Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-16-2014 02:49:48 | More by cbutova
4.46/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
04-09-2014 23:58:50 | More by alexbutler
4.01/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-01-2014 04:17:52 | More by dar482
Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock from Jack's Abby Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.