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Captivator Doppelbock - Tree Brewing

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Captivator DoppelbockCaptivator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
85
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 03-29-2010

Captivator has a sweet aroma, with hints of toffee, light caramel and hazelnut. A deep brown reddish hue with a clean smooth finish.
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 53
Photo of Bunman3
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have sampled this a couple of times, but this was my first serious go at the Captivator. I was pleased with the aroma - almost like a banana split? The taste had plenty of layers to it, as well. I was pleased to find licorice, caramel and toffee as this rolled around on my tongue. The higher alcohol content is well masked, but it does make an significant appearance as it flows down the throat and warms the stomach.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Unique banana notes on the nose and palate. Fruity for a lager. Chocolate cake and a little rum toffee. Less hefty than other doppelbocks: Medium thick I'd say. Slight booze on the tongue. Burnt caramel in the finish.

Photo of Jeffo
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at the LCBO.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a small, medium looking, fizzy, off-white head with decent retention. Transparent maroon red, very dark red, with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring and faint wisp. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Looks a little flat by the end of the glass.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee, some dark fruits and slightly nutty on the nose. Dates and prunes as well. Okay.

TASTE: Spicy up front with caramel, toffee sweetness through the middle into the finish. Mild and kind of unimpressive finish is slightly sweet with more toffee, some nuts and leather, with touches of bitterness as balance.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. A little light on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch sticky. A bit watery perhaps.

OVERALL: This was the least impressive of the few beers I tried. A bit watery in the flavor and too light in the feel. Not all that impressive, unfortunately. Pass.

Photo of papat444
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to kjyost for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Pours a brown color with the edges having the aspect caramalization, also reflected in the head with is decent but doesn't stick around too much.

Smell: Chewy nuts, brown bread, rich, caramel.

Taste: Strong & sweet maltiness, layer of chewy caramel (reminds me of caramel squares), bit bready, dried cranberries. Room temp brings some herbs in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Ultra smooth, blanket of creaminess.

Overall: A very good brew that would score higher if the appearance had been better.

Photo of Tolosa
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice body color, deep amber, dark yellow head, not so lacy for such a body.
Roasted coffee and licorice, flavor is present but maybe not enough persistent.
Alcohol arrives in the aftertaste, in the throat and stomach - not in the mouth.
Good standalone beer, for aperitif or as a nightcap.

Photo of decimator
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 8%.

A - Poured a very dark brown with a thin head, minimal lacing.

S - Roasted, toasted, toffee, earthy, hint of dried fruit, hint of booze.

T - Quite sweet, some toast, some nuttiness, a slight fruity sourness in the middle, flavour feels thin at times.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium-heavy body, syrupy, finishes with a bit of heat.

O - Tasted like a dopplebock but overall I'm not really digging this one.

Photo of spinrsx
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $7 - from 2012

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel/butterscotch

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and a light smokiness. There are also some earthy notes, dark fruits, butterscotch/caramel, and a bit of anise. It ends with a malty sweet and spicy aftertaste.

Overall - Surprisingly good. It has a pleasant taste that is flavorful yet not over powering. It might be just touch thin for the style, but it is well worth trying. I'd probably buy this again.

Photo of tbeckett
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old notes.

A - Poured amber and bright. Strong carbonation coming up to a 2 finger fluffy beige head. Head was really creamy. No real lace and a finger of retention.

S - Big toffee and caramel notes. Wether's Originals, butterscotch, fruity aromas too. Nice.

T - Toffee, dark fruit, rich and bready.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, dry finish.

O/D - Nice Doppelbock. Easy to drink. No alcohol and a pleasant sipper. Flavour could be more complex like the aroma, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of Kremlock
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper in colour with burgundy hues. Head was about 1/2 inch and then collapsed within 10-15 seconds. Beer has some particles but other then that very clear. No lacing.

S: Sweet malt, prunes, raisins. Just loaded with dark fruits and a hint of biscuit/bread in the back.

T: Again, full of dark fruits, biscuit and bread is present. There is an alcohol warmth with some well balanced bitterness to balance the sweetness of this bock.

M: medium bodied, well carbonated, slick on the tongue.

O: This is a great doppelbock. Makes me proud when I see a Canadian company make something from Europe and succeed at it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear dark copper color bock with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light hazelnut and caramel malt with light medium sweet toffee notes is interesting. Taste is dominated by residual sugar with some medium caramel malt and toffee notes. Body is somewhat light for style with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall, this fell a bit short of my expectation with not enough interesting ester and the residual sugar felt a bit flat.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with decent carbonation. Tastes slightly sweet, with dark fruits and some caramal and chocolate coming through as well. But the sweetness is kinda off on this, making this hard to finish the whole bottle. The alcohol isn't that noticable, but the drinkability suffers on this one. Was hoping for a little more from this one.

Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown with some red like rich maple syrup; clear

Aroma: mild; bready; sweet malt, syrupy

Taste & Mouthfeel: thick, sweet, syrupy (sorry, third time that word has popped up but it's true) malt; creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation; almost a smokey hint in the background, could also be read as a dark chocolate bitterness; provides a good foil to the rich sweetness

Overall: rich and warming, just what a doppelbock should be, with a little something else interesting floating around

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.

Dark brown/burgundy with a cream head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has sweet bready malts, caramel, a touch of grape soda, dark grains and a hint of chocolate. Tastes sweet, but finishes dry on the palate with more dark bready malts, caramel, grains and a shred of chocolate in the finish. Warming alcohol, but it's not really present on the palate. Heavier medium body. A reasonably good bock, that's quite adequate.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear tawny brown with a scant foam up of beige head. A handful of lazy bubbles slowly make there way to the surface.

S: Sweet light caramel malts and dried dark fruits.

T: Sweet malts and dried fruits with a mid note of bitter sweet chocolate, on par with dark chocolate coated raisins. At the end there is some very mild warmth from the alcohol, and finishes smooth but without a noticeable aftertaste.

M: I find the body doesn't hold up to the robust coco, fruits and malt flavour. It's a bit thin and I was hoping for a syrupy thick coating. Not terrible - just a little bit thin.

O: This is a decent brew that for a bock is a good representation of smell and taste. There might be some tweaking necessary to improve the complexity, but overall it's a decent drink.

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer just comes across as meh. Fairly bland, boozy, but not really interesting in any way.

Pours clear chestnut brown with a substantial head. That disappears very quickly, and after some initial lace, is just clear liquid.

Nose is some dark fruit and molasses, but quite subdued. Fairly sharp, biting carbonation. Again, some dark fruit and molasses, some sweetness, but mostly bland and boozy. When the most noticable thing about your brew is how sharply carbonated it is, I think you've missed the mark. Safe to walk on by, you won't really be missing anything.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; dated 10/09/12. Recently I've been going out of my way to pick up examples of styles that I haven't tried yet - and so here I am pouring this doppelbock into a mug. I've only had one Tree brew prior to this (Hop Head IPA while in Edmonton) , but I recall enjoying that, so hopefully this one will fall along a comparable set of lines.

Pours a deep reddish-brown colour that glows a bright, clear crimson when held up to the light - definitely a bit dark, but not opaque. The one finger of off-white head seated atop the liquid evaporates soon after the pour, leaving behind scant lacing and no real cap. I want to give this a higher score - but when I finally poured the rest of the bottle in (after it had warmed quite a bit), there still wasn't really any head. It's just not the most impressive-looking thing I've ever seen, but at least it smells good - it has a pleasant, sweet aroma that brings to mind caramel, raisins, dark cherries, apple butter and grape jam.

The flavour is dominated by big, bready dark malts with a hint of toasted nuts. Lots of toffee and brown sugar sweetness, and a whole rainbow palette of 'dark fruits' - raisins, cherries and plums come to mind, among others. Toward the finish, the heat from the alcohol mingles with some dryness that reminds me of spent coffee grinds and vanilla. Malty aftertaste with some slight lingering dryness. On the light side of medium-bodied, and disappointingly watery - sorry but I expect more substance from something with this much ethanol heat. A little slippery on the palate, with some chew. Not too hard to drink quickly because of the lighter body, but I'd rather sip it.

Reasonably tasty stuff, but my socks were nowhere near blown off. This is considerably boozier than most of the regular bocks I have tried, and a bit tastier, but the watery nature of the brew doesn't jive particularly well with the big malty flavours or poor alcohol masking.

Final Grade: 3.69, a respectable B grade. With no other doppelbocks under my belt and only a short list of regular bocks to refer back to, it's hard to give any recommendations or comparisons relating to this. So all I can really offer is an uninformed opinion: Tree's Captivator Doppelbock is pretty good, but not great. I have a history of taking a while to warm up to beer styles of higher ABV, so it's possible that I'm merely being harsh on a brew that just isn't up my alley. I won't have any trouble finishing off this bomber, but picking this up again will not be a priority. Certainly worth a try, but not something to go on a quest for.

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Given the deep russet tone and some very flashy, becoming highlights, Captivator Doppelbock can definitely be said to be photogenic. This despite that, due to the dark tone, it's only halfway clear and can appear almost murky at off angles. This also despite that its head is so thin as to appear only as mist and its lacing lasts only temporarily.

The brewer tells us to look out for "hints of toffee, light caramel and hazelnut" in the aroma, but what sticks out to my nose is an assortment of dried fruits. There's also an overwhelming impression of freshly-grated cinnamon.It smells like a Christmas cake. It's instantly enticing and made even more lively by a rash of spicy alcohol vapors.

It took only a sip or two to conclude that this beer is missing something, and that that 'something' is definitely mouthfeel. It is paper-thin and laminated in a harsh, solvent-y, somewhat burning alcohol spice. There is no impression of attenuation - as if the grain refused to part with its flavor - as it displays little caramelization and no melanoidins.

The beer, despite lacking a toasty, rich full-bodied flavor, still manages a taste that is packed with roasted nuts (brazil nuts, pecan) as well as interweaving notes of dried cherries, dates, and golden raisin. There is also the aforementioned hints of toffee and caramel, although they are thin and lack the usual accompaniment of rich, toasty malts.

Captivator is a good recipe that's only been partially executed; the brewer at Tree has proven himself capable enough, but I think he needs to work on his lagering and decoction mashing. The amount of malt tasted versus alcohol - it's like trying to put out a fire with a squirt gun. With a few changes, this could be on par with the other excellent Tree offerings. Until then, I have no interest in acquiring another bottle.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red with a shortlived tan head that's compact but long lasting. Not much, if any lace sticks to the glass. The aroma is of plums, molasses and christmas cake. Malts are king in the taste. Stewed fruit and caramel soaked bread mix with a hot dark rum character. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous, rather full bodied, whil also low in carbonation for a lager. The finish is sweet and pretty boozy.

This is good Doppebock. Expansive malts, a showcase. the ABV isnt that well hidden though. Still worth a try, especially for Bock lovers.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle
8.0% ABV

This is part of the Tree Brewing feature at the LCBO for May 2012. I tried this beer after purchasing from the King and Spadina lCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent dark brown colour with a this white head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, bread and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation, and a dryness feeling. Flavour is sweet malt, some caramel and grainy notes. Not much in the way of bitterness until the very end.

Photo of korguy123
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint. Date on bottle is 10/09/12

A- Crystal clear burnt brown pour with a finger width light beige head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Nice sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla. Digestive cookies and a wonderful butter tart aroma.

T- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butter tarts, dark stone fruits and a little bit of burnt coffee and toast.

M- Lighter side of medium bodied, sticky on the lips and slightly chewey.

O- A good Doppelbock is hard to find (especially brewed in Canada) and this one is up there with the greats.

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pinkish brown. Very light for brown, dark for red. Smallish white head.

Smell consists of bready malt, a bit of cherry, raisin, caramel and a "clean" smell that I associate with lagers.

Taste is similar to the body. Bread, cherry, raisin and caramel. A bit of hazelnut.

Surprisingly light bodied for 8%- feels a bit insubstantial. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, pretty average doppelbock IMO. Not one of my favourite styles to begin with but this one doesn't do it for me. Fine but not something I would get again.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650mL bomber from the LCBO as part of Tree's spring release.
Love the bottle design - the monks in the label turn a shimmering gold when held to the light. Simple, but effective.

Poured into my standard dimpled bock pint glass. Caramel-ruby in colour, somewhat hazy, head is short-lived but leaves a thin ring.

Nose is classic doppel bock: strong malt presence, dark bread, caramel, raisin, chocolate. Very nice.

Tastes like a doppel should - rich, hearty, nice fruit character, good blast of caramel and chocolate. Despite the four days of high humidity, this brew is going down pretty well. Medium-thick bodied, carbonation is a bit hot, so I'll be cellaring one for next winter.

Good doppel - well worth a try.

Photo of peensteen
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red/mahogany colour, one finger of tan head and basically nothing in the way of lacing as well. Smell is malty with lots of dark bread, darker fruits, raisin, a little bit of roast, chocolate and caramel, some meaty points with a noticeable sweetness. Taste is malty and slightly sweet, caramel and toffee flavours, dark bread, fruity with chocolate in the finish as well as some nutty flavours. Pretty good mouthfeel, light carbonation, medium body. Nice doppelbock, flavourful and enjoyable, finished the bomber with ease and something I would gladly revisit.

Photo of LampertLand
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tree Brewings "Captivator" @ 8.0% , the 2012 edition served cold from a 650 ml bottle into a stein
A-poured beer bottle brown with a reddish hue , small off white head that quickly dissipates and very minimal lacing
S-sweet caramel , brown sugar, molasses and some nuttyness
T-a fruity raisin/fig sweetness up front , hints of sweet caramel and hazelnut followed by toasted malt , nicely balanced
MF-medium body , smooth , light carbonation , warm feeling as more is consumed
Ov-a slow drinking beer , a warm booze feeling , pleasant , I will cellar this beer and visit this doppelbock again

Cheers LampertLand

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: Slight cream head over mahagony liquid.

S: Faint cherry and caramel.

T: Caramel malts mostly with some cherry.

M: Thin to medium viscosity and low carbonation.

O: An average doppelbock with decent drinkability.

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Captivator Doppelbock from Tree Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.