Fishin' In The Dark - Capital Brewery
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a luxurious dark brown in color -- black to the naked eye. Topped with a silky-smooth darker tan head, comprised of small, uniform bubbles. Head drops after a good couple of minutes and leaves plenty of sticky lacing behind. GREAT first impression.
The nose is rich and malty-sweet, and reminds me very much of an American porter, minus the new-school take on hopping, of course. Midnight Wheat? I wonder... Lightly tannic/tanginess to the nose, also, and definitely smells a bit more ale-like than lager-like. Fruity and full of dark fruit notes: Bing cherry and plum.
Bold and expressive on the first sip, with BIG cocoa notes. Coats the palate and really gets a good first impression going (or second, I guess.) Lightly-bitter, and with notes of a precious dry, biscuit malt co-mingling with the cocoa. No coffee or espresso notes here, and I am okay with that, as I had been told that it was an experimental or hybrid take on Schwarzbier (an 'Imperial Schwarzbier' of sorts.)
Come to think of it, this does reminds me a little of Sprecher's very good flagship 'Black Bavarian' lager, but gussied up, stronger, while at the same time slightly lighter in body.
A.B.V. on bottle states 7.5%, and that seems right for this one. Reminds me a little of some of the Imperial Porters which have been around for a while now ("Gonzo"), but just a touch mellower.
Seems to me that this would make for a good dessert beer, and maybe even one to pair with a sweeter biscuit or a cake course. Ultimately, this isn't bad at all, and that's a good thing as it's the first new beer from Capital that I've had in years, and they are getting hard to find in my neck of the woods...
08-19-2014 00:40:08 | More by Chaz
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
Appearance - Dark brown with a little red. Appears clear. Fairly tall light brown head, good retention.
Smell - Medium roasted malts. Sweet - mainly toffee and raisin.
Taste - Quite rich. Sweet roasted malts. Lots of caramel, toffee, raisin. Hint of coffee
Mouthfeel - Medium. Smooth.
Overall - Rich roasted malt flavor with a lighter than expected body. Not bad.
08-05-2014 03:36:28 | More by scaliasux
3.74/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a dense, soapy, tan head that has nice persistence and laces well. Acidic, roasted malt aroma. Black. Starts with a nice acidity and a deep, roasted malt flavor. Coffee. A medium bitterness that is slightly floral. Finish is roasted malt, acidity, and floral hoppiness.
This is really, really nice. It has a great mouthfeel and is very toasty and delicious.
07-22-2014 02:36:48 | More by TheSSG
3.21/5 rDev -13.2%
Pours very dark brown with a thin, disappearing head. Spotted lacing.
The smell is of restrained roast, dark malt, some anise.
The taste is of sweet-ish roasted dark malt. A fruitiness that is between grape and raisin is present. Licorice and slightly earthy hop touch in the finish. Some alcohol shows.
Solvent alcohol makes it slick. Slightly astringent for a lager.
Not the smoothest lager. Not sure that making this an imperial without more malt backbone did this any good. Also, it had some ale character that didn't go well with it. It's not a complete disaster, but a brewery that specializes in lagers could have done better.
07-17-2014 18:23:22 | More by jwc215
Fishin' In The Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.