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

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   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)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4351) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
Bomber courtesy of Pete (non-RB) and to some extent GT2. Pours clear reddish dark brown with a frothy beige head that leaves some lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, dark bread, cereal, grass, burnt caramel and hints of coffee. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter, malty and metallic with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, grass, lemon zest, burnt caramel, dark bread, charred wood and hints of liquorice root. Mouthfeel is crisp, round, very tiny tart and light to medium bodied. Finish is slightly bitter and tiny metallic with roasted malts, dark bread, grass and lemon zest.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4316) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Very interesting. Pours a dark amber with a smallish head. Strong levels of roasted malts in the nose that come through in the taste, too. A little non-hops bitterness to it, but an easy drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2013
75 cl bottle at Bishop Arms Järntorget Gbg, okt 2012. Brown beer with a small offwhite head. Malty, bready aroma. Bready, malty flavour with caramell notes.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4097) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (4085) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Draft at fireworks leesburg. Pours coca cola brown with a small khaki head. Not much on the nose. A bit thin on the tongue which is good. Some solid maltiness on the tongue. Solid but not spectacular.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Butters (4033) - 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 (4006) - - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4003) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Very hoppy and light (dark brown rather than black).for a schwarzbier, and over carbonated, but just what one should expect in a "black pilsner". This includes a good bit of dark malt in both the nose and the flavor. Better and stronger flavor than aroma. A successful collaboration producing a nice combination of styles. Better after some warming.


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