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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Thanks to Bert for this awesome bottle from Maryland. Pours black, opaque with just a little light at the bottom when held to the light. 2 thin fingers of foam that fell fast to a filmy cap and ring. Soapy lace. Nose is strong with toast, roasted grains and floral hops. Thereís some grass from the hops but almost no fruit except for a hint of dark fruits. Smells a lot like cola. Nose has chocolate but itís not sweet. It has plenty of grain. Thereís some caramel and molasses as ti warms. Taste is strong malt. Toasted, a little smoke, the mild chocolate cocoa powder, and walnut.The hops are floral and earthy with plenty of grass but no real fruit on the palate. Also there is not really any malt sweetness on the palate so it has a dry quality. Body is thin and a little over carbonated. Finishes with toast, roast, coffee and a moderate bitter. It was hard to want more of it because it lacked any kind of sweetness. It tasted a lot like dry cheerios. For the style itís right on. A neutral malt character with nothing burnt, moderate roast and a bitter chocolate flavor featuring a moderate hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3102) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1519) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReggieDunlap (3009) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3958) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Pours a dark garnet brown and sits black in a glass with one finger of fizzy dark tan head. Nose is kind of musty/bready, smells like a pils for sure. Grassy notes with some toasted bread and burnt popcorn. Medium bodied, bit more than Iíd guess from the style. Light bitterness from the grain, slight acidity as well. Just a hint of coffee and bakers chocolate on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
On tap at Rustico during the Devilís Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some dark malt and a bit of roast, along with some faint earthy hops. Flavor has some roast and hops, leading to a dry finish. Good body and carbonation. Interesting brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Pours a darker brown color with a lighter brown foamy head. Smells of coffee. Taste is a little watery with those coffee notes. Not a bad tasting beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown to near black with a short tan head. Aroma is pretty much what youíd expect from a pilsner - biscuit malt, though slightly burnt, Euro hops, light lemon, and buttery notes with some roasted malt tossed in. Taste is roasted malt, burnt biscuit, light grassy hops, and soft buttery notes. Body is medium with a dense creamy carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, biscuit notes, light buttery notes, and soft grassy hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1459) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bomber from Blue Dog. Pours deep ruby through direct light and dark brownish black through indirect light, witgh 1-finger loud frothy head that says, "A black pils is a schwarz, numb nuts." Nose is dark malt, cacao. Tastes dark malty, with cacao, hops, dry nittiness, and a smooth finish. This is a schwarz, not a dark pils, although Iíll be runnin that distinction through my mind all night. As such, this one is unique and very good.


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