Dark Abby | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
172 Ratings
Dark AbbyDark Abby
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

DARK ABBY FACTS:
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

Added by on 10-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
172
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.04%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Kiserian
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good flavor. Very drinkable. Cant find it in a 12 pk. Looking forward to trying it at their brewpub soon.

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Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blindtiger24
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisins, cherry cordials, banana esters on the nose. Nice deep maroon color. Dried fruit (cherries, figs, plums), some clove, and noticeable honey. Finishes sweet. Smooth and slightly velvety, and wamr on the throat. A bit on the sweet side but impressed by how it's so easy to drink.

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Photo of Beejay
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep ruby brown in the glass, light tan head that quickly turns into a ring...

S: Clove, banana, and raisins meld together with toffee. Belgian yeast character is certainly prevalent.

T: Raisins, clove, and caramel sauce on sweet dark bread.. A touch boozy, with a dark fruit finish.

M: Medium thick with medium high carbonation.. I would actually like to see a touch more carbonation in this style.

O: Overall a decent beer for when you are in the mood for a nice dark Belgian style.. Interesting, and new.

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Photo of PaleAndBitter
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of myouman
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SierraFlight
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Dark amber body with a ring of tan bubbles that disappear quickly. No lacing. Aroma is of brown sugar, raisins, figs, a touch of banana, and malt. Taste is carried by a moderate raisin sweetness with a lower level of yeasty spice and a small amount of earthy bitterness. Medium-light body, thin texture, soft carbonation, a little alcohol on the finish.

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Photo of Spreetaper
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jimpyle48
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Adam. Thanks man.

Dark mahogany auburn body with a thin beige cap. Brown bread, yeast, brown sugar. Dark fruit notes, particularly raisins and plums. Like to medium and body with moderate sweetness, just like Adam's mom.

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Photo of DBALT
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

VERY TIMID. INCONSISTENT CARBONATION FROM BOTTLE TO BOTTLE.

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Photo of jacobwills
4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my new favorite. Spicing is fruity. Slightly punchier alcohol kick than expected.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Too much on the "with spices" side and not enough on the "ale" side, and not nearly carbonated enough for a Belgian style.

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Photo of drummerguy
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCPhD
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xKALECx
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Loving this brew, looks like a Dubbel so we are squared away there. Sweet nose of dark malts, raisins, caramel, and spice with a kick of alcohol. Sweet palate, dried plums, slightly warming, balanced spicing, mild phenols, dark sugar, mild broth, & modest hopping show a quite complex brew ... well within the style and a great sipper.

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Photo of Fantasy_Draught
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gopens44
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jlas0001
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bluehende
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Dark Abby from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 172 ratings.
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