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Dark Abby - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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82
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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 10-01-2009)
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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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DaveBlack
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown beer with some reddish hints. What little head there is disappears almost immediately and leaves zero lacing.

S: Big malty aroma, some dark fruit, and the alcohol comes through as well. Not a particularly aromatic brew.

T: The front of the beer comes through with lots of malts, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, some spice. The middle has the alcohol come through, and the end just fades away into nothingness, leaving a malty sweetness in the mouth.

M: Moderate body, creamy, slightly sticky, with a moderate amount of carbonation, but significantly less than I've found in some dubbels.

O: Not a bad beer, but not particularly good. It seems that you can only get so much flavor out of a Belgian style beer without bottle fermenting. The beer is heavily front-loaded, and the end could use some more hop character. That being said, it has some good flavors, is sweet without being cloying, and is quite drinkable

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

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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.

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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.

Dark Abby from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.