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Imperial Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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88
very good

39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: darklordlager on 01-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 51
Photo of beerwolf77
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a deep dark brown with blood red edges. About a half finger of light brown head dissipates almost immediatley. No lace to be seen.

The aroma is sweet caramel, almonds, cherries, and bready malt. Not super strong but enough to give you a good whiff.

The flavor is malt driven of course. There's hints of almonds and dark fruits. Maybe even a touch of chocolate in the finish. Plenty of hot booze can be felt on the tongue for sure.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall a decent beer. The heat might stop me from drinking another. Otherwise the flavors are pretty stock for the style. (632 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry bronze with a rapidly fading khaki foam. No real lace to speak of.
Black cherry, plum, grainy dark breads, and brandy aroma, with a fat dollop of brown sugar.
Brown sugar, cherry, and plums are the mainstays in the mouth. Graininess arrives soon after. Brandy adds a low alcoholic flare. And while all this is well and good, that's all there is. There is no nuance to tease out. No developing flavors. No depth. Nothing besides basic dark fruit, sugar, grain, and booze. Despite being larger, this seems a shell of the original Dark Doppelbock. For 9% its tasty and drinkable, but their standard Doppelbocks historically pack in more flavor.
The body is glossy, thin factoring in the girth, with low-moderate carbonation that fizzles out quickly.
I'm at a crossroads with Capital.
Their general drift away from German styles sounded an alarm, and most recently, I thought the latest release of Eisphyre was lacking a great deal when compared to the aged version, but I'm holding out for improvement over time. Having nothing to directly compare this to (besides the old dark doppel, which I'd swap for in a second), I just hope it ages very well.
It seems that Capital remains in its tailspin. While this beer is by no means bad, it just seems like something Capital should have hit out of the park. And it simply isn't worth $11 a 4-pack. (1,354 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark red pour with a quarter inch of khaki head on top that sticks around for awhile. Aromas start off with dense, rich malts...toasted, nutty with lots of dark fruits swirling about. Caramel and baked bread with raisins and a touch of earthy spiciness.

First sip brings dark malts, dense and toasted with dark fruits and nutty accents swirling about. Sweet caramel and some alcohol as it flows down. A bit of baked bread and a touch of chocolate. Pretty good stuff.

Mouthfeel is smooth and not overly heavy. Good carbonation and fairly easy to drink. Not too sweet which I enjoy. This is a tasty amped up doppelbock from Capital. Thanks to braconid for the opportunity! (678 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks sykdoc for this one.

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip.
Reddish brown in color, with a light tan head that shows good retention and some lacing.
Aroma, just like the flavor, is clean, and heavily favoring the malt side as expected.
Malty sweetness obviously overpowers the minimal hoppiness that is there. Caramel is front and center.
Nicely crafted, straight to the point and pleasant, but I cannot say I noticed anything "imperial" here. (459 characters)

Photo of blackearth
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a very dark brown (almost black but not quite) body with a thin off white head that falls to a cap. Not much in the aroma department. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation. This one is very smooth tasting and doesn't overpower with roasted malts. There is a slight alcohol warmth in the finish, but is not much considering it's a 9% beer. Great drinkability. (428 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: good, dark copper color
S: served chilled but not strong nose, alcohol noticeable
T: decent but not one of their best, seems to be weak in both malt and taste despite being 9.0 ABV, good beer overall but not roasty/toasty and great maltiness like their trad doppelbock
M/D: good, easy drinking but seemed somewhat watery (323 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. 9.0% ABV, 3509 on the neck.

A - It pours a dark amber-brown with a redish hue to it. Totally clear with a low tan head, moderate retention leaves more legs on the glass than lace.

S - Modesty is the "big" thing about the aroma here. The nose isn't bursting out but it is bursting with flavor if you will. Toasted malts are really bread-like with a strong sweetness in tow. There is a small butterscotch and dark fruit hint on the finish.

T - A bold, dark candi sugar sweetness bursts fourth with a strong breaded malt flavor and a moderate alcohol kick to the finish. The sweetness is a touch cloying and the alcohol on the end feels a bit disjointed but I can't exactly put my finger on what it is. A touch metallic.

M - Full-bodied and robust, it's a smooth and thick dopple that could definitely do some lent-sustaining. Low carbonation to the finish and a slight alcohol warmth/burn.

D - Unfortunately the combination of alcohol and sweetness in this dopplebock doesn't fair to well with me. Not a bad offering, but coming from Capital, one of the best "heavy malt use breweries" (as far as I'm concerned), it's one of their weaker beers. (1,189 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Since I was in a sampling mood, I stopped by the tremendous Neil St. Piccadilly for some varied wares and, since I love Dopplebock especially Imperial Dopplebock and this was handy, I figured it was a good way to start off some afternoon tasting.

I was wrong.

One and one-half fingers of off-white head top a murky ruby body with mahogany trim. The head dissipated so fast that, literally in the time it took to merely replace the bag in my garbage tin, it was gone; not a good sign. Nice color, however.

Decent smell--plum, raisin, a bit of caramel and chocolate--but on the whole underwhelming. I cannot help but ask, this is an IMPERIAL Dopplebock? Really? The taste confirms my query--OK flavors, nice on the caramel and raisin, a hint of berry. Yet this hardly cuts it as an Imperial dopplebock. I'm not even sure it makes for decent bock.

In addition to understated smell and flavor, it's really in the weak, flat mouthfeel that the shortcomings come together. Not unlike very good beers whose mouthfeel brings it all home, the mouthfeel for Imperial Dopplebock suffers significantly from a flat, dull texture strongly hinted at with the case of the disappearing head. It's languid, honestly.

Capital has missed the mark with this, a genuine disappointment that needs more carbonation and much more flavor. Personally, I am at the stage of thinking twice when I see Capital's products, for this is a distant also-ran. (1,428 characters)

Photo of ommegoose
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say the joke on the label is totally lost on me.

Pours out next to black in a tulip glass, from a glance, but shows to be a very dark garnet when held to the light. Laced poorly and held weakly. No trace of a cap on top.

Black plum and raisin are part of the dark fruity aroma that dominates. Some hints of dry powdery baker's chocolate. The aroma could stand to pop a bit more, but it smells nice.

Dry roasty flavor with dark fruity backing. Nice raisin presence. Finishes clean and dry with a little bitterness. Not especially chocolately, but it is noticeable, moreso on the finish. Faint yeasty spice shows on the finish. This is a good choice for those who don't want too sweet of a doppelbock. It's really tasty, hitting that mark of simple deliciousness. The candi sugar gives it a little Belgian character, which is interesting, but fortunately the beer is never cloying. The score is not going to reflect how much I like this. The flavor is almost a 5 for me.

Surprisingly light body, but not hot from the 9.0% at all. I feel it a bit in my stomach from the large gulps that the flavor encourages. I guess I expect a more syrupy doppelbock, but the lighter body suits the dryness well. Low carbonation probably explains the lazy head retention.

This goes down very easily, and is probably my favorite American doppelbock to date. I strongly prefer this to the Autumnal Fire. Easy to have a second bottle in a sitting. But at $13 a four pack, the cost is a bit prohibitive, even if it is a rather nice beer. I can still pay half as much for Optimator, which is kind of a peer of this. Doppelbocks and Baltic porters make a great change of pace from imperial stouts. I really recommend a try for those who like this style. (1,745 characters)

Photo of megapyro6
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby/brown with a one finger head that recedes within a few minutes to a light bubble lacing. Nice caramel sweetness, but well balanced. Light alcohol taste. A dark fruit flavor emerges as the beer warms a bit. Very drinkable for the alcohol content. Kind of pricey for the 4 pack, but well worth it for a taste. (325 characters)

Photo of bound4er
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 3rd bottle from a 4-pack.

Dark amber to brown in appearance with ruby red highlights. Nice light tan one finger head that is quite dense in nature. Leaves spotty lacing. Pretty shy on the nose - some caramel malt and sweetness present. Similar taste profile - not too much complexity here - mainly caramel malt and brown sugar. Rich, full bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. I was expecting a lot more out of this beer than it delivered, especially with a name like Imperial Doppelbock. I couldn't wait to try this beer after enjoying EisPhyre - it's good but nothing to get excited about. One four pack will be enough for me. Give me an EisPhyre instead. (666 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a ruby-garnet colour with a small head that dies off within a few seconds.

S: Very reminiscent of Eisphyre and Autumnal Fire. Dark fruit, candied apples, layered caramel, lingering alcohol. Bready, but takes a back seat to the dark fruit. Very delicate floral citrus.

T: Sweet malt leads in, and just when you're expecting it to become more intense, a pleasant biscuity character takes over. Caramel malt and candi sugar caress the tongue, with an alcohol presence coming in smoothly with the finish. As it warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent, something that might benefit with some age.

M: Low carbonation, slightly syrupy, and with a semi-clean finish.

D: Very interesting and enjoyable beer. My first "Imperial Doppelbock" (unless you would call this a Triplebock). I plan on sticking one in the cellar to see what time can do to let this blend a little more. Another nice bock from Capital. (924 characters)

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery and I agree with the other review! A nice dark brown with a thick foamy head. Smells of Candi sugar and malts! Tastes like the candi sugar but so much that it takes away from the malt backbone of this beer. What a great drinker. If I didn't know it was 8.9% I would never have guessed.
Highly recommend this beer! (347 characters)

Photo of jj21
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark- almost black with a thick head. Aromas of caramel with loads of malt. A bit of alcoholic warmth but not overpowering in the least. The loads of candy sugar don't drive the sweetness too much. Very easy to drink for being so high in alcohol. (252 characters)

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Imperial Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.