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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Soneast on 08-02-2009)
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Photo of budgood1
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear, rust red colour. a thin fizzy head appears which leaves little, if any lace. very pleasant malted aromas of caramel and chocolate, with a soft floral hoppiness that really sets the stage for a great dark lager experience. plenty of sweet maltiness in the flavor department, caramel and chocolate flavors swirl and stir on the palate. barely any hops to be noticed. quite sturdy in body, even for a dark lager. finishes sweet and smooth and slides right on down. easy drinking and extremely tasty. should be drank a little on the warm side for the full taste experience. a great example of the style. highly recommended.

budgood1, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of JonB1958
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice dark lager, which, IMHO, there are not nearly enough.

Pours a beautiful dark amberish with a great head on it that hangs around a long time and laces nicely. The aroma is fairly innocuous, but the flavor is subtle and delicious: Smooth would be a word I'd use to describe this to those afraid of dark lagers. It leaves a nice sweet aftertaste that doesn't conflict with the original drinking.

You could easily pound back several of these before you realized you'd done so. A great beer for a cool fall day.

JonB1958, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is semi-sweet, darker malt with slight roast. Light overall, but pleasing.
Very attractive beer. Full rich head, dark amber, brown and reddish, and clear.
Bitterness from malt, semi-rich quality with strong malt quality and roast presence.
Smoothness with a lager quality of an easy drinker (maybe 'cuz it's on the thinner side) and a lager crispness.
Nice beer for style. Richness prevents from being a session beer. I liked the contrast of lager ease and ale richness.

garymuchow, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +8.1%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +8.1%

richkrull, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

cokes, Aug 05, 2002
Photo of Bluegrass49
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Bluegrass49, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of windelbo
4/5  rDev +8.1%

windelbo, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a ruby background. Nice tan head that falls relatively slow to a small one. Thin lace.

Deep roasted malt aroma, not much else.

Has a burnt, sweet, roasted malt taste. A little thin but rather decent.

Medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Moderate carbonation. Decent drinking beer.

Nothing extraordinary but a good solid brew.

dstc, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of northcoastwolf
4/5  rDev +8.1%

northcoastwolf, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Hoolie5
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hoolie5, May 16, 2013
Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +8.1%

crobinso, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of VictorWisc
4/5  rDev +8.1%

VictorWisc, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Realale
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear walnut with red highlights. Fine beige head settles very slowly to an incomplete cap and leaves nice lacing.

Yeasty brown bread notes dominate the nose. Support is provided by a hint of herbal German hop, and slight mineral notes. Really nice stuff.

Medium light in body. Palate is slightly dusty malt, with a nice backbone of hop bitterness keeping it in check. As it warms there are hints of cocoa as well. The hops come to the fore on the surprisingly long finish where they mix with a relatively strong mineral note.

Mouthfeel is frankly ordinary. Drinkablility is very high. It's interesting and quite sessionable. If this was available in these parts it would be a regular for me for sure.

Realale, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear brown-ish amber color that produced a decent tan head with decent retention.

(S)- A light nutty roastedness. A rustic feel with a light grassy corn meal dryness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rich; rustic profile to it with a creamy nuttiness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A good malt profile with a lightly dry, hopped background.

(D)- Truthfully, not one of my most favorite styles, but this is rather good for what it is. Fits the style well and works well as something for the early fall season next to a bonfire. Good stuff.

sweemzander, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is thick leaving a thick ring as it dissipates.

Aroma is roasted dark grain, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is roasted dark grain with a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Finishes mildly dry with a lingering charred dark grain bitterness. There is a deep, rich, malty bomb. Chocolate for sure. Huge roasted flavor, and a bit of bitterness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a solid Munich Dunkel. Good bit of roasted malt flavor.
Very nice. Well put together, and certainly a bold flavor.

robbyc1, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of schomber
4/5  rDev +8.1%

schomber, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for tossing me a bottle of this.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is rusty amber brown. An aggressive pour gives me a huge three fingers of light beige head. Solid retention. A thick coating of lace is left behind as well as a nice cap.

The aroma is mostly toasted malt and a touch of spice. Swirling produces a decent amount of dark fruit and nuttiness.

The flavor has a strong malt backbone with hints of dark fruit, coffee, roast nuts and spices. Actually more going on than I antcipated.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall another solid lager from Capital. They sure do love the lagers.

beerwolf77, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of emwild12
4/5  rDev +8.1%

emwild12, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of waige_pilson
4/5  rDev +8.1%

waige_pilson, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of wakajawaka76
4/5  rDev +8.1%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +8.1%

scootercrabb, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +8.1%

RichH55, Sep 18, 2012
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.