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Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) - Heavy Seas Beer

Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration)Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%


Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012)
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by farrago:
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farrago

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normal pour fills a third of a pint glass with dark brown microfoam, no larger bubbles at all, burns off swiftly with minor dimpling, like delicate whipped head of a latté, very little lacing and no stick to what’s there. The liquid is a spotless deep brown, not quite black, strong orange to yellow tint at the top and bottom of the glass, not really seeing many bubbles. Malty, roasty nose of caramel, mocha, molasses, caramelized brown sugar and raisin, cherry fruit, presents a peppery side too, as it warms there’s a leafiness too but nothing which really bespeaks a strong hops presence. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is stronger than expected after visual inspection, however, the mouth feel remains on the creamy side. Same high level of toast and roast, more like coffee and cocoa powder than sweeter caramel. Some vanilla bean or cola perhaps. At the same time lemon to sour orange citrus asserts itself and the leaf, grass element bolder as well. The texture is dry and the fruit more of a demure cherry, apple, golden raisin, fig. Leaves a lot of that malty roast behind as a residue. Not a lot of personality yet nothing which perturbs. Can’t say it leaves you yearning for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:21:13 | More by farrago
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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07-15-2013 18:21:35 | More by Brenden
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Taste: mild roasted tones with soft chocolate, grass, and a it of earthiness. Bitterness is moderate.

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Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.