Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RichD on 01-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, clear brown, with a small half inch head, and only a little bit of lacing.

Smells like plums, raisins, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

The bourbon flavor in this is incredibly well-integrated, very smooth, and mixes well with the vanilla, oak, caramel, brown sugar, figs, light chocolate. The ABV and booze is hidden incredibly well, just so smooth. Oh my god.

Medium bodied, could be slightly thicker I suppose. Low carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel.

This might have been better than any of the Framinghammer variants, this was just incredible.

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Photo of RichD
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz Jack's Abby growler into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with about half a finger of light tannish head.

S: A faint smell of vanilla, bourbon, oak and some malts. Couldn't really pick up much of anything else, maybe some raisins or figs. Nothing too potent.

T: Caramel malts up front with some dark fruits such as raisins and figs. The oak, vanilla and bourbon come through in the finish. There is a slight tinge of boozyness occasionally but the 9% is masked pretty well. Very good stuff here.

M: Despite the barrel aging of this brew, you can definitely tell it's a lager. It has the clean finish even though it's medium bodied. Quite smooth and enjoyable.

Overall: This is a damn good brew. I came into this with no expectations because I had never tasted or even heard of a barrel aged doppelbock. Jack's Abby does not disappoint with this one. This brew is extremely sweet as a doppelbock should be and even more sweet because of the bourbon. The bourbon does a great job playing off of the caramel malts and dark fruits. Jack's Abby really sets the bar when it comes to lagers. Great brew.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a beer I would necessarily think to age in bourbon barrels, but so it is what it is.

Pours a little fizzy creamy like 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent lacing. murky very sediment laden dark mahogany brown color.

Nose brings tons of bourbon, so much I wasn't expecting it, and sweet caramel candy, it's really like a glass of bourbon that I poured caramel and sugar into. Powdered cocoa notes, with sweet caramel candy and big sweet syrupy candy sugar, nice vanilla barrel and toasted oak, even a touch of coconut, etc.

Taste brings more sweet characters, again sweet and syrupy but powdered dry character, like powdered maple syrup and caramel, sweet candy, candy syrup, toffee molasses notes, mild biscuit. Nice toffee really coming through, with a touch of coffee syrup, mild fudgey thing, and a little charred barrel. Then nice barrel notes, toasted oak, a little vanilla, little coconut thing even, with some bourbon but not a ton, candy bourbon juice. Mild bitterness in the background, a little spicy earthy hop note, but not a ton.

Mouth is med bod, a little thicker and syrupy, decent carb, a touch of warming booze.

Overall decent, I really like the bourbon on the nose, but fades a bit on the taste, barrel is nice all around, nice hops on the background, a but sticky sweet but nice, good sweet characters. Still pretty nice.

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Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date, but this is the most recent release. Probably a couple months old.

A: A deep dark brown pour with a good sized light brown head. Fluffy, effervescent head that fades out fairly quickly. No sign of lacing. Moderate head retention.

S: Heavy caramel and toffee, probably from the barrels and from the malt combined. Light oak. Light herbal quality.

T: More of the same. Heavy, heavy caramel up front with just a hint of toffee. Toffee brightens through the middle and becomes more prominent along with a bunch of oak. Light dark fruits throughout. A heavy breadiness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Somewhat heavy and sweet. Lower carbonation. Smooth.

O: A really nice doppelbock. The barrel aging accentuates the sweet maltiness with more layers of sweetness. Doesn't make it overpowering at all, just adds complexity. Great balance, great drinkability and overall a fine execution. One of the best doppelbocks I've had, if I'm honest.

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Photo of Resuin
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. This was bottled a couple months ago.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel/medium brown with a cherry hue, and leaves a finger of light tan head, which dissipates to a layer around the glass.

Smell: Dark fruits: plums, figs, raisins, mild chocolate, hint of vanilla sweetness.

Taste: Sweet bourbon barrel character upfront, dark fruits, a hint of chocolate, caramel. Well balanced. Drinkability is high.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. I'd like this to be a bit fuller, but not bad. FInishes smooth, and a bit sweet.

Overall: This is a nice, sweet doppelback that took some nice, balanced characteristics from the bourbon barrels. Very drinkable.

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Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Jack's Abby Brewing
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