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Heavy Seas / Devils Backbone Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Virginia’s Devils Backbone Brewing Company, with Brewmaster Jason Oliver, was a perfect partner for us to do a collaboration beer. Not only is Devils Backbone one of the most award winning breweries in the country over the last few years, but Jason hails from Heavy Seas’ home port of Baltimore. Also, Ernie Igot, Heavy Seas’ Brewmaster, is clearly a lager lover and specialist, and he and Jason had a great time conceiving and developing this special lager. It has been a privilege working with both of these gentlemen, and I hope you enjoy the result of this joint effort.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3514) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
Slutfest! Black and slightly brown at the edges. Aroma is strongly floral hops. Flavor is light chocolate and floral hops. Not bad, but not really great either. Like the idea here though, hope they tweak it a bit and keep at it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (1560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
Milk chocolate, subtle coffee, and noble hops on the nose. Dark brown-black with a moderate, khaki head. Roasty with a hoppy snap, very balanced. Medium body, lively carbonation, and finishes very cleanly with lingering roasted chocolate and grassy, hop tones.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10786) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear black with dark brown highlights and a medium to small, frothy off-white head, short retention, leaving the head at the edge of the glass with ringed lacing. Aroma is nutty and toast malt with dates and light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with dark malt derived fruits, light hops and bitterness, definitely balanced toward the malt with a sweet finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (2026) - - MAR 18, 2013
Uploading old ratings that were missing comments. Nose was a little weak and taste was pretty traditional pilsner. Not a lot worth noting outside of the color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (3757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2013
75 cl bottle at Bishop Arms Järntorget Gbg, okt 2012. Brown beer with a small offwhite head. Malty, bready aroma. Bready, malty flavour with caramell notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (1794) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Generous pour from motortoddhead! Deep brown pour with frothy off-white head. Nose is gentle roast and faint coffee with lager-type malt and mild caramel. Flavor is smooth roast, caramel, and a faint fruity malt character. Some wet malt as well. Residual, powdery roast.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndyW68 (1217) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Dissapointing. Beautiful black pour with a rich brown head. Bitter for bitters sake. I will not be buying this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9460) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
This brew is a brown-black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Roasted malt and hops in the nose. Light to medium body with a roasty character and flavors of peppery hops and sweet malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a grassy hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (3002) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Brad while watching Le Tour de France. Merci! The beer is a dark chestnut color. Very dark, nearing black. Atop the beer rests nearly an inch of light beige head. Spotty lacing. The aroma is subtle, offering hints of chocolate, roast. Light, simple, mild roast. Easy drinking and soft on the palate. A touch of pine and bitterness. Overall, the flavor is a bit subdued and understated. A decent beer. Nothing wrong with it. Good pairing with some spicy food. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-21-2012

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhp40219 (374) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2012
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown (not black) with a rediish hue and a large white head that leaves lots of lacing. Strong malt aroma, not much else. Bitter and rather dry with a strong and heavy malt taste with a nice hop background and hints of coffee. Light-ish body with a slightly thin texture and lots of active carbonation and a dry finish with a long lasting malty aftertaste. Overall not bad, not great. Only $5.99 for the bomber, so not bad for the price.


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