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Captivator Doppelbock - Tree Brewing

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86
very good

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 98
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
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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Photo of Jeffo
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of spree92
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of Shadman
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of beerandi
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 (1,208 characters)

Photo of Tolosa
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,840 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of chickenm
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (2,603 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (232 characters)

Photo of QuestionableScum
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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. (593 characters)

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Captivator Doppelbock from Tree Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.