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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
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
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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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 38
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of CalbeDacks
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of salvy31
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.92/5  rDev +30.9%
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...

Photo of brez8791
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of Leonardo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of mdillon86
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of fdig23
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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...

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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.