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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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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
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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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 02:40:52 | More by indiapaleale
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 01:10:52 | More by horshack7
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bob3701

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 02:17:07 | More by bob3701
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 20:53:47 | More by alcstradamus
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MeadMardigan

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: root beer brown in appearance; non-existent head, clings in small rings

S: warm brown sugar, Tootsie Roll chocolate with some alkaline

T: tastes like it smells; sweetness at the beginning with an earthy metallic cloud at the end

M: crisp carbonation with a thin syrup feel

D: very satisfying; could drink 2 or 3 happily

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 01:02:15 | More by MeadMardigan
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templar316

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 03:14:13 | More by templar316
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 18:09:44 | More by Jayli
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2009 14:58:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 03:03:57 | More by mralphabet
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Yeastcakes

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:49:47 | More by Yeastcakes
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with hardly any head at all and no lacing in sight.

Smell is mostly caramel malt, slightly toasted, not much else or anything too complex.

Taste is similar to the smell in that the controlling flavor is caramel malt, good carbonation level, nothing too overwhelming and unfortunately for this beer, nothing too special. A fairly run of the mill doppelbock and if I didn't know any better, I'd almost classify this as a regular bock because there's none of that wow factor with flavors or alcohol strength that other doppelbocks come with, although I guess it is good that the 7.5% is well-hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 00:38:44 | More by deltatauhobbit
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 22:25:43 | More by lordofthewiens
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 02:03:44 | More by Gavage
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albern

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of the style. It looks like a dobbelbock in that there is no head, lacing, or retention. The beer pours a tad syrupy. It is a dark copper color and quite clear. The nose on the beer is very typical of the style. There are loads of caramel flavors, some fig and raisin, and maybe some flat cola syrup.

The taste is quite sweet, a bit syrupy and a touch cloying. The sweetness has a touch of brown sugar, sweet caramels, some fig or raisin, and then there are some rust like tastes. This get sweeter and less rusty as the beer settles and warms. I never found the bocks to be overly complex and this one is no exception. The beers don't have much carbonation and remind me too much of flat cola syrup with a bit of a hop bite in the finish to let you know you're not drinking a non carbonated beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 19:52:18 | More by albern
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damienblack

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 04:03:26 | More by damienblack
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 00:30:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 17:29:45 | More by Lexluthor33
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selecter70

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 22:39:48 | More by selecter70
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 18:45:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 17:44:58 | More by jwc215
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 23:47:46 | More by tempest
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 17:04:48 | More by Nipitato
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droomyster

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 05:17:34 | More by droomyster
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 03:07:17 | More by BeerSox
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 06:52:19 | More by djeucalyptus
Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.