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Port Brewing Midnight Session Lager
Written by Tom
The summer here in Chicago has been one of the rainiest I’ve experienced. If not the rain, than the humidity has sure been uncomfortable. With an increase in precipitation the grass tends to grow much quicker. So was the case last week and today called for a mowing. After my morning yard work was completed I naturally went in search for a beer.
What turned out to be my afternoon refreshment was a black lager from San Marcos. Now I’ve had my share of Port Brewing Company’s beers so I knew I was in for a treat. Despite thinking that a hot summer day should be filled with cold Pilsners I selected a lager with some body. Lunch in a bottle perhaps?
As you can tell by the picture this black lager produced a tan creamy head that rested atop an almost black liquid. It was actually a hazy brown color lighter than that of a porter, but the aroma was definitely deep and rich. From the few black lagers I have had, there was a definite roasted grain profile closer to that of coffee ala Shiner’s Black Lager. Port’s interpretation is chocolatier in aroma with a light floral nose probably from the hops (which take a back seat).
There is a minor coffee note that offers a touch of bitterness in the palate as you embark on enjoying this session lager. Coming in a 5.0% this brew holds up to its name. Rich, smooth, creamy and medium would be good descriptors for the mouthfeel this brew. I’m still convinced there is more chocolate flavors (milk, bitter, dark) in this brew than coffee, but that is quite alright. It is tasty nonetheless. At cold temps this brew is remarkably refreshing for its color and body. As I normally do I let a little warm up which brought out more of a brown ale quality. This beer’s flavors unfold in the middle and back half of the sip bringing with it a roasted bitterness and chocolaty finish. Overall, not a bad brew that I might save to enjoy on a cooler Fall night.