Captivator Doppelbock - Tree Brewing

Not Rated.
Captivator DoppelbockCaptivator Doppelbock

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
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.
View: Beers (26) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip april 5 2010

A clear reddish brown with a fast falling thumbs worth of head that left a few patches of lace

S some brown sugar with a little molasses and some cola. I picked up on a little nuttiness but it wasn't until after I read the bottle that I could smell hazelnut so I thought it may be all suggestive until I tasted it

T lots of nut going here with a little chocolate on top of everything I smell, the booze is very well concealed I don't taste much of the 8% at all

M a slight silky feel until the bubbles fluff it up a bit, decent length on this beer you can taste it for a for a minute or two after its in your belly

D for a 8%alc beer it's very easy to drink, great beer for a chilly spring evening

another solid seasonal from Tree, I had no problems drinking this beer and I doubt you will either. a big thank you to Steve for giving me first crack at this one

More User Reviews:
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 chickenm
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a thin tan head. Light aroma of sweet caramel. Flavour of caramel malt, brown sugar, maple, and nuts. Medium-bodied, good smooth mouthfeel. Not bad, the alcohol limits the drinkability a bit, but this is a decent doppelbock.

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 biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - perhaps a tad out of season, but hey, whatevs.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy beige head, which leaves an irregular layered ring pattern of painted lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of lightly-roasted biscuity caramel malt, hard toffee, some vaguely sweet oily nuttiness, a bit of musty leafiness, muddled black fruit, and a soft alcohol edge. The taste is big on the biscuit and bready caramel malt, with a lesser adherence to some bitter hazelnut notes - a la the bottle label, I admit - more rock toffee, fading dark fruit, a spicy leafiness, and an enveloping, mildly edgy booziness.

The carbonation is moderate, just a lolling frothiness for the most part, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, generally smooth, and just a tad prickly (from hop or alcohol, it's just too hard to tell!). It finishes off-dry, the sweet boozy Toffifay essence almost (almost) offset by that still heady biscuit graininess.

A tasty and fairly drinkable doppelbock, one displaying a heck of a lot more specific attributes that make me conjure up ideas of an Imperial ESB, including the well-integrated and elevated ABV. Probably still more appropriate a few months ago, when the last of the niggling snow patches had yet to melt, but I'm happy to enjoy it just fine right now, everything being green and pungently summery.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice one, courtesy of my western neighbours. Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a lasting off-white head. Malty aromas, rcher than the taste. A very decent drinkable brown ale, not the best of the style but still worth having on this hot summer night.A tad better than average mouthfeel.

Photo of pugdogbeer
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loved the lower carbonation and smoothness of this big beer. Poured only a small head of foam but a lot of lacing down the side of the glass.

The taste was rich, buttery almost caramel. Very smooth going down with a very polite aftertaste that lingered.

Exceptionally drinkable and very enjoyable doppelbock.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pour a clear deep dark red, two fingers of soapy tanned head that retained very nicely and laced okay

S - sweet nutty malts, maybe a little spicy hops, and a caramel sweetness

T - malts mix of roasted, sweet, and nutty, the rich sweetness of toffee and caramel is there, with a mix of slightly bitterness (probably part hop and part 8% abv) and sweetness on finish

M - fairly smooth and carbonated, nothing mind blowing but nice

D - i haven't had many bock's, but this is drinkable beer. The 8% abv not so noticeable with the rich flavours which is always a plus. Very worthy offering.

Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little darker than medium brown, with a finger of beige head, which fell to a thin cap after a couple of minutes. Some visible carbonation, and the body is fairly clear.

Very caramel heavy aroma, sweet and pleasant. Not much more to say than that.

Sweet caramel is right up front again, however there seems to be more to the flavour than there was to the aroma. A toasted malt flavour dominates the back half of the tongue, then the finish has a bit of alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied with a fairly light carbonation. Has a way of filling up the mouth without feeling heavy. Pretty good.

This may be my favourite of the Tree seasonals I've had. Certainly worth trying out.

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a nice deep amber-red with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Brown sugar and fruit cocktail syrup with a little booze.

Taste. Caramel, a little booze, maybe a little raisin and melons. Sweet with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-light carbonation.

Overall. I liked it okay. Probably won't buy again, but worth trying.

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kjyost for this bottle.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A -Medium copper/brown colour with the slightest translucence and one finger of khaki coloured head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses.

T - Very sweet. Dark caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Some faint dark fruit notes are present as well as a noticeable alcohol bite. At times there is an unpleasant metallic taste present but it is os barely distracting.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a transparent reddish brown hue, thin creamy off-white head that dissipates soon.

Sweet caramel, figs and brown sugar on the nose, faint grassy notes, it's pretty much all about the malt.

Hoppy for a doppelbock. Raisin and fig sweetness up front, then a spicy, grassy, herbal hoppiness takes over and dominates from there, dry hay in the aftertaste. Also spicy alcohol warmth lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, a fair amount of carbonation, smooth texture, alcohol warmth.

I'm always happy to see a domestically produced doppelbock, yet this one doesn't really do it for me. It has a decent balance for a lager, however for a big beer, and for the style it seems to miss the target.

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 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 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 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 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 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 BasementBer
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad this one has made it to our shelves in this neck of the north.

A: Malty brown with a soft off white head. Mild head retention.

S: very sweet notes of brown sugar and bourbon-esque sharpness.

T: Sweet and heavy. Mild burn in the finish from the abv.

M: Nice coating on the tongue and has a good crisp feeling, slight boozy burn in the throat but could be far worse.

D: The size of the bottle for this one is a bit of an ask, i would prefer a standard bottle for such heft in the abv.

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep caramel with amber & ruby highlights, light tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Fruit bread with a light spicing, nuts, caramel & sherry... great aroma.

T: Fruit bread, spice, marachino cherries, nut, pumpernickel rye bread, light cherry, modest bitterness, hint of alcohol warmth.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth.

D: A good drinker with a light alcohol warmth.

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 QuestionableScum
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into dimpled mug.

Beer is brown copper colour with beige head that dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing though.

Smell- Bready, caramel malts and toffee. Also some roasted malts in the background

Taste- Bready caramel malts at first, with some alchohol and then some roasty nutty malts afterwards. Alchohol is present but not offputing. There is also a definite toffee note, along with the caramelly malt flavour. Maybe a little bit of hops, but hard to tell as it could be just the bitterness of the alchohol

Mouthfeel- Thin mouthfeel and a little bit flat. The mouthfeel is not bad, it is just not very good either. It does coat the mouth though, which is a plus.

Drinkability- Drinkability is quite good, although I imagine the maltiness and the abv of the beer could make it not the best session beer.

Photo of andrenaline
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice dark brown with a nice amount of head which dissipated and left no lacing. Not as dark as I would've thought, but a very nice colour nonetheless.

S - There is a definite sweetness on the nose, which mixes nicely with the traditional roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Delicious... At 8% I barely noticed the alcohol, which can be very dangerous. I found it to have a very nice roasted coffee flavour, but the sweetness of caramel and toffee definitely came through.

M - Not a lot of carbonation, which is consistent with other Dopplebock's I've had. Not too thick on the tongue, which made it go down way too easily.

D - Probably one of the best dark beers I've had in some time. I absolutely love the fact that you can barely notice the alcohol, and the balance of roasted malts and sweet finish makes this delicious.

Photo of beerandi
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Appearance - Dark ruby but still nice and clear. Pretty small maple coloured head that diminished fairly quickly. A number of people list good lacing, but it just didn't happen in this mug. Very little carbonation.

Aroma - Pleasant toffee/caramel/nutty notes underlined by a fruity sweetness. I couldn't detect much hops on the nose. A slight perfume/herby note though.

Mouthfeel - A very slick drink. Not quite oily, but very viscous. One step past creamy. Easy drinking.

Taste - A fairly sweet taste. I get a confection sweetness up front like bubble gum but a nice subtle undertone or raisan/fig sweetness with a little reduced brown sugar or caramel. Very nice. The flavor doesn't last super long and although it has a high alc% (8%) I didn't find the beer very acidic.

Overall - I didn't know what to expect and really liked this beer. The sweetness was upfront (I'm more of a bitter stout fan right now). However, I found the beer quite enjoyable and as a dark beer fan, this will serve as an excellent patio hot day beer for the upcoming summer.

Some people didn't love this beer and I won't say it is in my "love" category; but I really like it.

Cheers

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Captivator Doppelbock from Tree Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.