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

RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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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DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a moderate amount of lacing is left. 3.0 S: Dry roastiness and caramel. A bit of neutral sweetness. Not very complex, but pleasant. 3.0 T: Moderate roastiness. Chocolate enters the scene. Caramel helps with the neutral malt sweetness to give this good balance. Still, it’s not very complex. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is somewhat crisp and present is appropriate amounts. Clean and smooth. 3.5 D: It’s a decent beer, but it’s a little boring, especially for a collaboration beer. Still, it’s tasty nonetheless. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-16-2012 03:58:11

maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Very interesting. Pours a dark amber with a smallish head. Strong levels of roasted malts in the nose that come through in the taste, too. A little non-hops bitterness to it, but an easy drink.

kassner (1722) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Not really much there. An initial rusty taste, sort of a beer that was not sure what it was supposed to be. Ok a lager I guess with just a tad of roast and very little smoke. a confused beer.

TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Dark brown with a small tan head., light off white lace. Heavily roasted, earthy, light cocoa, ash. Medium bodied, roasty, ashy, lightly astringent. Easy drinking, not a ton of flavor, but solid and inoffensive.

Patrickctenchi (6810) - Cox’s 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.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012

Name: Land Ho!
Date: July 16, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet pale malt aroma, touch of candy sweetness, light imaginary roasted
Flavor: sweet and roasted flavor, spicy, lots of roasted, touch of black malt bitterness, light spicyness, balancing sweetness comes through as it warms
Overall: unique, I like it
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

sloth (2957) - 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?!

alobar (3969) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Pours a cola brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of grain, roasted malt, and chocolate. Nice flavor with grain,roasted malt, hint of smoke and a chocolate ending. Nice beer!

Tmoney99 (15130) - 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.

MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2012
On tap 1/2 pint at Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Nearly opaque, deep mahogany with thin buff head and good lacing that starts very nicely, but doesn't linger. . Aroma of roasted malt, sweet pilsner malt, grain, chocolate and nuts Taste of roasted grain, sweet pilsner malt, pineapple, smokey chocolate and nuts. Medium/light body with medium/high carbonation. I liked the pilsner attributes with the dark, smokey roasted aspects. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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