Fisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock | Cape Ann Brewing Company

Fisherman's Navigator Doppel BockFisherman's Navigator Doppel Bock
BA SCORE
3.64/5
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:
#33,278
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
140
pDev:
11.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of ksimons
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours an amber brown with a nice amount of white head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-malt, caramel, brown sugar

T-similar to the nose, very malty with caramel sweetness, tiny bit of hop bitterness at the end. A bit of alcohol warming is present too

M-medium to full body, medium amount of carbonation

D-drinkability is good, it is on the heavy side as it should be, a nice take on the style

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Photo of nickthetick
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal head, moderate carbonation, orange-brown in color, hazy, some sediment

Smell: sweet toasted malt, caramel, chocolate and alcohol

Taste: big caramel, some chocolate, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium/low carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Drinkability: A very good representation of the style. this is the best non-pumpkin beer from the brewery. A super malty treat that I could have a couple of over time.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.06/5  rDev -43.4%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 mgbickel
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A single finger of creamer colored head formed on top of the clear, ruddy-brown body. The foam had poor retention time, quickly fading down to a few paisley swirls; poor lacing.

At first, you get a big burst of honey and caramel on the nose. Once agitated, you can pick up some roasted malts and a grainy, grass like character.

The first flavor to hit your palate is honey...and it stays along for the entire ride. Toward the center, you get the graininess from the nose and you find some of the roasted caramel malts at the finish.

Medium mouth feel, a little drying and well carbonated.

You can actually detect a little alcohol in the aftertaste...surprising for the ABV. That being said, this is still pretty drinkable. Not a bad offering...

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
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 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 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 markb33
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stein.

A--Pours a reddish brown with great clarity. A hard pour generates a two finger tan head which dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing.

S--Sweet with a hint of toffee to start. Fruity esters take over toward the finish.

T--Overall very smooth. Sweet and nutty at the nose. Fruity through the finish (I can't quite put my finger on it, maybe a little ripe plum). Very good for a winter beer, but I wish there was more of a snap to it, just to make it interesting.

M--Fairly thick, but not chewy. Its body is good, but it leaves a bit of slickness on the tongue.

D--Good for winters up here in Maine. I like the nuttiness, but its just a bit sweet. Overall, its a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of nelnutter
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz. bottle into Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a nice ruby brown with decent off-white head of foam that left small patches of lacing here and there.

S: Sweet malts and some roasted malt aroma for the most part. Definitely sweet-smelling.

T: The smell held true to my expectations: very sweet. Mostly caramel and a little bit of roasted malts, toffee. A surprisingly nice earthy hop bitterness comes in late and ends slightly bitter. A little more may have helped balance out the sweetness a bit better in my opinion, but it was still a nice blend.

M: On the heavier-side of medium, slightly chewy, very little carbonation.

D: Overall, I really liked this brew. Especially for a cold New England winter day, where I could definitely enjoy some of these.

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Photo of bgildea
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark amber red color. Little head with little lacing.

S: Smells of sweet fruits and nuts.

T: Tastes fruitier than expected. Slight malt after taste.

M: Relatively little chew.

D: One or two are drinkable, but after that the sweetness will get to me.

Overall: Overall, it was a decent beer. If you like fruity/nutty beers than this is one you might like. Personally, I found it too fruity but one or two can be enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A light 1/2 finger head rises and fades quickly with a few bubbles rising from the etch in teh bottom of my SA perfect pint glass. A clear dark roasted red with hints of brown.

N: A lot of sweet malty aromas, syrupy as well. It's pretty sweet aroma, with dark malts and wheat. A slight lager aroma also comes out. Some toasty malts. Somewhat like a cross between German Doppelboch and American red ale.

T: Wow, very sweet! Too sweet. It does have a nice caramelized brown sugar flavor with some toasted raisins. Also some dark wheat and dark malts, a little toasty. Hints of earthy and spicy hop character. Mostly the sweet molasses syrup and brown sugar, too much. Some definite lager flavors too, but a slight almost metallic flavor too, probably from lagering at off temps.

M: Semi thick with decent carbonation.

F: FInishes sweet still, with more toasty malts and lots of brown sugar, molasses and syrup lingering. Not as sticky as I thought it would be. A slight roasty porter flavor on the finish too. Hints of bitter spicy earthy hops too.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
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 morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack for $6.99 at Macy's in WR for last Friday night. Poured into a standard pint glass. Light brown color with a clear body. Noticeable carbonation. Some lacing. Smell was not as pronounced as other doppelbocks I have tried. Taste was good overall though. Some dried fruit notes with a hint of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth but not as thick as I was expecting from this style of beer. While its smoothness aided in the drinkability, it let me down a bit, as I was looking for a heartier beer for the evening. The abv is well hidden. Navigator is a dopplebock for those looking to drink a few in one session.

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Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep amber-brown. Moderate beige head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Light lace.

Chocolate covered caramels is the first smell impression.

Interesting flavor that matches the chocolate covered caramel. Some of the darker malts do come through. Slightly sweet with a light hop background. Rich body and below average carbonation.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - auburn, reddish brown with some orange thrown in the mix as far as color goes. Nice foamy white head thanks to the lager yeast.

Aroma - sweet, sweet malt, brown sugar and caramel as well as some cherry and apple smells.

Taste - caramel and brown sugar flavors abound as well as some of that slight cherry and apple I smelled. Very crisp yet malty and clean with no off flavors. A very smooth drinking dark, strong lager.

Overall - while it may not be exactly the same as some of the foreign versions of the style, Navigator is a solid strong lager with plenty of taste and body but still has a bit of bite in the finish.

Would I buy more of it? - yes, especially if I see it in tap somewhere.

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Photo of horshack7
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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 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 alcstradamus
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Nice looking brown/red color with a sliver of head that dies out quickly. Smell is heavy on the caramel malts, however for a dopplebock it doesn't really seem to have the punch that I would expect. The taste follows suit. A pretty tasty malt profile, but too watery to really get excited about. This is definitely a good beer to have with a meal, but not something that I really would be interested to drink again on its own. Medium/full bodied. Not bad I guess. Actually it reminds me more of a nice English Brown Ale, and if it was classified as such then I would possibly give it a higher score.

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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 templar316
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich amber though the head is almost nonexistent and gone quickly. A nice nose with prominant Dark fruit, and tobacco. The taste dlivers figgy and strong without alotof alcohol to warn of the strength. It feels heavy of the toungue a little too sugary and thick to drink alnight but you could do alot worse.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear, deep amber color with about a 1/4 inch of offwhite/tannish head to it. Head recedes quickly, barely a film left to it, spotty lacing left on the glass. Nose is of caramel malts, toasted malts, some dark fruits and a touch of hops. Taste is of caramel malts up front, with dark fruits moving in to the backgrous - raisins and dates mostly. The finish is a hop presence that evens this beer out. Medium body, moderate to light carbonation, goes down smooth with a dry finish. This is a nice offering from Cape Ann and certainly one you could sit with for a night.

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

On-tap 5/16/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit and a little bit of chocolate. There's a decent hops presence that provides some balance and there's also a faint touch of smokiness to it. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's not a style that I usually drink nor is it a brewery that I usually like but this is a good beer to drink for a while.

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