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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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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3189) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
Slutfest! Black and slightly brown at the edges. Aroma is strongly floral hops. Flavor is light chocolate and floral hops. Not bad, but not really great either. Like the idea here though, hope they tweak it a bit and keep at it.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3170) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3114) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3089) - Everett, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3081) - Montana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle pours a deep dark red with a thin off white top. Scent is roasty and bready. Taste is toasted malt with earthy, woody hoppiness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (3049) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours black with a tall, long lasting off-white head. Light roast malt aroma, light ash. The flavor is light roast malt with just enough hop bittering to balance this one out nicely. Easy drinking. A great one for those who think they don’t like "dark" beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (2995) - Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Pours an opaque cola brown with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, tan head. Malty aroma has hints of burnt hops and a fruity touch. Flavor has a core of roast malt and hints of charred wood and - horehound? Caramel? Not sure. Smooth texture is a teensy on the watery side and has about average fizz. OK, not Heavy Seas’ best, and I hope not Devils Backbone’s best - but an enjoyable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (2985) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with orange highlight. Nougat coloured head. The aroma holds dark bread, grain, roast, caramel, honey, liquorice, earth, raisins, plums, blueberries, grass and herbs. The flavour is light sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with caramel, dark bread, bitter grass, resin, touch of dark fruits and berries. The mouthfeel is clean and soft with light to medium, crisp carbonation. Fairly bitter and soft malty finish. Light to medium bodied.


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