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Schwartz Bier - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 30
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-01-2013 21:55:42 | More by nmann08
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

08-12-2013 13:33:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into my schwarbier glass a deep cola color with a light beige head sitting perfectly atop,just a great pour.Aromas of chocolate and earth with light roast...not overpowering,smells like a great dessert beer.Chocolaty sweet flavors but not overly so,some more brown sugar comes into play giving more sweetness but a big earthy backbone keeps the sweetness from taking over,roast is bigger as I drink more but the lager smoothness holds thr to the finish.I like this rendition of the style,it's alot better than most American versions in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 21:40:35 | More by oberon
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-27-2013 03:26:48 | More by nickfl
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

On tap @ the brewpub. Pours black with a sturdy light mocha head that rings the sides with rich swathes of lace. Smells floral and green with citric hops. This blends in with a combo of cocoa powder and some sweeter toffee flavors, while a firm roastiness shores up the back. The taste is similar, with a smooth blend of cocoa, caramel, dark malts and a crisp citric bite that leaves a touch of bitterness and roast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean and tight feel all around. Flavorful and very drinkable, this is one of the better Schwartzbiers I’ve had lately.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2013 19:21:25 | More by Kegatron
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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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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

11-26-2013 21:28:01 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color with a 1" tan colored head.

Aroma: chocolate and roasted malts were easily detectable.

Taste: mild roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of espresso, prunes, and a moderate balancing bitterness creates a flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, but a bit thinner than a porter. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Long roasted flavor aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable and very flavorful. One of the better beers during my visits to the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 13:02:32 | More by Gavage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-07-2013 14:21:53 | More by oriolesfan4
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass.

A very dark walnut black, with hints of red, a real dark lager for sure. Makes a nice tan head with soapy retention, and leaves lots of speckled tiny clumped up lacing. Real dark brew, good head and retention, impressive.

The brew has a great nose. Light toasty malts, and hints of creamy coffee. Great wonderful chewy grain and pumpernickel like bread. Hints a little bit of milk chocolate hiding as well. A real inviting bouquet.

Palate hits with the right notes that came from the nose, but are much more downplayed. Good hint of grain roast, but there's a little bit of acrid sourness on the finish just a touch. Mouthfeel seems about right, with a hint of light character but plenty of malt depth to carry the flavors. There's also a hint of lager like crispness that just wants to peak out, with a coffee sensing roast character.

Overall it's a pretty solid Schwarz but nothing mind blowing or something I would desperately pickup again. I would drink this again with no problem if I had a choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 22:43:18 | More by smakawhat
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-05-2014 01:53:37 | More by PEIhop
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-21-2013 21:58:05 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-26-2013 02:53:23 | More by Rhettroactive
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

10-06-2013 23:38:04 | More by ROGUE16
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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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blackie

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

post-hike draft at the brewpub back in the pre-bottling days, entered from notes...

a: served in a tall, curved logo glass, this black lager is surprisingly black in color - only some slight brown showing on the edges, sporting a mocha colored head with good retention

s: the nose features roasted barley malts providing aromas of roast, coffee, and cocoa with a modest caramel sugar underneath, hops earthy, very nice aroma with a strength not expected from a low abv lager - even a dark one

m: carbonation moderate, and the body deceptively light but still carrying a bit of malty weight

t: the palate features dark barley roast with hints of steeped coffee and dry chocolate powder painted on a structure of clean lager malts, flashes of caramel sugar but transitioning to a crisp dryness after the swallow, the interplay of malt types creating lots of variance within each sip, hop flavors of earthy grass and a moderate bitterness to the clean finish

o: greatly enjoyed this scwarzbier - maybe it was the mood of a warm late summer evening in the mountains, but it's one of my favorites of the style, as this one seemed to have more character than most schwarzbiers I've had - and maybe blurred what I expected from the style a little bit

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 01:25:07 | More by blackie
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-08-2013 21:18:02 | More by Boone757
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a blackish body with two finger offwhite head that took forever to die and left sticky lace. Hearty, roasted malt aroma with good notes of dark chocolate and some caramel and I don't pick up too much of a hop presence but it's there. Light to medium bodied and easily passes the tongue but not watery, a touch of fluffy yeast for that fuller bodied sensation but mostly an easy passer. Taste is mostly the malts, a good balance of roasted malts and bready dark chocolate with some caramel, and a nice if not equal job done by the hops for balance and a little citric hop flavors in there. Not the most flavorful or exotic beer one is going to find but this hits all the basic attributes just fine and is an easy to drink beer that one can relax with.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 17:46:21 | More by clayrock81
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-25-2014 18:36:45 | More by atrocity
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-17-2013 23:40:06 | More by AngusOg
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep black color with ruby highlight seen shinning through the body when held up to the light. Upon pouring there was a big billowy cream almost grayish head that faded relatively quickly as the large carbonation bubbles popped. One the head receded it left a persistent film on the brew with a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of roasted malt with some hints of a more bitter cocoa mixed within. Other lighter hop aromas of a earthy and herbal nature were mixed with these giving a dry and roasty aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor of a toasted dark bread, some caramel and a bit coffee. Notes of a semi-sweet cocoa come to the tongue more toward the middle where they sweeten the taste ever sol slightly. Notes of char and a earthy hop flavor then come to the tongue more toward the end, leaving a drier, but overall relatively smooth flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the medium to slightly above medium side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that was average to slightly on the higher side. The creamier body was fantastic for the roasty and toasty flavor of the brew while the carbonation level keep it on the easy drinking and more refreshing side.

Overall – A pretty nice brew overall with a good roasty flavor and nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 18:43:30 | More by Darkmagus82
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-19-2013 01:37:01 | More by Hanzo
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently the #31 ranked Schwarzbier here on BA.

Served in a DC Brau jar.

A: Poured almost black as night with ever the slightest bit of ruby slivers peeking around the edges. The head was car wash stuff.

S: Understated overall... maybe a bit of roasted, soggy grains that were reminiscent of breakfast cereal.

T: Very smooth and drinkable... remarkably so. Not as much roast as I thought I was going to get, which was fine by me. This was supposed to be a dark lager and NOT a porter.

M: The "German" influence really shined to my mind in it's very well-disciplined, sugar bill (or lack thereof). Nice carbonation and this sucker was INFINITELY drinkable.

O: I was actually a bit thirsty before taking my first few sips and this actually quenched my thirst. I'm hoping this one sticks around during the fall. This would make a nice addition to my annual Halloween party.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:22:30 | More by Chaney
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-04-2013 21:27:34 | More by jmdrpi
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-13-2012 15:02:55 | More by ncaudle
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Schwartz Bier from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.