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

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RATINGS: 88   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
freekyp (1537) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3831) - - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Served on draft at Devils Backbone Brewpub. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, plums and other fruits. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, bread, bitter grassy hops and faint nutty notes. Much like a chocolate croissant. Medium bodied, smooth and highly drinkable. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1392) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours very dark brown (with some ruby red tints when held up to the light) with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and some earthy/grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, earthy/grassy hops, and some nuts. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Itís also smooth and easy enough to drink. I think this is an enjoyable brew, and nicely priced at $4.99 a bomber. I donít think Iíve heard of Devils Backbone until now, but if I ever come across one of their brews in the future Iíll make sure to pick some up.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Luckyís Beverage World in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a medium-sized, frothy, beige head that doesnít stick around for too terribly long.

Smell: Pils malts holding up supporting aromatic notes of milk chocolate, roast, and dark caramel. Lightly spicy, scantly herbal hop hints.

Taste: Upfront pilsner maltiness, then some chocolaty, roasty tones following hot on its heels (plus caramel as it warms). A little bit of the initial roastiness soldiers on, as the German hopís subtle spiciness kicks in. Subdued bitterness. Light herbal undertone. Semi-dry, modestly roasty finish with hints of the pils malt coming in now and again. Iím happy they didnít opt for the over-hopped, highly astringent black malt route.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Who the hell is Devilís Backbone Brewing? Fairly decent beer at a good, nod-worthy price.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a short, sticky beige head. The aroma picked up toasty chocolate and rye bready malts with fresh, earthy accents.. quite nice. The flavor found similar stuff.. near-burnt black and chocolate at the core, with lesser bready notes.. herbal and earthy hop accents.. fresh, toasted dark malts and crisp, fresh bitterness on the finish. Medium-bodied and fairly bitter on the palate.. very good feel and flow.. really nice stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Brown pour, light brown head. Cool beer. Toasted malts, some coffee, dark dried fruits, pumpernickel bread, nutty finish.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Large tan head with very good retention but minimal lacing. Black, ruby edged brew, nice lookin. Soft nose of lightly sweet malts, bread and a bit of roast and chocolate. Body is nicely medium, oily on the palate, gentle carbonation, slick and coating.Pleasent flavors of roast and light smoke, notes of chocolate and coffee, bit of caramel and butter. A tastey, fairly black brew, caught me off guard. I had a 14 hour day at work today, maybe i,m delirious?? Tastes real nice though. Finish is fairly dry and roasty with maybe some black patent? IDK? Just hit the spot. Bomber from statelineliquors. Ya happy Todd?!

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (4106) - Coxís 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.


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