EastBayPints (23) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Aroma: Lightly smoked. Roasted bready malts cooked with caramel. Dark fruits, dates and apricots.
Appearance: Deep reddish brown. Medium carbonation and opaque body. Thin creamy tan head leaving light lacing.
Taste: Bubblegum. Smokey and meaty. Malts are caringly roasted. The middle is strong and bitter with a noble flare. The finish is dry and based around warming flavors of cocoa and caramel. Not as sweet as well known doppelbock’s. Optimator and Salvator. I like the balance in this one. It is unique in that it blends characteristics of rauch, doppelbock, german pilsner and even belgian strong dark ales.
Palate: Very tasty and well balanced strong malt forward beer. If you are looking for a break from hop nirvana take a trip to the heights of alpine maltiness. Creamy and chewy with a clean finish. The alcohol is blended but you can taste its creep as it warms the tongue. This is a good alternative to the winter warmer.
Overall: A unique surprise. I didn’t know what to expect but I got a quality product for a good price. I especially like the wordplay in the name. Navigator pays tribute to both the bocks of yore and the pacific northwest outdoorsy spirit. A must try beer.
superspak (6216) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear red copper color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, molasses, toasted grain, raisin, fig, floral, light smoked wood, and herbal. Very pleasant and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of caramel, molasses, biscuit, toffee, raisin, fig, toasted malt, pepper, wood, light chocolate, herbal spiciness, and slight smoke. Lingering notes of caramel, toasted biscuit, molasses, raisin, fig, herbal spiciness, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic malty flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with hardly any warming on the finish present. Overall this is a great doppelbock! A lot of nice complex malty flavors, and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable. Syzzer (736) - Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2012
I like this one very much.... nearing an exceptional beer at 9.4. Interesting fruity maltiness. Very smooth. Medium brown in color. patricks110 (2792) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2012
Navigator pours out a dark murky brown almost fully opaque with a thin nearly non-existant beige head. The nose is heavily malted with a prominent German yeast and floral hop notes. Big roast and a massive chocolate notes. Light woody and earthen aromas with a bit of an alcohol aroma. The taste has a sweet and roasty malt backbone with a full body and big chocolate notes. A bit of a hop on the finish with light dryness and a pungent alcohol finish. A mostly unbalanced brew with lovely chocolate flavors. Bookseeb (137) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Appearance is a dark ruby brown, having a thin dissipating head, no lace. Aroma is very malty, dark fruits. Taste of sweet malt, bready with a tinge of yeast and hops following. Palate is medium with just enough carbonation to make it go down easily. Overall an enjoyable strong lager.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Draft at uber. Pours a murky dark brown with bright caramel edges and a dense creamy mousse atop. Lots of lace. Big sweet brown bread nose. Creamy medium body, very smooth. Molasses, brown bread, peat, and smoke on the mid palate. Long peaty finish. pintbypint (3927) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
650ml brown bottle. Bottled in January. Pours out dark brown with ruby highlights. Short creamy layer of tan foam. Nose has chocolate, some fruit (cherry), caramel. Taste is cocoa-y, some caramel, a bit of fruit and mild coffee. Finish has some herbal notes, low bitterness, toffeish malt sweetness. Full body, good creamy carbonation, drinks very easily for 8%. Rounded, smooth, enjoyable. Reid (2675) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2012
22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer,S.Salem. $4.99
Dark amber/chestnut brown beer with a small yet persistent light tan bubbly head..good lace.
Nice malty/raisin/fig aromas..fruity plus dark chocolaty..nice really
Taste is similar to the aroma plus slightly bitter..very well balanced.
Nice smooth palate..no flaws
LIked this one..nice balanced dopplebock BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Mahogany bodied, creme brulee head that disippates into a thick ring. Malty, but also caramel, some toffee, and a hint of sherry oxidation--definitely a departure from the typical doppelbock. Wonderful viscous body. Syrup malty, and waves of wine-aged barrel notes. A touch of cocoa surfaces. Rich, sweet, lucious,a smidge of salty peat, and with a touch of tannic grape bitterness. Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2012
dark brown in color with a tan foamy head. Smell is mild and malty. Taste is malty and true to the style. This beer is perfect for a Sunday afternoon in front of the TV.