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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 8.91%
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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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 140
Photo of bob3701
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint. Clear mahogany color with a nice thick head to start but slowly changes to a thin film with good lacing. A sweet roasted malt aroma. Strong caramel flavor with that great double bock flavor. I enjoyed this brew and the place I purchased it at was sold out when I went back there. Cape Anne is putting out some good stuff. (350 characters)

Photo of tzieser
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber $6.70 at Downtown Spirits and liquors in Davis Sq.

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber/light cherry color with almost no head at all. Bubbling as it sits there as if its a wizards potion. Not the color I would have expected from a doppelbock.

S: Aromas of floral malts dominate. Very spicy with hints of cinammon...and other spices in there.

T: Malt is the very first and most noticeable taste--spicy and a bit of floral in there also.

M & D: Very good mouthfeel being well balanced. A tad on the heavy side, but not overpowering and to my liking. Carbonation is medium to low, but thats a good thing as it doesn't take away from the spicy malt flavor. Drinkablity on this is pretty high depending on your love or dislike of dopplebocks and malt. I would have another bomber if it was in front of me. Good work by Cape Ann--keep em' comin'! (858 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber with ruby hues and very little head. No lacing.

Mild malt scent, some toasty notes, a little alcohol whiff.

Big bock flavors here, bread toast, brown bread, booze, and a metallic bitterness in the finish.

Thick sipper here. Not much carbonation, decent body.

Hard to knock more than one down. Good rep of the style, but 1 was enough for the night. A 6 would take a while for me to get through. Very decent beer, though, if you like the style. (462 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,486 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of nelnutter
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz. bottle into Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a nice ruby brown with decent off-white head of foam that left small patches of lacing here and there.

S: Sweet malts and some roasted malt aroma for the most part. Definitely sweet-smelling.

T: The smell held true to my expectations: very sweet. Mostly caramel and a little bit of roasted malts, toffee. A surprisingly nice earthy hop bitterness comes in late and ends slightly bitter. A little more may have helped balance out the sweetness a bit better in my opinion, but it was still a nice blend.

M: On the heavier-side of medium, slightly chewy, very little carbonation.

D: Overall, I really liked this brew. Especially for a cold New England winter day, where I could definitely enjoy some of these. (768 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of shaebs99
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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 (986 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (283 characters)

Photo of bgildea
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of jstilwell
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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! (1,088 characters)

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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 (406 characters)

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