Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock | Cape Ann Brewing Company

Fisherman's Navigator Doppel BockFisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock
BA SCORE
46.4%
Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 140 ratings
Fisherman's Navigator Doppel BockFisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
capeannbrewing.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Had been 7.5% ABV

Added by Todd on 10-20-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,905
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
140
Liked:
65
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
11.26%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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'!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of tzieser
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of bob3701
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Jsmitty1967
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Max's the other night. The guy next to me just loved this beer, and was gushing about how good it was. I can't say I was quite as impressed, though it was an OK beere.

Pours an amber brown color, with an impressive, creamy head. Good head retention to this beer, and it had good lacing. On the nose one gets a complex aroma of malt, ginger, and citrus/bitterness from the hops. On the palate, one gets a roasty, malt flavor initially, but it finishes with a touch of dry bitterness. There is some cherry and melon flavors, but not all that much. Frankly, I could wish this beer had a bit more too it. It was interesting to try and was not like any doppelbock I've had prevoiusly. Ultimately, I thought this was an OK beer, though nothing special.

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Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Twal
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of WasupBeerQueen
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On occassion, I come across a beer that defies traditional reviewing. This is one of them, perhaps because it defies traditional styles.

I'm not even sure of what to say about it. On one hand I found the nutmeg flavor to be overwhelming (and the cinnamon was not far behind it); and on the other hand it's really quite unique! But I asked myself, why would they even label this a doppelbock? It's really a style unto itself!!! At the very least I'd put "spiced" in the name. - Unless, perhaps, I just happened to get a batch that was a little overdone.

It had an OK appearance and mouthfeel. It smelled quite nice, especially if you like spice. And the taste was good, once again, if you like spice. I didn't find the actual flavor of the spices to be overwhelming (although they are strong), but after about 4 ounces I was done. There's a nice bit of sweet biscuit/cookie character to the malt, and a touch of dark fruitiness as well. The alcohol is well-cloaked, and it was nicely balanced. So, really, there are no flaws to it. It's just loaded with nutmeg and cinnamon!

I think that as an after-dinner beer shared with friends, or maybe as a fireplace-with-a-book sipper, it's really nice. But the drinkability just can't pull through for a full pint with so much spice in it. And the 22 oz bottle doesn't help - I wonder if it's put into 12 ouncers? Overall, it's an interesting spiced lager that's probably worth trying.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boston Beer Summit. From a 16oz. can. Poured a dark caramel color. Smelled of dark fruits and yeast scents. Caramel. Flavor was more of the same. It's combination of yeast, caramel and fruit with an almost spicy flavor is pleasant. Would like to take in a whole can. Fuller, thicker bodied. Not enough of this style in the market so I welcome Doppelbocks whenever I can get them.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottling.

Poured a deep amber hue with light amber streaking. There was a one finger creamy white head with good lacing and retention.

The smell featured a good toasted grain with hints of caramel and allspice.

The taste consisted of a solid caramel sweet malt with elements of cocoa and smoke. Some dark fruit picked up as well.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a good chewiness.

Overall a nice, smooth dopplebock. A pleasant spiciness as well.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MeadMardigan
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Gavage
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.

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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 46.4% out of 100 with 140 ratings
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