Heavy Seas and Devil’s Backbone Land Ho! (5.25% alcohol): This Schwarzbier style beer is a joint collaboration between Devils Backbone Brewing Company based in Lexington, Virginia and Heavy Seas Brewing Company, formerly known as Clipper City Brewing Company, in Baltimore, Maryland. Click here to read more about this beer and the brewers behind it.
Land Ho! pours dark brown, nearly black with a small, thin white head. The aroma has an earthy quality to it of roasted malt and hops with a subtle chocolaty sweetness and hint of citrus. At first sip, the first thing I noticed tasted with coffee followed by roasted malt, caramel and subtle chocolate along with a bit of smokiness and moderate bitterness. Land Ho! reminds me more of a stout or porter instead of a black lager, but it was enjoyable. To my knowledge, this brew was only released once in May 2012, so it’s worth a try if you can get your hands on it. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase again, but definitely piqued my interest in Devils Backbone Brewing and Heavy Seas Brewing. Excited to see the other – award-winning – beers they have to offer!