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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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -17.4%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

BeerForMuscle, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

NJpadreFan, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

sulldaddy, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DonFrap, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Jayli, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

WanderingFool, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

BeerSox, Feb 08, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Drknight, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of morebeergood
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

morebeergood, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

albern, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Gregwa, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 22, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

vette2006c5r, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +10.2%

rorjets, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

ryan1788a5, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Lawnboy33, May 10, 2012
Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

taez555, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

fossage78, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

BeerResearcher, May 16, 2011
Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.