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Dark Abby - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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131 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: on 10-01-2009

Meet Abby, Azrael’s darker twin. This Belgian beauty is mysteriously alluring with a sultry flavor combination of brown sugar, plum and spices in a dark burgundy hue.

Abby has a deep, rich flavor, and a serious strength but like her sister, hides behind a deceptively light fruity finish. On the surface she’s the sweetest girl you’ll ever meet, but one taste you’ll be trapped in her darkly alluring web.

Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBUs): 18
Malts: Pilsner, Dark Munich, Honey, Dark Crystal
Hops: Saaz
Sugar & Spice: Turbinado Sugar, Sorghum Syrup, Secret Spice Mix
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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.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark ruby red tones around the edges of the glass. After a minute or two there is no head. Other than that, nothing much happening.

S- Raisin and currants. a dark malty, bread aroma.

T- malty dark fruit cola like flavor. Not amazing, but it's drinkable. A dry toasty woody finish.

M- medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O- decent but without amazing qualities.

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Poured in a shaker glass. Medium carbonation, needs a somewhat agressive pour. Flattens out fairly quickly ( to be expected at this ABV )

The color is a dark mahogany, with a dark beige head. The carbonation forms large bubbles that slowly precipitate out of solution

I found the smell somewhat unremarkable, malty with some acidic notes. ( Actually it smells vaguely like Virginia clay, which would go with the theme I guess.)

The taste is malty with some woody undertones, Almost a walnut sort of taste. With a dry finish.
If you're strictly a hop-head this isn't your beer.

Overall this beer gave a very thematic impression. The artwork references a graveyard and the taste, smell, and color reminds me of digging my hands in the soft earth of my garden. For me that's a good thing. This alone saves a spot for this beer on my wall. Whether or not it was the intention of the brewer I can't be certain but that's art I guess.

sip or skip? SIP yes sir!

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Dark Abby from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.