffee flavors, deriving in the roastiness.

M - Medium bodied. Very smooth and seems almost fuller on the back of the tongue. Carbonation is a bit fizzy. Swirl it some in the glass.

Overall - Really digging this beer. Nice flavors that keep you interested.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Westside Threat on 04/15/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 10 15 3 7 2008
A: Darker than I was expecting. Almost totally opaque except for the thing parts of the glass. Head is medium sized, somewhat fizzy, the color of graham crackers.

S: Smells sort of smoky to me, campfire smoky. Get a lot of woody aspects as well…maybe that’s it. Also some day old coffee, powdered cocoa and toasted pumpernickel.

T: Begins roasted and smoky, much like the aroma leads on. Almost a chalking chocolate rides along with watery espresso roast blending in. After the swallow, robust burnt grains flood the mouth and slowly crescendo into a bitter mesh across the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth. As it warms, aspects of grape juice and tobacco come to light. Finishes really roasted and dry with nutty thoughts…as if I were chewing on a highly roasted yet unsalted peanut shell.

M: Medium body with some carbo sting.

D: Not bad for a second running beer. Makes me really look forward to the Serpents stout.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 04/02/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 3 9 2008
Picked up a bomber of this today from South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours really dark and roasted, like black coffee. A two inch head of foam quickly forms and trickles down slowly but settles to about ¾ of an inch and holds there for a while. Finally after about 3-4 minutes the foam settles to a thin layer, very nice.

Great roasted aroma. Immediately I get some roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, toasted oats and granola. It has a nice roasted aroma but without the bitterness of roasted barley. Some warm milk and milkshake aromas come out as well. A touch of dry grain too. As it warms up I detect some cocoa and a few notes of caramel.

Very smooth tasting. A nice balance of milk chocolate and coffee with hints of roasted and chocolate malts. There’s also a good dose of toast and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Mouth-feel is thin but adequate for this type of beer. It has some flavor but it’s refreshing at the same time. At only 5% and thin on the palate this one is easy to gulp down! This one would be a nice session beer, and I’m in need of more of these.


Served In: Pint Glass

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