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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3.2
scottw86 (1177) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Poured a very dark yet clear brown color with a medium sized off-white head that faded quickly. Not too much in the aroma but some chocolate and caramel. Some toffee as well. Some yeast and skunk too. Taste has an interesting combination of flavors. A good amount of cheesy notes with some egg and grains. Chocolate and hay towards the finish. Quite drinkable.

3.4
arone12 (929) - 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!

3.9
bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours very dark brown (with some ruby red tints when held up to the light) with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and some earthy/grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, earthy/grassy hops, and some nuts. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy and is well carbonated. It’s also smooth and easy enough to drink. I think this is an enjoyable brew, and nicely priced at $4.99 a bomber. I don’t think I’ve heard of Devils Backbone until now, but if I ever come across one of their brews in the future I’ll make sure to pick some up.

3.1
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Draft. Medium beige head, black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light burnt plastic. Taste is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate, caramel. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

4.1
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 8, 2012
bottle. deep brown with a large, creamy, beige head. strong pilsner malt and noble hop nose with only a hint of roast. light and crisp, refreshing palate. flavors of toasted nuts and honey-like pilsner sweetness. mild roastyness and low hops. nice idea.

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GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Roasted coffee aromas. Roasted coffee and a little hop bitterness. Overall not too bad for a black pilsner.

3.4
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
On tap at Rustico during the Devil’s 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.

3.2
Travlr (25267) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2012
Draft courtesy of James at Blowtoad, thank you sir! Very dark brown, thick beige head with hood retention. Aroma of coffee grounds and grass. Taste is similar, very roasty. Could use more hops.

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obguthr (6451) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2012
Grainy, light cola nose. Clear chestnut, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Grainy, then nutty flavor, walnuts. Hints of charred oak. Thin mouthfeel, astringent. A little on the weak side.

3.9
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Served on draft at Devils Backbone Brewpub. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, plums and other fruits. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, bread, bitter grassy hops and faint nutty notes. Much like a chocolate croissant. Medium bodied, smooth and highly drinkable. Well done.


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