Black Lager | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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3.82/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Schwartz Bier

Added by on 07-24-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,275
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
359
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
96
Trade:
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Ratings: 359 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Riff
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a thick, tan head that is slow to fade away. Smells of roasted malts, brown bread, and caramel. Taste is light coffee, slightly sweet, smokey, with a little bit of hop bite binding it all together. Medium light body, moderate carbonation. Nicely balanced beer, a little hop, some smokey malt and an easy drinking ABV, certainly nice for a craving for a dark beer during the warmer months. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of woodsman13
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black pour with even lacing that doesn't stick around. Low viscosity and lighter colored head are what tells you it's not a porter. Smell is roasted, bready, slightly sweet - German brown bread.

Tastes almost smoky, roasted. A burnt sweet, almost caramel. The hop balance on this is very well done. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I was expecting but the hops give it an almost tannic quality that balances things out on your tongue. Gets some syrupy qualities to it towards the end. Carbonation is light to medium.

Overall a unique style and a tasty beer if you like a smokier style, although this was not as light as I expected.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matuhg
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moodyxc9
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rclangk
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4-28-18: WV Craft Brew Festival, Lewisburg - very good

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenMaalouf
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple beer that's good when you're wanting a refreshing dark beer. Dark black in appearance with a white head. Taste is breast, roasty, very, very light chocolate on the on the back end. Good for the style.

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Photo of ibanez2k
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cheers101
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pretty black.
Smell: Not as much as I wanted, but nothing really bad or wrong.
Taste: Very good.
Overall: This is a very good beer, yet I just wanted more flavor and aroma for it to be perfect.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear dark ruby brown with a thin light-tan head. Initial impression is a very flavorful, roasty, slightly sweet, with a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is medium and refreshing; carbonation is perfect. Finish is roasty and semi-dry. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of carcerdominus
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives coffee colored with a thin cap that fades to a ringlet leaving a few strands that hang around

Smell: Brown bread with hints of chocolate, caramel and nuts

Taste: Brown bread tones lay down the base with caramel sweetness building; some chocolate and nut flavors through the middle with a clean lager finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice to see the occasional Schwarz out there; not the best example I have tasted but certainly passable

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrOH
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with clear ruby highlights in the light. Tan head, decent retention, nice lace
Smells slightly roasty, slightly smokey, with a nice underlying bready malt
Smokey and bready, with a hint of roast. Did they use rauchmalt in this?
Nice mouthfeel and carbonation
The smokiness is nice, but not to style, so it got dinged for that

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Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
1.75/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Slack
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lampro
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An easy-drinking, nicely balanced lager. Malty, but not too strong.

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Photo of justincarrasquillo
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: This brew displays a deep black colour with a thin and lacy head. When held to the light, dark brown hues shine through my standard pint glass.
S: A very sweet aroma is prominent with notes of coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, toasted bread, and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate.
T: Coffee and roasted malts hit the tongue with plenty of flavor. It is soon followed by a mild fruitiness, and finished with hints of dark chocolate.
F: The brew is light and refreshing, giving it the perfect qualities for a hot day or a lighter beer during the winter.
O: The beer leaves you with a very tasty and smooth finish that leaves you refreshed. After my initial glass, I wanted one more!

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh Man

I was at Costco. Precious likes a type of Moscato that they have in the blue bottle. She won't drink anything else. She's funny when she's had a little alcohol so when I was getting her wine, I noticed a combination pack of Devil's BackBone so I picked it up. One of the beers was Black Lager.

Oh, it's beautiful. It pours out a rich dark color like Wendy Williams' thighs. I have a thing for her. The smell is unremarkable, but the taste is just the perfect dark beer taste that I've grown to love over the years.

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Photo of Montgomery
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark, black color with a tan head. The head soon diminishes to a ring. Definite roast malt in the nose. The same in the mouth - nice!

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Black Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 359 ratings