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Dark Abby - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: on 10-01-2009)
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Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed on 1/10/2011

A: opaque, bright chestnut with a bubbly head. after dying down, fine bubbles begin to sporadically escape to the surface.

S: alcohol, figs, brown sugar reduction. smells sweet enough to pour over some vanilla ice cream.little bit of chalky Belgian yeast towards the end.

T: initially starts with baked apples, peaches, almost like fresh pie. then moves into molasses, caramel, clove, cinnamon with some alcohol heat in thte finish.

M: medium to full body withy some ight lingering carbonation.

with Belgian breweris being the benchmark for this style, this is a great example from the other side of the pond. well done!

Jimmys, Jan 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a goblet an amber hued chesnut brown with a thinner slight off white head atop.Maybe the cleanest aroms of any dubbel that I have come across,some light fige and raisin but it's really light.Lightly carbonated and a little thinner than most of the style I have come across.Flavors are on the lighter side with dark fruit and sweet alcohol notes,some phenol spiciness plays a small role.I have really liked the other DB offerings I have had,this not so much.

oberon, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Guden
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Deep garnet with just a thin ring of off-white bubbles for a head.

S- Surprisingly not much here. A touch of chocolate covered cherries and caramel malt.

T/M- Up front is lightly fruity with some cherry qualities. Middle and finish again show a light fruitiness and chocolate. Thin and undercarbonated throughout.

O- A surprisingly poor effort from DB. Not a lot here and the lack of body and carbonation makes it even more unimpressive.

Guden, Apr 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Mantooth, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Golden32, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

dmk91, Jan 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

ChadA83, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

dengledove860, Aug 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Thomas0790, Aug 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Swift989, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark chestnut color with a ruby hue, small fizzy head quickly dissapears, leaving no lace

S- dark cherry juice and sugared berry aromas, licorice, slightly phelonic with a bit of cherry coke

T- dark cherry flavors follow aroma and is slightly tart, sugary, Belgian yeast with some spicy notes, alcohol becomes noticeable mid-palate as it finishes light and dry.

M- medium body and carbonation, lively & foamy mouthfeel, alcohol warmth with a dry finish

O- some good flavors going on, but it seems to fall off at the end. I enjoyed the dark cherry notes, but wish they would have stayed to the finish

Treyliff, Apr 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Links41, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Hockey_Fan, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

dnclark, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

BleauxLeaux, Mar 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

BeastLU, Jun 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

VeganUndead, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

darkstar12, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

nbaradel443, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

sammy806, May 16, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sweet malts and brown sugar in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some notes of raisins and spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that needs to be slowly sipped but is a good representation of the style.

metter98, Jun 07, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

DubCo21, Apr 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

JasonTaverner, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of obywan59
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark winey red in color with maybe a 2 finger head from a hard pour that disappears wihtin a few minutes No bubbles of carbonation. Pretty to look at, but once the foam disappears, it looks more like a glass of port or sherry.

Sweet malt with dried plums and a hint of spice. Smells like a Belgian. Esters from the alcohol lend an almost cherry like character to the aroma

Lightly sweet dark fruit with a light citric tartness as well. Belgian yeast in the aftertaste. A bit grapey at times.

I really like the mouthfeel. It's medium full and creamy except for a substntial prickly bite. Decently warming for this cold winter's night.

Maybe I was swayed by the 7.5% ABV, but this beer just hit the spot for me. It's not horribly complex, and yet it left me feeling utterly satisfied. I'd definitely try it again.

obywan59, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark walnut color with a small light tan head that disappears at once to ring of bubbles. Some light splotchy lace left behind.

Aroma is bready malt dark fruit notes, plums, figs light banana with some earthy notes and very light spice.

Taste is malty decent peat notes in the flavor, almost raisin bread like malt. Some dark fruit notes raisins and plum with touches of brown sugar. Finish is lingering malt notes with that brown sugar touch along with earthy like spice kick. Carbonation also kicks it up a notch for a tingly finish. Nothing great here, but very nice offering for a dubbel from VA.

Mouthfeel is good a medium with a boost of carbonation at the finish that brings the spice out more.

Overall would say its an easy drinking dubbel when you are not looking to analyze every sip. Might be purchasing this again for a sessionable ale, with some dubbel flavors.

mntlover, Feb 16, 2014
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Dark Abby from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.