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Capital Dark - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Soneast on 08-02-2009)
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Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

enelson, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
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.

sweemzander, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Aug 05, 2002
Photo of blackie
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: The pour gives a nice 1.5" light khaki head that slowly recedes to leave a lasting, thick coating of carbonation on top. The beer is a clear, dark-medium brown in color. Moderate lacing is left behind as the glass is emptied.

smell: Sweet toasted grain aromas are found first. There is a hint of cocoa and notes of dried, dark fruits with just a touch of marzipan cookie. Decent noble hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower side of the high range, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Similar to the aroma, with nutty toasted malts upfront, lightly sweet. Some hints of wood and a slight metallic hint. Just a touch of noble hop flavor and a light bitterness. Finishes a little dry with some hints of roast. Well balanced and tasty.

drinkability: A great dunkel, very drinkable

taken from the fridge of dirtylou

blackie, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, how I love the Munich Dunkel. Er--not a particular fan of the style, actually. It's just nice to see a beer that's labeled "dark" actually get classified into an actual style, so I got some idea what I'm in for when I open it up.

And, they kind of nailed it. It's dark ruby and smells like cereal malt, german yeast, and fruit. The worst part is the middle, which is a little too sour for the style. The best part is the end, where the yeast rubs up against the bitter malt and a lit wee bit of spicy hop and dark and ashen and refreshing.

mynie, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy brown color with reddish edges. The head is two-fingers in height, creamy, light tan in color, and recededs quickly into a solid cap which covers the liquid nicely. The aroma of caramel, malt, and more caramel. It is rather simple, but very strong and pleasing. The taste is a lot like the aroma, although the caramel taste is a little less intense than the overall malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonationl. Overall, this is a very good brew. It is very sessionable, and definaitely something I will buy again.

KarlHungus, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light-roast coffee brown/amber body with a thick, creamy, light tan head. Nice lacing. Soft, sweetish malt aroma with hints of spicy nuts, cocoa, plums and diet cola. Malt flavors up front; lightly sweet in a fruit cake way. Notes of tobacco, lightly-roasted coffee, plums, and caramel mix together. The light-roasted coffee gets more bitter toward the finish. Finish, however, is mostly soapy-sweet malts with a light veggie-twang and some spicy hop notes in the background. Medium-bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Very nice. Makes me want to try more beers in this style.

alexgash, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, light chocolate, roast and some caramel. Tastes of toasted malts, light roast, and light chocolate. Tastes on the weaker side compared to the aromas.

Notes from: 4/10/07

hopdog, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +8.1%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Vancer
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.

Vancer, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with miniscule off-white head. Poor retention, no lacing.

Smell is light with some smoky characateristics blended with sweet caramel.

Taste has some nice upfront caramel notes, Followed by a suprisingly strong dryness.

The dryness lasts throught the finish, giving the perfect sweet-dry ending.

A nice easy drinking beer,very refreshing. Good to session.

tgbljb, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

williamjbauer, May 22, 2013
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

bigred89, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Pours a crystal clear, dark brown/ruby red color hybrid. Sitting on top of the lively carbonated body is a short-lived, off-white, three-finger head of very creamy foam. This leaves a fair amoount of lace in the glass.

S: Pronounced aromas of toasted caramel malt, and toffee, with some faintly citrus-y hops, chocolate, apple, and bread.

T: Spicy caramel creams, restrained chocolate, tangy hops, toasted malt, apple, and toasted bread.

M: Peppery and spicy at first which turns creamy in the middle and suddenly turns dry and peppery (once again) during the long finish.

D: Extremely drinkable. Dare I say, sessionable? Heck, yeah! This one kept getting better the longer it warmed.

GbVDave, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +8.1%

crobinso, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
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.

garymuchow, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A deeper reddish burnt sienna color with a thin tanish head that lasts about 35 seconds. Simple laces. Aroma is quite biscuity and roasty. A shortbread and toffee-like sense to the initial flavor. Nice roasted and somewhat smokey malt flavors with a very well done balancing hop that doesn't call atention to itself. Some sense of thinness in the mouthfeel, but a pleasing finish and a growing sense of dark chocolate on further sips. One of the better Dunkels I've run across, this beer is also a decent candidate for a darker session brew.

ADR, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

TX-Badger, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of bditty187
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry brown, translucent, light-tan head that reached a finger’s worth, soapy retention, some lace. The noses does nothing for me, oddly hollow… is it suppose to smell like this? Anyway… the palate is lovely with toasty malt, roasted nuts, dry caramel hints and soft floral hops, faint bitterness too. Very tasty! The mouthfeel is thin but not watery… not a big negative but a flaw nevertheless. The finish is abrupt with only faint lingering sweetness... dry too. If you want a dark session brew then Munich Dark is the way to go. I’d drink it again… and maybe next time the nose will jive with me. Regardless, try one.

bditty187, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

seeswo, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown with a 1 finger off white semi tan head that left spotted lacing

smell - not very complex i pick up some caramel malt little fruit

taste - the nose might not be all that but the flavor is better - roasted grains dark fruit malt some chocolate

mouthfeel is a medium body with decent carbonation

overall this is an ok dark lager but not worth a repeat buy

jsh420, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of TastyTaste
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy off-white head of about a 1/2", sitting atop a really dark iced tea looking body. Smell is very sweet with malt, like brown sugar, but less rich and more syrupy than a dopplebock. Taste is rich and fairly dry, good chocolate, and grassy malts, but also spicy with a nice hop bite. Well rounded with good carbonation for the style.

TastyTaste, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of BeerLover99
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.

BeerLover99, Mar 13, 2011
Capital Dark from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.