Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.06/5  rDev -43.1%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.31/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
2.34/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I hate to say it, but I did not like this beer. The taste was not good to me, it has a smokey taste to it that's very strong and ruins the taste of the beer for me. I don't think it has anything to do with quality, it is just the brew and ingredients in the beer, don't appeal to me. That being said, someone else may like it. I've had red ales that I have liked....this one did not do it for me.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Maxwell
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of s35keith
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jongullotti
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of drbenderdo
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of benzalman
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of horshack7
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours reddish copper with a thin head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with a hint of earthy hops.

The taste is very dry - almost chalky. Caramelish/toffeeish maltiness is restrained by the earthy/herbal, almost aspiriny, dryness. Alcohol quite noticeable - a bit boozy.

Carbonation is on the aggressive side - cuts through the medium body to leave a bit of a tingle.

It's a dry interpretation. Maltiness is there, but subdued. Not "bad" but not a big fan of this one - not really what I look for in the style.

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Photo of damienblack
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BuddyZ
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of jmmy3
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of NewportBoom
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Wizzman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged one of these at Liquor World in Porter Square...great little place.
Copper rust in color with a full finger and a half of bright white head.
Most disappears too quick and leaves very little lacing as I work my way thru.
Quite thin in the nose...more fruity then anything and even that is very subdued. Some caramel malt with a linging nose.
The taste is a bit better, but still not exciting...a touch of roastiness going on and the malt mixes well to thicken it up just a bit. Alcohol makes its way thru just enough and creates a grassy, earthy flavor at room temperature.
Still quite thin for the style but the carbonation is nice.
A decent attempt...by no means a drain pour. Just not something I'll pick up again...even at $3.95 a bomber.

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Photo of droomyster
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but dark ruby red with a small head and slow moving carbonation. Aromas are very subtle: sweet caramel and a some phenols. Taste is cloying but bearable: some spiciness and dark fruits at least make the powerful sweetness interesting. Not a bad beer but far from my favorite of the style.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark amber body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-smelling nose of bready malts and, to a lesser degree, caramel with dark fruit notes of a nose-tingling waft of alcohol.

Taste: Toasted, multi-grain bread slathered in sweetish dark caramel sauce. Raisin and plum fruitiness. Tiny bit of hop bitterness. Some unrestrained, peppery fusels roaming free throughout the taste. In the tailed, there's a rebound of toasted malt that develops into a growing, somewhat harsh graininess that dominates the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not exactly the most graceful, adroit dopplebock on the dopple block. The slightly astringent graininess in the latter half mars the overall experience.

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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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