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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 197
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:
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(Beer added by: Soneast on 08-02-2009)
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Photo of deebo
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

deebo, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of hotstuff
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good enjoyable Dunkel and I would have rated it higher had it had more umph to it. It poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles. The body was carbonated and clear with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was moderately malty and also had notes of caramel to it. The flavor was malty, and sweet with a smooth, somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel. The lacing was fair.

hotstuff, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +8.1%

scootercrabb, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a dark mahogany, remeniscent of a dark brown ale, with a minimal off-white head that fades quickly. Smell is bready and malty, got nostalgic for my Newcastle days. Taste is yeasty with toasted bicuit, roasted coffee, lactose, and a bit of belgian-style dark fruits. This seems like a melting pot of dark beers to me, a melange of english brown ale, oatmeal/sweet stout, and a mild belgian. A bit scatterbrained perhaps, but I rather enjoyed it. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but velvety smooth. I could drink quite a few of these until the lacotse sweetness got to me. A lot more character than I would have thought here, glad I gave it a try.

Golden2wenty1, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of Slynger
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Munich Dark pours a deep, clear, amber-bronze, with a lid of fine dirty white fuzz.

The nose is a touch sweet with caramel and a few dark fruits. Dark toasted malts balance and some earthy, musty, lightly spicy hops.

Flavor is crisp and dry darkly toasted bready with hints of sweet caramel and dark fruits. Musty, spicy hops provide a pretty decent bitterness. Light-medium in body with a crisp, fuzzy, lightly sharp carbonation.

I can't recall having many Munich Dunkel's but this one has some nice attributes. A better than decent brew.

Slynger, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Westuh
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Westuh, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of stoutman
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good dunkel. A deep, brownish amber color, a roasty aroma that accentuates the creamy and sweet taste; has a nice malt overtone as a good lager should have, with fruitiness. The flavor is just gorgeous with the sweet finish balanced by a generous helping of bittering hops.

stoutman, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of happygnome
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: purs a nice rich brown color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears not too fast but doesnt stay around too long, leaves a think layer of lacing
s: biscquity/bready malts mixed with hints of cocao, grassy hop bitterness towards the finish of the aroma
t: bisquity/bready malt backbone initially, followed by the hints of of grassy hops and some fruity flavors but the malt backbone really carries throughout
m: medium bodied beer with not a lot of carbonation, overall kinda creamy

overall, i really enjoyed this and will be acquiring more

happygnome, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of steveh
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.

steveh, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smooth, easily drinkable, dark amber, not particularly heady yet still attractive, highly carbonated, moderately malty, lightly roasty, and slightly bready dark lager, perfect for those muggy nights of summer. This is not one to sip, but to quaff, perhaps from mugs at a table of all your best friends under an umbrella near the sea by tiki-torchlight, or perhaps with your darling as you attempt to make her laugh because you love the sound, like the wind chimes on your grandmother's front porch.

This is not a complex beer, but what flavor it has is well-done. It is no Burgerbrau dark, but it is very well made for an American representation of an age-old style that hails from when beer was meant to be drunk in vast quantities because it was safer and more fun than water. Prosit!

khiasmus, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cmwilliq, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Tracker83
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Tracker83, May 27, 2013
Photo of emwild12
4/5  rDev +8.1%

emwild12, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottled beforehand, and it didn't really impress me. But fresh from the tap, it's a different story. I can now taste a decent dark roast taste, and that's in the middle of an evening with several Oktoberfests on tap. I think I almost an allergic reaction from the hop nose, though actual hop bitterness is not pronouced. One to seek out fresh.

DrunkMcDermott, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

jewellrunner, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a quickly receding head that leaves a moderate lace.

Aroma is molasses and dark candied sugar, roasted apples and peaches come to the nose.

Flavor is of malty fruit, very nice raisin and plum notes. Bready sweet roll and raisin cinnamon toast. Hops are there to balance the sweetness. Sweet roasted nuts and buttered pancakes with maple syrup. Slightly smokey peaty roll in there. The smoke is faint but it's there.

Mouthfeel is medium on body and finishes midly sweet with a slight oiliness.

Good beer, very flavorful.

wheatyweiss, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of shbobdb
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What happens to Capital Bavarian Lager when you throw in a bunch of chocolate malt? Why, Munich Dark, of course!

Whoa there litt' fella, slow down on my taste-buds. I like roast chocolate flavours as much as the next guy, but this beer has a porter-like harshness to it. I love Capital beers for their delightful smoothness, not the astringency present here. There is simply too much roast flavour. It overwhelms anything else present in the beer. Very one dimensional.

Original score, 2-21-06
Serving: Bottle
Appearance: 4.5
Smell: 4.0
Taste: 3.0
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Drinkability: 3.0

It is amazing what phases we go through, isn't it? I bought a bottle of this during my stay in Wisconsin and I've got to say I am very pleased with it. The astringency that I complained about before is totally absent this time, as I enjoy a silky-smooth drink.

I do, however, still hold that this is basically their Bavarian lager with some carafa thrown in. But that isn't a bad thing at all. It has a pleasant grainy flavour to it, rounded out by a nice strong chocolate presence.

I would say that it is an uncomplicated beer, but I believe my statement that it was 'one dimensional' was waaaay too harsh. There is a fair amount going on in this beer, but not so much that I really have to *think* while drinking it. A perfect after work beer, with enough going on to keep me interested.

I tend to be hard on Capital, because 1) I used to drink it damned near everyday and 2) It is one of my favourite breweries. When I joined BA, I was simply spoiled on their beer.

shbobdb, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of marcobrau
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Creamy, but sadly rather boring. Good, fresh malt aroma and quite a bit of foam, but this chestnut colored lager fails to impress. Perhaps it's that this my tasting of this beer is skewed after having a couple dark lagers from the European masters of the style, but that said, this brewery makes better beer. For example, the Capital Special Pilsner is fantastic (especially when fresh). Finishes just very slightly bitter and a touch dry and therefore fairly drinkable. Not a real complex dark lager and a touch "cardboard-y" meaning it hasn't held up very well in my fridge....leaky cap? Oh, well....

marcobrau, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of malcontent
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent chesnust brown with a small amount of head but very nice lacing.

Mellow malt sweetness laced with hearty grain scents. Roasted accents come through as well.

Pleasing breadiness at first with those good cereal lager qualities. However, the aftertaste develops an offputting bitterness that doesn't seem to be coming from hops. Isn't bad by any stretch but is my least favorite Capital offering thus far.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel. If you dig the taste this could easily be an all-nighter.

malcontent, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an off-white head that has very good retention, but does not leave much lacing. Body is an orange tinted brown amber with red highlights.

Smell - apples, plums, dates, raisins, and a hint of caramel.

Taste - same as the smell with the addition of subtle and spicy hops. Mildly sweet taste of apples, plums, raisins, dates, and caramel all washed through with mildly spicy hops.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, and smooth.

Drinkability - this is very good beer and quite sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very good lager from Capital, why am i not surprised? Thanks to raider for this one.

A nice looking brown lager, much like a brown ale in appearance. Thin tan coloured head formed on a fairly vigorous pour. Low level of carbonation present, barely manages to leave a collar of thin, fine, intricate lacings.

Hint of milk chocolate, biscuity malts, and a hint of demerara. Rounded out by the pleasant grassy hop bitterness.

Big biscuit malt backbone in this lager, with a pleasing hint of milk chocolate as well as dark fruits and berries. Black cherry, blackberry, concorde grape, and prune are all present in the mix. Almost bock like in this regard. Grassy and tea like hops balance out the rich malts.

A richly malted medium bodied lager with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced, rich malts give way to a mildly astringent slightly bitter hop finish. Low level of carbonation allows for the rich malts and tasty hops to dominate as they should.

Quite drinkable and refreshing. Yes another excellent lager from Capital, which is certainly under rated in my opinion on this site. Complex, yet approachable, ill definately be drinking this one again.

demcorhip, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured deep red/brown in color. half inch of tan head that falls away to a skim coat.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with a hint of coconut

Tastes pretty much as is smalls. Sweet and malty with slight fruitiness. A bit dry on the finish. Not complex of course but a tasty brew indeed.

Mouthfeel is Medium in body, the beer isn't as smooth as I'd like as far as the carbonation goes. The Dark German lagers that I've had are smoother.

Overall an easy drinking dark lager. Would definitely drink again though wouldn't go too far out of my way to purchase.

ThirstyBird, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

tyleeis, Oct 28, 2012
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 BeerAngel
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark but translucent brown color with a massive dense off-white head. It has a strong grassy and sweet earthy grain smell along with roasted malt. The taste consists of chocolate and roasted malts with light hops and a lightly sweet burnt cocoa finish. This is a light to medium bodied brew and finishes a little sweet. Not bad, but not great. Thanks to budgood1 nonetheless! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Jul 12, 2003
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.