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Schwartz Bier - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 07-24-2009)
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wiscokid920

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-19-2014 03:46:45 | More by wiscokid920
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I am currently on vacation with my wife and her family in Virginia for a few days visiting her mother's family. Today we are at Busch Gardens for the day, as we are all fans of amusement parks in general and most of us are fans of roller coasters. So we are in the Deutschland area of the park for lunch and I see this beer here on tap. Never heard of this brewery before so I decided to take a chance. Serves to me in a plastic pint glass, this beer draws a very dark brown color that isn't letting in any light. Has a nice, slightly tan head that is about 1/2 of an inch when first poured, eventually setting to a thick ring lining the inside of the cup and a decent surface film coating of foam. Barely any lacing though. Aromas of roasted caramel Malts and not much else which is probably just the way this beer should smell. Flavored of dark, roasted caramel malts with perhaps a hint or chocolate and coffee that is rounded out with a slight touch of hops. Again not very complex, but spot on I think. Has a nice smooth, frothy, slightly creamy, somewhat crisp mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Easy toto drink in the manner a tasty beer should be!

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2014 17:58:59 | More by neenerzig
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joegard

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-31-2014 16:11:20 | More by joegard
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-27-2014 17:49:34 | More by JMUbrewz
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-22-2014 17:52:49 | More by dunix
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hypnotoad1

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-20-2014 00:18:07 | More by hypnotoad1
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-19-2014 19:17:23 | More by smithj4
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MattSharpless

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-17-2014 17:20:21 | More by MattSharpless
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eschuler

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-16-2014 00:50:42 | More by eschuler
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Rarrar


5/5  rDev +31.6%

07-01-2014 02:26:51 | More by Rarrar
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brocktune

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-29-2014 00:57:26 | More by brocktune
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Lucular

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-26-2014 18:06:01 | More by Lucular
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

06-25-2014 02:27:33 | More by wrightst
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Geraurd

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-18-2014 00:21:44 | More by Geraurd
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NJB145

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-15-2014 19:03:07 | More by NJB145
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csurowiec

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-15-2014 11:08:42 | More by csurowiec
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-14-2014 22:27:19 | More by Falcone
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AMCPhD

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-02-2014 23:10:12 | More by AMCPhD
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-02-2014 13:05:41 | More by taylor714914
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color. The head is a finger high, mocha in shade, and VERY creamy-looking. Retention is fine enough for the style, while a nice ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Some solid brown sugar notes are coming through quite well. There are also lighter aromas of coffee and chocolate. This is a pleasant nose in general - mild, but pleasant.

T: Fairly roasty for the style. While there's an initial and lesser finishing note of brown sugar, in the middle lies a good amount of roasted coffee. A combination of sweet caramel and gentle noble hopping builds up slightly after a few sips. I'm glad it isn't overly cola-esque, too.

M: This one feels rather sharp-edged, light, and coarse on the palate. Those who aren't bothered by the 'bite' will find a dry (not bone-dry), drinkable offering. The intense carbonation should be toned down about 10%, though.

O: This is the first beer from these guys that I didn't find utterly average. It's very easy to drink, yet with a decent coffee flavor. I'd definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 19:53:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours reddish black with a small off white head. Smells of coffee. Tastes of dark roasted grain and coffee. Beer is light bodied and good carbonation, nice finish. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 23:12:10 | More by cyclonece09
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-30-2014 20:44:10 | More by avisong
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of a mixed 6 from Ye Ole. I have only had one Devils Backbone beer to date so did not really have any expectations. Also have not had much of this style so not sure what to expect or compare it to. Love the look of the beer, dark and clean. Very easy to drink with some nice flavor. Very interesting style and beer. A lot of the aspects of a stout but very drinkable which would make it a session beer. Overall a very good beer that I enjoyed very much and would not mind having again. No idea what a six goes for but an interesting beer to keep in the fridge to share with others.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 02:21:07 | More by JamieDuncan
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

my first beer from these guys is a bit of a let down. it tastes a bit stale, like a crummy euro dark lager all extracty and weird. dark in color, more like a porter in looks than a dark ale, rather dense and not super heady after the initial gush fades down. a nose of tale dark roasted grain and lager yeast, nothing seems alive or fresh about it, flavors are all muted, and the yeast is just weird. i have heard these guys make some great stuff, but this is a pretty uninspiring introduction to this brewery. lacking the nice carbonation and quick finish of the better schwarz types, and not really giving me much grain character at all. it makes me thirsty for a good one. it also seems a bit thick and under carbonated, not the feel i am really after in the style. all up, there is nothing particularly bad about it, but it just never really comes together, something with the yeast i think, but this one is forgettable for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 17:54:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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sebaastionb

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-11-2014 21:45:28 | More by sebaastionb
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Schwartz Bier from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.