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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
Had been 7.5% ABV

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-20-2005)
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Photo of Mikecap
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Mikecap, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

indiapaleale, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of goodbyeohio
2.25/5  rDev -38%
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.

goodbyeohio, May 14, 2006
Photo of jbertsch
4/5  rDev +10.2%

jbertsch, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

u2carew, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Proclarush, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

barleywinebrewer, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Hessian257, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of ybnorml
3.95/5  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.

ybnorml, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of bjohnson
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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'!

bjohnson, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of edchicma
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

edchicma, May 10, 2006
Photo of drbenderdo
3/5  rDev -17.4%

drbenderdo, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of ksimons
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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

ksimons, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Nice looking brown/red color with a sliver of head that dies out quickly. Smell is heavy on the caramel malts, however for a dopplebock it doesn't really seem to have the punch that I would expect. The taste follows suit. A pretty tasty malt profile, but too watery to really get excited about. This is definitely a good beer to have with a meal, but not something that I really would be interested to drink again on its own. Medium/full bodied. Not bad I guess. Actually it reminds me more of a nice English Brown Ale, and if it was classified as such then I would possibly give it a higher score.

alcstradamus, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of csustar001
4.5/5  rDev +24%

csustar001, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.05/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had I not tasted and reviewed a world class double bock beer right before this one I may have been more forgiving. Plus I want to add I really came into this tasting with best wishes. The sample I tried was bought in person in Gloucester MA just a few blocks from the brewery that made it.

So. Poured a 1" head which dissipated to nothing. Kind of a burnt umber brown. No smell at all. Boring taste. If I'd had a blindfold on I wouldn't have even guessed this was a double bock.

Drinkable, sure. But a lame double bock.

MoreThanWine, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of zac16125
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
no born on date but Ive had this in my fridge for almost a year

A: Pours a crystal clear, really pretty reddish amber with 2plus fingers width of light tan colored head, which dissipates down fairly quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S: Spicy malts and yeast aromas similar to a quad. Theres also a weird raw meat aroma thats pretty off putting. Really odd aroma, and not particularly pleasant.

T: Big malty sweetness , caramel, toffee, and a big nutty character. Even with these pleasant flavors there is something about the taste of this that I find nauseating. It taste like feet, and vomit.

M/D: Medium bodied, low carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O: Ok, so its probably not fair to this beer, cause I think its more the style in general than this one in particular. I just cant drink doppelbocks. Something about them just makes me physically ill. This is only the second drainpour of my life.

zac16125, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of AJ01923
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

AJ01923, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of warriorsoul
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

warriorsoul, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of tzieser
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

tzieser, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of wdarcy77
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

wdarcy77, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Twal
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Twal, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of droomyster
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

droomyster, Feb 24, 2009
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.

mralphabet, May 06, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Lexluthor33, Mar 31, 2009
Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.