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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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budgood1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 21:17:57 | More by budgood1
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JonB1958

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 20:05:48 | More by JonB1958
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 16:07:07 | More by garymuchow
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-14-2011 16:51:31 | More by bpfrush
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-29-2012 16:42:46 | More by richkrull
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2002 21:29:16 | More by cokes
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windelbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-15-2012 01:37:37 | More by windelbo
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dstc

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 21:39:56 | More by dstc
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northcoastwolf

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-05-2014 00:45:52 | More by northcoastwolf
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-17-2013 16:03:05 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Hoolie5

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-16-2013 16:52:06 | More by Hoolie5
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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-01-2012 02:46:08 | More by crobinso
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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-01-2013 23:38:32 | More by VictorWisc
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Realale

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 23:57:56 | More by Realale
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sweemzander

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:25:07 | More by sweemzander
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robbyc1

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 21:52:06 | More by robbyc1
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schomber

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-07-2012 23:10:43 | More by schomber
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:47:19 | More by beerwolf77
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-02-2012 06:53:15 | More by Zachtheporter
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emwild12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-09-2013 08:36:59 | More by emwild12
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wakajawaka76

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-30-2012 15:10:46 | More by wakajawaka76
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-27-2012 18:17:44 | More by scootercrabb
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-18-2012 01:48:41 | More by RichH55
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel that becomes dark orange when backlit. The sandstone colored cap pratically oozes quality construction. It's nicely firm with an upper surface full of pits and divots that translates to a decent amount of shotgun-riddled lace as it deflates. Munich Dark looks like a delicious Munich dunkel lager. I can't ask for much more than that.

If you like beer of this style, then you're bound to like this nose. It's mega-toasted malty with plenty of earthiness that just has to be due to Munich malt. It isn't bursting with complexity, but then show me a dunkel that is. Adherence to style guidelines and plenty of power are largely responsible for the score granted.

I'm torn when it comes to the flavor. On the one hand, I'm not thrilled with either Munich dunkel lagers or Munich malt. On the other hand, I recognize how authentic this version is and how well-brewed. Now I just have to decide which one to base the flavor score on.

Munich Dark tastes like well-toasted brown bread sprinkled with spices. I would have said pumpernickel, but it isn't that dark or cocoa-like. Rye bread is also a possibility, but it isn't that spicy. There's also a musky dark fruitiness that makes the beer taste more like an ale than a lager. Lagers are supposed to be clean, not this estery (i.e. dirty). I prefer dirty. It looks like I'm going with the higher score.

The mouthfeel is also more ale-like than lager-like. It has the heft of the former and the smoothness of the latter. I don't often run across a mid-range ABV lager with this amount of mouth presence. A few more bubbles would have helped, but the carbonation isn't far from spot-on.

I was surprised to discover that of the eleven Capital offerings that I've had to date, only one has earned an overall score as high as 4.0. Of course I haven't yet had any of their most well-regarded beer. Munich Dark, along with Wisconsin Amber, is my favorite so far. A beer of this style has to be pretty good to impress me. Take that for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 13:12:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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EGolfer4

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-03-2013 02:23:02 | More by EGolfer4
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.