The members of the Delicious Attack trio have been avid beer samplers for many years now, constantly searching for the next best brew. For a long stretch we were hooked on heady stouts and powerful porters. Then came ferociously hoppy IPAs and robust barleywines. Our palates changed quite dramatically and we moved on to sour ales and gueuze. I’m not sure if it was a matter of circumstance or maybe a need for something new after assaulting our gullets with highly-acidic brews, but about a year and a half back we changed our focus a bit and set our collective gaze on rum, bourbon, mezcal, and whiskey. Now, I must make note that we had always sampled spirits during our beer days and certainly maintained an interest in beer during our spirits phase, though we do seem to have obsessive and compulsive tendencies…and not to mention competitive natures. Our competitive natures are WAY better than yours, FYI. Anyway, I digress. Back to the matter at hand. The other day while having a couple of drinks out at The Butcher Shop in the South End of Boston, I decided to mix it up and try a beer I had never had/seen before. The beer was called Session Black and is produced by Full Sail Brewing Company, located in Hood River, OR. I’m going to go pretty far out on a limb here, but it was one of the top 5 best beers I have EVER had.
Session Black is a black lager with an ABV of 5.4%. When I ordered the Session Black I anticipated receiving a dark, weighty, robust lager that would share many of the pronounced characteristics of porters. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that I had ordered a shockingly light, refreshing, and bitter-free beer. Session Black is an extremely versatile beer, in that it has many chocolate and tootsie roll notes that make it a fine winter tipple, yet goes down easily and has a wonderful crispness and lightness that make it an ideal choice for sipping in the great outdoors on a muggy summer evening…or afternoon. Session Black is a well-decorated beer, having won numerous awards including a gold medal at the World Beer Championships and a gold award at the World Beer Cup. It is not the easiest beer to find, but here is a link that will direct you to where Full Sail beers are sold throughout the country:
Remember, this is a TOP 5 BEER, people! Get on it! Boom?