Friday, May 10, 2013
There are a number of good craft breweries in Virginia and, what? A million good craft breweries in the US these days? And, unfortunately, Lexington, Virginia's Devil's Backbone is just one more OK brewery. And Schwarz Bier, their black lager, is pretty piss poor. It's dark brown with a quickly fading head. The aroma is maybe slightly richer than Devil's Backbone's basic lager, but the flavor is, if anything, more watery. This thing has little alcohol, which is fine, but it's thin on flavor, too. Mild hops, and rather than malt, there's a a flavor like spring water that ran off charcoal. I cannot recommend this at all. Devil's Backbone has a couple of decent brews, but this ain't one.