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Dark Abby - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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olbubba

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-28-2014 02:30:25 | More by olbubba
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bcheng

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-27-2014 03:37:45 | More by bcheng
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-23-2014 21:57:07 | More by BillRoth
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kt_va_hbrewer

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-23-2014 10:45:26 | More by kt_va_hbrewer
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FreddieMercuryHayes


3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-22-2014 03:31:40 | More by FreddieMercuryHayes
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DC_Brah

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-18-2014 17:54:13 | More by DC_Brah
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RustyTruck

Virginia

3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:06:47 | More by RustyTruck
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blbarnett3

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-13-2014 00:22:14 | More by blbarnett3
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csurowiec

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-09-2014 11:13:59 | More by csurowiec
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Quafftastic

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

03-08-2014 23:27:28 | More by Quafftastic
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10%

03-05-2014 21:10:12 | More by JasonTaverner
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Jerryt0000

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-05-2014 03:16:08 | More by Jerryt0000
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dnclark

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-03-2014 04:49:45 | More by dnclark
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-03-2014 02:27:32 | More by Burkbom23
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nbaradel443

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-28-2014 11:23:06 | More by nbaradel443
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-26-2014 05:22:28 | More by VeganUndead
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doc_logic

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-22-2014 02:11:52 | More by doc_logic
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williahd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-20-2014 21:03:14 | More by williahd
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mkdzimiera

Maryland

3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-19-2014 01:13:07 | More by mkdzimiera
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mntlover

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 19:06:53 | More by mntlover
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ChaelCox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-15-2014 03:02:37 | More by ChaelCox
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burkesquires

Maryland

5/5  rDev +38.5%

02-10-2014 02:12:36 | More by burkesquires
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JCarey

Delaware

1.9/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looking at previous reviews I think I got a bad batch, or maybe just this first bottle. Let's hope its just that.

Pours like a coke. Aggressive carbonation that dissipates quickly. About as much head as a soda. Mouth feel of a semi flat soda. Smell is pretty rotten. Taste isn't 'bad', its drinkable, I guess. Just a pretty disappointing Belgian. I will amend if the other bottles turn out better.

No date on the bottle.

After finishing the 6 pack I think my review has to stand. I had a couple that were OK, but 4/6 being unpleasant isn't good enough to change the review. Inconsistent? Bad processes? Bad distributor or Store? Who knows, but I'll steer clear of this brew for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:14:29 | More by JCarey
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Novabrewer

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-05-2014 21:32:15 | More by Novabrewer
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surfrogue1

Maryland

3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-05-2014 02:54:22 | More by surfrogue1
Dark Abby from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.