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

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Lucky’s Beverage World in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a medium-sized, frothy, beige head that doesn’t 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 hop’s 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. I’m happy they didn’t opt for the over-hopped, highly astringent black malt route.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

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

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4222) - 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)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4142) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Backlog rating on 10-20-2012 at Fort Wayne Gathering - This bottled beer has a medium sized tan head with a short retention and virtually no lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, hops and a suggestion of fruit. The flavor is bitter hops, roasted malt, semi-sweet and also has a semi-burnt taste. This beer’s mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This beer is easy to drink and has a lingering roasted, burnt aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4053) - 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 I’d guess from the style. Light bitterness from the grain, slight acidity as well. Just a hint of coffee and bakers chocolate on the finish.

2.9
   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 that’s about its worth, I’m 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 that’s 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 (3961) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (3921) - Staunton, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3814) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Butters (3789) - 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? I’m getting the pilsner on the flavor a little bit, but the heavy burnt/peaty malt is breaking this beer. I didn’t really care for this at all.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3786) - - 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.


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