Capital Dark - Capital Brewery
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3.03/5 rDev -18.1%
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: "00114A10356" stamped on bottle's bottom
Glass: Ayinger willi glass
Capital's Dark is altogether fairly forgettable, blending a modest brown and dark malt sweetness with subdued European hops for a dark, though bland, lager with few distinguishing marks such as toasted nuts or chocolate. One that I will probably not seek out again.
Pours a 2cm head of light tan, fairly dense and small bubbles, which have a fairly froth-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting a minute or two as it collapses to a modest cap of foam atop the beer. Lacing is excellent, with substantial blotches and clumps along the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown in color when out of the light, amber-brown with strong red hues when in. Carbonation through the transparent body, noticeable but modest.
Aroma is of crackers made from slightly toasted and roasted grains. Not much in the way of toasted nuts, cocoa, overall rather bland and unassuming. Least impressive aroma from a Munich Dunkel Lager I've had yet.
Major flavors in the beer are dark and brown malt sweetness, with mildly bitter hops in the background. Tasting opens with brown malt sweetness combined with a bit of mineral character. Mid-palate takes the sweetness and adds a modest hop bitterness to the background, while the back of the palate picks up European hop bitterness with a small contribution from dark malt sweetness. Aftertaste is satisfying: of modest cocoa and bitter European hops, creating an effect of bitter, European-style chocolates.
Beer is medium-light to light in body, with a bit of wateriness noticeable around the edges. Carbonation is medium to medium-high, creating a fairly prickly mouthfeel at first, before the beer fizzes up on the palate to become more flowing and creamy. Finish is semi-dry.
09-10-2012 04:42:04 | More by falloutsnow
3.3/5 rDev -10.8%
Appearance - Dark reddish-brown. Clear. Medium tall tan foamy tan head.
Smell - Rich medium roast malt. Bread, chocolate, coffee.
Taste - Rich malts. Bread and somewhat bitter chocolate flavor. Hops flavor not especially prominent, but finish is quite dry. A little watery.
Mouthfeel - Medium.
Overall - Not as malty as I'd hoped. Nothing horrible, but I wanted more.
06-05-2012 03:56:08 | More by scaliasux
3.7/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-26-2012 01:16:54 | More by deebo
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
Reviewed from notes.
Appears a transparent yet darker reddish-brown in color with a single finger of fizzy cream colored head that dissipates down to a collar in about two minutes, no lacing. Smells of medium levels of dark roasted malt character with a prune / fig garnish on top. Tastes mostly malty, but maintains strict levels of dryness throughout with a strong level of carbonation on a lighter body. I've had better and I've had worse than this one for the style.
01-27-2012 04:53:41 | More by WastingFreetime
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.