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Captivator Doppelbock - Tree Brewing

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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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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 03:51:28 | More by Shadman
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver on 03 July. Served in an oversized snifter. Dark brownish red color. Only a thin head floated on the top of the glass. Smell was of dried cherries and a hint of smoke. Flavor was borderline excellent. Had a wonderful raisin flavor, with a boozy rum essence on the tongue, followed by a large wallop of malt on the aftertaste. Tasted better than any doppelbock I have had in a long time. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth. The drinkability was also very well made, as the 8% was not really noticeable behind the great flavors and the silky body. Probably the best beer I had the whole trip in WA and BC. I am glad that I was able to try this brewery. I also picked up a bomber of their DIPA for a friend because I want to spread the word about Tree Brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 19:48:11 | More by morebeergood
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:44:06 | More by joemcgrath27
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 23:39:02 | More by biboergosum
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Dopplebock from Tree and another success for them in trying something new.

Typicaly doppelbock mahogany colouring, and a malty, somewhat spicy smell. I think I can pick-up a bit of gingerbread in there, and definitely toffee, raisins and yeast.

Sweet, malty taste with a bit of alcohol in it. Brown sugar, bread, and toffee. No hop profile.

Good drinking, the alcohol prominence does make this a bit of a slow drinking brew though.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:59:10 | More by BDTyre
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 16:13:20 | More by canucklehead
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 02:56:55 | More by elricorico
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pugdogbeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 18:19:58 | More by pugdogbeer
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of this 650 ml bottle, this doppelbock pours a deep, deep copper red-brown with a creamy looking light tan head that reduces to a limited ring but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is full of rich chocolate and dark fruit candied sugar and caramel.

Taste is predominantly fruity up front with lots of candied dark fruits and toffee coming through, the chocolate and roasted malt flavours feature more on the finish with a nice warming presence of alcohol as well. Really rich in flavour but, also, nicely balanced (ie. not too sweet). I do, also, get some nice marachino cherry flavours like Derek picked out below.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a good, not over the top, touch of carbonation and a creamy, spicy finish that goes down very smooth.

Drinkability-wise, this is tough to call because it is a big, rich beer that has an easily detectable alcohol presence. At the same time, it goes down so smooth and balanced that it is easier to drink than you would think. Overall, an awesome example of the style from Tree.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 18:18:19 | More by Graham5161986
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Glorious clear mahogany with a thick but small beige head when poured aggressively, receding to a ring and leaving strips of lacing.

Aroma: Malty, gentle sweetness. Caramel, toffee, fudge. Some chocolate. Raisiny dark fruit and some hazelnut. Some aged cheese; this is exceptionally rewarding as it is reminiscent of the intensity of Bavarian dark lagers and dopplebocks.

Taste: Dark malts, gently vinous raisin, blended caramel/toffee/fudge, background chocolate, balanced hazelnut (more than in the aroma), hint aged cheese (less than in the aroma), soft spicy hop leading to a gentle bittersweet finish. Slight biscuit. Much less sweet than expected as Tree Brewing seem to have a problem keeping that in check, but this beer is beautifully balanced, and the 8% abv is very well hidden. Just a hint of it comes through. This beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick and oily as, say, Ayinger Celebrator; but fairly full bodied and chewy while infusing a Pacific northwest crispness to the finish. It only gets a 4.5 because it lacks the extreme full body of Ayinger.

Drinkability: This is a remarkable representation of the style, as close as you're going to get to it outside of Bavaria. An absolute gem from a very hit and miss brewery. I will be having this one again.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 05:40:12 | More by lumikuuro
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 00:39:26 | More by Derek
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 01:28:40 | More by IronDjinn
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 23:37:46 | More by andrenaline
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captivator is deep red-brown with a thick off-white head. A head that likes to stay and party a little longer than the average beer; however, like a good guest it doesn't make to much of mess, and leaves very minimal lacing. The aroma is fairly subdued, yet it's incredibly malty. You got aromas of bread pudding, caramel, toffee, and hazelnuts. Like most darker lagers, the flavour is twice what the aroma is. Captivator is incredibly smooth with a mellow maltiness that finishes with a sharp prick of alcohol. I feel a couple of months of age would benefit this beer to help remove or lessen that alcoholic finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 22:46:22 | More by EskimoDave
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 05:16:10 | More by wordemupg
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Captivator Doppelbock from Tree Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.