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Dark Abby - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 27
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4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as part of mixed six to give a try. I tend to like Belgians but have little experience with Devils Backbone so not sure what to expect. Love the color, I will call it Deep Purple. Very little head or carbonation. Excellent smell, you definitely get the Belgian in the nose. Mixed bag with the taste. Interesting and tasty, balanced. Pretty easy to drink which gives it a little bonus overall due to alcohol content. I enjoyed the beer and would gladly drink again and would probably buy depending upon the cost.

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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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3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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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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!

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Dark Abby from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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