Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +16.3%
The beer was had at the Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA and is slightly clearer than cider, but a similar color brown. A barely there thin head rested on top and faded as it was being set on the table; obviously due to the pour and the bartender filling it to the brim (cant argue with that). Moderate lacing trailed the brew to the finish.
The smell was malt dominated and spicy with cloves and cinnamon. Nice, but little evidence as to the flavor that was to follow. This was a crispy cold pour, so some aromas may have been lost on me in its temperature.
The flavor was big and fruity at first. Tart and light fruits, not the expected darker variety. Star fruit & red plum came to mind immediately. The malty notes and the spiciness came behind that. The beer finished with a nice touch of dark cocoa bitterness. It was full in the mouth and carbonation was moderately light. This brew wasnt the bready, dark malt monster Ive come to know in my short recent foray into the world of Doppelbocks, but it was really good in and of itself. Different than anything I can remember tasting. While I was initially a little weirded out by that star fruit flavor at first, my palate got used to it and I ended up very impressed.
All around this was very drinkable. My first pucker at the fruitiness made think it was going to be a battle to get through, but after warming up to it, I seriously enjoyed the hell out of this beer. I recommend the draught version at the SG&T as Ive yet to try a bottle.
01-03-2006 19:23:50 | More by GolgiIPAratus
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
Fisherman's Navigator pours a hazy copper color into the glass creating a creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a ring around the surface of the beer leaving behind a ring of lace.
The aroma is an interesting combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Something in there reminds me of chocolate too. This medium bodied beer is creamy on the palate. The flavor has a nice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of ginger. There's a good deal of malt in the background and some bubblegum sweetness in the end. It finishes with a hint of hops leaving behind some spicy flavors.
This is a good full flavored beer that's more balanced than other winter seasonal brews.
03-05-2006 19:14:55 | More by WanderingFool
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
Purchased a 6-pack in MA last week. I notice the label has changed. It is now referred to as a "Double Bock-German Style Lager" and a "Special Winter Reserve". Never having seen the product before, I can't say whether it is significantly different from the former "Doppel Bock" as seen in the bottle above. Now contract brewed and bottled at Saratoga Springs, NY - no freshness dating or mention of ABV.
The brew poured a deep red color with a quickly vanishing lace. Mild cinnamon aroma but that didn't dominate the taste. Medium body - alcohol not as obvious as I would have expected in a Double Bock. Moderate carbonation and, overall, a very clean mouthfeel. Not at all heavy or cloying.
In summary, a highly drinkable product. I'll pick up another 6-pack if I come across it again in my travels.
01-02-2009 23:49:14 | More by Greenlabel
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
Dark amber brown body with a small off-white tan head that died quickly. Color is surprisingly reminiscent of a belgian dubbel.
Very mild nose. Just very faint hints of malt with some whiffs of alcohol and spice.
Very thick body. Big mouthful, but very smooth. Malt galore. Mild touches of biscuit, big hits of caramel, very subtle touches of molasses, light fruit touches, alcohol and even some faint touches of honey. Spices really come through as the beer warms. Cinnamon, nutmeg and winter/christmas esque holiday spices. Bitterness is just a touch bigger than to balance the malt giving it a little bit of hop bitterness kick without being overly distracting. Hops sort of come through more in the finish, with an earthy punch and grainy aspirin like bitterness that lingers.
This is really a great beer that easily holds it's own against the other big 22oz bombers on the shelf next to it. The fact that they're doing a big lager is even more impressive. Cape Ann has found a real winner here. It's a shame this beer isn't more prevalent.
12-28-2005 15:04:07 | More by taez555
4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
A shout out to "iceicebaby" for pointing this beer out for me. On Monday I'll be shipping him a few bottles in a trade. He requested this in the trade and I bought a six pack.... Obviously, that provided the opportunity for me to try this...
Poured aggressively and a finger of off white foam sat atop the beer. It faded rather quickly and totally vanished. No lacing to speak of. Perfectly clear and dark amber with red highlights. Mahogany almost. No real visible carbonation to speak of.
Aroma is of sweet caramel, slight spice... and some cocoa powder... not as deep as chocolate.
Wow... Nice.. Tastes like Swiss milk chocolate. Creamy smooth and everything.. perhaps a bit of dark fruit... But I keep coming back to this nice milk chocolate flavor. Just the right amount of sweetness and almost a dark bread flavor at the end.. Maybe a bit of hazelnut as well.. Nutella??
As smooth as could be, with slight carbonation.. Medium bodied ...
Very drinkable. The 7.5% is completely hidden.. This one could sneak up on you...
01-11-2009 22:39:07 | More by Reagan1984
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
03-19-2009 22:39:48 | More by selecter70
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" beige head over the cloudy copper brew. Head lasts nicely, with average to good bubbly lacing. Aroma is fruity malts, with a whiff of alcohol mixed in. Taste is surprising robust grains upfront, light fruitiness in the middle, and a slightly bitter close, with subtle warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both nice, very approachable for the style. Could be a nice crossover into the style.
02-14-2006 23:51:56 | More by ppoitras
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
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
02-19-2011 00:18:06 | More by ksimons
4.03/5 rDev +11%
Double Bock Fans, wanna try a new spin on the style? Here's a slightly Hoppy double Bock that's worth a try.
A: Amber, Chestnut, opaque
S: Some smoke and Malt, but more spicey
T: Slightly sweet Malt battles with Hops for your attention. This is a relatively high alcohol brew but the alcohol does not completely dominate. The hops is faintly reminiscent of the hoppy CAB IPA (which I like a lot), and works well. Aftertaste is a bit bitter and the alcohol lingers just a little on the palate.
M: Mouthfeel is thin to medium, a little more carbonated than I prefer but fairly smooth.
D: These are good for one or two, very drinkable for a 7.5% brew.
I look forward to more offerings from this fine brewery.
01-03-2009 00:37:15 | More by jstilwell
4/5 rDev +10.2%
This beer pours a nice clear, deep amber color with about a 1/4 inch of offwhite/tannish head to it. Head recedes quickly, barely a film left to it, spotty lacing left on the glass. Nose is of caramel malts, toasted malts, some dark fruits and a touch of hops. Taste is of caramel malts up front, with dark fruits moving in to the backgrous - raisins and dates mostly. The finish is a hop presence that evens this beer out. Medium body, moderate to light carbonation, goes down smooth with a dry finish. This is a nice offering from Cape Ann and certainly one you could sit with for a night.
06-30-2009 18:09:44 | More by Jayli
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Serving notes - Sam Adam's glass, cellar temp
A - Sweet caramel malt with some chocolate in the background.
A - very thin quarter inch of head that quickly dissipates. Clear, dark brownish-red.
M - nice medium to full body, light carbonation.
T - Nice caramel and chocolate malty sweetness that nicely follows the aroma. Some light nobel hops in the background. Nice toffiness in the aftertaste.
D - The body and sweetness make this a great beer. I would order a pint or two of this in the cooler months.
05-04-2009 22:49:47 | More by Yeastcakes
Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.