Navigator Dopplebock (Brandy Barrel Aged) | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 10-29-2008

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Downtownnh
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

May be the bottom of barrel for this glass

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brew American Gastropub, Bellgrade Midlothian location. I prefer the regular to this barrel variant, just don't think the balance is quite there and the brandy is not prevalent

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Photo of Anaxagoris
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHesk12
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I admit that I don't drink brandy and probably don't have the necessary acquired tastes to appreciate this type of beer, but I can say that this was one of the most intense barrel aged beers I've ever tried. This beer is incredibly tart and tastes like biting into a brandy soaked piece of bitter wood.I couldn't even tell that this was a dopplebock--it just tasted like concentrated smokey grape esters. I love a good bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, but this wasn't even the same territory. If you LOVE brandy and beer, you might like this brew otherwise think twice before ordering a full glass.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark clear amber, with a little bit of lacing, and a half inch head.

Smells very strongly of sweet and nutty brandy, dark fruits, raisins, and a bit of caramel.

I've never had the regular Navigator, but without having that, I can safely guess that the brandy barrel aging really elevated this one. There's a really significant brandy presence that's really well integrated into the base doppelbock. The base beer provides some nice dark fruits, sweet caramel, and toffee, along with barrel-derived vanilla and a small amount of oak.

This is medium bodied, thick, but not overly so. It's slightly syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is a really well done barrel aged beer. The brandy notes really do go well with the dark fruit character of the base beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of docoman
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I think the BBA brings out some some flavor and of course smell for this dopplebock. Definitely work a sample.

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Photo of Rado
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sludgegnome
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Slater's 50/50 (Liberty Station), on to the beer:

This one arrived with plenty of anticipation, but lots of booze in the beers character took the beer down a few levels. The russet brown color with solid head retention was fine. The nose was fumes of alcohol mixed with lots of malt and raisins. It didn't quite have the super high level of booze as the aroma; there's enough of the body, consisting of raisins, touches of brandy, and some sweet bread, to overcome the booze. Nearly full bodied and boozy. It's alright, not what I had hoped I would taste. Good thing I stayed away from flammmable objects afterwards.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of cld253
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of dominic4beer
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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Navigator Dopplebock (Brandy Barrel Aged) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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