Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 315
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 32
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 12-16-2011

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
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Photo of horshack7
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very dark mahogany with an off white head a good two fingers thick.

Aroma: Figs, brown bread, caramelized sugars, banana, clove, tremendous bready malts.

Taste: A very malty backbone, dark bread, minor notes of roasted hops. Figs, plantains, black licorice, dark fruits and toffee. The mouthfeel is chewy with some stickiness.

Notes: An amazing Dopplebock and very drinkable. Cheers. (398 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pilsner.
I wasn't expecting much despite the reviews. I was surprised. I am a fan of Ayinger Celebrator. This beer turned out to be as good with more depth.

Dark honey color with a 2+ finger head.

The aroma from the bottle and the head was excellent: dark fruit, malt. I wasn't expecting fruit in this lager- it's quite pronounced.

Mouth feel: carbonated and suit the style well.

Taste: deep malt, dark fruit, figs. The second pouring was even deeper fruit.

Another great beer by Jacks Abby. It may be one of my favorites from the brewery.

Class act !!! (573 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark, but mildly opaque brown body with an off-white.

Taste is thick and full bodied, but still not over the top, with a very creamy and chewy almost liquid caramel flavor and consistancy. Lots of dark malts, raisins and dark fruit flavors dominate. If I didn't know this had a lager yeast I'd swear this was a Belgian Dunkel or even quad, not a doppelbock at all. There's a mild earthy bitterness that keeps the whole thing in check, but this beer is really all about the malt. Ends with a very nice lingering big malt, almost barleywine type finish.

What a killer beer. Jack's Abby continues to blow me away with each new offering. I mean after the hop resin monster of the Kiwi Rising, this just raises the bar again. Really runs a fine line between Belgian Dunkel and German doppelbock. Just a killer slow sipping big beer. (847 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 oz pour at Jack’s Abby in a tasting glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 2-finger frothy cream-colored head. Great retention and lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Lots of caramel, nutty, and bready malt with a hint of molasses and maple. This smells like it’s going to be fantastically sweet.

T – Sweet all the way through with caramel and bready malt, toffee, a bit of maple, and maybe some bittersweet cocoa at the finish. Very tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet finish.

O – This is an awesome beer and a terrific end to the tasting I did at Jack’s Abby. It is full of malts and definitely sweet but never cloying. I was really impressed with all of the beers that I’ve had from these guys. If you’re ever in MA, I highly recommend paying them a visit. (863 characters)

Photo of alexbutler
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown pour with some dark red in it. Decent offwhite head that fades somewhat quickly. Good lacing.

S: Earthy toffee aroma. Some sweet caramel. Maybe a touch of brown sugar?

T: Wow, big earthy toffee and molasses mixture up front. Sweet, thick caramel takes over and carries out after that. No bitterness, no hint of alcohol, nothing. Just smooth and creamy decadence. As it warms I get just a hint of cocoa in there as well.

M: Perhaps the best feature of this beer (hard to believe since the taste is so good). It's like drinking silk. Super creamy and super smooth. Just slides over the tongue like pure luxury.

O: Damn, I thought they couldn't top Kiwi Rising but this is just amazing in a totally different way. Never had a doppelbock that even comes close to this beer. Very unique style too, again unlike any other beer I've had. (850 characters)

Photo of Abra
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Jack's Abby beer and I'm quite impressed!

Pours a very nice mahogany color with a generous head.
Has a sweet raisin/caramel smell.

Taste has a lot of depth, which blends together perfectly. There's a definite raisin/rich dark fruit sweetness that sinks into a roasted, nutty, almost smoky caramel like flavor which finishes with a nice hop balance to even it out.

This is a must try! (393 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Adams Hometown Market, Monson, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the clear coppery brown brew. Head holds on admirably, with lasting lace. Aroma is nutty and spicy.

Taste continues the nose, nutty upfront, a peek of fruit in the middle, with chocolate and balanced bitterness through the close. Amazingly smooth mouthfeel, and so easily drinkable. Warming does creep up on you slowly. A great brew. (478 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An 11 oz. serving at the Publick House. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black, a shade of dark chocolate. A quarter-finger tan head really lasts and lasts, great retention.

Very dessert-like aroma. Chocolate, almost like hot cocoa. There's a slightly odd cola character, but it's not terribly distracting. The deep, malt sweetness wins out here.

I really hate to describe a beer thusly, but this is sort of like a meal in a glass. This is unbelievably bready and rich, with a very prominent flavor of chocolate. It's almost like chocolate cake batter, with a slight hop bite in the finish.

The mouthfeel is phenomenal. Thick and creamy, like a milkshake. Definitely a sipper, though the ABV is basically nonexistent.

Absolutely delicious, by far my favorite beer from Jack's Abby. A perfect seasonal beer. (805 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very, very dark - but translucent and sparkly - brownish-coppery brew, topped with a sizable light beige head. Fantastic retention.

Very nice Doppelbock aroma: subdued, but strong up close, yielding notes of pepper and dark bread; figs and raisins; caramel and toffee; banana esters.

Flavor follows: fruitbread in a glass. Prunes and brown sugar up front; banana, vanilla, and bread in the middle; cloying sweetness, cola, and alcohol tinge on the finish.

Sharp, lively mouthfeel. Long, sticky wet finish. Medium thickness, but full bodied flavor.

This really is an excellent Doppelbock, one of the only US versions I'd say are worthy of pairing up against the German stalwarts of the genre. There are zero unpleasant flavors; the entire thing comes together smoothly, easily incorporating a high ABV recipe into a very drinkable package. (843 characters)

Photo of TaylorGates
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very Nice dark Red Amber color, nice lacing with the head, overall just a very pretty beer.

Smell: Alot of Molasses, dark fruit, chard bread, roasted malt, little alcohol smell in there as well

Taste: Roasted malt, banana bread, Raisins, roasted caramel, There is a lot going on in this beer very deep flavors that come together very nicely, I can't taste any of the alcohol in this 9% beer, the leftover taste is almost like a perfectly burnt buttery sugar cookie very enjoyable

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy body, very chew, Low to medium carbonation and a bubbly sweet-syrupy mouth-feel that make this high ABV beer very easy to drink

Overall: This is a great American dopplebock. I would hold this up to some of the better German Dopplebocks (758 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter fizzy 1/4 finger head that fades semi quickly, over dark ruby maroon brown colored beer with hints of ruby light coming through.

Nose has a bit of booze to kick it off (as this is poured at about 55-60 deg F, some typical esters assosciated with it. Then comes the malts, plenty of dark wheat like aromas and brown malts, a bit of a molasses and caramel like sweetness, bits of dried fruit, a slight biscuity malt aroma, and some light lager crispness.

Taste starts with darker malts actually, a dark malty flavor with a light cocoa and come caramel flavors, hint of molasses, and dark wheat flavors. Then the fruits, with light dried fig and date, fluffy and rich though. A little bit of booze comes through, warming at first but gets slightly tingly, with a touch of esters as well. I even get hints of spices like a cinnamon a little nutty like. The full body feels like it's melting in my mouth which is an interesting touch. A very slight hint of chocolate covered brandy soaked raisin adds a nice touch as it moves towards the malty finish. It stays a bit sweet on the finish, sticky as well, with more lingering malts, dark fruits, touch of cocoa, and some booze tingle.

Mouth is full bodied, decent carb, and some warming and tingly booze, but a bit sticky on the finish.

Overall pretty good, again haven't had a bad beer by them. This doesn't hint full on for most doppelbocks but a pretty good representation. Nice malts, fruits, plenty of booze which is one thing that is lacking in most doppelbocks, a full body with a lager crispness, and even some hints of darker malts like chocolate and crystal. (1,631 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep reddish brown in colour with an inch of fine, medium beige foam. Good head retention. Malty aroma with a bit of alcohol, raisins and dried fruit, biscuit and toast, slight sugary character. Really nice flavour, balanced combination of aroma characteristics along with mild to moderate bitterness. Malty throughout with bready and biscuity notes, grain and dried fruit, alcohol in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, smooth texture, mild warmth. I liked this quite a bit. Another solid beer from Jack's Abby -- they continue to impress me. (554 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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? (1,179 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's with anticipation. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a cystal clear hazelnut hue with a nice one finger creamy head that fades to leave a dense halo.

S - Aromas are pretty nice, smells more like a dunkel instead of a dopplebock. Nice sweet malts, very earthy with some slight bitterness on the end. Nice lager yeast on the nose as well. No ABV detectable on the nose.

T - Taste is quite nice. More of the sweetness, nice carmel notes along with some dark fruits (raisins, figs). At the end a slight bitterness to round things out and keep in check. There is some slight booze but again its hidden quite nicely. An interesting merger of styles.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. The carbonation isnt low, its just very light. That being said, not heavy but very light on the tongue. There is some slight ABV noticeable as it warms towards 50 but for the most part the ABV is wondefully disguised.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer. Though while I enjoyed this it is not my favourite Jack's Abby offering. Still, very interesting take on a dopplebock, very nice flavours and mouthfeel. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Sensaray
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a clean dark brown amber color with minimal head, but still has remnants of it throughout
Dark fruit, raisins, alcohol, inviting smell, not overly powerful though
Dark fruit still prominent in the flavors, with possible sweet hints at caramel and maybe chocolate, do sense the raisiny side, good spice element
Full bodied beer, smooth drinking for the abv with a slightly dry finish
Overall very tasty beer (420 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a jacks Abby snifter.

Brew poured a semi translucent amber ruby purple brownish color with a thin head that was gone quick and not much lacing at all.

Nose is toasted caramel plums, very marvel like with crystallized malts.

Taste is quite pleasant. Matches the nose with very caramel toffee biscuit and toasted crystallized malt. Some roast on the back end.

Easy drinking, abc is invisible, a bit watery in how it goes down, but bold in the flavor dept.

Overall a really nice dopple. Would definitely have this again. (561 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful toasty copper brown with perfect clarity and a faint ruby blush. Fat head of tan foam that fell quickly to a thin ring. Not much lace. Nose very tempting. There's bread, sweet chocolate,caramel, dark fruits and a touch fo brown sugar. Taste is delightful with layered malt complexity on a medium body. Rich and rowdy malt shows itself off in a way that's frolicsome and fun. Caramel, bread, dark fruits, raisin, date and fig, a touch of brown sugar and a bit of soft faint chocolate and it even hints at nuts. It has laid a malt feast before you and then , like placing a single flower in a bud vase on a table, there is a touch of warmth from the alcohol to finish this crisp and dry.

Simply excellent. The body is a bit thinner than some of the german dopplebocks but with impeccable balance and with flavors that captivate this beer is contemporary and stylish. (883 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.30.13
Bottled November 2012

A - Pours a clear, very dark orange-almost brown, wieht a one inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Caramel, raisin, dark fruits, roasted malts.

T - Caramel, toasted bread, raisins.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Good caramel, fruit, hard to believe this is a lager. (339 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber-brown in color with a fizzy off-white head that builds and fades quickly. No lace or retention.

S: Sweet, spicy, boozy malt. Brown sugar & molasses.

T: Sweet, fruity, slightly sugary malt up front with a nice hoppy finish. Surprising. Flavors come out as the beer warms. A bit of booze throughout.

M: Booze covers the palate with each sip but it's pleasant and complemented by the tasty, roasted malt.

O: An American twist on a very good style. Well done. Won't be my last beer from Jack's Abby. (508 characters)

Photo of HookerBrews
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: I poured this from a bottle into a Dogfish pint glass. The beer pours a lovely, dark, amber-red color. Despite being unfiltered, the beer is crystal clear. The head is tan, pours frothy, retains nicely, and has little lacing. It's a beautiful lager with a lot to say for itself before even tasting it.

Smell: The aroma has notes of molasses, fresh black bread, a subtle note of banana bread, with a slight touch of alcohol. It smells like a pristine doppelbock and also has a few hints of dark fruit and raisins.

Taste: This brew has a wonderful warm, dark, and a deep flavor profile. I get notes of coffee liqeuer, banana bread, and butter cookie on the front. These flavors give way to dark, roasty tastes of grain and raisins and then leaves a smoky aftertaste reminiscent of a porter. There is almost no hint of the high ABV and the beer warms you nicely. Perfect for a cold winter night in New England.

Mouthfeel: I would say the beer has a medium heavy body with a good bit of chewiness. It goes down so smoothly for a strong beer.

Overall: I'm starting a journey through the Jack's Abbey offerings and this is a wonderful example of what they are capable of. The Saxonator is deep, dark, roasty, complex, and smooth. There was clearly a lot of attention to detail in crafting this brew and it strikes me as an awesome rendition of a dopplebock. Overall, an excellent beer from an excellent, local brewery. (1,428 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Burnt red-orange color with light brown hues. Great clarity. Creamy tan head displays awesome retention and never dips below three fingers.

S: Sweet on the nose. Brown molasses, nutty, toast and crust. Spicy alcohol. Slight figgy character.

T: Layered and complex malt flavors shift on the palate. Toast and crust begin things. Roasted chestnuts. Brown cocoa. Toasted grains. Dark caramel and brown molasses. Spicy alcohol. Very clean. Lots of toast and even a hint of roasted malts on the finish with a very slight nutty coffee impression.

M: Heavy body. Chewy and somewhat syrupy. Malty firmness. Nicely rounded. Warming alcohol. Moderate prickling carbonation.

O: This is a very enjoyable doppelbock. I wish they'd put it into a regular seasonal rotation in the early spring. Not too many doppelbocks in the American market that can compete with the quality this brings to the table. (937 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle served in a pilsener glass. November 2012 indicated on the label. Pours a lovely copper hue with a fizzy, 2.5 inch tan-colored head with a translucent clarity and quite a bit of tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a rocky, quarter inch froth with residual spots and strands of lacing adhering to the walls of the glass as the brew recedes. Nose expresses grape bubblegum and some biscuity/wheaty notes. Taste follows nose; however, not as sweet as I would have anticipated; everything present in the nose coalesces nicely and leads to a pleasant balance. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and just a trace of oiliness to the texture. Overall, a very solid example of a style I'd like to see more of. Perhaps the best domestic Dunkle I've had (don't know why this is classified as a dopplebok). Alcohol is dangerously well-hidden as well. Wish these guys distributed in RI - thankfully I can easily cross the border to grab some. (1,007 characters)

Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liquid bread is a perfect way to describe Doppelbocks to someone who has never had a doppelbock. As for describing The Saxonator, I would call it liquid raisin bread toast.

A- Deep dark amber. With a white head.

S- Wheat and raisin bread toast.

T- Taste sits on the back and sides of the tongue. Raisins followed by a buttery wheat toast taste and finished with a little spice.

M- This beer fills the mouth and provides a very filling feeling. I like how the carbonation lingers on the tongue with a buttery toast taste.

O- I enjoyed this a lot. I remember having raisin bread toast with butter for breakfast before going to church during lent and this is really took me back. (686 characters)

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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.