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)
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
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hudson St. Stackhouse.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is OK, and seems like textbook schwarbier. There is considerable burnt toast and coffee grounds, with some underlying sweetness. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there is some nice bitterness in the finish that helps to counter and balance the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a burnt toast and light vanilla finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I'm surprised this is only 5.3%.

Shrug. This is Ok...

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Justin!

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.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown body that shows a hint of light. Frothy and bubbly tan head that stays around.

S- Toasted pilsner malt comes through a lot on the nose, with only the slightest hint of roasted malt.

T- Roasted malt is very noticeable throughout the taste, with a somewhat smoky and roasted finish. The pilsner malt is noticeable towards the middle/end of the taste. Almost tastes like a combination of a porter and a pilsner.

M- Some tingling on the initial taste, with a smooth finish.

O- Very interesting brew with a nice combination of flavors. I like doing something different with a low abv.

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Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of vermilcj
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Land Ho! Black Pilsner Style Lager (Devil's Backbone Collaboration) from Heavy Seas Beer
3.78 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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