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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 214
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Soneast on 08-02-2009

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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 214
Reviews by MJR:
Photo of MJR
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with superb clarity, like most of Capital's offerings. It's light tan head starts out fairly small and fades quickly to a small, mostly complete cap.

Smell: The aroma is malty and clean with toasted Munich malt, caramel, and a hint of roasted malts. I detect a bit of a nuttiness as well. Balancing it out is a whiff of spicy, herbal hops.

Taste: Bittersweet, with lots of burnt caramel and toasted malts. Hints of nuts and chocolate fade in and out. A spicy hop bite develops quickly. There's a fair amount of hop bitterness, but it plays second fiddle to the malts. Finishes dry and clean with a sweet tinge of toffee and bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry in mouthfeel, with a light body. It could use a bit more body. Quite crisp and clean.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer. It's easy-going enough to make it drinkable in just about any weather, but has enough character to hold my attention.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a clear reddish/brown pour with a weak, smallish off-white head.

Smell: light & malty. a subtle touch of molasses. mild candy sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: nice, light roasted malts up front. a smooth & light mouthfeel with some creaminess to it. mid-sip more of the dark sweetness pokes its head out and then fades somewhat quickly. flavours hang around quite nicely and offer a bitter-sweet finish.

Drinkability: a slightly above average beer. very subtle and adequate for an "easy drinker".

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a medium brown in color with a nice, moderate and stubborn German head. It’s a brownish-white and never did go all the way down until I started drinking it.

Smell – This has a very faint malt aroma that smells like lightly toasted whole grain bread.

Taste – The malts come out bigger at the taste and lose much of that toasty quality. There’s more of a bitter unsulphored molasses flavor now with some dark sugars.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and smooth with a mildly bitter malty finish.

Drinkability – This went down well enough. It was quite uneventful, which is a plus for the style.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fully transparent copper with a thin creamy beige head and cherry red hues. Smells of caramel, roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, and German hops. Toasty, medium, smooth body. Slightly powdery. Very authentic. Taste matches aroma with the clear addition of plum. Sessionable.

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Photo of stoptime
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a good head. Wonderful lacing.

Aroma: The aroma really blossoms as it sits a couple minutes. Deep and malty, hints of raisin.

Flavor: Very malt forward beer with subtle hop balance. Raisin and plum fruitiness balance a pleasant bitterness. Lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean, medium bodied beer. Goes down easy and before you know it, you're ready for the next sip.

We had the pleasure of meeting head brewer Kirby Nelson at Steve's Liqours, where he was promoting some winter beers and offering tastings. He's a fantastically nice fellow, and a Zappa fan (he names all their fermenters after Zappa songs - pics coming). Having studied with a German lager master, this beer definitely plays to Kirby's strong points. Highly recommended.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color. Smells of raisins. Tastes is very malty, with very little hops. Raisin appears again. Mouthfeel's pretty smooth.

Overall, this is a tasty beer. Nothing super special, just a nice, easy drinking malty lager. This'll definitely make a return visit to my fridge.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of nqbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of NoetheMatt
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of deebo
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a pint glass this brew gives a finger of light tan/cream head that quickly breaks down into a skim layer. Reddish brown with pretty good clarity.

S-Slightly toasted malts with a backdrop of grainy cereal adjuncts lingering into a hint of alcohol.

T-Nice notes of toasted malt (mostly sweet but some light bitterness here too. A bit like an American brown but with more of a lager taste in the end as you'd expect from this type of beer.

M-Medium carbonation and body. Finishs pretty crisp, just a hint of bitterness.

D-A nice beer to drink with a bit more malt character than a standard lager.

O-A solid beer that I wouldn't mind having more of. I prefer this as an alternative beer to have in the summer when I'm craving some toasted malt character with good drinkability when I need a break from drinking the standard warm weather styles.

10-10-13-found a bottle of this that was sitting in the cellar since the 4/12 review. A beer that is definitely different fresh. After 1.5 years it has taken on a pretty strong raisin type flavor. Finish is long and moderately bitter. Still drinkable but now tastes like a hybrid dunkel/dubbel. It's not bad-just kind of odd. Growing on me as I finish it.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A deeper reddish burnt sienna color with a thin tanish head that lasts about 35 seconds. Simple laces. Aroma is quite biscuity and roasty. A shortbread and toffee-like sense to the initial flavor. Nice roasted and somewhat smokey malt flavors with a very well done balancing hop that doesn't call atention to itself. Some sense of thinness in the mouthfeel, but a pleasing finish and a growing sense of dark chocolate on further sips. One of the better Dunkels I've run across, this beer is also a decent candidate for a darker session brew.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a dense but clear glowing brown body with a thin beige ring of foam.

S- The faint deep toasted malt hint is a bit lagered and the aroma is very clean.

T- The clean lagered nougat flavor takes on some dry toffee as the beer opens up and a clean dry finish ends this beer.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz finish.

O- This beer is clean and well lagered with hints of flavor from some dark malt that takes on a bit of a woody oxidized flavor as it opens.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of zjungleist
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like cola and has a poor white head. Smells are faint, but I get a tiny bit of apples and caramel or chocolate malts. Flavors are mainly malts (caramel and very very slight chocolate), hops are very faint, but there are also some sour or cidery flavors. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of thin, and there is a bit of astringency. I can pretty fairly say this is the worst Capital beer I've had, as nearly every aspect of this beer is a little bit lacking in some way.

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Photo of Alex_Weinard
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of SMark
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany coloring with slight head which quickly dissipates. Traces of lacing.

Roasted malt gives off a clean and pleasant aroma.

Taste follows characteristics of smell but to a slightly lesser degree.

Good mouthfeel characterizing a beer that is very harmonious. Lasts long enough in the mouth to savor until the next sip.

Very good drinkability combining all the ingredients necessary. Do not disappoint and serve this beer too cold as I did with my first one. It really opens up when served at 50 degrees or warmer.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color with a dense beige head. Retention is moderate and it laces fairly well.
Baker's chocolate, toasted carmel and noble hops on the nose.
When this beer is cold, the taste is a virtual mirror image of the aroma. Chocolate up front, some subdued toasty, carmel notes finished off with a jab of prickly german hops. Quite bitter throughout
Once this warms, it opens up and becomes somewhat sweeter. The chocolate and toastedness are still there, but some faint dark fruit and a good deal of nuttiness (think: honey roasted peanuts) enter the fray. The Aftertaste lingers with powdery chocolate, touches of toffee and a faint raspberry sweetness. The aftertaste is one of the highlights of this beer.
Drink this baby near cellar temps.
Body is creamy and smooth, maybe a little on watery side. But overall, nice in the mouth.
Easy to drink. I could see this appealing to some sworn "ale-drinkers"...lots of similarities between this and a good brown ale.
Good session stuff. Capital once again does lagers proud.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a dark mahogany, remeniscent of a dark brown ale, with a minimal off-white head that fades quickly. Smell is bready and malty, got nostalgic for my Newcastle days. Taste is yeasty with toasted bicuit, roasted coffee, lactose, and a bit of belgian-style dark fruits. This seems like a melting pot of dark beers to me, a melange of english brown ale, oatmeal/sweet stout, and a mild belgian. A bit scatterbrained perhaps, but I rather enjoyed it. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but velvety smooth. I could drink quite a few of these until the lacotse sweetness got to me. A lot more character than I would have thought here, glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital's Munich Dark pours a very deep chestnut colored body that borders on becoming deeper mahogany. It has a mild reddish cast and offers some glowing amber highlights. The initially frothy tan head stays aloft for quite a bit before relaxing into a thin creamy lid. Some initial rings of lace fade but form walls of thin, spotty and splotchy lace.

Some earthy dark malt is found in the nose with a thin thread of caramel, a sprinkle of nuttiness, a very light dusting of unsweetened cocoa, and some mild floral and spicy hops in the background. Some dark-skinned fruit punches it up a bit. Overall it's still subtle, but very pleasant, and fairly appropriate for the style.

More caramel, burnt brown sugar and cocoa appear in the flavor, but it's still restrained... as a proper dunkel should be. There's enough maltiness there to keep you interested, but not so much that it starts heading into brown ale territory. It's lightly sweet, and mainly caramelish, but more like a crisp y crust than anything sweet and gooey. The hops remain as a backdrop, and the bitterness acts as curtains - standing to the side while the malt has the stage, and then slowly closing in a non-eventful, smooth and dry finish. All that remains is some fairly dull earthy and herbal malt and hop residue.

Nicely done, it's quite "on" for the style. It has just enough low-level sugared-edge caramel maltiness and murky hops to keep it interesting but sublime. Very drinkable!!!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, most likely from Riley's

appearance: rich mahogany, tinted amber...looks like apple cider perhaps...smally bubbly beige-tan head forms with not a whole lot of lacing

smell: very malty, sweet fruit, chewy caramel, toffee, nutty, light fruity german hops

taste: sweet and malty, quite bready, apple, slighty toasted, plum, toffee, light spicy german hop, some roasted malt, sugary sweet, woody

mouthfeel: too much carbonation, a little thin, definitely the downfall

drinkabilty: would be higher if not for the mouthfeel

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.