Black Lager | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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
Ratings:
331
Reviews:
67
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
87
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 331 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Marraybay
2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dry, bitter, nothing remarkable wrt presentation or mouthfeel. No elements of sweetness: A somewhat one dimensional taste profile. Would definitely recommend New Belgium's 1554 as a better alternative black beer, at least given my experience, but as always, one-oft bottles may not be entirely representative, as some are reporting far pleasanter experiences.

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of djre4orm
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of duvel1979
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rdilauro
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My first Schwartz Bier... Just when you think you have tried so many different beers.
This one poured jet black like a stout except you could tell it was much thinner and lighter.
There wasnt a pronounce nose except for a faint hint of European hops which I normally find in German and Czech Pilsners.
This beer went do very easy, almost too easy. I could see why sitting around a table it would be very easy to drink a number of these

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2.76/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Cyrion
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard shaker pint.

Appearance: Very dark, basically black. Sports a 2 inch tan head. A great deal of carbonation on the sides. Leaves attractive concentric rings around the glass.

Smell: Sweet toffee. I'd even say it has a sugary pastry smell, like a hot cross bun. Chocolate is there, as well as a slight amount of coffee.

Taste: Chocolate malt, with very little coffee bitterness. There's a bit of toast here and dark fruit, but frankly, these are being drowned out. A strong metallic flavor appears quickly, and when combined with the heavy carbonation, it's tasting a bit like a cola soda. Very unappealing, and it's leaving a citric acid aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very thin.

Overall: Not sure if the metallic cola taste is an undesired element or not, but the end result is a brackish lager that has limited appeal.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.12/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.24/5  rDev -15.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Black Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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