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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Soneast on 08-02-2009)
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Photo of blackie
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: The pour gives a nice 1.5" light khaki head that slowly recedes to leave a lasting, thick coating of carbonation on top. The beer is a clear, dark-medium brown in color. Moderate lacing is left behind as the glass is emptied.

smell: Sweet toasted grain aromas are found first. There is a hint of cocoa and notes of dried, dark fruits with just a touch of marzipan cookie. Decent noble hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower side of the high range, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Similar to the aroma, with nutty toasted malts upfront, lightly sweet. Some hints of wood and a slight metallic hint. Just a touch of noble hop flavor and a light bitterness. Finishes a little dry with some hints of roast. Well balanced and tasty.

drinkability: A great dunkel, very drinkable

taken from the fridge of dirtylou

blackie, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of rjvaudreuil
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

rjvaudreuil, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of vishneda
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pils glass.

This beer is everything a Munich Dark should be, matching the quality of the best imported versions I've had with the freshness of a local offering. The presentation is perfect and the all-important lager drinkability is on target. The mix of coffee/chocolate/munich malt in the flavor is delicately offset by the sharp hop edge.

The nose could be a little stronger and the carbonation is a little higher than I expected -- I think that may be why my impression only improved as the beer warmed / rested. Overall great beer that will serve well as a good sessionable/easy drinking brew.

vishneda, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of shbobdb
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

shbobdb, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of nickynick
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful dunkel. Great brown color. Wonderful malt flavors that aren't overpowering. Has a great creamy quality. Munich malt really shines through. Roasted character and mild sweetness, then the hops hit you in the finish. This has great drinkability, and would make a decent session beer.

nickynick, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Rennpferd
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dark molasses with a stark white two finger head that left lacing behind as it broke-down.

A nice mellow smell of roasted malt.

A nice up front taste of roasted malt which is followed up by a nice lite hop finish. Mellow and balanced. It was lite bodied but not watery.

It was nice, very tasty. Refreshing. I could drink this all night.

Rennpferd, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of stoptime
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

stoptime, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of storksonm
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Friday my local store got the six-packs in stock and I couldn't wait to try it. Very nice dark amber appearance. Smelled very much like munich malt with hints of coffee. Tasted mostly like the munich malt. very smooth, dry. This could easily find its way back in my fridge. Its a knockout dark lager from one of my fav. local breweries.

storksonm, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to UncleFlip for the bottle!
Clear russet, topped with a diminishing, antique white foam. Good head retention, holding at least a thick collar throughout, leaving fleeting splotches of lace clinging to the glass. Smooth, lightly roasty malt and caramel aroma, nice and clean. A hint of chocolate and grassy, floral hops. The flavor opens with an oh-so-smooth, delicious lagery maltiness. Caramel, with a bit of roasty chocolate. Soft cereal grain. My guess is this is all munich malt, with perhaps the exception of the heavily roasted grains. Fairly light bodied. Active, fine bubbled carbonation pushes the beer urgently across the tastebuds. Very clean, some grassy hops add a bit of flavor, moving into a conservative, floral tinted finish. The malt dominates easily, caramel lingering long into the aftertaste. You could just keep this beer flowing for me, thanks.
Not intensely complex, as is the case with many lagers, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in refinement and definition. Very easy drinking, flavorful, and delicious. Quite refined and authentic, just as good as the imported stuff from Bavaria's capitol. This one's a gem.

UnionMade, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Soneast
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to amber color, with a half-inch thick, watery, off-white colored head, that recedes quite rapidly to a bubbly ring.

Aroma consists of a sweet munich malt character with a hint of chocolate and some caramel, possibly a bit of bready yeastiness in the background.

A pretty rich malt sweetness, but not at all cloying, just a complex munich malt character, with some brown sugars and a admirable spicy hop finish with a nice balancing bitterness towards the end.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A fairly complex offering, with quite a bit of character. And fairly drinkable, both in texture and ABV. A great offering from Capital, it seems to have a creamier mouthfeel and more character both in texture and complexity than the Munich Dark of old, although maybe my mind is just playing tricks on me and they are both actually the same thing lol?

Soneast, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

tyleeis, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Mdodge8837
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Mdodge8837, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. pours a dark bronze color with amber highlights, and a finger or so of off-white head after a hard pour. no lacings here.

smells malty and yeasty, with a nutty and bready base. a light floral aroma is present as well. a musty aroma shows itself as one consumes the brew, though not taking much away from the other aromas.

tastes malty, with a fruity yeast base and a sweet finish. there is a light bite from CO2 here, though pleasant overall. a rather honest and simple flavor profile.

mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied. a light bite from carbonation gives it some depth.

drinkability is good. this is not a heavy or rich beer, but it does bring bold flavors and character to the palate, which is more than can be said about most other lighter lagers.

botham, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of SMark
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

SMark, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of benudell
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting beer from Capital Brewery. Good malt flavor comes through without being sweet. Pours a very light head with a rim of head holding on to the glass. Bitterness is very balanced and in the background. Very drinkable lager! Clean tasting and pretty smooth.

benudell, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy brown color with reddish edges. The head is two-fingers in height, creamy, light tan in color, and recededs quickly into a solid cap which covers the liquid nicely. The aroma of caramel, malt, and more caramel. It is rather simple, but very strong and pleasing. The taste is a lot like the aroma, although the caramel taste is a little less intense than the overall malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonationl. Overall, this is a very good brew. It is very sessionable, and definaitely something I will buy again.

KarlHungus, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice lookin rocky froth you have there (any plans to abandon it soon? apparently not) and a great browncopper hue as well

ooh nice hops to the nose: how nose-ble of you (double puns don't work so well...appealing noble hop nose. sorry everyone). a little munich malt in for good measure as well. smells like europe! (note: i think that's a fair indication of beernerdery. i imagine that to anyone else "smells like europe" is a reference to perfume/cologne or BO--at least not beer)

this brew takes the classic approach to european lager style. mild bready tones in the flavor, and slight raisinishness from the munich. the hops contribute decent flavor but proceed through the finish with an odd character--perhaps i'm just not used to that hop's bittering

tasty brew. here's to subtlety!

bruachan, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of OatherS
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green label has the Capital Brewery monicur of the WI state capital.

Appearance: Small head, dark amber to brown color, opaqe.

Smell: Nice coffee and chocolate aromal.

Taste: Very good beer, with the chocolate/caramel/coffee flavors present and good. My only complaint is that I think the coffee flavor is a little bit strong, although overall a very good beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: This is becoming my favorite style of beer and this is a great example, very drinkable.

OatherS, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an off-white head that has very good retention, but does not leave much lacing. Body is an orange tinted brown amber with red highlights.

Smell - apples, plums, dates, raisins, and a hint of caramel.

Taste - same as the smell with the addition of subtle and spicy hops. Mildly sweet taste of apples, plums, raisins, dates, and caramel all washed through with mildly spicy hops.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and smooth.

Drinkability - this is very good beer and quite sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours a crystal clear, dark brown/ruby red color hybrid. Sitting on top of the lively carbonated body is a short-lived, off-white, three-finger head of very creamy foam. This leaves a fair amoount of lace in the glass.

S: Pronounced aromas of toasted caramel malt, and toffee, with some faintly citrus-y hops, chocolate, apple, and bread.

T: Spicy caramel creams, restrained chocolate, tangy hops, toasted malt, apple, and toasted bread.

M: Peppery and spicy at first which turns creamy in the middle and suddenly turns dry and peppery (once again) during the long finish.

D: Extremely drinkable. Dare I say, sessionable? Heck, yeah! This one kept getting better the longer it warmed.

GbVDave, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Munich-style dark lager pours with a deep translucent brown color and a foamy off-white head. The aroma is of generously spicy hops and sweet caramel malt. The light bready sweet malt and delicate dark maltiness are balanced well by mellow softly spicy hops. Quite a drinkable beer with a soft finish.

beernut7, Sep 07, 2002
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brownish, ice tea coloe with a one finger head that leaves several strands of lace

Smell: Brown bread with undertones of cocoa and caramel

Taste: Brown bread, up front, followed by a bitter lager twang that dominates mid-palate; after the swallow, the brown bread, cocoa and caramel flavors move to prominence and provide and nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with refreshing carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice stab at a style that few craft brewers attempt; well-balanced

Thanks, kmadison, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smooth, easily drinkable, dark amber, not particularly heady yet still attractive, highly carbonated, moderately malty, lightly roasty, and slightly bready dark lager, perfect for those muggy nights of summer. This is not one to sip, but to quaff, perhaps from mugs at a table of all your best friends under an umbrella near the sea by tiki-torchlight, or perhaps with your darling as you attempt to make her laugh because you love the sound, like the wind chimes on your grandmother's front porch.

This is not a complex beer, but what flavor it has is well-done. It is no Burgerbrau dark, but it is very well made for an American representation of an age-old style that hails from when beer was meant to be drunk in vast quantities because it was safer and more fun than water. Prosit!

khiasmus, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light-roast coffee brown/amber body with a thick, creamy, light tan head. Nice lacing. Soft, sweetish malt aroma with hints of spicy nuts, cocoa, plums and diet cola. Malt flavors up front; lightly sweet in a fruit cake way. Notes of tobacco, lightly-roasted coffee, plums, and caramel mix together. The light-roasted coffee gets more bitter toward the finish. Finish, however, is mostly soapy-sweet malts with a light veggie-twang and some spicy hop notes in the background. Medium-bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Very nice. Makes me want to try more beers in this style.

alexgash, Jan 04, 2005
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Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.