Profiled by Ken Carman
Black as hell with some deep ruby highlights. Light tan foam head, about Â½ inch thick. This looks quite dense, and deep. Slight ruby red highlights at the edges in a strong light. Can’t be seen through, other than that.
Aroma: nice deep roast, no hops, fresh smelling and a slight lager yeast sense. This bugger is packed with malts, and a lot of dark malts. But hard to pick them apart. No hop nose.
The magic here is in the mouthfeel and the taste. NOT aroma. DEEP , malt sense. Heavy gravity obvious. Thick. Chewy. Obviously tons of grain and slight lager yeast sense. Getting sulfur way in the background; very light. If not from the yeast, most likely, then water? Does not seem a defect, more just part of the lager sense. The malts are dark, yet not roasty in the same sense as one would get from a stout, or an out of balance Baltic. It’s more like a deep, debittered, dark malt sense.
This is one of the better Baltics I’ve had. It is Baltic, as one would expect from Devil’s Backbone which has several examples listed as a “classic of the style” on the 2015 BJCP guidelines.
85 BA. 97/90 RB.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Yes, to the left is Ken Carman. Obviously Ken is a creature of 2 dimensions so he can slip in and out of breweries and sample their wares. He also has been known to sneak into WWE matches and pants the people in the ring just to underline how silly the farce called “pro” wrestling is.