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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Saxonator Dunkles DoppelbockSaxonator Dunkles Doppelbock
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Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by taez555 on 12-16-2011

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, dark fruit, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, dark fruit, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly grainy/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent doppelbock style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, dark fruit, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. This has very prominent roasted flavors of a Schwarzbier along with with the dryness; but still has balanced doppelbock malty/fruity complexity as well. A very enjoyable hybrid of the two styles.

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

Look: Translucent raisin brown with a mocha head. Moderate activity.

Smell: Big sticky bread malt, dark pitted fruit, roasted nuts, warm vanilla, light smoke, and more fruity malt
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Taste: A big rush of raisin bread covers the palate. Notes of fig jam, slightly bitter roasted nuts, warm vanilla, spiced rum, and a earthy hop finish.

Feel: Big and chewy. The old adage liquid bread was made for beers like this. There is a warming booze on the finish.

Overall: Everything a doppelbock is good for. Big, meaty, and complex flavors. I really enjoyed this brew. Perfectly paired with these cold wet New England springs. Jacks Abby nailed this one.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage
1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Reddish brown, mahogany color, brighter orangish hues. Transparent w/ slow rising carbonation bubbles. Finger thick, pillowy and creamy head, off white colored. Moderate lacing on glass.

Aroma- Rich dark fruits, figs, raisins, grape and plum. Rich malty sweetness, caramelized sugars, toasty breadiness, slight toffee.

Taste- Malt sweetness, toasted bread, rich sugars. Dark fruits, figgy sweetness, raisins, plums, and grapes. Smooth, creamy toffee notes.

Feel- Medium feel, has a certain thickness, very smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Rich and sweet in flavor, enhanced by a wonderful smooth creaminess. Beer has aged very well, no signs of falling off. There still exists a bold richness, while possessing a certain refined character.

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Photo of SABERG
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle 1-22-15 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Gorgeous dark ruby hue, lager streaming carbonation supports a brite cap.
Lacing clings with each pull.
S - Roast malts, caramel, a bit of smoke, and hints from noble hops.
T - A bit of dark spice, anise, roast meat, dark brown sugar.
M - Medium in body, well carbonated, with a quick clean up.
O - A nice example of the style, a touch of sweetness but not out of balance.
Cheers

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Photo of Brew_42
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid doppelbock. Pours Amber with a fluffy head. Smells of malts and molasses and the taste follows the nose. Very bready. Medium to heavy body. Really solid beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Malty, toasted, biscuity, nutty, caramel, lager yeast, and grassy Noble hops.

Taste: Liquid bread baby. Just like the German breweries. Chewy notes and bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, lager yeast, a little chewy, some sweetness, light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Got to admit that this doppelbock is growing on me. I dig it a lot. I look forward to revisiting this one again in the future.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with light tan head. Not bursting with aroma, but some nutty chocolate and dried fruits. Starts with a lot of sweet chocolate, cashews, and roast. Some molasses in there as well. The finish is clean and dry. I really enjoy this beer. Great for winter.

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

Pour is brown with a reddish tint when held up to the light. Smell is raisins and other dark fruits and caramel. Taste matches the nose, with a solid, sweet malt finish.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-A dark clear amber with a thick creamy 1 inch eggshell colored head. Lacing is moderate.
S-malt and some dark fruits
T- Taste follows the nose with some alcohol in the finish which helps dry it out some. It warms you.
F- Smooth creamy mouthfeel from light carbonation.
O- One of my favorite examples of one of my favorite styles. I recommend it if you get a chance to pick it up. It's right up there with it's more famous German counterparts.

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Photo of Justin82
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml into a goblet
Look: Deep dark reddish- brown, a lil light gets thru along the edges. slight head that disappears quickly
Smell: Sweet, raisin, bread, slight booze
Taste: Much like the smell
Feel: Could be more full bodied. Nice low carb, fits the style
Overall: Another really great offering from jacks abby

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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 0.5l bottle while in Vermont last week, for $4.49. Enjoying today out in The 'Zebo....

Poured into a small tulip, it is a very dark mahogany, with some ruby shining at the edges. Head is thin and wispy, light tan in color, with a touch of lacing. Smells of choco and cocoa, with some caramel thrown in. Not overly strong, though. It is very smooth, with a body in the medium to medium-plus range.

Taste leads off with lovely maltiness. Has some caramel and toasted brown bread, then layers on some raisiny action. A bit more of the cocoa character again comes into play, with a hint of brown sugar and molasses rounding things out. Very nice job, Jack's!!! Prosit!!!

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the lager kings of the east have done it again, this time with a much more traditional type of lager. its about as much of that sweet autumnal caramelized malt as you can pack into a beer, almost transcends dopplebock into the barleywine realm in terms of the layers and the sweetness and the depth of the grain. darker than caramel in color, but well short of brown, it has an airy delicate looking head for such a big beer, and it smells really nice. toffee and bourbon notes jump right out at me, even without a barrel it has that slightly smokey thing with subtle vanilla going on, its there in the taste too. some dried fruit up front, raisin and date, with a honey and molasses sweet chewy middle. breakfast beer all the way. its pretty well suited to late fall, chilly nights and all that, less so for summer, but it tastes great if you dont mind a little residual sugar. the fact this is a lager is less apparent than in some of their other more creative beers because of all the leftover sugar, it lacks that smoothness and crispness, but i think its a well done tip of the cap to tradition, and its quite affordable if you can find it.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.64/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From zombier. In Paulaner glass. Playing Memoria. Althought its not a style I like, i have to recognize that its good in its style because I find it drinkable

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/5/15.Pours into a half liter stein a chesnut brown with a thick creamy lighter tan colored ehad.Buttery cramel notes really stand out in the nose along with some prune/raisin.Thick and lush in the mouth while staying creamy-like.Buttered rum flavors with dark fruit and cake in the finish,very rich.Seems even bigger than the 8.5%ABV it says it is,very rich and smooth.

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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.

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Photo of predikit
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark caramel color, leaves a small light beige head that recedes quickly. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Smells slightly smokey, oak notes, vanilla.

Taste is balanced, fairly sweet, a fig like dark fruit start, toasted malts come through in the middle, finishes with vanilla and a slight alcohol burn.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

Not the best I've had from them, but decent.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear but ver dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of raisins are present in the nose along with some hints of brown bread.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has flavors of raisins with malty sweetness and notes of brown bread.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is like liquid bread and is very filling and nourishing, but is still rather easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle poured into chalice

Deep ruby brown, clear with carbonation. Pours a taupe one finger bubbly foam cap.

Aroma of raisins, winey,

First sip, taste of sweet malt on the middle of the tongue , light espresso roast. Second sip, taste of raisin and feel of the alcohol. Check the label and this is 9% abv.

Smooth, good sudsing, chewy sweet malt, medium body, clean finish.

Good beer, made in America, but Optimator or Celebrator still reigns supreme in this style of beer.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

When a doppelbock is this big, it feels like a stout!

A: Huge head with nice retention. Deep, dark color, looks roasty and intense. Leaves nice lacing in the glass. Will make others jealous.

S: Nose follows the eye; with roasty, espresso notes. Lots of deep, earthy goodness, with some dark chocolate, and hints of molasses and dark fruits. You could be fooled into believing this was a porter or a stout, but it doesn't lose its character as a doppelbock.

T: Coffee, dark, espresso roast, with subtle dark fruits and a bit of twang like malt vinegar in the finish. Lots to contemplate. Very rich. Raisins. Big raisins! And molasses, reminding me of gingerbread cookie dough.

M: chewy, thick, rich, and full bodied. Coats the glass and the pallet. Big beer. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking.

Overall, ranks up there with the best of breed doppelbocks for me (Celebrator and Optimator)!

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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.

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Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: Semi dark chestnut brown with orange edges; poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Fairly strong heat, stewed raisins, hints of chocolate, toffee, and nutty malts.

t: Lots of good things going on up front; sweet bread, toffee, raisins, cocoa. Ths sharp, dry, lingering heat is a bit of a drawback.

m: Yes this is a bigger doppel, but it still comes across as a bit heavy.

o: Plenty to like here. This is more densely flavored than a typical doppel. To tbe point that I think it comes on a bit too strong. Still, I'd gladly have another.

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Photo of hreb
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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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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

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have had this one a few times on-tap but somehow haven't gotten around to reviewing it.

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to a deep snifter which seems appropriate for a 9% Doppelbock like this. The body itself is super dark brown and opaque. A frothy, foamy light tan head rises to two fingers and eventually falls to a thick ring, good retention. Lacing starts out spotty but dies out after a few sips.

S- Malts make up a bulk of the aroma which satisfies the style. The grains lend a significant base of Brown toasted notes as well as caramel, fresh cracked grain dust and some roastiness. Beyond that are hints of dark fruits like raisin, plum and fig.

T- Rich and satisfying maltyness paired with strong underlying yeast tones. Malt base reminds me of an American Brown Ale with notes of toast, caramel sweetness, cocoa, slight roast, brown sugar and cereal grains. Bock yeast provides a balance to the grains with a raisin, fig and dark fruit presence.

MF- Medium bodied with a texture right between foamy and creamy with a slight chewy oily feel to it. Carbonation is moderate but extremely smooth because of the texture. Slight alcohol warming in the finish.

Great contributions from both the rich malts and fruity yeast here as they combine to create an enjoyable Doppelbock. The 9% feels appropriate but I like the edge it provides with the toasted grains and dark fruit notes. Provides what I look for in a solid Doppelbock and I will surely have this again.

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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.

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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.