Brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company (Constellation)
Navigator Doppelbock is our interpretation of the classic German style. It
is a strong, malty lager. The high level of residual sweetness that comes
from the use of Crystal Malts lends a flavor that is often compared to
raisins or prunes. When we were able to acquire an empty brandy barrel from
one of our friends at a central California winery, we thought this beer
would be a perfect match. The vinous character imparted by the barrel
really went well with the complex sweetness already present in the beer.
Lots of breweries do barrel aging in whiskey or bourbon barrels, but I don’t
know any others who have put out a brandy barrel aged beer. We tried it
with our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter in 2007, and it was good, but the
flavors were kind of all over the place. I think we found a great match
with this beer and these barrels.