Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2005)
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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 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 Jsmitty1967
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Twal
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Max's the other night. The guy next to me just loved this beer, and was gushing about how good it was. I can't say I was quite as impressed, though it was an OK beere.

Pours an amber brown color, with an impressive, creamy head. Good head retention to this beer, and it had good lacing. On the nose one gets a complex aroma of malt, ginger, and citrus/bitterness from the hops. On the palate, one gets a roasty, malt flavor initially, but it finishes with a touch of dry bitterness. There is some cherry and melon flavors, but not all that much. Frankly, I could wish this beer had a bit more too it. It was interesting to try and was not like any doppelbock I've had prevoiusly. Ultimately, I thought this was an OK beer, though nothing special.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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 mralphabet
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12Oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Deep, dark amber, reddish body with about a fingers worth of head that disappears quickly.

S: Little sweet with a toasted bready malts.... maybe some dark fruit.

T: Toasted malt, with a little sweetness.... There is a touch of hoppiness at the end, with a little peppery spice mixed in.... overall smooth with a little hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, with a medium carbonation. Very smooth overall.... nice

D: The ABV is hidden pretty well, but this one will sneak up on you... Not a session beer. The overall affect is very warming so one of these on a cool night will hit the spot. I have not had a lot of this style of beer, so I'm new too it... This one was very enjoyable.

Photo of Nipitato
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep dark amber with glowing brilliant clarity - a good looking beer.

S: Rich malty aroma that is equal parts caramel and toast. Not particularly roasted.

T: Liquid bread is not far off on this one. Dark bready malt flavor dominates. Well attenuated - not too sweet. Clean lager character. No hops.

MF: Full mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish. Lightly carbonated.

D, notes: A nice, big rich dopplebock. Missing some light ester highlights that probably would have improved the beer. For a bigger alcohol beer very drinkable.

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 MeadMardigan
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: root beer brown in appearance; non-existent head, clings in small rings

S: warm brown sugar, Tootsie Roll chocolate with some alkaline

T: tastes like it smells; sweetness at the beginning with an earthy metallic cloud at the end

M: crisp carbonation with a thin syrup feel

D: very satisfying; could drink 2 or 3 happily

Photo of markb33
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stein.

A--Pours a reddish brown with great clarity. A hard pour generates a two finger tan head which dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S--Sweet with a hint of toffee to start. Fruity esters take over toward the finish.

T--Overall very smooth. Sweet and nutty at the nose. Fruity through the finish (I can't quite put my finger on it, maybe a little ripe plum). Very good for a winter beer, but I wish there was more of a snap to it, just to make it interesting.

M--Fairly thick, but not chewy. Its body is good, but it leaves a bit of slickness on the tongue.

D--Good for winters up here in Maine. I like the nuttiness, but its just a bit sweet. Overall, its a pretty solid beer.

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

Appearance: pours a clear mahagony copper color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness are softer than expected but pleasant.

Taste: very sweet malt profile with some prunes, raisins, ripe black plums, and a bit of alcohol. Bitterness tries to bring the sweetness in check but falls a bit short.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start and smooth to finish. Aftertaste focuses on the malty sweetness of the beer.

Drinkability: if you are inthe mood for a malty and sweeter beer this will hit the spot. Definitely worth a try if you see it on the store shelf.

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 RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pretty dark brown with a thin eggshell creme head. Nose is a toasty malted thing. Flavor is a bit cloying on the sweet side. Beyond that there is a thick malt presence. As times goes on (and the drinking does too), the sweetness becomes less intense and more smooth. Though the malty sweetness does remain. Feel is thicker, slick, and smooth on liquid. Carbonation is lower and appropriate. Pretty easy to drink and overall not too shabby. It's a difficult style to pull off.

Photo of morebeergood
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack for $6.99 at Macy's in WR for last Friday night. Poured into a standard pint glass. Light brown color with a clear body. Noticeable carbonation. Some lacing. Smell was not as pronounced as other doppelbocks I have tried. Taste was good overall though. Some dried fruit notes with a hint of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth but not as thick as I was expecting from this style of beer. While its smoothness aided in the drinkability, it let me down a bit, as I was looking for a heartier beer for the evening. The abv is well hidden. Navigator is a dopplebock for those looking to drink a few in one session.

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 Abilow33
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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 jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A light 1/2 finger head rises and fades quickly with a few bubbles rising from the etch in teh bottom of my SA perfect pint glass. A clear dark roasted red with hints of brown.

N: A lot of sweet malty aromas, syrupy as well. It's pretty sweet aroma, with dark malts and wheat. A slight lager aroma also comes out. Some toasty malts. Somewhat like a cross between German Doppelboch and American red ale.

T: Wow, very sweet! Too sweet. It does have a nice caramelized brown sugar flavor with some toasted raisins. Also some dark wheat and dark malts, a little toasty. Hints of earthy and spicy hop character. Mostly the sweet molasses syrup and brown sugar, too much. Some definite lager flavors too, but a slight almost metallic flavor too, probably from lagering at off temps.

M: Semi thick with decent carbonation.

F: FInishes sweet still, with more toasty malts and lots of brown sugar, molasses and syrup lingering. Not as sticky as I thought it would be. A slight roasty porter flavor on the finish too. Hints of bitter spicy earthy hops too.

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.

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