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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%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1648) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kassner (1537) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Not really much there. An initial rusty taste, sort of a beer that was not sure what it was supposed to be. Ok a lager I guess with just a tad of roast and very little smoke. a confused beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 20, 2014
THOUGHTS: Great beer. I don’t know what would make this a black pilsner as opposed to a schwarzbier, which is an already established term. In other words, it’s 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. It’s 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle. At OBX. Dark brown color. Lots of roasted malt aroma, cocoa, cofee, caramel, nuts. Medium light sweetness. Light bitter. Medium body. Ave carbonation. Taste about the same as aroma. Creamier texture. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsmerig (1472) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Pours a near black with white carbonation. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Taste is the base of a pilsner with an added coffee/roasted malt flavor. Interesting. Not what I would have done to a pils, but different. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndyW68 (1430) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Dissapointing. Beautiful black pour with a rich brown head. Bitter for bitters sake. I will not be buying this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1247) - USA - OCT 17, 2012
Black with a decent brown head. Aroma is slight roasted malt, mildly burnt. Flavor is burnt coffee with a light finish. Really tastes like it’s trying to be a porter instead of a pilsner, not as good as other black lagers I’ve had. A little more body and it could have been a well rounded porter. As it is, slightly over burnt for a black lager.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottw86 (1161) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Poured a very dark yet clear brown color with a medium sized off-white head that faded quickly. Not too much in the aroma but some chocolate and caramel. Some toffee as well. Some yeast and skunk too. Taste has an interesting combination of flavors. A good amount of cheesy notes with some egg and grains. Chocolate and hay towards the finish. Quite drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A nice schwarzbier. Nothing too great, but certainly enjoyable. And worth your time if you run across it.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1057) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
bomber ----> glass - Nice blend of well-rounded caramel malts with a pretty assertive hopiness on the back end. I couldn’t really detect an aroma of this thing, so that did negatively effect the overall, but no so much my enjoyment. Another good "budget" bomber from Heavy Seas.


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