Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2005

Had been 7.5% ABV
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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 83
Photo of brother_rebus
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

great color. Nil scent. Farty taste. Smooth feel. Not terrible overall.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boston Beer Summit. From a 16oz. can. Poured a dark caramel color. Smelled of dark fruits and yeast scents. Caramel. Flavor was more of the same. It's combination of yeast, caramel and fruit with an almost spicy flavor is pleasant. Would like to take in a whole can. Fuller, thicker bodied. Not enough of this style in the market so I welcome Doppelbocks whenever I can get them.

Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Last beer of the evening. A sipper. This beer is totally original and interesting. It defies type, and I'd class it a winter warmer - spicy, alcohol, carmel sweetness, fruit.

I didnt find it overdone, but it's sweet and rich and full bodied.

A: Hazed walnut body with fast fade head and some sticky lace.
S: Wanted more of it, but it's caramel malt on a baked apple. Apple on a stick.
T: A bit of nutmeg, but not overwhelming, atop a broad base of caramel, one of the most caramel beers I have ever had. prune/dark fruit/ ripe apple / cider. Nice long finish, not cloying.
MF: love the weight that works well with the sweet and the long almost peppery finish.

An outstanding winter warmer that'd I recommend.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Red-orange in color. Brilliant clarity. Sand colored rocky head leaves lots of clumpy lacing on the glass.

S: Bread, biscuit, thin caramel and treacle, toasted grain. Pinch of cocoa. Fig and golden raisin fruitiness. Clean. Light grassy hop.

T: Thin caramel and treacle. Grainy, toast. Vague fruitiness. Subtle hints of grassy hop. Sweet throughout. Syrupy treacle finish.

M: Thick body, mouth coating and syrupy. Low carbonation. Very mild perception of alcohol.

O: Even for the style this seems a little under attenuated. It comes off a little too sweet and syrupy. A decent stab at the style, but nothing I'd revisit.

Photo of Abilow33
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Went to the brewery and tried this beer. Light in color and weak in smell. Color a little towards the red side. But the taste was very good. Beer from the tap always tastes much better. I also had the chilli stout which was great. The brew pub had good food and the city had a great port city feel.

Photo of zac16125
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
no born on date but Ive had this in my fridge for almost a year

A: Pours a crystal clear, really pretty reddish amber with 2plus fingers width of light tan colored head, which dissipates down fairly quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S: Spicy malts and yeast aromas similar to a quad. Theres also a weird raw meat aroma thats pretty off putting. Really odd aroma, and not particularly pleasant.

T: Big malty sweetness , caramel, toffee, and a big nutty character. Even with these pleasant flavors there is something about the taste of this that I find nauseating. It taste like feet, and vomit.

M/D: Medium bodied, low carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O: Ok, so its probably not fair to this beer, cause I think its more the style in general than this one in particular. I just cant drink doppelbocks. Something about them just makes me physically ill. This is only the second drainpour of my life.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange/amber, perfectly clear with an off-white thin head.

S - Really sweet honey, viscous malt syrup. Faint sweet grains underneath all the sweetness.

T - Malty sweet all the way. Malt syrup and some caramel/brunt toffee notes. Dry grains a bitter finish.

M - Slightly viscous with decent carbonation. Sweet up front with a semi dry bitter end.

O - Hits the malt notes but seems to lack some complexity.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Style: Doppelbock
ABV: 7.00 %

LOOK: Amber colored brew with an off white head. Head dies down quickly, little to no lace. Looks a bit syrupy.

SMELL: Heavy on the caramel, Munich malts, and bready lager yeast. Sweet and malty aroma.

TASTE: The taste brings more caramel and an affirmation of the use of Munich malts. Small leafy hops and balancing bitterness though the finish is sweet.

FEEL: Medium bodied feel with a moderate level of carbonation. A bit chewey, with caramelized malts in the finish.

OVERALL: Very much a traditional bock made in America with a strong German influence. Fits the bill for a solid dopplebock.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This pours a nice chocolate brown. Opaque and after an agressive pour it yielded a thin lacing of creamy head.

S - Caramel, oaky, earthy, nutty - this smells wonderful.

T - A toasted and earthy grain element with nice sweet undertones of caramel.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp finish

O - This is very solid and I would try it again. I'm drinking it on a 90 degree day, but I'd rather have this brew on a fall day for some reason. Overall, very solid

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a deep red with no head or lacing. Smells of sweet malts, and some dried fruit, maybe cranberry to be specific.
Taste is mild bitter malts, some dried fruit and a bit sweet. Nice balance but a little mild in flavors. It hides the abv very well, and its easy to drink. Overall, nice brew but not my fav dopplebock.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not going to rate this too harshly since it's not only old but given to me for free by a friend.

A - Wow a nice looking beer! A 1/2 inch of mocha head and a dark brown colored beer, clear but no sediment.

S - Smell is obviously malty with German style grains and malts but really no detectable ABV or hops. Decent enough!

T - Ugh downhill from here. It has some weird hop presence that covers up any dark fruit or bready notes but the finish is kind of malty. Must be the lager aspect but it doesn't make a good Doppelbock.. Average at best.

M - ABV is pretty well hidden but taste is kind of dry and grainy.

Overall smell is good and appearance is usually everything but taste is all that matters to me and this beer is way too lager like and not enough Doppelbock. Not bad for a free old beer though.

Photo of Maxwell
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark carmely amber with a creamy color head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing. Carbonation is strong, with a consistent bubbling from the base.

Smell - The beer smells very rich and malty with rich caramels and a warm slight biscuity smell. Truly amazed. The hops are light, with little to no note in the smell.

Taste - Very malty. A deep carmeling with a bready after taste. This beer doesn’t sit too heavily on the tongue as it dissipates through the mouth. The hops are again only slightly present, as is expected with this beer style. A nice rich mixture of malts.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and almost marbley, with a light tingle of the constant carbonation. The heavy malts give the beer a chewy quality, while it remains smooth and watery. The beer barely touches the back of the tongue but the heavy malts sit heavily on the tongue.

Overall - Not a bad beer, very malty and carbonated. It’s a nice warming winter ale.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a crystal clear carmel brown to bronze with a thin and quick to disappear head. No lacing to speak of.
S: whiffs of bread and biscuits. Hints of carmel are there as well. Nice and sweet smelling, but more muted than I would hope.
T: malts, malts and more malts. A nice marrying of biscuits and carmel with some nuttiness in there as well. A slight burnt, charred taste is evident at the back. Sweet and sugary.
M: highly carbonated but melds into a decently creamy body. Finishes clean but with a slighty burnt aftertaste.
O: not a bad brew and its a fair representation of a dopplebock. Would like some more aroma involved and perhaps a bit more body.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, amber-copper coloring with a low profile, dense, foamy off-white head. Aromas are rich and malty, with a burnt toffee backbone and some roasted coffee highlights. Smells rich and complex. Thankfully it tastes rich and complex, as well. Roasty and smooth, there are some nutty sweet overtones blending with the toffee and biscuit profiles, which all lends itself to the overall layers throughout the brew. Smooth and bold in mouth on a mid-body feel, the beer leaves a fantastic lacing along the glass. The aftertaste is a hint of the tangy sweetness and roasted flavors, leading to a slightly lingering, smooth finish. Good brew.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep copper orange with a thin white non-lasting head. Aroma of sweet malts and a touch of fruityness and citrus. You can percieve the alchohol in this and it has a bit too much bite to it, but not bad overall. The aftertaste lingers fairly too long on the back of the palate!

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fisherman's Navigator pours a very dark almost black color, but is translucent, there was a small white head. There is a nice malty, doughy smell. The taste is malty, and nothing to different from a typical doppel bock. It appears a bit lighter then other doppelbocks, but very easy to drink. Overall nothing to special, but still a good enjoyable doppel bock.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, bold, reddish-orange with a thin head and lasting lace. It's aroma is of spice and molasses with a hint of citrus. The flavor has notes of molasses and vanilla. Malt sweetness if followed by a hop snap and a mild alcohol finish. It has a medium mouthfeel and is well balanced. Cape Anne Fishermans Navigator is a decent beer, a good partneer for Wiener Schnitzel and Sauerkraut. Recommended.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 20oz tall mug.
Pours a tannish amber color with a 1” tannish beige head and a fair amount of webby lacing.
Smells of grainy barn malt, sweet cereal and a bit of resinous malt mingle together well.

The taste is layered with sweet caramel maltiness and a light dose of resiny and metallic hop bitterness. A faint taste of dark tea edges forward. A warming alcohol is noticed upon exhale late.

The body is a bit on the light side for the style, but is very gulpable!

Photo of ksimons
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours an amber brown with a nice amount of white head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-malt, caramel, brown sugar

T-similar to the nose, very malty with caramel sweetness, tiny bit of hop bitterness at the end. A bit of alcohol warming is present too

M-medium to full body, medium amount of carbonation

D-drinkability is good, it is on the heavy side as it should be, a nice take on the style

Photo of nickthetick
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy mahogany into an american shaker with a thin layer of khaki head and dissipates slowly and leaves no lacing.

S: dark roasted malts caramel and a little apple.

T: smooth dark/sweet malt characters and overcooked biscuits come right up front. A little bitter like a slightly under ripe clementine that leaves a little bitterness behind along with a little bit of apple.

MF: a little watery, crisp and very effervescent.

D: pretty solid beer, not sure if the bottles make it down around here but I'll keep my eyes open. At the bar I'd be more inclined to try a new beer rather than get this one again.

Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, moderate carbonation, orange-brown in color, hazy, some sediment

Smell: sweet toasted malt, caramel, chocolate and alcohol

Taste: big caramel, some chocolate, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium/low carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Drinkability: A very good representation of the style. this is the best non-pumpkin beer from the brewery. A super malty treat that I could have a couple of over time.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.06/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had I not tasted and reviewed a world class double bock beer right before this one I may have been more forgiving. Plus I want to add I really came into this tasting with best wishes. The sample I tried was bought in person in Gloucester MA just a few blocks from the brewery that made it.

So. Poured a 1" head which dissipated to nothing. Kind of a burnt umber brown. No smell at all. Boring taste. If I'd had a blindfold on I wouldn't have even guessed this was a double bock.

Drinkable, sure. But a lame double bock.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a slightly murky uniformly translucent brown hue. Pours with no head.

S- Milk chocolate, caramel, alcohol astringency, molasses. Nose is much more sweet than boozy-but both are there.

T-Taste is pretty bland initially, a hint of cheap milk chocolate and a hint of alcohol-and well, thats pretty much it. A hint of caramel sweetness comes through in the middle with more mild alcohol. The finish is fairly clean and dry with the slightest hint of alcohol-a mild chocolate presence lingers.

M- Medium to high carbonation and medium weight, thin, somewhat watery body.

D- This brew fits the bill for dopplebock-but its a pretty mediocre one-and an above average brew overall. The alcohol isnt powerful in this brew-it just stands out because there isnt much flavor there. Still cool to try this local.

Photo of mgbickel
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger of creamer colored head formed on top of the clear, ruddy-brown body. The foam had poor retention time, quickly fading down to a few paisley swirls; poor lacing.

At first, you get a big burst of honey and caramel on the nose. Once agitated, you can pick up some roasted malts and a grainy, grass like character.

The first flavor to hit your palate is honey...and it stays along for the entire ride. Toward the center, you get the graininess from the nose and you find some of the roasted caramel malts at the finish.

Medium mouth feel, a little drying and well carbonated.

You can actually detect a little alcohol in the aftertaste...surprising for the ABV. That being said, this is still pretty drinkable. Not a bad offering...

Photo of Augustiner719
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip:

This beer pours a nice dark reddish brown color with just a touch of haziness to it and a nice off white head that recedes slowly with no lacing left. Smells a bit faint, like dark cherries, molasses, a touch of burnt wood and some medicinal herbal aromas. Taste is a bit off for me as i feel the alcohol burn on this one. off balanced with astrigenty bitterness that overseas the malts. leaves a very dry, bitter, austere flavor of old cough syrup. Mouthfeel is weird becuase its got a tingly thing going on with the carbonation. rolls off the tongue well but leaves a bitter dry feeling on the palate. Drinkability is low becuase it just doesnt taste good. really off putting and nothing i would think would represent the style well. Interesting enough to try once, but wouldnt get this again.

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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.