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Navigator Dopplebock (Brandy Barrel Aged) - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Navigator Dopplebock (Brandy Barrel Aged)
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Floydster on 10-29-2008)
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Photo of docoman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

I think the BBA brings out some some flavor and of course smell for this dopplebock. Definitely work a sample.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of humulusphile
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sludgegnome
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of wattershed
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Slater's 50/50 (Liberty Station), on to the beer:

This one arrived with plenty of anticipation, but lots of booze in the beers character took the beer down a few levels. The russet brown color with solid head retention was fine. The nose was fumes of alcohol mixed with lots of malt and raisins. It didn't quite have the super high level of booze as the aroma; there's enough of the body, consisting of raisins, touches of brandy, and some sweet bread, to overcome the booze. Nearly full bodied and boozy. It's alright, not what I had hoped I would taste. Good thing I stayed away from flammmable objects afterwards.

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of cld253
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dominic4beer
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a semi-clear cherry/caramel color with some slight haze in the glass. Fluff of off-white head rests on top, leaving patches of lacing behind while retaining through some of the pour.

Stiff scents of brandy soaked wood and alcohol induced sweetness. Touches of cherry and raisin with some burnt sugar. Nice malt hints with a touch of vanilla.

Begins with dark fruits and raisin on the tongue. The barrel character is potent, but well integrated, mixing in vanilla and brandy with dark fruits and sugar. Touches of caramel and molasses flow into the malt backbone. Finishes boozy and warm with some lingering sweetness.

Decent medium body, well carbonated, slick and smooth on the tongue. Drinks really nicely, one of my favorite BP barrel aged offerings thus far.

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here we go...

Beautiful clear maroon body with a still, flat cap. Looks light for a doppelbock, but it could be the tumbler.

Mild aromas. Bock smells. Dark bread, fruity yeast elements, some barrel (I believe the brandy).

There's a ton of oak in the forefront. Big brandy with residual sugars and poppyseed roll. Bready, beastly with booze, and big on caramel. Bigger flavor, smaller complexity. A little overdone.

Medium-heavy body. Medium-light carb. Terribly boozy for 8%.

I loves me a brandy-barrel aged ale, but this one was huge when it didn't need to be. Still worth ordering when ya see it.

Photo of Oneinchaway
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of radioscooter
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 4 oz sampler of this at Bocktown.

This is by far my favorite offering from Ballast Point thus far.

Was excited by the idea of a brandy-aged Dopplebock.

Appearance and smell are all is as it should be. Medium, nutty tea brown tone, minimal head. Came out of the tap too cold to really give off a strong smell, but what's there is good.

Nice, round mouthfeel. Smooth.

Taste is vanilla, malty, doppelbock with a bit more booze from the brandy taste. The brandy is discernible but not enough to kill or negatively impact the bock taste, which is forward as it should be. Way less of a malt bomb than I expected.

There's a slight aftertaste, that I'm thinking is due to it being draft. It has a little bit if that 'on-tap' thing that brings the preservative taste up front. I suspect it would be absent with a bottle version.

Worth a taste for sure.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ballast Point : Navigator (Brandy Barrel Aged)

Pours a ruby brown color with off white, short livid head. In the aroma, brown sugar, molasses, brandy and malt sweetness. In the taste, vanilla, sugary malts, maple, vague suggestions of dark fruit, alcohol and brandy. Everything is well balanced, though there is little hop flavor beneath all of the complexities from the barrel aging. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth and adequate carbonation. Overall, a tasty treat, and not so often do you find brandy barrel aged dopplebocks.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ballast Point's Barrel Aged Day

A: Dark brown color with a 1/2 finger tan foam head.

S: I spent a while trying to figure out what it was that I was smelling. I guess it was brandy, but I got a lot of dark fruit and grape bubblegum. Kind of a strange smell but not entirely off-putting.

T: The taste was a little on the weak side with a good amount of brandy and some fairly muted malty notes. I feel like the brandy overwhelmed the beer a touch in this one. Still, not bad at all.

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from San Diego trip.

A- Dark brown ale poured from the tap. A silky tan ring forms atop the beer but no real head. Lack of lace entirely.

S- Brandy bomb, a ton of plum/dark fruit brandy notes fly off the beer. Like something I would cook with. Sweet juicy, fruit brandy. Very strong aroma.

T- A bit more balanced with the actual beer flavors here. Again a ton of brandy though with brown sugar, banana and nutty hints backing it.

MF- Silky thick body with alcohol warmth. Sweet overall feel.

Brandy bomb with big dark plum notes throughout, it really picked up a lot from the barrel. Somewhat hidden Doppelbock backbone.

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Navigator Dopplebock (Brandy Barrel Aged) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.