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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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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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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is thick and soapy, 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.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a decent Munich Dunkel. Good bit of roasted malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:44:35 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep ruby red with a very light head.

The smell has a light cedary and caramel nose with hints of chocolate, very light.

The flavor has a very light malty flavor with some nice hints of grain, bread, and a touch of oaky cedar.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit thin and watery.

Very average, light with not much going on, even for a session lager a bit on the boring side.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:35:01 | More by bashiba
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown, trace head, no lacing.

S: mild malt, toffee, and whiff of roasted nuts

T: sweet caramel/toffee, malt middle, mild bitter finish

M: light/medium body, slight tongue prick, above average carbonation

D: Not my favorite Capital, nor the best Dunkel. There are much better out there; that being said I could easily down a 6 pack of this...average.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 18:21:06 | More by BeerLover99
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innersanctum

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital Dork is alright and I'll enjoy the six pack recently purchase.

CD has a crisp mouthfeel, a distinct lager with a slightly sweet finish.

But I've got more to say about CD's packaging. First, the label on CD has an obvious circle that covers enough of the 'A' in Dark to make it look like 'Dork'. If you guys from Capital Brew are reading this then please pay attention. You don't have to tell me that I'm drinking the High Life to help my self esteem, but don't tell me that I'm drinking Dork Dark! In fact I rather admire the gothic font, just please move your logo somewhere else on the label.

Second, the style listed herein, on Beer Advocate, is a Dunkel. Some other lesser regarded, but more commercial site (I didn't say ratebeer here) said Dunkel too. CD is a bit too tight and malty to carry the description of Dunkel but CD retains some of the crisper flavors of Dunkel to warrant it more of its cousin; there's enough of a hint of Dunkel in CD to know its in the family, but it has different parents. Dork, or Dunkel, lets just say CD, is rather like a blend of Munich Lager with some Dunkel added.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:55:54 | More by innersanctum
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dbtoe

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A pretty good dark beer. I like most dark beers and I'd take it over others but it's not one I'm going to get often.
Look is dark brown with a head that reduces to a cap and sticks around to the end.
Smell is pretty much roasted malt.
Taste is all bitter chocolate mellows a little as it warms. I don't really get anything else.
Feel very carbonated and medium body.
Drink a very drinkable beer I could easily down a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 13:50:35 | More by dbtoe
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steveh

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixpack with the redesigned label that I hope is more fresh than the last sample I had of this Cap brew.

A -- Beautiful, clear chestnut brown color with a thick, eggshell white head that settles slowly.

S -- Grainy aroma with some vague spiciness, even sourness back. Wish there were more rich malty tones.

T -- Bread crust character up front that blends into that vague sourness then into a roasty character more reminiscent of a Schwarzbier. Finishes dry and the sweetness is lower than I expect from a Munich Dunkel.

M -- Light medium body with a soft to slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

D -- Drinkability is definitely good, this is a dark beer to scare your friends with then watch their surprise at it smoothness and "lightness." I just wish this was more like a true Munich Dunkel; sort of like a Doppelbock in character without the high ABV kick.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 21:20:36 | More by steveh
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Beejay

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black in the glass, held up to the light and it is blood red. Nice off white head.

S: Light hop aroma, something sharp in there, but I can't put my finger on it. The malt is subdued, but present.

T: That is a deep, rich, malty bomb. Lovely. Huge roasted flavor, and a bit of bitterness. Very nice.

M: Medium to thick bodied, carbonation is good.

D: Very nice. Well put together, and certainly a bold flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:27:26 | More by Beejay
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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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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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deereless

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown in color, thin layer of light head, quite clear - 3.50, S: Initial whiff has a strong cacao and powered chocolate milk mix though the nose fades relatively quickly, faint fudge and candied dates, some roasted grains, no real hops that I can perceive - 3.00, T: Medium roasted malt on the palate, soft coffee, noticeable earthy hop bite - likely one of the nobles, a bready sweetness is present along with some chocolates - 3.75, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, D: All around a very drinkable beer - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 00:20:28 | More by deereless
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, decent head with some lacing.

Smells of dark malts, dark fruits, and earth. The slightest lingering grain note.

Warm bread, malt, cocoa, earthiness, and dark fruits in the taste.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

An easy drinking flavorful lager. Not world class, but I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 00:10:33 | More by Strix
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a clear dark amber when held to the light has a great red hue. There was a 1 finger off white head that settled to a thin cap. The aroma is a spicy with some dark malt notes and a slight molasses hint. The taste is malty upfront with some dried fruit in the back, plums, raisins, and burnt caramel. The brew is a little thin and the light carbonation could be a little stronger. This is an OK brew, but not really a bold dark lager as I like.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 00:45:15 | More by WJVII
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bruachan

District of Columbia

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 20:43:10 | More by bruachan
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zebulon

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

Was a dark brown somewhat trasnlucent, small head slight lacing.

Malty aroma, a preview of what is to come.

Malty, slight sweet dried fruit with a bite, enough of a bite to make in interesting. Medium carbonation that went well with the taste. Taste became fuller as it warmed which I suppose makes sense.

Pleasent on the tongue, and very easy going down. I was thinking I could drink alot of these.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 10:17:30 | More by zebulon
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:28:55 | More by russpowell
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Duff27

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 02:39:07 | More by Duff27
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Sallerj

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark red-black beer with a mild coffee ground and grape aroma. It's light bodied and fizzy with coffee, cherry, and cola, with a nice hint of hops at the end. It goes down very easy, which might be the best thing for a dark lager. It doesn't have anything to bring me back, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 09:36:54 | More by Sallerj
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a clear brown/ruby color topped with a foamy one finger off-white head. The head receded to a thin cap after a few minutes, leaving some spotty lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malts abound in the nose.

T & M - A roasted malt backbone finishes with a very minute hop bitterness at the back end. This brew has a thinnish mouthfeel with a bit of a coarse texture from the carbonation. Finishes dry and fairly clean.

D - This isn't a bad brew, and the low ABV definitely lends to its sessionability. I probably won't make it a mainstay in my fridge but it was certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:05:43 | More by drizzam
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vishneda

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 18:26:06 | More by vishneda
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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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Vancer

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capital dark is, well, a clear oak mahogany as I pour the bottle into my Corsendonk tulip. A gentle tan head pops up and then nestles down for the afternoon nap.

Subtle hints of caramel within the malt for the aroma and the quaff. Just a hint of banana in the finish adds to the enjoyment of this fresh brew, along with some dark fruit like plum and raison. Very crisp and dry finish, plenty of hop balance in this malt first brew.

Darn fine brew, tasty and "sessionable", as the 5+ % not really kicking in for a bottle or two. I'd have no problem picking up a sixer this winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 20:35:19 | More by Vancer
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice simple dark beer, though not a lot to it. Poured from the bottle to a dark chocolate brown with medium thick tan head that lasted to mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was a faint caramel toffee as was the flavor of this medium bodied. Finish was smooth and medium duration, but again left no distinguishing mark. Kind of just ho-hum.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:15:44 | More by kimcgolf
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stoptime

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 17:13:12 | More by stoptime
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 23:14:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To bad you don't see more Munich Dunkles out there. Pours a darker brown color with a darker amber hue through out. Great clarity and a soft white head with good retention and lacing throughout.

The nose is soft overall but a nice malt backing. The Munich malt is not as distinct as I would like for style but its there. Some bready notes with a light toasty aroma. A minor roast character on the back end but blends well. The yeast comes out a bit for style. Some esters, plums and figs. A light pineapple note as well but limited. Some chalky notes that are boarder line metallic but ok.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out a bit more. The Munich notes come out a bit more versus the noses but still limited. The bready notes are there but more blended with a toast and light chocolate/coco thing. Some minor astringency, very light, but would like less. Great lingering sweetness but not over the top. A light earthy hop note but blends well with the yeast. The yeast is a bit much again. Plum notes mix with a light citrus/apricot that is just a touch much.

The body is moderate to light. Would like a bit more depth there but overall a very nice beer. Would like a bit more Munich notes and a cleaner yeast but very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 20:00:25 | More by Oxymoron
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.