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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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83
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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 126
Reviews by tgbljb:
Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with miniscule off-white head. Poor retention, no lacing.

Smell is light with some smoky characateristics blended with sweet caramel.

Taste has some nice upfront caramel notes, Followed by a suprisingly strong dryness.

The dryness lasts throught the finish, giving the perfect sweet-dry ending.

A nice easy drinking beer,very refreshing. Good to session.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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".

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of stoptime
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of skybluewater
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of deebo
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of zjungleist
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of SMark
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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!!!

Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottled beforehand, and it didn't really impress me. But fresh from the tap, it's a different story. I can now taste a decent dark roast taste, and that's in the middle of an evening with several Oktoberfests on tap. I think I almost an allergic reaction from the hop nose, though actual hop bitterness is not pronouced. One to seek out fresh.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel with 1 finger+ of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Orchard fruit & toasty malt & some metallic hops as this warms

T: T: Brown bread, plums & pears & a touch of licorice. A slight touch of Bartlett pear mingles with brown bread, dryness, a touch apples & leafy hops once this warms. Finishes fruitty & dry with a touch of brown bread, & persimmons; almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, fairly restrained carbonation, good balance

Drinks pretty easy, a good shot at the style & by far the best of the 3 Capital brews sent here to Oklahoma recently...

Photo of bditty187
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry brown, translucent, light-tan head that reached a finger’s worth, soapy retention, some lace. The noses does nothing for me, oddly hollow… is it suppose to smell like this? Anyway… the palate is lovely with toasty malt, roasted nuts, dry caramel hints and soft floral hops, faint bitterness too. Very tasty! The mouthfeel is thin but not watery… not a big negative but a flaw nevertheless. The finish is abrupt with only faint lingering sweetness... dry too. If you want a dark session brew then Munich Dark is the way to go. I’d drink it again… and maybe next time the nose will jive with me. Regardless, try one.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Procured during my yearly October trip to Wiscowsin. This bottle brings memories back... Just looking at the label, I remember the sunny Sunday my brother and I spent wandering Madison....from lake to lake, end to end. Quality time indeed.

Now, into the New Glarus pint glass... :)

Nice earthy dark copper to brown. Tan head starts loose, but tightens up, and disapates at a good rate.

Smeel is rich, with hints of black licorice and fresh oranges. There's spiciness here...

Flavor is woody and a bit spicy, but oddly flatter than I'd hoped. I expected a bit more sweetness and fullness. Not bad, though.

Carbonation is too assertive high on the tongue. It distracts from a liquid slightly hticker than expected.

Not the most drinkable. I'd have more than one, but not if something more interesting and consistent was around.

Be well
-UF

Photo of bashiba
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep ruby red with a very light head.

The smell has a light cedary and caramel nose with hints of chocolate, very light.

The flavor has a very light malty flavor with some nice hints of grain, bread, and a touch of oaky cedar.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin and watery.

Very average, light with not much going on, even for a session lager a bit on the boring side.

Photo of shbobdb
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What happens to Capital Bavarian Lager when you throw in a bunch of chocolate malt? Why, Munich Dark, of course!

Whoa there litt' fella, slow down on my taste-buds. I like roast chocolate flavours as much as the next guy, but this beer has a porter-like harshness to it. I love Capital beers for their delightful smoothness, not the astringency present here. There is simply too much roast flavour. It overwhelms anything else present in the beer. Very one dimensional.

Original score, 2-21-06
Serving: Bottle
Appearance: 4.5
Smell: 4.0
Taste: 3.0
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Drinkability: 3.0
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It is amazing what phases we go through, isn't it? I bought a bottle of this during my stay in Wisconsin and I've got to say I am very pleased with it. The astringency that I complained about before is totally absent this time, as I enjoy a silky-smooth drink.
Aaaahhhh.

I do, however, still hold that this is basically their Bavarian lager with some carafa thrown in. But that isn't a bad thing at all. It has a pleasant grainy flavour to it, rounded out by a nice strong chocolate presence.

I would say that it is an uncomplicated beer, but I believe my statement that it was 'one dimensional' was waaaay too harsh. There is a fair amount going on in this beer, but not so much that I really have to *think* while drinking it. A perfect after work beer, with enough going on to keep me interested.

I tend to be hard on Capital, because 1) I used to drink it damned near everyday and 2) It is one of my favourite breweries. When I joined BA, I was simply spoiled on their beer.

Photo of marcobrau
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Creamy, but sadly rather boring. Good, fresh malt aroma and quite a bit of foam, but this chestnut colored lager fails to impress. Perhaps it's that this my tasting of this beer is skewed after having a couple dark lagers from the European masters of the style, but that said, this brewery makes better beer. For example, the Capital Special Pilsner is fantastic (especially when fresh). Finishes just very slightly bitter and a touch dry and therefore fairly drinkable. Not a real complex dark lager and a touch "cardboard-y" meaning it hasn't held up very well in my fridge....leaky cap? Oh, well....

Photo of hotstuff
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good enjoyable Dunkel and I would have rated it higher had it had more umph to it. It poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles. The body was carbonated and clear with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was moderately malty and also had notes of caramel to it. The flavor was malty, and sweet with a smooth, somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel. The lacing was fair.

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge foamy head, that settles slowly. Dark coppery brown. Reddish tint. Visible carbonation.

Smells malty, bready with no sweetness, a nutty cola note also.

Clean, a little bland, mild toasted malt and very vague hop bitterness. Hint of diacetyl, but no sweet character at all. Moderate carbonation, it's sort of lively, but the dull flavors don't have much to add to the equation. Utilitarian, no flaws, just sort of "there". I enjoyed it a little more when it was very cold.

Photo of jsh420
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown with a 1 finger off white semi tan head that left spotted lacing

smell - not very complex i pick up some caramel malt little fruit

taste - the nose might not be all that but the flavor is better - roasted grains dark fruit malt some chocolate

mouthfeel is a medium body with decent carbonation

overall this is an ok dark lager but not worth a repeat buy

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Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.