Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel BockFisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock
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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel BockFisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of cichief
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 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 warriorsoul
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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 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 goodbyeohio
2.31/5  rDev -36.5%
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 edchicma
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper with a decent head and good lacing. Smell is sweet malts, sugars and plums? Sweet maltiness continues in the taste, with a clean hop not on the finish...alcohol undertones. Medium mouthfeel, with just a tad of cloying. Smooth overall in the drinkability area...nice dry finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nutty nose. Starts malty but not very sweet, hops are there, finish has a bite. Not as sweet as the usual dopple bock. Alcohol isn't noticeable. $5.20 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this on a lark on my last big beer run south of the border. Couldn't resist a local doppel bock.

A - brown with a nice golden hue when held to a light. Carbonation is medium with a light head.

S - warm scones and honey. Very inviting

T - honey, warm fresh scones, nutmeg and hint of cherry / fruit.

M - light bodied. lingers nicely.

D - easy to polish off. Very drinkable brew. A little lighter than I would've thought for a doppel bock but definitely a treat.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" beige head over the cloudy copper brew. Head lasts nicely, with average to good bubbly lacing. Aroma is fruity malts, with a whiff of alcohol mixed in. Taste is surprising robust grains upfront, light fruitiness in the middle, and a slightly bitter close, with subtle warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both nice, very approachable for the style. Could be a nice crossover into the style.

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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 GolgiIPAratus
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: 12.28.05

The beer was had at the Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA and is slightly clearer than cider, but a similar color brown. A barely there thin head rested on top and faded as it was being set on the table; obviously due to the pour and the bartender filling it to the brim (can’t argue with that). Moderate lacing trailed the brew to the finish.

The smell was malt dominated and spicy with cloves and cinnamon. Nice, but little evidence as to the flavor that was to follow. This was a crispy cold pour, so some aromas may have been lost on me in its temperature.

The flavor was big and fruity at first. Tart and light fruits, not the expected darker variety. Star fruit & red plum came to mind immediately. The malty notes and the spiciness came behind that. The beer finished with a nice touch of dark cocoa bitterness. It was full in the mouth and carbonation was moderately light. This brew wasn’t the bready, dark malt monster I’ve come to know in my short recent foray into the world of Doppelbocks, but it was really good in and of itself. Different than anything I can remember tasting. While I was initially a little weirded out by that star fruit flavor at first, my palate got used to it and I ended up very impressed.

All around this was very drinkable. My first pucker at the fruitiness made think it was going to be a battle to get through, but after warming up to it, I seriously enjoyed the hell out of this beer. I recommend the draught version at the SG&T as I’ve yet to try a bottle.

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Photo of taez555
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock from Cape Ann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 140 ratings