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

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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Virginiaís 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 Seasí home port of Baltimore. Also, Ernie Igot, Heavy Seasí 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7005) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5196) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown to near black with a short tan head. Aroma is pretty much what youíd expect from a pilsner - biscuit malt, though slightly burnt, Euro hops, light lemon, and buttery notes with some roasted malt tossed in. Taste is roasted malt, burnt biscuit, light grassy hops, and soft buttery notes. Body is medium with a dense creamy carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, biscuit notes, light buttery notes, and soft grassy hops.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
On tap at Rustico during the Devilís Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some dark malt and a bit of roast, along with some faint earthy hops. Flavor has some roast and hops, leading to a dry finish. Good body and carbonation. Interesting brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 15, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized bubbles that were and left behind a softly carbonated dark ruby red brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was hoppy floral and dark malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mildly smoky and dark malt. An OK brew just nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (4531) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4475) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Luckyís Beverage World in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a medium-sized, frothy, beige head that doesnít stick around for too terribly long.

Smell: Pils malts holding up supporting aromatic notes of milk chocolate, roast, and dark caramel. Lightly spicy, scantly herbal hop hints.

Taste: Upfront pilsner maltiness, then some chocolaty, roasty tones following hot on its heels (plus caramel as it warms). A little bit of the initial roastiness soldiers on, as the German hopís subtle spiciness kicks in. Subdued bitterness. Light herbal undertone. Semi-dry, modestly roasty finish with hints of the pils malt coming in now and again. Iím happy they didnít opt for the over-hopped, highly astringent black malt route.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Who the hell is Devilís Backbone Brewing? Fairly decent beer at a good, nod-worthy price.


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