Navigator Dopplebock - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
On tap at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 3/18/09. Served in an 8 oz glass.
Pours an extremely dark clear amber/almost brown with a thin tan creamy head. Retains mostly around the edges, flaring up nicely, and leaving a solid looking cascade of lacing back. The aroma is a bready bomb of roasted notes, cocoa powder, and caramel. A touch of darker fruits lies in the foreground, as does some light warmth. Quite robust smelling.
The taste is similar but brings it even more, with a big doughy feeling base of bread, chocolate, and caramel sweetness up front. A flush of roast and hop bitterness then pulls in, as does some dark fruit character, mixing with the present sweetness, and imparting a deep tangy feel. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a prickly feel at times but I'm picking up a bit more alcohol beef in this than I would have liked. It fits in with the heavier flavors but does inhibit the drinkibility a bit for me.
I know that Ballast Point doesn't tackle Lagers much but this was a solid take on a Dopplebock. Lots of big chewy flavors but this was maybe just a tad too warm for me. I wouldn't hesitate to revisit it again though.
03-31-2009 12:15:48 | More by Kegatron
4.47/5 rDev +16.7%
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.
Dark ruddy brown, almost opaque; the edges have a crimson hue.
Smells pretty fantastic, heavy on rich toasted malt, raisin and a bit of chocolate. Roasted nuts, brown sugar, quite decadent and definitely American.
The palate is lightly vinous and fruity up front, which transitions into sweet raisin and brown sugar, toasted bread, a little molasses and chocolate. Medium-full in body, though it's surprisingly refreshing. It opens sweet, but ends vinous, roasted, mildly hoppy.
I'm usually wary of American doppelbocks, but this is great stuff.
04-26-2011 00:23:07 | More by largadeer
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
Half pint served at the old grove brewery location
A - Muddy brown color with ruby highlights. About a finger width of head that dies quickly. It leaves great lacing on my glass.
S - Rich dark malts mixed with some candied fruit.
T - Follows the nose with a slight alcohol bite on the end. It lets you know it's a 8% beer. Smooth on the tongue at first, but that alcohol takes over a bit too much for me.
M - low on carbonation with a heavy body.
D - Glad to try it, but it misses the mark a little for me.
08-31-2010 00:44:52 | More by Kaiser81
4.1/5 rDev +7%
On tap at Craft Ale House...
Appears a murky dark rust with a small off white cap thY quickly fades into a mild cap. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, cocoa, caramel, and raisins.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a doughy yeast that stands out.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, syrupy, and sweet.
07-08-2009 19:22:44 | More by weeare138
4/5 rDev +4.4%
On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a goblet glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains maple, coffee, dark fruit, lager yeast and caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit maple and caramel. Then some bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hop spresence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.
09-16-2012 00:13:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours a nice chestnut to mahogany brown, decent cap of dense kahki head, good lacing. Scent is dominated by the rich, roasty, carmely and nutty malts, solid profile of dark fruits and leafy and earthy hops. Taste beings with a handful of honey roasted nuts, malt dominates the beer as it should, earthy hops and light dark fruits, notes of bread, spice and chocolate peek through. A nice, solid dopple that doesnt overdo the sweetness like many do. Good for fans of Troegenator.
06-06-2011 15:38:23 | More by rfgetz
3.41/5 rDev -11%
This beer was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a snifter, glowing a reddish cola coloring. It held a half finger tall head of tan bubbles, showing weak retention, but leaving spots of lacing. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma gives big syrupy sweetness, with caramel and pale malts, sugary vanilla bean, plum, strawberry, light adjuncty grain, and date puree. To balance are more bittered notes of medicinal phenols, fusel booze, and light citric hops with fresh leafy oiliness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is, at first, bitter, but quickly glosses over with malty dextrins and fat notes of fruit. The flavoring opened with cereal grain, vanilla sweetness, fresh fruity esters, and cooked brown sugars that were quickly overpowered by bitterness via booze and phenolic clove. These latter components enhanced to the peak, where strawberry sugars, sweet ethanolic bite, and more fruity esters pushed passed and effectively cut that initial bitterness. The finish showed more spicy booze, banana esters, strawberry sugars, pale malts to wash, and brush of lightly buttery diacetyls. The aftertaste breathed of browned bananas, plastic phenols, caramel and pale malts, plum syrups, warming booziness, and the spice of black pepper and cinnamon. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium, but did feel flat at times. There was decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with a wet coating left around the mouth. This eventually gave light astringent dryness, tracing down the hard palate and down the throat. The abv was fine, and the beer drank decently.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. This gave nice fruity syrups that sat well against the decently dark malty background. Where we lost points was through the translation to flavoring. The expected sweetness was certainly there, but there was not enough of a deep and roasty grain bill to match. This afforded a lack of substance through the end of the sip. Ultimately this is okay for the style, but would do well with a bit more roast or smoke to the malts to give it that seriousness it needs.
03-15-2013 21:44:21 | More by TheBrewo
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Sampled this one on tap at the Ballast Point Brewery/Home Brew Mart in San Diego. Poured from the tap a nice mahogany color with a slight off-white head. Aromas of burnt caramel, toasted grains and raisins. On the palate, this one was surprisingly light bodied, with flavors of caramel, toasted grains and dark fruits.
05-27-2011 23:31:18 | More by emmasdad
Navigator Dopplebock from Ballast Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.