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Captivator Doppelbock - Tree Brewing

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Captivator DoppelbockCaptivator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
86
very good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Captivator has a sweet aroma, with hints of toffee, light caramel and hazelnut. A deep brown reddish hue with a clean smooth finish.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 03-29-2010)
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

WoodersonMB, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
2.63/5  rDev -31%
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.

Jeffo, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Cramshawbar, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.3%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of PhunkyHops
3/5  rDev -21.3%

PhunkyHops, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev -21.3%

bigox420, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

TerryW, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

IronDjinn, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

olradetbalder, Nov 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

cbnz, May 10, 2013
Photo of decimator
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

decimator, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of WeedKing4
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

WeedKing4, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

FondueVoodoo, Aug 05, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the spring 2011 release. Thanks to LazyL for sending this my way.

A deep red mahogany with an inch espresso color head. Small amount of toffee malts and fruity yeast on the nose. The taste is tart fruit, grapes and figs, alcohol is also noticeable. No trace of hops. The mouth feel is full but light and easy to drink. Glad I tried another beer from a west coast Canadian brewer.

spree92, May 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

gloryhole, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

jrenihan, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jmkoscie, May 08, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking clear reddish brown. Tan head was too fizzy and gunshy to rate this higher on it's looks.

Aroma nice, but not overly pronounced. Might have more to do with the smell of oil based paint in my house than anything. Nice roasted malts with some nutty aftertones. Wiff of alcohol vapours.

Nutty toasted malts and a slight booziness come to mind right away. Kinda flat and watery for a few seconds. Hop bitterness follwed by a second wave of roasted nut malt. Finished slightly astringent due to the alcohol not being masked as well as it could.

Medium body with some nice slickness to the feel.

Servicable Dobblebock.

Shadman, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Sammy, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Rutager, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of beerandi
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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

beerandi, Apr 13, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

biegaman, Jun 28, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Jun 15, 2012
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Captivator Doppelbock from Tree Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.