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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

yourefragile, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Brenden, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico during the Devil’s Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some dark malt and a bit of roast, along with some faint earthy hops. Flavor has some roast and hops, leading to a dry finish. Good body and carbonation. Interesting brew.

Thorpe429, May 09, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tone77, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

oline73, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

WesWes, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of utopiajane
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, opaque with just a little light at the bottom when held to the light. 2 thin fingers of foam that fell fast to a filmy cap and ring. Soapy lace. Nose is strong with toast, roasted grains and floral hops. There’s some grass from the hops but almost no fruit except for a hint of dark fruits. Smells a lot like cola. Nose has chocolate but it’s not sweet. It has plenty of grain. There’s some caramel and molasses as ti warms. Taste is strong malt. Toasted, a little smoke, the mild chocolate cocoa powder, and walnut.The hops are floral and earthy with plenty of grass but no real fruit on the palate. Also there is not really any malt sweetness on the palate so it has a dry quality. Body is thin and a little over carbonated. Finishes with toast, roast, coffee and a moderate bitter. It was hard to want more of it because it lacked any kind of sweetness. It tasted a lot like dry cheerios. For the style it’s right on. A neutral malt character with nothing burnt, moderate roast and a bitter chocolate flavor featuring a moderate hop bitterness.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of jjboesen
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This collaboration is a German black beer brewed with four types of malts and three types of hop, one of which is the ubiquitous salz.

The body is a dark ruby color that sits beneath a moderate froth crown. There is minimal carbonation and a smatterin gof lacing throughout the quaff. There are a few notes of apple and plum; the taste is pleasant if a little sweet with the aforementioned apple that is quickly rushed out with some mild malty toastiness. THe body is very light - nothing unexpected from the style, of course.

Decently made beer and a nice little beer. I hope to see more collaborations from these two brewers,

jjboesen, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JMS1512, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of daliandragon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool collaboration I picked up for a good price at the Beer Dispensary in Apex. I really like Schwarzbier and it's rare to see one I haven't tried. This 22 oz pours dark chestnut with a wet tan head that leaves a creamy cap and thick lace. Medium roasted malt with coffee tones is the main player in the nose.

The malt flavors are pretty close, although a late kick of sweetness makes me think that the alcohol seems active for 5.25%. Satisfying chocolate malts with flavors of coffee, roasted, and raisins. Noble hops are present in the aftertaste but the malt is the stronger of the two.

Interesting and fairly complex. Not my favorite Schwarzbier; I'd like to see a complete absence of cloying sweetness and a little more smoothness in texture. It's not at all bad, however. i could definitely see picking this up again.

daliandragon, Aug 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

pogoowner, Jun 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

AngusOg, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

gunclubchris, Jun 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jtc2811, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

salvy31, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

runlikeakenyan, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

duceswild, Jun 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

surfrogue1, Mar 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

fdig23, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jbaker67, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Casey3236, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of chinchill
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
Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.