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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown to near black with a short tan head. Aroma is pretty much what you’d 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1267) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting and produced excellent lacing. Moderate roasted malt and bread aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Sold drinkable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear and dark brown. A roasty and muddy nose. The flavor is dominated by roasted notes. Some more gentle hops bring bitterness thar grows. Not bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rob02190 (24) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2012
So take a stout and a pilsner, then stir them together. First aroma I get earthy smoke, Caramel and Cabernet. It a mild full flavored beer with hints of chocolate, cherries and raisins. It's a smooth beer easy to drink, sweet with a bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
650 ml bottle
I picked this up because it was a cheap risk at $4.99. The outcome is a solid schwarzbier that is pretty typical for a Heavy Seas release. It’s not exceptional but at this price point it does not have to be to meet my expectations.

Aroma / Appearance - The reddish black base and creamy white head play well against each other. Contained with the fluid base are light chocolate, mellow malts, and hops that merge into a semi-sweet texture. It might be a bit bland yet it gets the job done.

Flavor / Palate - The creamy filling of a custard donut fills the mouth with a soft texture. Playing it safe the flavors are a bit unremarkable after a few sips. Even so it has no glaring flaws. In fact it was a bit tricky to describe by the end. For a low cost bomber I’d recommend giving it a look.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3002) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with orange highlight. Nougat coloured head. The aroma holds dark bread, grain, roast, caramel, honey, liquorice, earth, raisins, plums, blueberries, grass and herbs. The flavour is light sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with caramel, dark bread, bitter grass, resin, touch of dark fruits and berries. The mouthfeel is clean and soft with light to medium, crisp carbonation. Fairly bitter and soft malty finish. Light to medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2773) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
Bomber courtesy of Pete (non-RB) and to some extent GT2. Pours clear reddish dark brown with a frothy beige head that leaves some lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, dark bread, cereal, grass, burnt caramel and hints of coffee. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter, malty and metallic with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, grass, lemon zest, burnt caramel, dark bread, charred wood and hints of liquorice root. Mouthfeel is crisp, round, very tiny tart and light to medium bodied. Finish is slightly bitter and tiny metallic with roasted malts, dark bread, grass and lemon zest.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1867) - 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.


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