Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by WesWes:
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted scent along with a hint of caramel sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a bone dry, roasted flavor with a thin finish. The caramel malts add a bit of depth, but only add minimal malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a easy drinking black lager, although it could use an additional caramel malt presence.
10-14-2012 16:20:52 | More by WesWes
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3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Iam not sure what a black pilsner is but this is a fine schwarzbier.Poured into my Monchshof scharz glass a deep garnet color with a one finger light tan colored head atop.Black malt aromas that are quite dry a little bitter chocolate and iron round it out.Roasty with a bit of wood on the palate the dry black malts prevail with mild chocolate and molasses flavors underneath the dryness.This is a damn fine dryer black lager,the roast and earthy tones win out.
07-22-2012 00:48:01 | More by oberon
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
22 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.
Creative hybrids once again stretch existing beer categories to the breaking point. For a schwarzbier, this is too highly carbonated, Very hoppy, and too light (dark brown rather than black). But it is just what one should expect in a "black pilsner". The black lager and pilsner play well together, but do not completely gel. Still, I liked the interplay of styles. There’s a good bit of dark malt in this beer as reflected in the nose and flavor. Better and stronger flavor than aroma. Hops are partially masked in the nose but nearly hold their own in tasting.
M: some nice dryness in the finish; medium body; (over?) lively carbonation.
O: A successful collaboration producing a nice combination of styles. Improves with warming; I recommend serving at the warmer schwarzbier range rather than the colder pilsner temperature.
11-13-2012 23:54:36 | More by chinchill
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
Close to black, there's definitely some brown easing into the body, especially at the edges, but it is dark. This beer's solid tan head reaches just over one finger tall and shows good retention. Lacing is left in foamy patches and heavily toward the top of the glass, then thinner patches the rest of the way but in good volume.
It's toasty and has some roast to it, almost overwhelming the pilsner malts and the floral hops bitterness. They come out lightly, but underneath some coffee grounds and light smokiness. Hops bring a bit of spiciness more than anything.
The flavor brings out toast and smoky grains primarily, though also present are undercurrents of bittersweet cocoa and coffee balanced against spicy, somewhat grassy hops. There's something almost like dark fruits sweetness / tanginess and light nutty notes.
The light body offers crispness and some smoothness alongsside but gets a little weak at times.
07-15-2013 18:21:35 | More by Brenden
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
Bought a 22 oz bottle at Rick's in Alexandria. Poured into a pilsner glass. Awesome look! Very dark, slightly ruby colored, thick 3 finger head. Tastes very refreshing on a hot day. Smooth feel, tastes lightly of raisins, ends with a very slight hoppiness. Much lighter in taste than I expected based on the color, but very good. I would definitely drink this again.
07-11-2012 22:52:15 | More by Loveyourbeer
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
A - black with a reddish hue; soft cap of off white head that fades to a thin lacing
S - a bit grainy, lager yeast, very faint roastiness
T - faint chocolate, roasted malt, very faint grains, light hop bitterness
M - medium bodied, a bit thin at times, well carbonated
This is a decent Schwarzbier. It has good drinkability and a balanced flavor. If you enjoy this style, it's definitely worth checking out.
07-22-2012 15:31:04 | More by tdm168
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a deep clear ruby, with 2 fingers of rich light tan head. This retains nicely, whipping up a robust ¾ finger of thick when swirled, leaving back frothy swathes of lace that stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and spicy, with some ripe and earthy feeling citrus character. Cocoa, a touch of tangier caramel, and light smoky roast fill out the back part of the nose.
The taste is a crisp and smooth blend of caramel, cocoa, roast and green earthy citrus. This finishes dry and bitter with a lingering touch of char and cocoa powder on the tail end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bubbly creaminess up front and then a bit more of a firm crispness along the back that helps give this a nice quenching feel.
This was nice take on a Dark Lager, with a smooth flavorful crispness to it that made this a treat to drink. I’m a fan of both of these breweries and I’d really like to see some more collaboration between them.
06-07-2012 19:14:34 | More by Kegatron
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
22oz. Very dark brown pour, thin layer of white on top. Not much lacing or retention really.
Aroma, Hay like malt, a lot of herbal and grassy notes. Faint toasted nut.
Taste, the herbal hop notes of the pilsener counteract the toasted malt and molasses of the schwarz. Its not bad, but they don't necessarily work that well together. There is a little phenolic tinge. Finishes with more of the peaty and nutty roast. A little bit of chocolates as well.
Lighter body, pilsener carbonation. It's very interesting and drinks easily enough. But it just seems a bit conflicted.
Does improve as it warms, feels like it is on the verge of being something pretty nice.
11-21-2012 04:38:50 | More by Bung
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown, almost black color. Smell is mild, some hops, a bit of malt. Taste is roasted malts, some smoke, a bit of hops, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.
12-23-2012 19:35:47 | More by tone77
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
06-12-2012 22:35:31 | More by bluejacket74
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from the bottle into both a pokal and a pilsner glass.
Off the pour a nice off tan and off white caramel head, manages some thin spider lacing. In the pokal sits quietly and manages a collar all around till the end. Body color is a fascinating dark blood red, blackened with chestnut hues at the bottom where the light hits. Interesting! I dig it.
Nose is ambush like. A big whiff of pilsner toasty crsip lager and malt action, then a faint mix of light coffee not unlike a schwarzbier. The body throws me off and I don't expect this. Subdued hop presence, very malt forward. Almost toasty char action.
Taste is a little wet but still manages some good classic crisp baked light malt action but not bringing the baked bread sensations. Coffee angle is down played. Hop bitterness kicks in on the finish. Dry and bitter, eventually as warming up it becomes a little earthy. Roast character seems kind of woody in a sense. Slightly wet, with a medium carbonation profile.
Overall it's an interesting take, don't mind it at all. It not a rock em sock em knock it out of the park beer, but I wouldn't turn it down. It's kind of fun.
07-12-2012 23:59:32 | More by smakawhat
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a mild layer of tan head. The head goes away completely almost right away.
Smell: Pils malt with some mild notes. There is a mild fruity note that reminds me of cherries. The roast is there, but it's in the background. Sweeter than I expected.
Taste: The flavor isn't very sweet. Pils malt and herbal notes show up here too. There is a bunch of roast, more than the smell. Just a touch of yeast, but the fruity notes from the smell don't really show up. The finish is bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is pretty smooth. The finish is dry.
Overall: I thought this beer was a bit weird, but not unenjoyable. I would probably pass on having another.
10-08-2012 19:22:14 | More by oline73
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
08-16-2012 03:58:11 | More by DavoleBomb
Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) from Heavy Seas Beer
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