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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2.7
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

3.3
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle, courtesy Birgadier, thanks! Pours black with a tan head, good retention/little lace. Aroma of chocolate, lager yeast, light roast. Taste is grassy, roast, chocolate, light cream. Palate is soft, slick, light chocolate finish. Good.

2.9
kassner (1692) - 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.

3
jsmerig (1682) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Pours a near black with white carbonation. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Taste is the base of a pilsner with an added coffee/roasted malt flavor. Interesting. Not what I would have done to a pils, but different. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
bth122 (1659) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle. At OBX. Dark brown color. Lots of roasted malt aroma, cocoa, cofee, caramel, nuts. Medium light sweetness. Light bitter. Medium body. Ave carbonation. Taste about the same as aroma. Creamier texture. Not bad.

3.4
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Draft. Nice dark lager with plenty of body, not too much carbonation, and a decent finish. Would have again.

3.3
AndyW68 (1602) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Dissapointing. Beautiful black pour with a rich brown head. Bitter for bitters sake. I will not be buying this beer.

3.7
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 20, 2014
THOUGHTS: Great beer. I don’t know what would make this a black pilsner as opposed to a schwarzbier, which is an already established term. In other words, it’s a great schwarzbier. The low ABV s the 22 oz. bottle an easy solo project. This is what Guinness Black Lager should have been like. It’s like a crisp porter. TECHNICAL: Drank 3/7/2013. Bottle. Poured a dark brown cola color with bright red highlights and looks nearly black in the glass with an average, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma contained light grain, coffee and roasted malt; light grassy hops; vanilla and hints of cola. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was lightly sweet and bitter. There was chocolate, roasted malt, crisp grassy hops, coffee, slight licorice, caramel malt and grain. The medium body was little creamy with fizzy carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.

3.3
Gachupines (1252) - USA - OCT 17, 2012
Black with a decent brown head. Aroma is slight roasted malt, mildly burnt. Flavor is burnt coffee with a light finish. Really tastes like it’s trying to be a porter instead of a pilsner, not as good as other black lagers I’ve had. A little more body and it could have been a well rounded porter. As it is, slightly over burnt for a black lager.

3.2
scottw86 (1179) - 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.


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