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

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
650 ml bottle
I picked this up because it was a cheap risk at $4.99. The outcome is a solid schwarzbier that is pretty typical for a Heavy Seas release. It’s not exceptional but at this price point it does not have to be to meet my expectations.

Aroma / Appearance - The reddish black base and creamy white head play well against each other. Contained with the fluid base are light chocolate, mellow malts, and hops that merge into a semi-sweet texture. It might be a bit bland yet it gets the job done.

Flavor / Palate - The creamy filling of a custard donut fills the mouth with a soft texture. Playing it safe the flavors are a bit unremarkable after a few sips. Even so it has no glaring flaws. In fact it was a bit tricky to describe by the end. For a low cost bomber I’d recommend giving it a look.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A nice schwarzbier. Nothing too great, but certainly enjoyable. And worth your time if you run across it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
freekyp (1475) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Oy mates, hoist yr a flagon of lager and count yer booty afore this dark lass creeps away into history. This is an excellent dark lager replete with clean roast malt stinging spicy noble hops and a tan beard that lasts forever. Bitterness comes from a combination of spicy hops and deep burnt malt earthiness. With all this flavor going on, the beer still retains a crispness that makes it a good match for any grilled fare. If only all collaboration beers were a match made in Davey Jones lockerlike this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rob02190 (24) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2012
So take a stout and a pilsner, then stir them together. First aroma I get earthy smoke, Caramel and Cabernet. It a mild full flavored beer with hints of chocolate, cherries and raisins. It's a smooth beer easy to drink, sweet with a bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4811) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear and dark brown. A roasty and muddy nose. The flavor is dominated by roasted notes. Some more gentle hops bring bitterness thar grows. Not bad at all.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7097) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a short, sticky beige head. The aroma picked up toasty chocolate and rye bready malts with fresh, earthy accents.. quite nice. The flavor found similar stuff.. near-burnt black and chocolate at the core, with lesser bready notes.. herbal and earthy hop accents.. fresh, toasted dark malts and crisp, fresh bitterness on the finish. Medium-bodied and fairly bitter on the palate.. very good feel and flow.. really nice stuff.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a moderate amount of lacing is left. 3.0 S: Dry roastiness and caramel. A bit of neutral sweetness. Not very complex, but pleasant. 3.0 T: Moderate roastiness. Chocolate enters the scene. Caramel helps with the neutral malt sweetness to give this good balance. Still, it’s not very complex. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is somewhat crisp and present is appropriate amounts. Clean and smooth. 3.5 D: It’s a decent beer, but it’s a little boring, especially for a collaboration beer. Still, it’s tasty nonetheless. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-16-2012 03:58:11

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3487) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Very interesting. Pours a dark amber with a smallish head. Strong levels of roasted malts in the nose that come through in the taste, too. A little non-hops bitterness to it, but an easy drink.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kassner (1338) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Not really much there. An initial rusty taste, sort of a beer that was not sure what it was supposed to be. Ok a lager I guess with just a tad of roast and very little smoke. a confused beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3943) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Dark brown with a small tan head., light off white lace. Heavily roasted, earthy, light cocoa, ash. Medium bodied, roasty, ashy, lightly astringent. Easy drinking, not a ton of flavor, but solid and inoffensive.


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