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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (5205) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Coxís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (4769) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4564) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4424) - 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 beerís mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This beer is easy to drink and has a lingering roasted, burnt aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4423) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4386) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with a ruby tint and thin, creamy beige head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate, faint espresso, earthy hops, figs, raisins, and light grassy notes. Flavor is malt forward with supporting earthy hops (light bitterness) and dark fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4334) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Whole Foods, Vienna VA 650ml ($5): Pours a dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is mostly like that of a pilsner... grass, grain, hops... and it just has a hint of dark beerness going up through it. Taste is somewhat similar. The pils is really prominent with just an undertone of dark beer. Very well-balanced and very sessionable. This is an interesting take on schwarz and one I certainly like.

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