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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2012
Draft courtesy of James at Blowtoad, thank you sir! Very dark brown, thick beige head with hood retention. Aroma of coffee grounds and grass. Taste is similar, very roasty. Could use more hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. Clear amber beer with a quite quickly disappearing beige head. Malty roasted aroma, chocolate, toffee notes, dark fruits, caramel. Malty chocolate flavor, fruity, spicy notes, biscuits, caramel, metal notes, figs, cocoa, some ash.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting and produced excellent lacing. Moderate roasted malt and bread aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Sold drinkable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Draft. Medium beige head, black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light burnt plastic. Taste is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, caramel. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11961) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Served on draft at Devils Backbone Brewpub. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, plums and other fruits. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, bread, bitter grassy hops and faint nutty notes. Much like a chocolate croissant. Medium bodied, smooth and highly drinkable. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11654) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Brown pour, light brown head. Cool beer. Toasted malts, some coffee, dark dried fruits, pumpernickel bread, nutty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012

Name: Land Ho!
Date: July 16, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet pale malt aroma, touch of candy sweetness, light imaginary roasted
Flavor: sweet and roasted flavor, spicy, lots of roasted, touch of black malt bitterness, light spicyness, balancing sweetness comes through as it warms
Overall: unique, I like it
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle (courtesy of Travlr). Cola, chocolate malt, and hay aroma. Dark chestnut with giant tan head. Sweet chocolate fudge malt and mildly bitter hay flavor. Nice body. Tasty.

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