TheBeerGod (6241) - 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. radagast83 (8191) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Draft at NOVA BrewFest. Poured a dark ruby color, some translucency, off-white head. Aroma was sweet malts, toasted, touch of nut, caramel. Flavor was caramel, sweet malts, touch of grass. Interesting colab. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ 18th RG. Prey dark with thin head. Smells like a cross between pilsener and stale coffee. Light toastiness in the flavor. Kind of grainy. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Sampled at the at 18th Richmond gathering. Clear dark brown pour with fair offwhite head. Very vegetal smelling and tasting. Maybe they were going for nutty? I’m getting the pilsner on the flavor a little bit, but the heavy burnt/peaty malt is breaking this beer. I didn’t really care for this at all. mansquito (6695) - 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.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
This was a very easy drinking black beer with a bit of roast and chocolate in the taste. Hops were present but it was more or less a dark malty beer. Interesting and enjoyable. JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2012
22oz bottle ---> snifter. Pours cola black with amber edges when held to light with a small tan head. Aroma is similar to a 24oz. plastic cup of draft beer that you get at your local sports arena and the taste is about the same with a touch of bitterness at the end. This one looks good in a glass, but that’s about it. Worst beer I’ve had in quite some time. ChainGangGuy (4905) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Lucky’s Beverage World in Woodstock, Georgia.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a medium-sized, frothy, beige head that doesn’t stick around for too terribly long.
Smell: Pils malts holding up supporting aromatic notes of milk chocolate, roast, and dark caramel. Lightly spicy, scantly herbal hop hints.
Taste: Upfront pilsner maltiness, then some chocolaty, roasty tones following hot on its heels (plus caramel as it warms). A little bit of the initial roastiness soldiers on, as the German hop’s subtle spiciness kicks in. Subdued bitterness. Light herbal undertone. Semi-dry, modestly roasty finish with hints of the pils malt coming in now and again. I’m happy they didn’t opt for the over-hopped, highly astringent black malt route.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Who the hell is Devil’s Backbone Brewing? Fairly decent beer at a good, nod-worthy price.
22oz bottle. Dark brown color. Off-white head. Decent roast aroma. Roasted barley taste, charred flavor. Finished with a bold wooded hop character under all of the roast. Light bodied, full of flavor. (3367) sonnycheeba (6214) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with a ruby tint and thin, creamy beige head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate, faint espresso, earthy hops, figs, raisins, and light grassy notes. Flavor is malt forward with supporting earthy hops (light bitterness) and dark fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.