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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10651) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle... Clear deep-crimson lager with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is chocolaty and grainy, accompanied by a fruity component. Medium to full-bodied and velvety with tingly carbonation. Roasty, bitte/rsweet flavor and finish. Better than expected. Thanks go out to biggsbowler for sharing this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bomber from Blue Dog. Pours deep ruby through direct light and dark brownish black through indirect light, witgh 1-finger loud frothy head that says, "A black pils is a schwarz, numb nuts." Nose is dark malt, cacao. Tastes dark malty, with cacao, hops, dry nittiness, and a smooth finish. This is a schwarz, not a dark pils, although I’ll be runnin that distinction through my mind all night. As such, this one is unique and very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2012
22oz bottle. Clear dark red (near-black) color. Good thin tan head. Bit of lace. Soft, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Lighter body. Roasty aroma, some caramel and chocolate malts. Light bitter taste. Sweet honey note, as another rater said. Decent light schwarzbier.. OK flavor, but not very interesting, not an amazing texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9141) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has roasted grains, some earthy notes with some mild fruits. The flavor was roasted malts, earthy, mild fruit character, but comes off a bit thin and watery compared to other readily available schwarzbiers (ex. Dark Horse). Just OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7425) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Dark brown, cola-like pour with a quickly dissipating, bubbly off-white head. Very faint chocolate notes in the aroma, otherwise pretty neutral. Flavor is slightly bland, some brief licorice notes, a hint of chocolate, finish of black dirt. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy. Had better from these folks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Draft at NOVA BrewFest. Poured a dark ruby color, some translucency, off-white head. Aroma was sweet malts, toasted, touch of nut, caramel. Flavor was caramel, sweet malts, touch of grass. Interesting colab.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2012
22oz bottle: pours a mostly opaque black with a small creamy off-white head. Has a fresh noble hoppy nose with a touch of roasted maltiness. Starts with decent fullness and effervescence with a light malty sweetness and a clean light piny hop flavor with some light roastiness in the finish. Pretty true to style, but nothing extraordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6763) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (6100) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Pours nearly black with a tall, frothy tan head. Aroma is light....a little bread, roast, coffee. Taste is slightly smoky, bitter chocolate, malt. A bit of bitter and bread.... Very enjoyable....a great tasting beer..smooth. An easy drinker.

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