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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
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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2/5  rDev -46.8%

brez8791, Jul 31, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Justin!

A dark reddish brown capped with a dense, fluffy, light brown head with nice retention and lacing, this looks pretty good! The nose is solid. A definite dusty, lemony, earthy hop aroma is present, along with a definite doughy and cereal (Cheerio) aroma. A little bit of roast is present as well. Mild sweetness too. Decent.

The palate opens with a blend of cocoa, roast, a little bit of medium dark chocolate, slightly creamy and slightly sweet. This is followed by a mild hop character,with the earthy and lemony notes really not working with the creamy/roasty notes. In particular, the balance seems to be toward the flavor hop, with the low bitterness not really helping. Drying, a little roasty and creamy on the finish with a definite flavor of Cheerios, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and decent on the palate. Not really a schwarzbier IMO, this truly is a "black pilsner", and for the worse.

DefenCorps, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DavoleBomb, Aug 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

mdillon86, Jul 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

aanakinskywalker, Jul 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Jul 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

CalbeDacks, Aug 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ROGUE16, Oct 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

vermilcj, Mar 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

GeoffreyM, Aug 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Jspriest, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Brad while watching Le Tour de France. Merci!

The beer is a dark chestnut color. Very dark, nearing black. Atop the beer rests nearly an inch of light beige head. Spotty lacing.

The aroma is subtle, offering hints of chocolate, roast.

Light, simple, mild roast. Easy drinking and soft on the palate. A touch of pine and bitterness. Overall, the flavor is a bit subdued and understated.

A decent beer. Nothing wrong with it. Good pairing with some spicy food.

Huhzubendah, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque cola brown with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, tan head. Malty aroma has hints of burnt hops and a fruity touch. Flavor has a core of roast malt and hints of charred wood and - horehound? Caramel? Not sure. Smooth texture is a teensy on the watery side and has about average fizz. OK, not Heavy Seas’ best, and I hope not Devils Backbone’s best - but an enjoyable beer.

Cyberkedi, Jul 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bung, Nov 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

LJWalker, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Leonardo, Jul 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Hanzo, Jun 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

nmann08, Jun 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everything is new again as the normally light colored and flavored pilsner turns black. The experimental nature of "black" pilsners start to resemble what's been called dunkel or schwarzbier for well over a hundred years.

Heavy Seas and Devil's Backbone churn out a beer who's appearance rivals that of any porter or darker brown ale. Bark brown in color, the beer casts mahogany highlights through its crystal clarity. Firmly headed, the beer retains, forms, and laces well with rings at ever stage of the session.

Stronger than expected aromas of heavy toast, caramel, chocolate, and slight sweet smokiness leaps out with an intensity that's more akin to brown ales. The grain lays down the law as any hop or fruit character is left under threshold and makes minimal impact on the nose.

Flavors are a clean malt profile that starts as malty-sweet with slightly scorched caramel, toast, bittersweet chocolate, walnut, and medium roast coffee. Underlying starch and grain flavors support the more dominant taste and provides much of the balance for the beer's taste. Light hopping rates allow for a mildly bitter taste in finish and takes the shape of damp soil and dried bark.

Medium flavored, but certainly fuller in mouthfeel than traditional schwarzbiers or dunkels. But as the carbonation dissipates and the beer's dryness sets in, it elevates its toast and mild roast character and accentuates an almost-ashy texture to finish. Finishing off-dry, the beer is complemented by fleeting malt, mild alcohol warmth, and mild resinous bitterness.

With its strong flavors and simple variation, the beer is dedicated and focused on taste. But straddling the fence causes slight confusion to the palate, making this beer a curious yet rewarding choice for me.

BEERchitect, Aug 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sendbeer, Nov 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ncstateplaya, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ConorThomas, Jun 19, 2012
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Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.