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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 340
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

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.

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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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - brown liquid with beige colored head

Smell - toasted caramel, burnt toast

Taste - toasted caramel, burnt toast, toasted nuts

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront followed by a toastiness, smooth finish

Overall - decent Dopplebock, although not as refined or complex as its German counterparts

Price Point - $4.99/16.9 oz bottle

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 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.

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Photo of davey101
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

November 2012 batch, 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear dark red body. Lots of khaki foam, thick edging with minimal lacing.

S - Caramel, dates, sweet brown sugar and malty bread. A bit of spice and booze on the end.

T - Dark fruit and caramel, spices, toasted malts, brown sugar. Syrupy sweet, a touch of booze on the end.

M - Thick and creamy, medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O - A very solid doppelbock. Not quite at the level of an Ayinger, but quite solid.

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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.

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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 !!!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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 ms11781
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled December 2012. 500ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours somewhere in between a deep amber and a muddy brown color. There are some nice orange/amber tones along the sides and bottom of the glass that make it lean toward deep amber when held up too the light. The beer looks opaque in the glass except for the far edges on each side. A decent head develops, probably a half in or so of off white foam, before it settles as thin cap. The lacing matches the head as it's fairly good at first with a nice ring of foam before tapering of and leaving a thin ring here and there.

The nose seems quite subdued, especially for a big doppelbock. There is some sweet caramel and a nutty note to it but there doesn't seem to be much depth to it. As the beer warms there is a yeasty characteristics that comes through along with a slight hint of dark fruit.

The taste is definitely a step up from the nose. The sweet caramel is definitely a leading flavor but the nuttiness and the dark fruit are better represented. It's bready and toast and even has a bit of a roasted note to it. The flavors come out a bit more as the beer warms, perhaps it was a touch too cold, but even then some of them are fleeting.

The mouthfeel is pretty big relative to a doppelbock but not really that big overall. Definitely full but not huge. Low to medium carbonation makes the beer incredibly smooth. The smoothness sort of keeps the beer together and helps the more subtle flavors to come across as they do.

I'm not too sure how I feel about this beer. I have had it in the past on draft and back then it felt like a monster, inching into quad-like territory. This bottled version seems far more tame. The flavors and aromas are nice but there isn't anything that draws you in and makes you want more.

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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.

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Photo of LeRose
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled, no date found. Poured a deep amber color into a lager glass. About two fingers of beige head. Slightly cloudy. Nice lacing on the glass. Smell is earthy, malty, yeasty almost bread like. Not picking up any fruity aromas, maybe some caramel and toffee type notes. Taste is smooth malty sweet with slight bitterness. The word silky comes to mind. Nutty, a little bready, definitely earthy, and yeast character. Some acidity, maybe a hint of raisin or date notes. Very clean on the palate, light to medium body. Carbonation is moderate. Some aftertaste of sweetness once I finished the bottle - seemed to build up some. Very smooth, balanced, and drinkable even with the alcohol. Seems well hidden to me. Enjoyable, sure wish there was more than on bottle left on shelf.

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Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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 OtherShoe2
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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 VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Maxwell
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark and raisiny brown with light ruby notes and a big old light cream head that sticks around with light tight knit bubbles that are replenished rapidly. The beers body appears lager clean, but dark and fairly opaque. The lacing is medium width, sticky, and wall-like across the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of spicy raisins. Thick caramel malts are also present and slightly chewy alcohol. The caramel malts even turn a little roasted as you swirl the beer in your glass. The beer tastes surprisingly suppressed with spicy raisin and alcohol and light grainy cereal. The beer begins with spicy cereal notes before transitioning into sweet raisin and slight caramel and a quick burst of spicy alcohol before the tastes turns again to grainy cereal malts and slight biscuit and the faintest hint of roast malt and bacon. As the beer warms up and I drink it further I get more and more of a feeling of slight rauchbier characteristics in it, similar to Smoke & Dagger. On the mouth, the beer feels thick and chewy, and hits the stomach similarly. The mouth is left clean except for a slight scrim of spittle that wets the mouth for another sip. Overall this is a fairly decent dopplebock from Jack’s Abby. They hide the alcohol very well, but the thickness of the beer makes it a sipper (obviously…). It’s chewy and tasty, but it really doesn’t standout flavor-wise outside of the faint hints of rauchbier. It’s a good example of the style with some slight variations to add a “Jack’s Abby-flair” to it. A good beer for sure, and another wonderful offering from Jack’s Abby.

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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.

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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.

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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.