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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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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Floydster on 10-29-2008

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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 36
Photo of BenHesk12
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I admit that I don't drink brandy and probably don't have the necessary acquired tastes to appreciate this type of beer, but I can say that this was one of the most intense barrel aged beers I've ever tried. This beer is incredibly tart and tastes like biting into a brandy soaked piece of bitter wood.I couldn't even tell that this was a dopplebock--it just tasted like concentrated smokey grape esters. I love a good bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, but this wasn't even the same territory. If you LOVE brandy and beer, you might like this brew otherwise think twice before ordering a full glass.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a dark clear amber, with a little bit of lacing, and a half inch head.

Smells very strongly of sweet and nutty brandy, dark fruits, raisins, and a bit of caramel.

I've never had the regular Navigator, but without having that, I can safely guess that the brandy barrel aging really elevated this one. There's a really significant brandy presence that's really well integrated into the base doppelbock. The base beer provides some nice dark fruits, sweet caramel, and toffee, along with barrel-derived vanilla and a small amount of oak.

This is medium bodied, thick, but not overly so. It's slightly syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is a really well done barrel aged beer. The brandy notes really do go well with the dark fruit character of the base beer.

Photo of SuperHop18
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of docoman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Photo of Rado
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of humulusphile
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of sludgegnome
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of wattershed
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -20%
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 -2.4%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cld253
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dominic4beer
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +22%

Photo of thecheapies
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
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 +22%

Photo of radioscooter
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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