michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malts, grains, brown sugar, caramel, and herbs. Poured deep orange/copper in color with a tiny tan head that disappeared immediately. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts, grains, pretzels, caramel, grapes, toasting, light nuts, and earth. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, malty, earthy finish.
MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Navigator is deep red in color and cloudy. Bottled versions may not be cloudy, but all of their drafts are unfiltered. The aroma is mostly of malts and hops. The beer hits you with rich chocolate and cinnamon flavors at first but then the hops take over for a slightly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol isn’t overtly present. With the medium body, the beer goes down smooth and doesn’t overload on the carbonation. This is a fine beer if you can find it.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had a draft. Appearance was a dark red color with a aroma of toasted grain and cinnamon spice. Taste was of creamy malts followed by sweet caramel.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Jacob Wirthís. Pours dark with a tan head. Much of the same nutty, roasty character that you expect from a bock, problem being thereís little body here. Itís a rather unsatisfying, almost watery beer.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured light tan/yellow and had a large head. It had some nice notes of molasses and caramel and then pushed into a well balanced earthy and sweet (think fruit) flavors with a firm finish.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft) Crystal clear copper body topped by creamy beige head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, cherry, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, earthy, toast, chocolate, light lager yeast, faint alcohol. Smooth medium body with light stickiness.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught snifter at Kinsale Irish Pub on 4/21/07
Small, light-tan head rapidly fades to partial cover, leaving little/no lacing. Clarity is medium to medium-high and the color is a dark mahogany brown with some cola tints.
Breadiness is matched by light caramel and moderate fruitiness (berries, raisins, currants) with a definite note of molasses and or brown sugar. A bit washed-out, itís not exactly leaping out of the snifter, and is further complicated by some sharp alcohol suggestions that drain the malts of the much-needed fatness that the style calls for. But it remains passable, if not very bock-like. Light yeast tartness is present on the finish, but not in as great a quantity as I would expect from the style. Hops are very reserved, only adding light leafiness/earthiness to the finish. Caramel and breadiness linger on...
Medium-dry caramel, some hard toffee and cola notes and a fair amount of dry, slightly acidic breadiness comprise the flavor. Alcohol cuts through the malts on the finish, along with some spiciness akin to black pepper and clove, though this one is unspiced. Just dosent get very complex and the mouthfeel is too hardened by the filtration and overuse of medium malts. Moderate carbonation is not very tight. Cola and berry-like suggestions sit lightly on the end, further exposing the lack of sweet, supple malts. No diacetyl in my glass, thankfully.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Wild Horse Cafe, Beverly MA. Pours a clear amber with a large tannish head. Nose is malty. Flavor is dried biscuits, molasses, and weak coffee. This had a nice clean mouthfeel, but was thinly flavored and not able to take that typical doppleback stand. Decent, but nothing that I would want to have again.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at Barcade. Hazy orange/amber in color, medium off white head. Aroma is malty, bready, maybe a bit earthy. Taste is malty, with notes of roast and maybe a touch of chocolate, also a bit bready from the yeast.
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at barcade - decent, hazy, unfiltered amber/copper body, with a rather fluffy head - quite earthy and yeasty aroma, with a kind of unusual herbal quality for the style - fairly chewy - some toasty, roasted malt quality, with a dash of spicy hops - some caramel flavor makes way for big time diacetyl flavors - I didnít find this as off-putting as the other raters (though diacetyl tends not to bother me too much), but I still didnít find the beer very good.