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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 8.91%
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 WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fisherman's Navigator pours a hazy copper color into the glass creating a creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a ring around the surface of the beer leaving behind a ring of lace.

The aroma is an interesting combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Something in there reminds me of chocolate too. This medium bodied beer is creamy on the palate. The flavor has a nice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of ginger. There's a good deal of malt in the background and some bubblegum sweetness in the end. It finishes with a hint of hops leaving behind some spicy flavors.

This is a good full flavored beer that's more balanced than other winter seasonal brews. (688 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack for $6.99 at Macy's in WR for last Friday night. Poured into a standard pint glass. Light brown color with a clear body. Noticeable carbonation. Some lacing. Smell was not as pronounced as other doppelbocks I have tried. Taste was good overall though. Some dried fruit notes with a hint of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth but not as thick as I was expecting from this style of beer. While its smoothness aided in the drinkability, it let me down a bit, as I was looking for a heartier beer for the evening. The abv is well hidden. Navigator is a dopplebock for those looking to drink a few in one session. (631 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fisherman's Navigator pours a very dark almost black color, but is translucent, there was a small white head. There is a nice malty, doughy smell. The taste is malty, and nothing to different from a typical doppel bock. It appears a bit lighter then other doppelbocks, but very easy to drink. Overall nothing to special, but still a good enjoyable doppel bock. (360 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Red-orange in color. Brilliant clarity. Sand colored rocky head leaves lots of clumpy lacing on the glass.

S: Bread, biscuit, thin caramel and treacle, toasted grain. Pinch of cocoa. Fig and golden raisin fruitiness. Clean. Light grassy hop.

T: Thin caramel and treacle. Grainy, toast. Vague fruitiness. Subtle hints of grassy hop. Sweet throughout. Syrupy treacle finish.

M: Thick body, mouth coating and syrupy. Low carbonation. Very mild perception of alcohol.

O: Even for the style this seems a little under attenuated. It comes off a little too sweet and syrupy. A decent stab at the style, but nothing I'd revisit. (669 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of albern
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber brown body with a small off-white tan head that died quickly. Color is surprisingly reminiscent of a belgian dubbel.

Very mild nose. Just very faint hints of malt with some whiffs of alcohol and spice.

Very thick body. Big mouthful, but very smooth. Malt galore. Mild touches of biscuit, big hits of caramel, very subtle touches of molasses, light fruit touches, alcohol and even some faint touches of honey. Spices really come through as the beer warms. Cinnamon, nutmeg and winter/christmas esque holiday spices. Bitterness is just a touch bigger than to balance the malt giving it a little bit of hop bitterness kick without being overly distracting. Hops sort of come through more in the finish, with an earthy punch and grainy aspirin like bitterness that lingers.

This is really a great beer that easily holds it's own against the other big 22oz bombers on the shelf next to it. The fact that they're doing a big lager is even more impressive. Cape Ann has found a real winner here. It's a shame this beer isn't more prevalent. (1,053 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 20oz tall mug.
Pours a tannish amber color with a 1” tannish beige head and a fair amount of webby lacing.
Smells of grainy barn malt, sweet cereal and a bit of resinous malt mingle together well.

The taste is layered with sweet caramel maltiness and a light dose of resiny and metallic hop bitterness. A faint taste of dark tea edges forward. A warming alcohol is noticed upon exhale late.

The body is a bit on the light side for the style, but is very gulpable! (479 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.31/5  rDev -35.7%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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 (406 characters)

Photo of zac16125
2.34/5  rDev -34.8%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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'! (858 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.06/5  rDev -42.6%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Last beer of the evening. A sipper. This beer is totally original and interesting. It defies type, and I'd class it a winter warmer - spicy, alcohol, carmel sweetness, fruit.

I didnt find it overdone, but it's sweet and rich and full bodied.

A: Hazed walnut body with fast fade head and some sticky lace.
S: Wanted more of it, but it's caramel malt on a baked apple. Apple on a stick.
T: A bit of nutmeg, but not overwhelming, atop a broad base of caramel, one of the most caramel beers I have ever had. prune/dark fruit/ ripe apple / cider. Nice long finish, not cloying.
MF: love the weight that works well with the sweet and the long almost peppery finish.

An outstanding winter warmer that'd I recommend. (716 characters)

Photo of tzieser
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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. (338 characters)

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