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

 
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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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2.9
jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2012
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown (not black) with a rediish hue and a large white head that leaves lots of lacing. Strong malt aroma, not much else. Bitter and rather dry with a strong and heavy malt taste with a nice hop background and hints of coffee. Light-ish body with a slightly thin texture and lots of active carbonation and a dry finish with a long lasting malty aftertaste. Overall not bad, not great. Only $5.99 for the bomber, so not bad for the price.

2.9
thedm (6177) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized bubbles that were and left behind a softly carbonated dark ruby red brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was hoppy floral and dark malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mildly smoky and dark malt. An OK brew just nothing special.

3.4
chinchill (4993) - 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.

3.6
SpringsLicker (3637) - 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.

3.2
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2012
bottle - Pours near black with a roasted malt aroma. It has mild hops bitterness, roast character, a medium body, and overall is fairly good but not that special.

2.9
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bought this on the cheap and that’s about its worth, I’m sorry to say. Some of the Heavy Seas collabs have been kind of fun, but this was a sort of disspiriting attempt at a schwarz. Thin body, faded papery nose, and a taste that’s barely moderate in its roast qualities - more like artificial chocolate, a dash of pepper, and some ash. Not top notch for me.

3.7
jsquire (4483) - 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.

3.3
Gachupines (1252) - 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.

3.4
_angst_ (4802) - 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
Marsiblursi (3076) - 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.


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