Katie and I went out to the local watering hole last night. There were actually 3 different beers on the “Craft Beer Menu” that I hadn’t had. Unfortunately, they were out of two of the three. So, I was stuck getting this one. I mean, not that it’s a bad thing. I’ve had a few brews from this brewery that I’ve enjoyed. Plus, the bottle on this one is absolutely adorable. So, let’s see how this one went.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Short, Dark, and Drinkable and six time Gold Medal Winner including the 2009 GABF! The second addition to family, Session Black, carries the mantra of drinkability into new territory. Most beers this dark are so heavy-duty, you could eat them with a fork. Session Black, on the other hand, lets you have your dark beer and drink it, too. With just a hint of roasty chocolate character, Session Black is short, dark, and totally drinkable. At long last, a dark beer that doesn’t drink like a meal.”
Random: My other choices were Chimay Blue and Stone IPA.
This brew poured with half a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep brown that was almost black, with no visible carbonation due to the lighting (see the photo, I had a hell of time both with and without the flash). The nose had a bit of sweet and roasted malts to it, but the sweetness really came out for me. The taste had a bit of coffee and some sweetness. It almost reminded me of a porter. But, after a few sips, I got some smoke and bacon. Although I hadn’t seen the style of this brew before drinking it, I totally pegged it as a schwarzbier. The body was thin with moderate carbonation to it, which made it incredibly crisp. This was a really flavorful, lower alcohol brew. I would definitely have this again, added bonus that it came in the cutest bottle ever.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0