Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel BockFisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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: 140 | Reviews: 83
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: 12.28.05

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 (can’t 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 wasn’t the bready, dark malt monster I’ve 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 I’ve yet to try a bottle.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Greenlabel
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of selecter70
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of taez555
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 Jayli
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - auburn, reddish brown with some orange thrown in the mix as far as color goes. Nice foamy white head thanks to the lager yeast.

Aroma - sweet, sweet malt, brown sugar and caramel as well as some cherry and apple smells.

Taste - caramel and brown sugar flavors abound as well as some of that slight cherry and apple I smelled. Very crisp yet malty and clean with no off flavors. A very smooth drinking dark, strong lager.

Overall - while it may not be exactly the same as some of the foreign versions of the style, Navigator is a solid strong lager with plenty of taste and body but still has a bit of bite in the finish.

Would I buy more of it? - yes, especially if I see it in tap somewhere.

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a room temp bottle courtesy of ppoitras and pouring in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut or amber color with a fluffy beige head foaming up 2.5 cm easily and fades gradually. The head develops large pockmark craters as it recedes. Aroma is caramel and a little nutty (almonds) with some sweeter spice and floral hop accents. Not nearly as malty as expected.
First sip reveals an average to thick body. The brew leaves a bit of a sticky coating on my palate after each swallow. The carbonation is very fine and a little prickly at first but bubbles away very quickly.
Flavor is more complex and interesting than the nose leads on. The beer starts with some sweet caramel notes with some brown sugar mixed in and then the beer allows some brief pine hops and then rolls to roasted malt and then finishes rather dry, which is unexpected. The flavor on the finish lingers with a bit of brown sugar again.
Overall a pretty drinkable brew with no hint of alcohol anywhere. I wish it had a little more body and maybe some darker malt base but other than that I liked it!

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

bought this on a lark on my last big beer run south of the border. Couldn't resist a local doppel bock.

A - brown with a nice golden hue when held to a light. Carbonation is medium with a light head.

S - warm scones and honey. Very inviting

T - honey, warm fresh scones, nutmeg and hint of cherry / fruit.

M - light bodied. lingers nicely.

D - easy to polish off. Very drinkable brew. A little lighter than I would've thought for a doppel bock but definitely a treat.

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

On-tap 5/16/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit and a little bit of chocolate. There's a decent hops presence that provides some balance and there's also a faint touch of smokiness to it. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's not a style that I usually drink nor is it a brewery that I usually like but this is a good beer to drink for a while.

Photo of jstilwell
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 edchicma
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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 ybnorml
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean dark amber beer. Has a small fizzy beige head that disappears quickly. There is a solid sweet nutlike malt backbone in the aroma with hints of spices around the edges. Great toffee malt notes rush over your tongue with hints of vanilla dancing on the sides. A quick glimpse of hops on the finish but the malty character takes over again with coffee and spice notes.

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

A: Nice dark amber red color. Little head with little lacing.

S: Smells of sweet fruits and nuts.

T: Tastes fruitier than expected. Slight malt after taste.

M: Relatively little chew.

D: One or two are drinkable, but after that the sweetness will get to me.

Overall: Overall, it was a decent beer. If you like fruity/nutty beers than this is one you might like. Personally, I found it too fruity but one or two can be enjoyable.

Photo of shaebs99
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler of this from Superstar before going on vacation.
I might be one of the first people to review this beer since Cape Ann changed the recipe and dropped the spice.

Poured from 1/2 gallon growler into a stein. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a decent sized head and good lacing throughout.

Smells of sweet malts with some nice hop backing

Taste: sweet caramel malts with some fruit bitterness. No spice to speak of

Mouthfeel: smooth and medium bodied. Not too much carbonation

Drinkability: Alcohol isn't really present, but this is still a slow drinking beer. Split this growler with my brother and at the end we both could have had another.

This is my 5th doppelbock to date. Considering the other four where (Celebrator, Liberator, Instigator, and Sam Adams) I feel this stacks up pretty well for the style. Not as sweet as Sam Adams and not quite as good as Liberator or Celebrator, but I feel it is at least equal to that of the Instigator

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 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 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.

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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.