Capital Dark - Capital Brewery
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4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
03-24-2007 13:12:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
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
06-25-2009 20:17:37 | More by brentk56
3.4/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
07-19-2008 01:48:47 | More by emerge077
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, dark copper color with a tan, foamy, long-lasting, one-finger head. It left no lace.
S - It smelled of roasted malt. There were also earthy notes mixed with some sweet floral aromas.
T - It tasted of roasted malt with sweet caramel and toffee. It had a light bitter hop spice.
M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied lager.
D - This is a pretty tasty dunkel lager. It was easy drinking and is sessionable.
01-14-2009 01:59:25 | More by zeff80
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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!!!
04-07-2007 01:08:45 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
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...
03-22-2010 00:28:55 | More by russpowell
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance: deep, dark, figgy brown color, showing a cherry red around the sides, with a firm, creamy, well-retained head.
Aroma: soft and quiet, but sweet and quite delightful, flavorful, with notes of spices, nuts, cocoa, plums, dark fruits. It's power, though,is small, it's stay brief.
Great, brilliant buzz of hops on the palate, which sizzles, then fades. Unfortunately, the body is not strong enough to match up the the sweet, delicious, plummy flavors in the taste, that continues on. Far too thin. In this brew, the flavor's all up front, and leaves me wanting.
For a dark lager, though, this leads the pack! Fruity, plummy flavor is well-received, but they've got to back it up!
05-18-2003 19:38:26 | More by feloniousmonk
3.84/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours brown with a head that soon becomes patchy. Some spotted lacing sticks.
The smell is of lightly roasted grain, some cocoa and a touch of earthy noble hops.
The taste is of sweet dark grain, bread that is similar to a light pumpernickel and a hint of cocoa. Some musty grass in the finish.
It is crisp and smooth with an appropriate light to medium body.
A well-balanced, easy-drinking traditional dark lager! Enjoyable!
04-23-2014 17:52:26 | More by jwc215
3.13/5 rDev -15.4%
(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.
01-28-2013 15:27:10 | More by rhoadsrage
3.7/5 rDev 0%
This beer is a clear dark ruby. A thin creamy brown head sits on top and doesn't leave much for a lace. Big Huge bready and biscuity tones on the nose. These bread and biscuit tones show up in the taste as well. Pretty nice. There's a bit of a roasted aspect, but not much. A sweet, almost bock-like, malt taste provides the backdrop for the bready, biscuity tones to work. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. About medium-full body. This could work nicely as a dark session brew. While Capital does a lot of other brews that I enjoy more, this one is enjoyable as well.
10-17-2002 21:22:23 | More by Bighuge
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
12oz brought back to the Gem State by some very understanding coworkers... this is the last Munich dark that I have left and decided to enjoy it in a flight with the other Capital lagers I've been sitting on for about 2 months now... enjoyed immensely out of my small weizen glass.
Brown as brown can be.... dark.... but still crystal clear with ruby red highlites when held up to a bright light.... short lasting lite tan chunky head that leaves great lacing the entire glass.
Aroma is better than nearly every dunkel I've ever had the chance of tasting... big toasted grains are everywhere... roasted grains... with good chocolate and slight coffee.
Crisp dark bread grains ... dark toasted biscuits that never touch burnt... chocolate and Munich malts are balanced perfectly... no hop aroma or flavor that allows me to even begin to pick a hop variety out... but there is an underlying spicyness that is evident but lite.
I will preface this review, by saying I love a well made dunkel... drinkable for days while still allowing multitudes of complexity to be enjoyed. This would be a staple beer if I had any access to it. Edit: This is my last bottle, and already I know I am going to miss it... it is probably the best domestic Dunkel I've had .... but that being said... if you ever make it to the Sun Valley area of Idaho, search out Trail Creek brewing and give theirs a try... fantastic too.
12-10-2007 09:04:23 | More by JohnGalt1
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, hops, sweet malt, very slight roasted malt, and some nut. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hops, sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Overall, a rather smooth yet full-bodied lager - I recommend.
09-09-2009 03:36:03 | More by Tone
British Columbia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
A: Amber-brown with a light tan head, some retention & lace.
S: Dark caramel, roasted nuts & a light spicing.
T: Very nutty, caramel sweetness, some breadyness, light spicing (a little woody willamette?), modest bitterness.
M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.
D: A good drinker.
06-30-2008 22:12:51 | More by Derek
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
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
01-01-2006 01:36:19 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a very dark amber and brown hue. Very awesome bubbling and good lacing. Mineraly malts mixed with some pumpernickel. The tate is a great roasted malt. Medium bread, mor like a hint of light chocolate cake. Very mild, bitter finish. Very girsty, gainy palae, but stil very smooth. Great tap beer I bet.
12-24-2007 20:36:06 | More by scruffwhor
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
12 oz bottle in a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date, 5.4% ABV.
A - Dark, deep amber brown with a good bone two-finger head. Superb retention with a nice collar of lace. The foam stayed til the last sip too!
S - The aroma has mild toasted malts with a bigger hop nose than anything. A touch of light citrus with the floral aroma. A low caramel sweetness behind the hops. An unimpressive start.
T - The hops are once again more prominent. The water posses a mineral aspect to it I'm not particularly fond of in this beer. Low malt flavor and a touch of sweetness with the hop finish of floral and grassy flavor.
M - It feels creamy and smooth with a nice level of carbonation to give the finish a crisp feel that compliments the dryness. A good feeling dark.
D - A decently rounded beer that really lacks panache. It's ok overall and would be a fine six-pack to purchase but I find it a mediocre tasting beer. Good drinkability steers this beer towards a session dark.
11-15-2009 23:14:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
This beer is now called Munich Dark on the label, and it does show the characteristics of a Dunkel. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Dark brown color with a medium foamy head. Rich and malty with slight bitterness on the back end. Not too shabby.
10-30-2002 15:12:10 | More by Dogbrick
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
Nice deeply orangy/red color with an overall brownish tone, thin tannish head that fades leaving a thin haze and very fine stringy lace in small areas of coverage. Smell is soft and light of dark fruits, plum, banana, some nuttyness and creamy maltyness with a touch of light spice. Very subtle in approach on the nose, a bit to light though. Taste is more subtleties of dark fruits, banana, plum, raisin, a touch of sweetness and maltyness, but far to thin and shortly visited, weakened hops near the finish slightly. Feel is thin and lighter medium body, again, it doesn't have any staying power what so ever, just a short memory of what could be. It still makes for good easy drinking. This a short stay in Munich, barely overnite.
06-04-2003 16:36:24 | More by tavernjef
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
Appearance This is a medium brown in color with a nice, moderate and stubborn German head. Its 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. Theres 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.
08-30-2006 01:22:32 | More by RoyalT
2.68/5 rDev -27.6%
A- Dark ruby red. One fingered head, somewhat retaining. Almost nonexistent lacing.
S- Caramel malts.
T- Burnt, caramel malt...can't find any hops.
M- Medium carbination, slightly creamy?
D/O- Not impressed overall. Don't know that I'd want anymore than one of these even though I'd call it a session brew.
03-04-2010 02:39:07 | More by Duff27
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.