Devils Backbone Dark Abby
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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Belgian mountain-style dubbel brewed with raw sugar, dextrose, and Appalachian sorghum syrup for extra sexiness. Fermented with two Belgian yeast strains and finished with red wine yeast for dryness. Among The Gooch’s picks for one of the top 100,000 beers ever brewed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2220) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
10/5/2013. Sampled at VA Hop Fest. Pours light brown with a tan head. Aromas of dried fruit, brown sugar, roasted malt. Caramel flavors mostly. Seem a bit off for the style lacking complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6150) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Pour out of bottle, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, some spice, earth, into caramel, toffee, some slight yeasty notes. Taste is a mix of slight dark caramel, toffee, hints of spice, slight earth, grass, finishing fairly bitter, dry. Not much going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReggieDunlap (3047) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Pours an opaque chestnut with a thin tan head. Aroma has some slightly sweet dark fruits...fig stands out...some bl cherry, prune. Flavor follows suit...fig, prune, raisin...just a hint of caramel and earthy leather. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is earthy/fruity/leathery and dries out.
Earlier Rating: 6/17/2013 Total Score: 3.2
pours an opaque dark brown with a very thin tan head. aroma has some roasty notes and caramel. flavor is more roasty with a hint of coffee...just a bit of that yeasty/fruitiness that you would expect from a dubbel creeping in late. Mouthfeel is medium and lively with a roasty/dark fruity dry finish. doesnt drink much like a dubbel...more like a heavy schwartzbier or something.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NikkTwist (1581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Clear dark pour that started with a fizzy head that disappeared very quickly. Thin clean body. Burnt caramel. Liquorice. Green pepper. Dark orange malt. Pickles. Feels nothing like a proper Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4293) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
This one poured a lighter brown with a beige head. Aroma was burnt brown sugar, yeast, light spices. Flavor was biscuit, dark candy sugar and yeast notes. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrodooo5 (989) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Aroma is sweet & caramely. Pour is deep brown w/out much of a head. Taste is primarily caramel w/out much else going on. It’s nice & pretty drinkable but not really memorable. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
strap (407) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - APR 27, 2013
On tap at RFD. Deep mahogany color. Sugary aroma. Smooth finish. Pretty good Abby ale for a Virginia brewery ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHOFF43 (1749) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber. Lots of belgian yeasts, sweetness and sugars. Caramely and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4692) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Dark brown coloured body with bright violet highlights and a thin tan head. Very nice when held up to the light. Aroma of bananas, yeast, bread, malt, alcohol and quite a bit of sugars. Medium-bodied; Very assertive roasted malt flavour with some nuts and earth and a relatively light feel with raisins and some of the yeast flavour at the end. Aftertaste shows a bit of an earthy character with peat and concord grapes, but little else - surprisingly weak. Overall, smells and looks great, but the flavour simply isn’t there - nor is any complexity or nice robust flavours. Sadly enough, worth passing up - not a great offering from the otherwise good brewery. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 07-February-2013 for US$1.99 sampled at home in New Paltz, New York on 29-March-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Draft at Taphouse/Queensway. Black beer, a hint of licorice is the initial impression. Sweetbread and raisin carries. Pretty mellow and unremarkable as a dubbel, but exceptionally drinkable and good for brunch. (#4965, 3/17/2013)

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