Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock - Cape Ann Brewing Company
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3.13/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
04-06-2009 04:03:26 | More by damienblack
3.83/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-02-2009 06:52:19 | More by djeucalyptus
3.13/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
12-27-2009 01:10:52 | More by horshack7
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
06-23-2010 23:18:32 | More by mountdew1
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
03-05-2014 02:56:19 | More by Act25
3/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
04-21-2012 23:33:58 | More by Maxwell
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
02-27-2009 17:04:48 | More by Nipitato
3.45/5 rDev -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
06-19-2012 00:18:33 | More by andrewjraab
3.48/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
08-04-2007 19:09:35 | More by cichief
3.93/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
02-27-2012 00:55:55 | More by CaptJackHarkness
2.73/5 rDev -24.8%
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.
07-19-2010 01:10:29 | More by Augustiner719
2.78/5 rDev -23.4%
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.
06-06-2011 23:22:25 | More by B967ierhunter177
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
02-08-2011 21:41:29 | More by nickthetick
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
04-14-2012 20:03:47 | More by Infamous7100
Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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