Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #19
Ranked #8,953
3.99 | pDev: 8.77%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Saxonator Dunkles DoppelbockSaxonator Dunkles Doppelbock
Notes: 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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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear mahogany color with a half-finger of off-white head. The head has solid retention, leaving minimal lacing before settling into a thin ring.

The aroma brings a wave of dark fruits and roasted nuts, as well as some caramel, toffee, and sweet dough.

The flavor is quite sweet, bringing notes of plum, fig, and caramel, as well as brown sugar, raisin bread, and toffee. Finishes with the faintest kiss of hops.

The feel is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Lots of warming from the alcohol and a tad sticky.

Overall, a pretty solid doppelbock that's a bit on the sweet side, and a bit too boozy, but overall not bad.

Feb 21, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a mostly dark brown color with a foamy rocky off white head that hangs around for a good minute and a half. The smell takes on a ton of dark fruit, clingy to roasty to sweet bready/yeasty content rolling on into a sticky malt character. The taste was moderately smooth and sweet with the sticky malt character bleeding nicely on into the entire flavor. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sessionable to smooth sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels fairly light. Overall, as a doppelbock, it definitely works.

Jun 17, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap @ As Is in NYC. Notes from 3/22/2017.

Ruby-brown color that was light than anticipated. Clear body with a thick tan head. Bready malt aroma with a fruitiness that cannot be ignored. Caramel, plum, and chocolate. There's a light sweetness to the flavor but it's subtle and smooth. Medium bodied, chewy, and a bit warming. A nice dopplebock that doesn't copy its German counterparts but represents a fine example of the style.

Apr 05, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark mahogany brown huge fluffy tan head with very spotty lacing.

Aroma - Roasted malts, plum, caramel, figs. Slightly nutty.

Taste - Dark fruit, malts, caramel, tobacco, very mild alcohol. Hint of bitterness.

Feel - Medium body, good carbonation. Slightly warming from the alcohol, very smooth.

Overall - The flavors are amazing, great dark fruit and roasted malts. The alcohol is not overly noticeable. A very solid beer.

Nov 06, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always love me some Doppelbock this time of year.

A mountain of thick, tan froth rises from this dark brown and crimson brew.

Aroma is slightly metallic with nut up front* and grain, prune and plum in the background.

So sweet with caramel, burnt sugar and molasses. Never cloying. More dark fruits in the middle with faint nut and spice following. There's some brown bread too.

Medium in body with a discreet alcohol heat.

A complex Doppelbock that suits me damn fine.

* That's what she said.

Oct 30, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Apr 09, 2016
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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
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.

Mar 22, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Mar 20, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/11/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, licorice, chocolate, lager yeast and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Then a strong breadiness comes in from a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. There’s a touch of smokiness in the background. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Mar 12, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Mar 02, 2016
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Brew_42 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Feb 14, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Feb 09, 2016
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +12%
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.

Jan 24, 2016
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PVMT from New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Sep 20, 2015
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Sep 17, 2015
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Justin82 from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Sep 08, 2015
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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


Aug 30, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Aug 04, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

2.64/5  rDev -33.8%
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

Jul 11, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jun 17, 2015
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +8%
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.

Mar 05, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Jan 26, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Dec 14, 2014
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Sep 27, 2014
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logicalparadox from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%

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)!

Sep 19, 2014
Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 379 ratings