Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Rustico during the Devil’s Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass.
Pours a decently-dark brown color with a good tan head. Spots of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some sweet caramel, and a bit of bread and toffee. Mild sweetness to the flavor and just a hint of fruit in the background. Body is medium. Good finish.
weharvie (40) - USA - APR 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully balanced. nice aroma. black color and dark creamy head. Balanced peat and hop flavor. Definitely one to return to Devil’s backbone for...
Velkyal (295) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with ruby tinges at the edge, topped with a a finger or so of light brown head. The nose is tobacco, smoke and earthy hops. Taste is sweet caramel, but not overpowering, with a delicate bitter twist at the end that brings a beautiful sense of balance to the beer. Definitely a supping on a Friday night beer. Very nice.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 Growler from the brewpub. They don’t sell this in growlers, but they told me over the phone that they did and no way in hell was I going to drive 45 minutes each way for just this beer and not leave with it. Oh well, generally they give great customer service. Pours a dark brown color with a slight haze. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Small head with good head retention and fair lacing. Taste is caramel, toffee, nuts, molasses and a lightly hopped finish. Very very faint peat-like smoke. Smooth, thin-medium bodied. 8/3/8/4/15/3.8
Rerate 10/22/13 from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a thin off-white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, toasted malts, mild vanilla and raisins. The taste is toffee, toasted malts, mild smoke, mild fruits, mild vanilla. Medium bodied, slight bitterness, decent balance. Still excellent. 8/3/7/4/16/3.8