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

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 5, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a very, dark brown color with a medium, frothy, beige head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and some earthy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, with roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops, and some nuts. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (1947) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 3, 2012
On tap 1/2 pint at Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Nearly opaque, deep mahogany with thin buff head and good lacing that starts very nicely, but doesn't linger. . Aroma of roasted malt, sweet pilsner malt, grain, chocolate and nuts Taste of roasted grain, sweet pilsner malt, pineapple, smokey chocolate and nuts. Medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. I liked the pilsner attributes with the dark, smokey roasted aspects. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1888) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2012
This was a very easy drinking black beer with a bit of roast and chocolate in the taste. Hops were present but it was more or less a dark malty beer. Interesting and enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1728) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle, courtesy Birgadier, thanks! Pours black with a tan head, good retention/little lace. Aroma of chocolate, lager yeast, light roast. Taste is grassy, roast, chocolate, light cream. Palate is soft, slick, light chocolate finish. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1630) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Draft at Tattooed Mom. Poured a dark red brown. Fizzy off-white head. Burnt wheat. Dark chocolate caramel malt. More bitter dry than sweet. Good carbonation. Nice full well blended flavors. Charcoal finish. Low on alcohol but high on taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (1522) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Generous pour from motortoddhead! Deep brown pour with frothy off-white head. Nose is gentle roast and faint coffee with lager-type malt and mild caramel. Flavor is smooth roast, caramel, and a faint fruity malt character. Some wet malt as well. Residual, powdery roast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1499) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Draft. Nice dark lager with plenty of body, not too much carbonation, and a decent finish. Would have again.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
freekyp (1485) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Oy mates, hoist yr a flagon of lager and count yer booty afore this dark lass creeps away into history. This is an excellent dark lager replete with clean roast malt stinging spicy noble hops and a tan beard that lasts forever. Bitterness comes from a combination of spicy hops and deep burnt malt earthiness. With all this flavor going on, the beer still retains a crispness that makes it a good match for any grilled fare. If only all collaboration beers were a match made in Davey Jones lockerlike this one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 20, 2014
THOUGHTS: Great beer. I donít know what would make this a black pilsner as opposed to a schwarzbier, which is an already established term. In other words, itís a great schwarzbier. The low ABV s the 22 oz. bottle an easy solo project. This is what Guinness Black Lager should have been like. Itís like a crisp porter. TECHNICAL: Drank 3/7/2013. Bottle. Poured a dark brown cola color with bright red highlights and looks nearly black in the glass with an average, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma contained light grain, coffee and roasted malt; light grassy hops; vanilla and hints of cola. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was lightly sweet and bitter. There was chocolate, roasted malt, crisp grassy hops, coffee, slight licorice, caramel malt and grain. The medium body was little creamy with fizzy carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.


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