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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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very good

38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 98
Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

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Photo of tsauce2
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: very mild aroma as a hint of chocolate and malt are all you can detect.

Taste: mild roasted tones with soft chocolate, grass, and a it of earthiness. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a very drinkable beer that is refreshing. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of Chaney
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, I love this style!

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Poured a dark, dark color, with a decent bit of ruby once I held it up to the light. I think if you were to peel away the blackness, the clarity would actually be pretty good here. The mocha head was about a finger or so and stayed a sawdust formation on top of the brew for a good bit.

S: Very muted (weak), yet still present aroma of yeast and fresh clean linen. It didn't really have any sort of cocoa or chocolate per se, but there was definitely a bit of dark malt poking through.

T: Excellent flavor of carmel, yeast, and sort of a smoked or toasted grain bill. This had some of the characteristics of a nice Scottish Ale, but without the heaviness or sweetness sometimes associated with that style.

M: Creamy, spritzy, malty, and fresh! This was just a downright pleasure to drink and fell on the palate almost perfectly. In a market saturated with hops, char, and cocoa nibs, this was a most welcome change. Bravo Heavy Seas and Devil's Backbone!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a black pour with 2 fingers of fluffy light tan head which dissipated slowly and gave off nice amounts of lacing. smells of very sweet citrusy malt, light roasted scents.. orange, chocolate.. very strange profile for its color! a bready, very refreshing tasting beer. slight orange citrus flavor, a very slight roasted grain profile.. very refreshing and mellow beer, perfect for a nice spring night like tonight. light body with high carbonation, yet a slightly creamy mouthfeel. a really nice overall very enjoyable beer. never had a black pilsner, but if this is something that catches on, i could become a pretty big fan.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.92/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An EXCELLENT Schwarzbier! FINALLY something American seriously competitive with Köstritzer (Germany's premium schwarz). Properly labeled a "black pilsner" (not all schwarz's are) this beer is smooth, subtle and refreshing like a good pilsner, with the bonus of some easy-going black malty notes in the background.

I LOVE this style, as it has so much more finesse than say a stout, porter or a strong ale, and is more interesting than a pilsner...with the bonus of being a session beer--one you can enjoy during hours of Stammtisch with friends...

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