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Dark Abby - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of JCarey
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a deep ruby/brown. Short lived tan head. Steady carbonation from the nucleation pint on the bottom of the glass leaves a small bubbling point in the center and some good lacing

S- rich malt aromas with dark fruit (plum, maybe cherry?) and some mild alcohol esters

T-the alcohol plays a more pronounced role in the taste. It's a little astringent and overwhelms (slightly) the traditional dubbel notes present

M- nice mouthfeel with a slight crispness on the finish.

O- not bad, but not quite a dubbel.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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