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Devils Backbone Barclay’s London Dark Lager

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This dark ruby brown lager was recreated using a 1930’s recipe with beer historian Ron Pattinson & local beer blogger Alistair Reece. Slight hints of Caramel & toffee shine in this early English interpretation of a dark lager.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Velkyal (296) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Pours a rich ruby, topped with a deep beige head. The nose is some grass, a little lemon and a tinge of coffee. Taste is caramel, toast and nuts, a light bitter bite hits the back of the throat to cut the sweetness of the beer perfectly. Smooth silky body. Excellent brew again from Devils Backbone.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2424) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2011
Cask/gravity at GBBF 2011, red-tinged black with a lasting beige head and aromas of roast coffee and toasted malt plus a little red fruit. Full bodied and smooth, with a coffee and toasted caramel flavour somewhere between a dunkel lager and a bock, and a bitter-malt finish. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a hazy brown color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee and banana. The taste is caramel, nuts, banana, light roasted malts and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Both creamy and crisp. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4030) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
Tap @ GBBF. Pours black with a nice bubbly tanned head. Aroma is weak, malty and roasted. Flavor is crispy, velvety, sweetish, fruity, malty, buttery and bitter. Finishes malty bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2011
Cask@GBBF2011. Deep amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruity, earthy, wooden and mildly salty as well. Flavour is slightly smoked wet wood, mild dark fruits, some earth, caramel and mild toffeeish notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
4th August 2011
GBBF. Cask. Hazy brown beer. Small off white head. Light semi crisp palate. Smooth malt, hardly dark at all. A little plummy fruit underneath. Fine carbonation in the finish with slightly stronger dark malt. Very mild coffee in the aftertaste. Dry finish. Nicely joined up and pretty drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4946) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2011. Mahagony color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, licorice, nuts, biscuity and toasty malts. A bit worty taste. Quite original lager with good biscuity and nutty malt backbone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13565) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2011
At GBBF 2011. Clear deep brown colour with lasting thin beige head. Its a decent coffee led dark beer. Its drinkaboe with some dark fruits and some fruit malt loaf flavours. Its fine no off or bad flavours. Hard pressed to say it was a lager. Fine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11052) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
Brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of toffee, licorice, fruit and chocolate. Sweet malty flavour with a slightly roasted finish

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2011

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2011, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.

Unclear dark red brown colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, dark berries. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, caramel, dark malt, dark berry sweet. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110804]


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