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Captivator Doppelbock - Tree Brewing

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Captivator DoppelbockCaptivator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
86
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
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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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.

Sammy, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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 biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

biegaman, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

liamt07, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Derek, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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

wordemupg, Apr 06, 2010
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 31, 2011
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.

spinrsx, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

tbeckett, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am used to tasting BC Dopplebocks and thinking that a year in the cellar would take off the slightly sweet boozy finish ( ie. Phillips Instigator. Hermannator and the now retired GI Xmas Dopplebock). This is by far the easiest drinking DB fresh out of the bottle as it has all the right tastes but toned down enough to make finishing a bomber scarily easy for one person. Aging this beer might actually smooth things out too far though the alcohol shows show in Captivator on the finish. All in all a nice addition to the Tree lineup which added to Double Hophead shows them to be pushing their linits.

canucklehead, May 10, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

andrenaline, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany pour with a small tan head that soon dropped to a film, but left some good lace. Good bready nose (which is essential for me in this style), with a strong fruit and nut aroma. Some chocolate, a bit of booze and pepper. Spot on. Bready, raisiny flavour. Some nut, dark fruit, booze. Very solid, but not as good as the aroma. Medium body, with some dryness and warmth in the finish.

Nicely made. Not in the top tier, but a very drinkable Canadian effort.

bobsy, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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 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.

Rutager, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Molson2000, Sep 21, 2012
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.

jrenihan, May 30, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
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 schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +4.7%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DaPan, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

peensteen, May 22, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +4.7%

schnarr84, May 18, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  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.

joemcgrath27, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

papat444, Aug 14, 2013
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Captivator Doppelbock from Tree Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.