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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3.4
arkurzynski (2463) - 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.

4.5
freekyp (2416) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Oy mates, hoist yr a flagon of lager and count yer booty afore this dark lass creeps away into history. This is an excellent dark lager replete with clean roast malt stinging spicy noble hops and a tan beard that lasts forever. Bitterness comes from a combination of spicy hops and deep burnt malt earthiness. With all this flavor going on, the beer still retains a crispness that makes it a good match for any grilled fare. If only all collaboration beers were a match made in Davey Jones lockerlike this one.

3.8
JDBaker11058 (2351) - Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Appearance: near black, with chocolate brown highlights and a short beige head; minimal lacing. Aroma: chocolate, pumpernickel, black pepper, grass, and hay. Taste: slightly roasty, with notes of toast, chocolate, rye; hops are grassy and peppery. Finish: crisp, slightly spicy and toasty. Notes: An interesting beer. Billed as a black pilsner and I totally get that from the beer. It’s got the roasty/toasty notes of a schwarzbier, but the hops are decidedly pilsnery. I liked it.

3.7
dlovell2 (2308) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Dark brown with an amber tint and a tan head. Malt and citrus aroma. Roasted malt flavor with citrus finish.

2.6
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.

3.3
ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 5, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a very, dark brown color with a medium, frothy, beige head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and some earthy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, with roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops, and some nuts. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

3
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

3.3
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.

3.9
bluejacket74 (1995) - 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.

3.3
andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Purchased at Hop City in Atlanta, GA; enjoyed prior to sticking it out in traffic to get from one end of the city to the other in rush hour. Appearance a very dark coffee brown with an apparent white head that rims around the glass. Aroma of light chocolate, bit of yeast, bit of nut. Taste a little thin but not bad, definite chocolate presence, moderate body with lighter carbonation. Decent stuff.


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