Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) - Heavy Seas Beer
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4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
06-12-2012 22:35:31 | More by bluejacket74
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-23-2012 19:35:47 | More by tone77
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
07-28-2012 02:10:45 | More by Cyberkedi
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
09-01-2012 02:03:11 | More by DefenCorps
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
07-15-2013 18:21:35 | More by Brenden
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
This beer is black, with ruddy brown highlights when held to a light. The head is a small-bubbled foam, thick and tan. The aroma is clean...lots of bready malt. The taste is clean, some malt and a touch of hops. Reminiscently smokey...nothing over the top. Medium body. Drinkable and enjoyable.
05-12-2013 20:04:09 | More by Suds
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
08-16-2012 03:58:11 | More by DavoleBomb
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
11-21-2012 04:38:50 | More by Bung
District of Columbia
4.23/5 rDev +12.5%
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!
06-20-2012 23:52:53 | More by Chaney
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
07-24-2012 06:35:51 | More by barczar
Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) from Heavy Seas Beer
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