Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
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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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 83
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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 RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep amber-brown. Moderate beige head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Light lace.

Chocolate covered caramels is the first smell impression.

Interesting flavor that matches the chocolate covered caramel. Some of the darker malts do come through. Slightly sweet with a light hop background. Rich body and below average carbonation.

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Style: Doppelbock
ABV: 7.00 %

LOOK: Amber colored brew with an off white head. Head dies down quickly, little to no lace. Looks a bit syrupy.

SMELL: Heavy on the caramel, Munich malts, and bready lager yeast. Sweet and malty aroma.

TASTE: The taste brings more caramel and an affirmation of the use of Munich malts. Small leafy hops and balancing bitterness though the finish is sweet.

FEEL: Medium bodied feel with a moderate level of carbonation. A bit chewey, with caramelized malts in the finish.

OVERALL: Very much a traditional bock made in America with a strong German influence. Fits the bill for a solid dopplebock.

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.

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 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 DrDemento456
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not going to rate this too harshly since it's not only old but given to me for free by a friend.

A - Wow a nice looking beer! A 1/2 inch of mocha head and a dark brown colored beer, clear but no sediment.

S - Smell is obviously malty with German style grains and malts but really no detectable ABV or hops. Decent enough!

T - Ugh downhill from here. It has some weird hop presence that covers up any dark fruit or bready notes but the finish is kind of malty. Must be the lager aspect but it doesn't make a good Doppelbock.. Average at best.

M - ABV is pretty well hidden but taste is kind of dry and grainy.

Overall smell is good and appearance is usually everything but taste is all that matters to me and this beer is way too lager like and not enough Doppelbock. Not bad for a free old beer though.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boston Beer Summit. From a 16oz. can. Poured a dark caramel color. Smelled of dark fruits and yeast scents. Caramel. Flavor was more of the same. It's combination of yeast, caramel and fruit with an almost spicy flavor is pleasant. Would like to take in a whole can. Fuller, thicker bodied. Not enough of this style in the market so I welcome Doppelbocks whenever I can get them.

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 lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 blackie
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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

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 DrinkSlurm
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a slightly murky uniformly translucent brown hue. Pours with no head.

S- Milk chocolate, caramel, alcohol astringency, molasses. Nose is much more sweet than boozy-but both are there.

T-Taste is pretty bland initially, a hint of cheap milk chocolate and a hint of alcohol-and well, thats pretty much it. A hint of caramel sweetness comes through in the middle with more mild alcohol. The finish is fairly clean and dry with the slightest hint of alcohol-a mild chocolate presence lingers.

M- Medium to high carbonation and medium weight, thin, somewhat watery body.

D- This brew fits the bill for dopplebock-but its a pretty mediocre one-and an above average brew overall. The alcohol isnt powerful in this brew-it just stands out because there isnt much flavor there. Still cool to try this local.

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!

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