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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 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 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 mralphabet
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very thin head upon pouring. The color a somewhat of a clear mahogany.

Aroma: Not alot of hoppiness but alot of chocolate malt and carob. A sligth bready aroma in the background.

Taste: Lots of carob a bit of crispness on the pallate. A little low on carbonation. Hopiness is hiding in this one but the it does a decent malty backbone.

Notes: The flavor and the color stand out among everything else. It's a decent dopplebock that is rather drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deep brown color with a light lace and head.
The aroma of malts,fruit/dates & figs with a touch of caramel.

The taste begins with malts and a touch of fruit. Raisins,caramel and sweetness that is accompanied with a slight metallic hint.
That i did not like,but in the finish it was a smooth,creamy beer with medium body and carbonation. Dry going down.

Notes: Not a bad bock and not bad overall,yet I got the feeling the metallic tone would hurt the rating and it did.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger of creamer colored head formed on top of the clear, ruddy-brown body. The foam had poor retention time, quickly fading down to a few paisley swirls; poor lacing.

At first, you get a big burst of honey and caramel on the nose. Once agitated, you can pick up some roasted malts and a grainy, grass like character.

The first flavor to hit your palate is honey...and it stays along for the entire ride. Toward the center, you get the graininess from the nose and you find some of the roasted caramel malts at the finish.

Medium mouth feel, a little drying and well carbonated.

You can actually detect a little alcohol in the aftertaste...surprising for the ABV. That being said, this is still pretty drinkable. Not a bad offering...

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Photo of damienblack
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours rustic amber, almost rust-brown with little fanfare. Smells strongly yeasty and sweet, with an almost citrusy smell. Slight sweetness throughout, an interesting hop punch at the end. No malt punch, no taste of dark fruits or anything like that. It has something undescribeable about it, it almost taste rusty (not literally rusty, but like a little dingy). Finishes dry and toasty (toast like bread). Seems to have a metallic aftertaste. Low on carbonation, seems fairly light in body for the style. Lacks creaminess, doesn't really flow well. Overall, a hearty meh. There are so many better examples of the style. This one doesn't actively offend, but the metallic taste seems to come out more and more as it goes on. That's the big offender here.

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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 mountdew1
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This pours a nice chocolate brown. Opaque and after an agressive pour it yielded a thin lacing of creamy head.

S - Caramel, oaky, earthy, nutty - this smells wonderful.

T - A toasted and earthy grain element with nice sweet undertones of caramel.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp finish

O - This is very solid and I would try it again. I'm drinking it on a 90 degree day, but I'd rather have this brew on a fall day for some reason. Overall, very solid

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Photo of Maxwell
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark carmely amber with a creamy color head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing. Carbonation is strong, with a consistent bubbling from the base.

Smell - The beer smells very rich and malty with rich caramels and a warm slight biscuity smell. Truly amazed. The hops are light, with little to no note in the smell.

Taste - Very malty. A deep carmeling with a bready after taste. This beer doesn’t sit too heavily on the tongue as it dissipates through the mouth. The hops are again only slightly present, as is expected with this beer style. A nice rich mixture of malts.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and almost marbley, with a light tingle of the constant carbonation. The heavy malts give the beer a chewy quality, while it remains smooth and watery. The beer barely touches the back of the tongue but the heavy malts sit heavily on the tongue.

Overall - Not a bad beer, very malty and carbonated. It’s a nice warming winter ale.

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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 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 CaptJackHarkness
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip:

This beer pours a nice dark reddish brown color with just a touch of haziness to it and a nice off white head that recedes slowly with no lacing left. Smells a bit faint, like dark cherries, molasses, a touch of burnt wood and some medicinal herbal aromas. Taste is a bit off for me as i feel the alcohol burn on this one. off balanced with astrigenty bitterness that overseas the malts. leaves a very dry, bitter, austere flavor of old cough syrup. Mouthfeel is weird becuase its got a tingly thing going on with the carbonation. rolls off the tongue well but leaves a bitter dry feeling on the palate. Drinkability is low becuase it just doesnt taste good. really off putting and nothing i would think would represent the style well. Interesting enough to try once, but wouldnt get this again.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, bold, reddish-orange with a thin head and lasting lace. It's aroma is of spice and molasses with a hint of citrus. The flavor has notes of molasses and vanilla. Malt sweetness if followed by a hop snap and a mild alcohol finish. It has a medium mouthfeel and is well balanced. Cape Anne Fishermans Navigator is a decent beer, a good partneer for Wiener Schnitzel and Sauerkraut. Recommended.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of bob3701
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 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 Pittsburgh
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I hate to say it, but I did not like this beer. The taste was not good to me, it has a smokey taste to it that's very strong and ruins the taste of the beer for me. I don't think it has anything to do with quality, it is just the brew and ingredients in the beer, don't appeal to me. That being said, someone else may like it. I've had red ales that I have liked....this one did not do it for me.

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Photo of templar316
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich amber though the head is almost nonexistent and gone quickly. A nice nose with prominant Dark fruit, and tobacco. The taste dlivers figgy and strong without alotof alcohol to warn of the strength. It feels heavy of the toungue a little too sugary and thick to drink alnight but you could do alot worse.

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