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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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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1211) - Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Appearance: near black, with chocolate brown highlights and a short beige head; minimal lacing. Aroma: chocolate, pumpernickel, black pepper, grass, and hay. Taste: slightly roasty, with notes of toast, chocolate, rye; hops are grassy and peppery. Finish: crisp, slightly spicy and toasty. Notes: An interesting beer. Billed as a black pilsner and I totally get that from the beer. It’s got the roasty/toasty notes of a schwarzbier, but the hops are decidedly pilsnery. I liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3395) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Dark beer with ruby highlights when held against the light. This beige head. Sweet brown sugar nose with some light toasted grains. Sweet brown sugar taste with lots of roasted grains, burnt toast and an almost campfire smoke to it. Apple and pear fruitiness. Nice sweet beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (669) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Dark brown with an amber tint and a tan head. Malt and citrus aroma. Roasted malt flavor with citrus finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1458) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3281) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8841) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle... Clear deep-crimson lager with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The nose is chocolaty and grainy, accompanied by a fruity component. Medium to full-bodied and velvety with tingly carbonation. Roasty, bitte/rsweet flavor and finish. Better than expected. Thanks go out to biggsbowler for sharing this one!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3119) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (2305) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2013
75 cl bottle at Bishop Arms Järntorget Gbg, okt 2012. Brown beer with a small offwhite head. Malty, bready aroma. Bready, malty flavour with caramell notes.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (866) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
Milk chocolate, subtle coffee, and noble hops on the nose. Dark brown-black with a moderate, khaki head. Roasty with a hoppy snap, very balanced. Medium body, lively carbonation, and finishes very cleanly with lingering roasted chocolate and grassy, hop tones.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3256) - 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.


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