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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
90
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264 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 28
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A dark strong interpretation of a double bock. Full bodied with a raisiny, dark fruit, slightly roasted and chewy malt character. Lagered for two months, a smooth malt character balances the high ABV of this strong beer.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-16-2011)
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Reviews by BeerResearcher:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 16.9oz dark brown bottle. Served in a tall stein.
It pours a deep coppery amber color with a rather large foamy beige head. The lacing trickles and slides slowly down, leaving patches and webby lines behind.
Smells of plums, figs and raisins floating in dark rum mix with smells of brown bread and light whiffs of resinous, spicy hops.
The flavors are definitely malt forward. I’m thinking of rum-laced Figgy Pudding. Tastes of prunes and raisins in fresh baked bread are quite noticeable. The spicy hop bitterness does its job in keeping the malty sweetness in check, but eventually fades into a distant memory towards the end (in a good way).
At 9% ABV, Saxonator doesn’t even attempt to hide its boozy nature. You won’t be tricked with a sneaky alcoholic punch with this brew. Alcohol is present and accounted for in the smell, taste and aftertaste. It is exactly what you expect from a big, beefy Dopplebock.
What does surprise is the fluidity and gulpability of Saxonator. Looks are deceiving here. Some Dopplebocks can become a bit too thick-bodied and/or cloying in the mouthfeel. Not this one! Creamy, velvety, but very drinkable! Maybe too drinkable?

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange brown in color, 3/4 inch head, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: deep caramel, alcohol, and deep dark fruit

Taste: deep caramel, alcohol, light roasted malt, and dark fruit

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Overall: Good combination of sweet caramel with a touch of bitterness. Excellent value for the price. I will pick this up again even though there are others I prefer in the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark copper with an ample light cream head. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Initial aroma is dark fruits such as raisin or plum with a mix of roasted and sweet malts. Real fermented fruit sort of aroma going on here with that touch of booze in the backend.

T: Balanced and very well done dopplebock. Malt is quite rich giving you both roastiness and a carmel sweetness. Low hopping which is appropriate for the style. Hints of raisin, plum and chocolate but don't overwhelm just blend nicely with the malts. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Smooth body with low carbonation. Has a nice creaminess giving it a full body. Remains quite easy drinking considering the ABV.

Overall this one is very true to the style and a great example of a finely crafted lager. All the flavors meld nicely together and deliver a solid beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of hreb
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half liter bottle served in pint glass. Beer is reddish brown in color with a moderate tan foam. Rich malt aroma typical of the style: sweet but powerful. Flavorwise I think this hits a bunch of really nice notes. You get the typical malt bomb of a dopelbock, but first you get the nutty roasted malt flavor of an American Nut Brown, and afterwards you get a pleasant hop bitterness. I can't believe this is only 25 IBUs. The alcohol (9%) plays off the bitterness really well and you get finish which isn't at all clean, but it is tasty. There's even a little bit of sweet dark chocolate in there. This is a rough, aggressive style, but Framingham's finest have made a totally worthwhile offering.

Note that the label clearly uses the Americanized (Saxonized?) spelling "Dopplebock".

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A deep, smoky red after the first pour. The foam quickly dissipates and you're left with a dark amber beer.

S - Full bodied aroma of raisins. As advertised, you can tell there's a lot of time behind this beer. 'Lagered for two months"... and it's obvious. Very nice.

T - Muted carbonation compliments the malt very well. Sweet and delicious.

M - Packs a punch while not being overwhelming. Lingers and hangs with you well after a sip.

O - Exactly what I was looking for to compliment a roasted potato and steak supper. The high ABV certainly sneaks up on you... very tasty beer.

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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.