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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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82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
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 selecter70
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark amber body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-smelling nose of bready malts and, to a lesser degree, caramel with dark fruit notes of a nose-tingling waft of alcohol.

Taste: Toasted, multi-grain bread slathered in sweetish dark caramel sauce. Raisin and plum fruitiness. Tiny bit of hop bitterness. Some unrestrained, peppery fusels roaming free throughout the taste. In the tailed, there's a rebound of toasted malt that develops into a growing, somewhat harsh graininess that dominates the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not exactly the most graceful, adroit dopplebock on the dopple block. The slightly astringent graininess in the latter half mars the overall experience.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours reddish copper with a thin head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with a hint of earthy hops.

The taste is very dry - almost chalky. Caramelish/toffeeish maltiness is restrained by the earthy/herbal, almost aspiriny, dryness. Alcohol quite noticeable - a bit boozy.

Carbonation is on the aggressive side - cuts through the medium body to leave a bit of a tingle.

It's a dry interpretation. Maltiness is there, but subdued. Not "bad" but not a big fan of this one - not really what I look for in the style.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of droomyster
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but dark ruby red with a small head and slow moving carbonation. Aromas are very subtle: sweet caramel and a some phenols. Taste is cloying but bearable: some spiciness and dark fruits at least make the powerful sweetness interesting. Not a bad beer but far from my favorite of the style.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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...

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Photo of ybnorml
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of jstilwell
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of shaebs99
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of cichief
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a very deep reddish amber, with a nice off-white head, which didn't last very long.

S- Malty and somewhat spicy (cinnamon?), inviting.

T- Sweet, lots of residual malt, no alcohol burn, no noticeable hops present. Very much in style.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, medium on the tongue.

D- A good attempt at a doppelbock, worth investigating.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.31/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

i am really astounded by the generally good reviews on this one.. i felt it to be a failed attempt at a classic, well-defined style.

looks ok, rich amber crystalline pour with fast-moving bubbles and traces of dead head atop the beer. pruney aroma strikes me as excessively tart and yeasty, not much rich malt in the nose as expected. no distinct hops either, just something off that evokes garbage left in the sun overnight. overripe produce in a compost pile.

nice mouthfeel but abrasively dirty and yeasty. malt presence adds creaminess, but deposits some sour, tart flavors of stale raisins and egg shells into the beer. if mcneills was to make a dopplebock, send the bottles to a store in california which then shelved them for a month or two in room temperature, this is what i'd imagine you'd have.

unfortunately, this beer is a drain pour. some bright points.. but not enough to be able to drink a bomber by myself. a severe disappointment.

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Photo of edchicma
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nutty nose. Starts malty but not very sweet, hops are there, finish has a bite. Not as sweet as the usual dopple bock. Alcohol isn't noticeable. $5.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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