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
Travlr (26066) - 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.

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.

3.2
Cybercat (6139) - Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Pours an opaque cola brown with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, tan head. Malty aroma has hints of burnt hops and a fruity touch. Flavor has a core of roast malt and hints of charred wood and - horehound? Caramel? Not sure. Smooth texture is a teensy on the watery side and has about average fizz. OK, not Heavy Seas’ best, and I hope not Devils Backbone’s best - but an enjoyable beer.

3.2
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, 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

3.2
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Dark brown with a small tan head., light off white lace. Heavily roasted, earthy, light cocoa, ash. Medium bodied, roasty, ashy, lightly astringent. Easy drinking, not a ton of flavor, but solid and inoffensive.

3.2
patrick767 (4164) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2012
bottle - Pours near black with a roasted malt aroma. It has mild hops bitterness, roast character, a medium body, and overall is fairly good but not that special.

3.2
Chudwick (3367) - 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 I’ve 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.

3.1
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.

3.1
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012

Name: Land Ho!
Date: July 16, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet pale malt aroma, touch of candy sweetness, light imaginary roasted
Flavor: sweet and roasted flavor, spicy, lots of roasted, touch of black malt bitterness, light spicyness, balancing sweetness comes through as it warms
Overall: unique, I like it
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.1
Huhzubendah (3753) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Brad while watching Le Tour de France. Merci! The beer is a dark chestnut color. Very dark, nearing black. Atop the beer rests nearly an inch of light beige head. Spotty lacing. The aroma is subtle, offering hints of chocolate, roast. Light, simple, mild roast. Easy drinking and soft on the palate. A touch of pine and bitterness. Overall, the flavor is a bit subdued and understated. A decent beer. Nothing wrong with it. Good pairing with some spicy food. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-21-2012


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