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

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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

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012)
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Abe_Froman, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

OldTime, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

JRBUSNA02, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

PEIhop, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Gatordaddy, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Lucky's Beverage World in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a medium-sized, frothy, beige head that doesn't stick around for too terribly long.

Smell: Pils malts holding up supporting aromatic notes of milk chocolate, roast, and dark caramel. Lightly spicy, scantly herbal hop hints.

Taste: Upfront pilsner maltiness, then some chocolaty, roasty tones following hot on its heels (plus caramel as it warms). A little bit of the initial roastiness soldiers on, as the German hop's subtle spiciness kicks in. Subdued bitterness. Light herbal undertone. Semi-dry, modestly roasty finish with hints of the pils malt coming in now and again. I'm happy they didn't opt for the over-hopped, highly astringent black malt route.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Who the hell is Devil's Backbone Brewing? Fairly decent beer at a good, nod-worthy price.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"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' 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." Brewed in the style of a Schwartzbier. This is a one-off collaboration between Devils Backbone Brewing Company and Heavy Seas Beer, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to my Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp fizzy mocha tan head over a dark cola brown body with deep mahogany highlights. Retention is slightly above average and lacing is spotty and thin. 3.75

(Smell) Earthy malts combines cracker pilsner malts and light caramel with faintly roasted grain and a pinch of black malt bitterness. Hop bitterness and aroma is mild to pair, mostly resiny but with some mild fruit. Pleasantly inviting and enjoyable aroma for a black lager. Potency is medium-high. 4

(Taste) Pale and roasted malt paired with a toasty, earthy bitterness for a complex but inviting malt profile. Sweetness is mellow but balances well with the bitterness of the specialty malts and mild acidity of the lager strain. Low earthy and grassy hop flavor with a lesser bitterness. Like most lagers, the profile is light and drinkable without encroaching on thin or watery. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is thin, smooth and mildly chalky dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a thin creaminess and fluffy mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is equally sweet, roasty, acidic and bitter. Alcohol presence is light. 3.75

(Overall) An excellent collaboration brew that takes ones expectations of a Schwartzbier to a new level. Very flavorful and well balanced with an enjoyable carbonation and high drinkability. 4

Heavy Seas Beer/Devil's Backbone Brewing Company's
Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager Collaboration
3.96/5.00

Jadjunk, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hudson St. Stackhouse.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is OK, and seems like textbook schwarbier. There is considerable burnt toast and coffee grounds, with some underlying sweetness. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there is some nice bitterness in the finish that helps to counter and balance the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a burnt toast and light vanilla finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I'm surprised this is only 5.3%.

Shrug. This is Ok...

John_M, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of tsauce2
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 22 fl oz bottle in to a DFH tulip

A: SRM is dark brown/almost black. Semi-translucent. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Nice medium-dark roasted malt nose, a bit of the signature pilsner scent, not really picking up on Warrior hops, but the mellowness of the Tettnang & Saaz come through.

T: Nice dark roast malt body, light-moderate hop additions, a bit of the "lager" taste/bite. Nice roastiness on the back end and aftertaste, with just a bit of hop pine as well.

M: Medium body. Initial feel is that of a lagered beer, akin to a traditional pilsner. Dark roast malt follows immediately and covers the entire palate, dismissing any notions of a pilsner feel. Light hop presence does add a bit to the feel, especially on the back end of the flavor profile. Semi-dry finish.

O: Quite good. Fantastic price. Typically I hate Schwarzbier as it is generally too hoppy, uses too dark of a roasted malt, and is too bitter for my palate. This beer however is very complex. I love how it teases with the traditional lagered pilsner flavor and immediately hits with the dark roast malt. Good hop choices and integration, but I did not pick up on the Warrior. Very nice, complex smell as well. I would by this again.

tsauce2, Jun 10, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Jul 22, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tdm168, Jul 22, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black, with ruddy brown highlights when held to a light. The head is a small-bubbled foam, thick and tan. The aroma is clean...lots of bready malt. The taste is clean, some malt and a touch of hops. Reminiscently smokey...nothing over the top. Medium body. Drinkable and enjoyable.

Suds, May 12, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown body that shows a hint of light. Frothy and bubbly tan head that stays around.

S- Toasted pilsner malt comes through a lot on the nose, with only the slightest hint of roasted malt.

T- Roasted malt is very noticeable throughout the taste, with a somewhat smoky and roasted finish. The pilsner malt is noticeable towards the middle/end of the taste. Almost tastes like a combination of a porter and a pilsner.

M- Some tingling on the initial taste, with a smooth finish.

O- Very interesting brew with a nice combination of flavors. I like doing something different with a low abv.

stephenjmoore, Aug 05, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black pils? An interesting beer for sure. Kind of an odd one, hard to pinpoint any exact flavors, not exactly hoppy and not much caramel malts either, but just a smooth, velvety beer with a bit of a smokiness to it. Felt it could have used a little more flavor, but overall definitely a different beer that was easily drinkable and a solid offering from Heavy Seas.

oriolesfan4, Jul 29, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Terrapin glass. It poured pretty close to black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top.

The aroma shows a good amount of the caramel malt sweetness to it. The darker malts lend a bit of chocolate and slightly roasted character to it. There is a hint of the herbal, slightly earthy hops as well.

The taste shows a little more of the roasted malts to it with some coffee and dark chocolate flavors coming out. A little sweet caramel is there along with a crisp, clean lager finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty solid beer all around. Very flavorful for the low alcohol content. The roasted malts especially stood out to me in the taste. Pretty easy drinking, flavorful and good beer of the style overall.

billab914, Jun 16, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, this beer is a clear dark reddish brown, with a whitw bubbly head about one finger high. It dissipates fast leaving some lacing.
The smell is mild and of caramel and malt.
The taste is quite as expected from a Schwarzbier. Malty and sweet beginning, balanced by a nice hop selection. Very drinkable, medium to light in body, yet substance in taste and color.
Great job in my opinion.

Hopfenpeter, Jun 24, 2012
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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.

farrago, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a solid one inch khaki head that leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

Roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of booze firm the aroma, with a bit of nuttiness adding complexity.

Flavor is fairly malty, with rich roasty character accented by chocolate and nut, malted milk balls, and a mild coffee finish. Subtle dark fruits emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with substantial carbonation and a touch of an acrid feeling in the fairly dry, cracker-like finish.

Overall, a very malt forward brew that is solid, but somewhat lacking in any outstanding character.

barczar, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black in color, almost but instead is a really deep ruby garnet brown. An average size head sits on top lingers but fades to a color and no lacing.

Aroma to me like most pils and lagers is quite thin and in this case is quite the same but there is the sutle nuiance of roasted malts.

Taste is like the nose with a malty up front and some roasted malts in the back.
Drinks like a thin bodied porter and in all honesty is quite good. The aftertaste is abit harsh.
A desent beer but nothing really to hook you in.

micromaniac129, Nov 10, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Loveyourbeer, Jul 11, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

chinchill, Nov 13, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Kegatron, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Theheroguy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark black in the center but brown around the edges of the glass.

Described as a black pilsner but the hop presence is minor.

Very light bodied and easy drinking. There is a noticeable malt flavor which sort of mingles with the hops to produce the stereotypical schwarzbier flavor.

I don't really like the fact that this is billed as a "black pilsner" its kind of misleading but the beer overall is very good.

Theheroguy, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JMS1512, Aug 06, 2014
Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.