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

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3649) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3527) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3473) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Pours black with a thin lt tan head. Aroma is roasty...light burnt notes...hoppy. flavor follows suit...some chocolate and caramel notes. Mouthfeel is full and the finish is roasty/caramely. This drinks more like a black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Serving: Draft. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. The nose has a good bit of roasted malt. The flavor has fresh brewed coffee, roasted malt, with a lingering mix of bitterness. The crisp finish is very nice. Great collaboration brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
650 ml bottle
I picked this up because it was a cheap risk at $4.99. The outcome is a solid schwarzbier that is pretty typical for a Heavy Seas release. It’s not exceptional but at this price point it does not have to be to meet my expectations.

Aroma / Appearance - The reddish black base and creamy white head play well against each other. Contained with the fluid base are light chocolate, mellow malts, and hops that merge into a semi-sweet texture. It might be a bit bland yet it gets the job done.

Flavor / Palate - The creamy filling of a custard donut fills the mouth with a soft texture. Playing it safe the flavors are a bit unremarkable after a few sips. Even so it has no glaring flaws. In fact it was a bit tricky to describe by the end. For a low cost bomber I’d recommend giving it a look.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3254) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3129) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Pours a cola brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of grain, roasted malt, and chocolate. Nice flavor with grain,roasted malt, hint of smoke and a chocolate ending. Nice beer!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (3074) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Brad while watching Le Tour de France. Merci! The beer is a dark chestnut color. Very dark, nearing black. Atop the beer rests nearly an inch of light beige head. Spotty lacing. The aroma is subtle, offering hints of chocolate, roast. Light, simple, mild roast. Easy drinking and soft on the palate. A touch of pine and bitterness. Overall, the flavor is a bit subdued and understated. A decent beer. Nothing wrong with it. Good pairing with some spicy food. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-21-2012


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