ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
unclemattie (4222) - Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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)
hotstuff (4142) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
emacgee (4053) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
obguthr (3921) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Patrickctenchi (3814) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
SSSteve (3786) - - JUN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.