Please support your local and small businesses during this time. I purchased this Resident Culture Brewing There is No Light without the Dark, 5.0% Crowler from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop here in Charlotte. Resident Culture Brewing located here in Charlotte, North Carolina where this Schwarzbier is brewed. There is No Light without the Dark pours a dark, black color with a two-finger slow beige head giving off roasted, bitter, dry dark chocolate notes with hints of coffee coming into your nose. Taste slightly follows the nose with bitter dry dark chocolate notes with some light coffee roasted notes washing into the middle of your mouth with a bit of crispness that comes to a roasted cocoa coffee finish and fades into a bitter chocolate coffee aftertaste with a more full mouthfeel that is not too full. Resident Culture Brewing There is No Light without the Dark is a good Schwarzbier but I’ve There is No Light without the Dark to be a B-. It has little bitter notes that hold it back and they keep this from being a real crisp beer, but other than it was a good beer, but like I said there is better ones out there, Rahr and Sons Ugly Pug is a great example. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted January 5th, 2014.
Most dark beers tend to be high on the ABV (alcohol by volume) scale, and that can either be a good or a bad depending on who you are and what you’re into. But I think that most beer drinkers what a darker beer with a lower more sessionable ABV and this beer fits that. Full Sail Session Black, 5.4% ABV is a Schwarzbier (black lager). Full Sail Session Black comes in a short stubby eleven-ounce bottle. Kind of looks like a medicine bottle. Full Sail Session Black pours a rich deep brown almost black color with a one and a half finger tan head that stays shortly and fade slower in decent lacing. I found very little light through the glass with a nice but small amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Full Sail Session Black is malty with nice chocolate and roasted notes with hints of coffee note too. This beer really has a wonderful aroma to it. The taste up front is a big chocolate flavor that washes over the front of your mouth, then comes a slight roasted note that fades into a little coffee as it passed the back of your mouth. The mouthfeel is mild but has a slight richness. The after taste of big chocolate and a tiny bit of roast stays on your taste buds for a while. Overall this was an outstanding beer! I’m giving Full Sail Session Black an A+. This beer is very tasty and easy to drink with a nice level of ABV. I would love to have this again and again. I found it to be mostly one flavor, chocolate, but that was excellent. I highly recommend trying Full Sail Session Black. So go and try Full Sail Session Black for yourself as to what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!