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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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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
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:
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(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012)
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Jtc2811

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-26-2012 23:00:40 | More by Jtc2811
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Flowyn82

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-24-2012 13:49:43 | More by Flowyn82
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 03:05:17 | More by Hopfenpeter
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-23-2012 03:52:09 | More by duceswild
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sbbb

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

06-21-2012 14:28:09 | More by sbbb
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 23:52:53 | More by Chaney
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ConorThomas

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-19-2012 00:50:50 | More by ConorThomas
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gunclubchris

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-18-2012 23:36:38 | More by gunclubchris
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 22:03:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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billab914

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 21:42:17 | More by billab914
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-16-2012 16:52:03 | More by mendvicdog
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-16-2012 00:37:20 | More by pogoowner
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-15-2012 23:13:24 | More by GRG1313
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-13-2012 06:27:21 | More by Abe_Froman
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-13-2012 00:06:21 | More by djrn2
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 22:35:31 | More by bluejacket74
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-11-2012 02:40:13 | More by nmann08
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tsauce2

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 11:57:59 | More by tsauce2
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-07-2012 22:48:05 | More by Hanzo
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 19:14:34 | More by Kegatron
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 17:36:52 | More by Thorpe429
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Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) from Heavy Seas Beer
84 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.