Leavenworth Navigator Doppelbock

Reviewed by on February 4, 2014 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fish Brewing Company

  • Origin: Olympia, WA, USA

  • Rated On: December 28, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A nice outdoorsy, winter themed presentation, even if the base beer isn’t specifically tailored to the snowy grip currently held on we northern Albertans.

This 650ml bottle pours a dark, clear, shiny redbrick hue, with two fingers of tight, dense foamy tan head, which leaves some bleeding arch lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. Quite purdy, if I do say so myself.  It smells of dark, raisiny fruit, a slight sugary, candied character, lightly toasted caramel malt, a bit of rum butter, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is big toffee/caramel malt, brown sugar, some mild mocha, moderate black fruit, more floral candy notes, a subtle, soft booziness, and indistinct drying hops.  The carbonation is quite sedate, no real perceptible edge here, the body actually a bit on the light side, with medium weight just out of reach, but generally quite smooth, as the big ABV has the decency to not really interfere. It finishes semi-sweet, the malt holding strong in its various guises, amongst a chalky, pithy, earthy upstart dryness.

An enjoyable enough Doppelbock, especially given the value consideration. It does lag somewhat in the heftiness department, but that just makes it all the easier to put back. Oh, right, about that alcohol, so cleverly hidden – so ya got me there.

Brady White

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