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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (4134) - Fairfax, 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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4039) - Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2012
22oz bottle. Dark brown color. Off-white head. Decent roast aroma. Roasted barley taste, charred flavor. Finished with a bold wooded hop character under all of the roast. Light bodied, full of flavor. (3367)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bought this on the cheap and thatís about its worth, Iím sorry to say. Some of the Heavy Seas collabs have been kind of fun, but this was a sort of disspiriting attempt at a schwarz. Thin body, faded papery nose, and a taste thatís barely moderate in its roast qualities - more like artificial chocolate, a dash of pepper, and some ash. Not top notch for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3875) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Pours a dark garnet brown and sits black in a glass with one finger of fizzy dark tan head. Nose is kind of musty/bready, smells like a pils for sure. Grassy notes with some toasted bread and burnt popcorn. Medium bodied, bit more than Iíd guess from the style. Light bitterness from the grain, slight acidity as well. Just a hint of coffee and bakers chocolate on the finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Butters (3686) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Sampled at the at 18th Richmond gathering. Clear dark brown pour with fair offwhite head. Very vegetal smelling and tasting. Maybe they were going for nutty? Iím getting the pilsner on the flavor a little bit, but the heavy burnt/peaty malt is breaking this beer. I didnít really care for this at all.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3666) - - JUN 8, 2012
bottle. deep brown with a large, creamy, beige head. strong pilsner malt and noble hop nose with only a hint of roast. light and crisp, refreshing palate. flavors of toasted nuts and honey-like pilsner sweetness. mild roastyness and low hops. nice idea.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (3453) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2012
Grainy, light cola nose. Clear chestnut, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Grainy, then nutty flavor, walnuts. Hints of charred oak. Thin mouthfeel, astringent. A little on the weak side.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3407) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2012
bottle - Pours near black with a roasted malt aroma. It has mild hops bitterness, roast character, a medium body, and overall is fairly good but not that special.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3346) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Dark beer with ruby highlights when held against the light. This beige head. Sweet brown sugar nose with some light toasted grains. Sweet brown sugar taste with lots of roasted grains, burnt toast and an almost campfire smoke to it. Apple and pear fruitiness. Nice sweet beer.


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