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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
Had been 7.5% ABV

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2005)
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Reviews by B967ierhunter177:
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In my pilsner glass this beer was a cherry amber color with a medium-sized white head. It had a sweet, fruity aroma. It had a caramel malt taste, a lot of fruit. It was a little on the bland side. I thought it was too sweet and on the thin side. I've had better doppelbocks.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged one of these at Liquor World in Porter Square...great little place.
Copper rust in color with a full finger and a half of bright white head.
Most disappears too quick and leaves very little lacing as I work my way thru.
Quite thin in the nose...more fruity then anything and even that is very subdued. Some caramel malt with a linging nose.
The taste is a bit better, but still not exciting...a touch of roastiness going on and the malt mixes well to thicken it up just a bit. Alcohol makes its way thru just enough and creates a grassy, earthy flavor at room temperature.
Still quite thin for the style but the carbonation is nice.
A decent attempt...by no means a drain pour. Just not something I'll pick up again...even at $3.95 a bomber.

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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 NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cape Ann- Navigator

A-Deep clear ruby red with a small filmy head. No lacing.
S- Brown sugar, roasted malt, and sweet caramel.
T- Thick sweet caramel malt with brown sugar and molasses.
M- Thick sweet malt up front with an earthy dry hop end.

Overall- Syrupy sweet and cloying. Good for 1 pint.

Photo of chenieprudhomme
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On occassion, I come across a beer that defies traditional reviewing. This is one of them, perhaps because it defies traditional styles.

I'm not even sure of what to say about it. On one hand I found the nutmeg flavor to be overwhelming (and the cinnamon was not far behind it); and on the other hand it's really quite unique! But I asked myself, why would they even label this a doppelbock? It's really a style unto itself!!! At the very least I'd put "spiced" in the name. - Unless, perhaps, I just happened to get a batch that was a little overdone.

It had an OK appearance and mouthfeel. It smelled quite nice, especially if you like spice. And the taste was good, once again, if you like spice. I didn't find the actual flavor of the spices to be overwhelming (although they are strong), but after about 4 ounces I was done. There's a nice bit of sweet biscuit/cookie character to the malt, and a touch of dark fruitiness as well. The alcohol is well-cloaked, and it was nicely balanced. So, really, there are no flaws to it. It's just loaded with nutmeg and cinnamon!

I think that as an after-dinner beer shared with friends, or maybe as a fireplace-with-a-book sipper, it's really nice. But the drinkability just can't pull through for a full pint with so much spice in it. And the 22 oz bottle doesn't help - I wonder if it's put into 12 ouncers? Overall, it's an interesting spiced lager that's probably worth trying.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. Poured brown with a light tan head. This beer was a little light for a doppel, certainly a bit more attenuated than imports I'm used to. The aroma and flavor, however, have a pleasant vanilla character with plums and sugar candy. This is still a well-made dark lager, just not a true-to-style doppelbock. I say it's worth a try, I enjoyed it.

Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Hobbit
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of nickthetick
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 edchicma
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with a decent head and good lacing. Smell is sweet malts, sugars and plums? Sweet maltiness continues in the taste, with a clean hop not on the finish...alcohol undertones. Medium mouthfeel, with just a tad of cloying. Smooth overall in the drinkability area...nice dry finish.

Photo of Tarps68
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of BeerSox
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug

Dark brown hue that transforms to ruby red when held up to the light. Clear. A thin tan head slowly settles to nothing.

Very light roasty grain along with some burnt carmel.

Very smooth and sweet flavor, with a little bit of caramel and a touch of molasses. Full bodied.

I can't find much to say about this one. It's on the sweeter side of Doppelbocks, and the alcohol is well hidden. It seems like this is closer to a darker Bock than a Doppelbock. Worth a try.

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Dark Amber with great clarity. Pours with very little head.
(S) Aroma of malt with a slight medicinal smell. There are also notes of chocolate.
(T) Strong malt flavor with a light trace of bitterness. Very earthy aftertastes.
(M) Bold bodied. A low level of carbonation creates a thick feel to this brew.
(D) Without an acquired taste for "Bocks", this brew becomes a sipping beer.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to jstilwell for the hookup on this one! poured a nice bright caramel amber hue with a surprisingly caramel/dulce de leche colored head of a solid one-finger depth. The head fizzled away fairly quickly leaving a minuscule collar that only left a bit of syrupy lacing here and there.

aroma is definitely dopplebock. sweet, light molassesy, with some nice roasted malt and toasty caramel aromas. A touch of spice and a bit of an herbal/green note. Nothing amazing, but definitely smells enticing.

tastes as the aroma indicates: heavy malt with a good bit of sweetness. A bit on the woody and earthy side, this one isn't quite as sweet and malt-sugary as some dopples. dark fruit and a hint of cocoa. A nice hop finish is hiding in there which caught me off-guard but was more than welcome. Pleasant taste on the whole.

The usual dopplebock residual sugar sweetness up front, with a nice clean drying quality through the middle. A slightly bitter, roasty finish. A bit high on the carbonation - a bit sharp at times. Not bad on the whole... less bubbles on the tongue would make this one excellent.

Not bad! a great example of a dopplebock, with a bit of the smoky and woody notes that don't always come forth in dopplebocks. I could see drinking a few of those before growing tired. Not one I would regularly drink or necessarily seek out, but definitely a solid offering and a great example of the style. Worth drinking a bottle or two if you have the opportunity.

Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nicely colored rich orange-brown lager with a generally light head

s: buttery caramels, dry leaves and tree nuts, crisp noble hops, brown sugars

m: carbonation under medium, medium body

t: toasted leafy caramels, buttery biscuit in the finish, dries out a touch, earthy throughout, mild hops, malty sweet but well tempered

d: a solid doppel, but wouldn't really care for more than one

single from Norm's in Vienna, VA

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with hardly any head at all and no lacing in sight.

Smell is mostly caramel malt, slightly toasted, not much else or anything too complex.

Taste is similar to the smell in that the controlling flavor is caramel malt, good carbonation level, nothing too overwhelming and unfortunately for this beer, nothing too special. A fairly run of the mill doppelbock and if I didn't know any better, I'd almost classify this as a regular bock because there's none of that wow factor with flavors or alcohol strength that other doppelbocks come with, although I guess it is good that the 7.5% is well-hidden.

Photo of tzieser
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear dark brown color with a toasted almond head that sticks well. nice bready, caramel malt aroma. flavor is pretty close to style, with a good showing of bready malts and a good dose of caramel. aftertaste is a bit on the sweet side to warrant a great drinkability rating, but i love a good bock so i enjoyed these thoroughly.

Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark reddish brown with a thin bubbly head. Aroma was sweet and malty with a small touch of peppery spice. Taste was clean, kind of life a white bread that had been covered with a peppery spice rub. Felt outstanding in the mouth. Coated very well, not to thin, and a touch of carbonation. Overall, very pleasant to drink.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottling.

Poured a deep amber hue with light amber streaking. There was a one finger creamy white head with good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a good toasted grain with hints of caramel and allspice.

The taste consisted of a solid caramel sweet malt with elements of cocoa and smoke. Some dark fruit picked up as well.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a good chewiness.

Overall a nice, smooth dopplebock. A pleasant spiciness as well.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 selecter70
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's weird that outside of the North Shore of Boston, you don't find much of the Cape Ann Brewery's offerings in pubs around. It's more bizarre to find a few of their beers then in Brooklyn. Oh well, I suppose it gives more 'cred' to the skinny-jeaned beard posses....Regardless, I was happy to find & indulge. A nice shimmering pour of dark brown-honey sat with a short head but some good white lacing. The aroma was good & malty, almost a caramel spread on toasted wheat bread with raisins. The flavor continued this, but added a strange almost garden soil & pepper taste, which added some girth, but odd nonetheless. Dry hops finished the taste off. A strange but appealing dark lager; I wouldn't quite call it a doppel bock though.

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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.