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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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3.76/5
Very Good
98 Ratings
Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration)Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
98
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 38
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Virginia's Devils Backbone Brewing Company, with Brewmaster Jason Oliver, was a perfect partner for us to do a collaboration beer. Not only is Devils Backbone one of the most award winning breweries in the country over the last few years, but Jason hails from Heavy Seas' Brewmaster, is clearly a lager lover and specialist, and he and Jason had a great time conceiving and developing this special lager. It has been a privilege working with both of these gentlemen, and I hope you enjoy the result of this joint effort." Brewed in the style of a Schwartzbier. This is a one-off collaboration between Devils Backbone Brewing Company and Heavy Seas Beer, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to my Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp fizzy mocha tan head over a dark cola brown body with deep mahogany highlights. Retention is slightly above average and lacing is spotty and thin. 3.75

(Smell) Earthy malts combines cracker pilsner malts and light caramel with faintly roasted grain and a pinch of black malt bitterness. Hop bitterness and aroma is mild to pair, mostly resiny but with some mild fruit. Pleasantly inviting and enjoyable aroma for a black lager. Potency is medium-high. 4

(Taste) Pale and roasted malt paired with a toasty, earthy bitterness for a complex but inviting malt profile. Sweetness is mellow but balances well with the bitterness of the specialty malts and mild acidity of the lager strain. Low earthy and grassy hop flavor with a lesser bitterness. Like most lagers, the profile is light and drinkable without encroaching on thin or watery. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is thin, smooth and mildly chalky dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a thin creaminess and fluffy mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is equally sweet, roasty, acidic and bitter. Alcohol presence is light. 3.75

(Overall) An excellent collaboration brew that takes ones expectations of a Schwartzbier to a new level. Very flavorful and well balanced with an enjoyable carbonation and high drinkability. 4

Heavy Seas Beer/Devil's Backbone Brewing Company's
Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager Collaboration
3.96/5.00

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, opaque with just a little light at the bottom when held to the light. 2 thin fingers of foam that fell fast to a filmy cap and ring. Soapy lace. Nose is strong with toast, roasted grains and floral hops. There’s some grass from the hops but almost no fruit except for a hint of dark fruits. Smells a lot like cola. Nose has chocolate but it’s not sweet. It has plenty of grain. There’s some caramel and molasses as ti warms. Taste is strong malt. Toasted, a little smoke, the mild chocolate cocoa powder, and walnut.The hops are floral and earthy with plenty of grass but no real fruit on the palate. Also there is not really any malt sweetness on the palate so it has a dry quality. Body is thin and a little over carbonated. Finishes with toast, roast, coffee and a moderate bitter. It was hard to want more of it because it lacked any kind of sweetness. It tasted a lot like dry cheerios. For the style it’s right on. A neutral malt character with nothing burnt, moderate roast and a bitter chocolate flavor featuring a moderate hop bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a black pour with 2 fingers of fluffy light tan head which dissipated slowly and gave off nice amounts of lacing. smells of very sweet citrusy malt, light roasted scents.. orange, chocolate.. very strange profile for its color! a bready, very refreshing tasting beer. slight orange citrus flavor, a very slight roasted grain profile.. very refreshing and mellow beer, perfect for a nice spring night like tonight. light body with high carbonation, yet a slightly creamy mouthfeel. a really nice overall very enjoyable beer. never had a black pilsner, but if this is something that catches on, i could become a pretty big fan.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: very mild aroma as a hint of chocolate and malt are all you can detect.

Taste: mild roasted tones with soft chocolate, grass, and a it of earthiness. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a very drinkable beer that is refreshing. Definitely worthy of a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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