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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 328
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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 metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick lasting head that leaves a solid ring of lace after every sip. Dark amber with ruby overtones. Mild haze.

Mild smell of light crystal malts and floral hop. No alcohol aroma as I would normally expect.

Malt start with a spicy (not hoppy) finish. Sweet without being cloy, the taste has several distinct stages: after the sweetness comes a warming alcohol moment that gives way to the bite of alcohol burn in the swallow. The spice steps forward as black and white pepper. The aftertaste is surprisingly brief, but the warmth (from the alcohol) lingers on.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/28/12 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep dark amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells roasted malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, light dark fruits and raisins, and bready malts. Nice and malty.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts, bready malts, dark fruits, raisins, figs, and toasted malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice beer from Jack's Abbey. Lots of malts and nice fruit to it, and very easy to drink. Very excited to try more of their stuff an EBF.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed reddish brown color with a fluffy beige head that persists forever. Caramel, molasses, dark burnt sugars and dark dried fruits, its a malt heads wet dream. Very light aromas of earthy hop provides almost no balance. The flavor is malty and rich with all of the aforementioned aromas playing a part in the flavor. Heavy molasses with a hint of smoke dominates the flavor while the other tastes add character. Rich sweet and frigging smooth. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly syrupy mouthfeel. Great Americanized version of a dopplebock.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a heated copper color. Clear body, no blemishes. Slow, sporadic bubble ascension. Head is a darling. An inch-high pillow of composed fluff. Leaves rocky lacing.

S-Yeast hits first. Very noticeable. Then comes the Pumpernickel bread and whipped chocolate. A hint of prune. Glazed doughnuts. Behind the talkative Lager yeastiness lies a subtle, earthen hop signature.

T-The yeast and bread display impressive muscularity. Semi-dry fig and prune. Over-toasted raisin bagels. Light, spicy hop addition. Caramel and molasses. After the first whack of Lager yeast and bakery medley, there is not a ton to decipher.

M-Booze is a bit wily but hey man, it's a shade under 10%. Fuller body. Light bitterness. Definitely a sipper.

O/D-Not my favorite from perhaps my favorite Massachusetts brewery but I will literally try every single beer I see on the shelf from Jack's Abby. The price-tag is always legit and the beer is even better. The true question is: would I like this beer more if it wasn't from a brewery that makes a few of my favorites? Or would I like it less without the respect that comes with the name on the label? I will never know.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark reddish mahogany color.

The aroma is very fruit forward and different for the style. It has rummy raisins, plums figs, cherries. An obvious lager yeast. A breadiness and candy sweetness as well.

The flavor follows with those fruits in the front. There’s a light brown sugar and caramel sweetness in the middle. It’s not a sweet beer for the style, nor is it big on toasty bready notes that is familiar of other doppelbocks. There’s a mineral lager yeast note throughout. In the finish, there’s a huge breadiness of rugbrød. It has this substantial, dense rye and whole wheat breadiness instead of doughiness that most Americans are familiar with.

It is different for the style without the big sweet bready and toasty malts, but instead with lots of fruit flavors. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden and it is still delicious.

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  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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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip.

A: Clear deep chestnut body under an inch of tan head. Ok retention, nice lace. Pretty good.

S: Classic Doppelbock aroma of bread crust, chocolate, raisin, and earthiness. Solid.

T: Follows the nose. Maltiness abounds, with bread, dark fruit, and faint roastiness all playing their parts. Moderate bitterness and faint alcohol on the finish. Quite clean, pretty tasty.

M: Lively medium-to-full body. Creamy and mouth-filling. Great.

O: Very good beer, definitely one of the better American takes on the style. I really like the substantial hop presence. There are several German offerings that do a lot better, though.


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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Dope
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, dark chestnut brown. Forms a moderate sized light tannish colored head that fizzes away fairly quickly. Next to no lacing.

S: Aroma is wonderful. Deep caramel malts. Raisin, toffee, and a mild nuttiness.

T: Unfortunately, the taste falls apart for me. Strong flavor of caramel malts with notes of raisin and plum. But then there is an acrid taste. Not necessarily burnt…more like a bitter chemical aftertaste. Oddly, the beer then turns saccharin sweet. A simply unpleasant finish.

M: Medium bodied. Somewhat abrasive. Mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: It's a decent beer. Better as it warms. But there are some off-flavors on the back end that I don't care for. Alcohol is well "hidden," but I think it's presenting itself in a form other than typical heat and spice.

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Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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 OtherShoe2
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a sticky cream-colred head. Reduced to a ring with some lace.

Dry malt aromas. Nothing else. Blind test I could not tell you this is a doppelbock.

Don't trust your nose. Rich dark burnt sugars. Dark fruit, cane syrup, and firm bitterness in the toasted malt that dries out at the end. Nice, but not super complex.

Fuller bodied. Some carbonation.

Drinkable doppelbock with some simplicity. Worth a try, but not even close to most German versions.

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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 ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.