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

 
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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Virginias 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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2012
From a bottle poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Light toast malty flavor with a quick finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chudwick (2967) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Double deuce - pours dark ruby brown with beige head. Nose is roasted caramel and chocolate. Flavor adds floral hops. Better than any of the other schwarzbiers Ive had. Watery to sticky. Light to medium sweet with slightly less bitterness. Coffee aftertaste. This is giving me hope that this style is not as bad I thought it was.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2893) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Draft at Tattooed Mom. Poured a dark red brown. Fizzy off-white head. Burnt wheat. Dark chocolate caramel malt. More bitter dry than sweet. Good carbonation. Nice full well blended flavors. Charcoal finish. Low on alcohol but high on taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2863) - Silver Spring, Alabama, 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2844) - 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?!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Itzjerm (2453) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Aroma is a bit malty sweet stingy. Very dark with no regress. Taste is average. Palate easy overall average. Nothing speciall...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (2341) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Generous pour from motortoddhead! Deep brown pour with frothy off-white head. Nose is gentle roast and faint coffee with lager-type malt and mild caramel. Flavor is smooth roast, caramel, and a faint fruity malt character. Some wet malt as well. Residual, powdery roast.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (2276) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
Milk chocolate, subtle coffee, and noble hops on the nose. Dark brown-black with a moderate, khaki head. Roasty with a hoppy snap, very balanced. Medium body, lively carbonation, and finishes very cleanly with lingering roasted chocolate and grassy, hop tones.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (2210) - - MAR 18, 2013
Uploading old ratings that were missing comments. Nose was a little weak and taste was pretty traditional pilsner. Not a lot worth noting outside of the color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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