Dark Abby - Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance-Pours a chestnut color with ruby highlights when held up to the light and a one finger cream colored head. The head fades quite fast to leave a thin persistent film and only a very small amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell is largely of darker fruits of cherry and fig with a caramel sweetness and hints of a yeasty aroma mixed within.
Taste – The taste begins with sweet fruit flavors of cherry, raisin, apple and fig. Upfront there is also a light roasted malt flavor. The fruity flavors grow more cherry in nature more toward the middle where the sweetness is overall increased by some flavors of brown sugar. Around the time the sweet maximizes a yeasty flavor begins coming to the tongue. With this comes both flavors of a more bitter citrus and tannin like flavor which take the taste to its end. When mixed with a rather strong alcohol flavor (strong for only a 7.5 % abv brew) it leaves a boozy and lightly bittered fruit wine like flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the average side for the strength of the beer with a carbonation level that was a bit on the lower side for a dubbel . A little more carbonation may have been better for knocking down some of the alcohol flavors as well as complementing some of the sweeter fruit flavors, but overall the feel was pretty good.
Overall – An OK dubbel, although a little to bitter and tanniny in flavor for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2013 02:38:04 | More by Darkmagus82
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I came home from work and saw I had one more of these in fridge, yeah for beer, so I cracked it open. Yum. I'm not sure what s meant by an aggressive pour, but it's going down fairly smooth.
Here's what I think I know about the beer. It isn't real foamy, which is a good thing. I suppose if I poured it into a glass there wouldn't be a lot of "head". It did taste a little spicy, but had some flavor to it. I would enjoy this beer more in the winter time when I prefer "heavier" things (red wine, the Old Testament, gravy, etc.). I would buy it again and would love to try it on tap.
I also don't think I would want to drink this as a session beer. One or two would be fine.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2013 02:06:55 | More by Eeroomnhoj
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Beautiful auburn with a short cap of off-white head with a few small scraps of lace.
S: Strong banana aromas but followed by stronger fruity dark maltiness with fig/date and raisin and a light caramel sweetness that mixes well with the fairly intense maltiness.
T: The flavor follows the aroma with dark maltiness that is fruit-tinged with raisin and date flavors mixing with a pretty heavy but enjoyable dose of light and medium caramel sweetness. The yeast character is somewhat stronger than in most abbey ales/dubbels I have had but it is certainly reasonably within style.
M: Very drinkable despite the 7ish% ABV with the smoothness of a doppelbock.
O: A really fine Belgian ale from DB. I thought Azrael was pretty good too, so they are starting to hit their stride in a style besides lagers. If you like a bit more sweetness and yeast character in your dubbel, this is a great beer for you.
Serving type: on-tap
01-25-2013 03:48:02 | More by argock
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-07-2011 00:57:12 | More by metter98
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!
Serving type: growler
01-17-2011 14:09:44 | More by Jimmys
Dark Abby from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.