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Imperial Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 52
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clean malt with a little sherry or port on the nose. Pours deep brilliant chestnut with a very thin head. The palate is dark bread malty, alcoholic, sweet, with some kettle sugars amd a hint of anise on the end. The beer is chewy, clean and smooth with slightly below average carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, the dopplebock was a brown color with variations in hue. Any head, did not last long as should be the case with the style. The dopplebock gave a sweet malty aroma, just a hint less sweet than a children's breakfast cereal. The initial impression was quite smooth, showing notes of toffee, malt, and a hint of milk chocolate. Also present was a hint of smoke which gives the beer an overall nice twang. In the aftertaste, the smokey notes continue in conjunction with the malts that were detected in the original taste. By this point, the toffee and chocolate have largely faded. The thickness allows this beer to linger nicely in the back of the throat. This is a very good beer for the style.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 17 December 2009. Wow, that's a long time ago. But I believe it was the last time they bottled it, and a brewery rep was recently pouring samples at my local shop (which is when I bought this one).

Pours chocolate brown with amber highlights. It absorbs all light, but at the narrow edges it's crystal clear. Half a finger of head, gone in a flash, but nice spotty lacing.

Smell: this is a serious fruity malt bomb. I get barrels and barrels of plums. In fact, that's about all I get.

Taste is similar. Loads of dark stone fruit, some bready flavors. Alcohol comes on at the end, bringing astringency and bitterness. A little oxidation, but that's to be expected.

Heavy-bodied and chewy, but pretty darn flat. Alcohol dries up the finish.

Not the best of Capital's doppelbocks, IMO. A bit one-dimensional, with really strong fruity malts, but not much beyond that. Hope they brew another batch so I can try it fresh.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stein.

A- Dark brown yet somewhat transparent. 1 finger light tan head with no lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts, roasted malt, vanilla.

T- Sweet candi sugar very apparent. Roasted & chocolate malts. Slight vanilla taste. Almost has barrel aged characteristics to it.

M- Medium body from the alcohol, but a little thin. Some creaminess as you swoosh it in your mouth.

O- Not the biggest of dopplebock fans but this is a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a modest 1.5cm head that is light tan in color. Fairly dense bubbles, creating a creamy-looking head that fades within seconds to a thin ring around the glass and some smoky residual bubbles in the middle of the glass. Body is very dark amber color and barely transparent. Lacing is very little, mostly spots that sluggishly slide down the side of the glass.

Fairly huge sweetness profile in the nose, mostly of malt density and breadiness mixed with compote of prunes and raisins. Despite the 9% ABV, no detectable alcohol.

Taste follows the scent profile: Super-heavy malt sweetness, like syrup-drenched thick German bread, mixed with syrupy raisins and prunes, and further complicated by alcohol residues. A bit of detectable ethanol is in the back of the tongue as well. Aftertaste of residual molasses-like malt sugars.

Mouthfeel is expectedly chewy, thick, and heavy. Carbonation is fairly light, making this easy on the palate and allowing you to savor it more slowly. Finish is dry, but sticky, in a mostly good way.

It's funny: I like Capital Brewery, and this is an excellent doppelbock, but this so-called "imperial" version smells and tastes almost similarly to a normal German doppelbock, only with a higher ABV. Still, very drinkable, would be glad to have more of, and something to always keep an eye out for.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep amber body, trace tan head, ringed lacing

S: big malt, caramel, ripe fruits (figs), hint of toffee, perhaps
light spiciness.

T: sweet dark fruit, toffee, toasted big malt breadiness.

M: Med/slight heavy body, firm carbonation, light chewy

D - DELICIOUS! Capital = good bocks. This is very
good, not world class. Sip this local loveliness. I would
most definitely get this again. Only can have 1-2 at
a sitting, but big body and sweet flavors might be too
much for some new to bocks.


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Photo of bsp77
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.

Appearance: Dark, murky reddish-brown with very thin head.

Smell: Molasses, soy sauce and dark fruits. Very sweet and quite strong until I finished the glass.

Taste: Loads of molasses, licorice and soy sauce. Some light roasted characteristics, cherry and plum. While sweet, it is not as sweet as the aroma. Some very light noble hops on the finish help to balance at the finish.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation with a full body. Not quite as chewy or chalky as some other Doppelbocks of this strength (which is good), likely sure to the addition of sugar to lighten the body. Warming and fairly clean.

Overall: Another strong Doppelbock from Capital, but not up to the level of Autumnal Fire, or Celebrator for that matter, which it seems to be a higher abv version of.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber with a thin tan head that fades to a ring of foam.

S - Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, fresh bread and candi sugar.

T - Caramel, toffee, licorice, toasted bread, dark fruits, molasses and candi sugar.

M - Medium to full with light carbonation and a light sting from the alcohol.

D - I really like the addition of the candi sugar in this. It adds a very nice complexity.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

I'm kinda digging these random singles at Binny's. You never know what you're gonna find. This particular find pours a dark garnet topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose explodes with bread, both rye and pumpernickel (possibly some wheat bread as well), along with some dashes of caramel, toffee, and light cocoa. The taste follows pretty closely, though some dark fruits (figs, raisins, the like) make their presences known as well. The body is a solid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth, grainy feel. Overall, a solid d-bock, a very nice example of the style, though it somehow falls just short of exceptional (not very far at all, I should add).

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Gary for giving this bottle, knowing that Doppelbocks are some of my faves.

Pours a dark dark amber color, a vigorous pour presents a decent sized light tan head, fades at a fast rate, leaving some big bubbles on top but those eventually pop away, hardly any lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly caramel malt with a light fruity sweetness in the nose.

Taste is primarily caramel malt, picking up the candied sugar that they added which adds a bit of complexity, not overly sweet like some Doppelbocks can be which is surprising considering the candied sugar, lightly creamy, seems a bit thin though but at least it isn't cloying, not picking up any heat or strength whatsoever.

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Photo of crossovert
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist off.

It pours a dark brownish red with a foamy off-white head

The smell is clean and classic, some dark bread, caramel, and a subtle bit of alcoholic sweetness are all that is in there.

The flavor is a bit more bold and adventurous. There is a sharp bitterness not usually found in this style. Other than that is is a big, dark doppelbock with lots of dark fruit, dark bread, and caramel.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep amber color, almost reminds me of a blood color. The head is off white, almost tan looking. The aroma reminds me of black licorice, and caramel malts. The taste is balanced with carmel malts and hops. The mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Overall for an imperial I consider this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with minimal head. The color is that of a dark, dark port wine. Some lacing but as with the head it's minimal.

It smells very sweet with a touch of malt but that's pretty much it. Maybe a little dried fruit in there but that may be my imagination.

The taste is completely at odds with the smell - it's not sweet. Some burnt sugar flavor and bitterness, but the bitterness never becomes excessive. The aftertaste is again that of a port wine, less the sweetness that you'd expect from port.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Really very nice.

It's not real high on the drinkability scale for me. The flavor is a bit one dimensional until the aftertaste kicks in and there isn't the richness that I'd hope for in a dopplebock.

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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Never seen an "imperial" doppelbock (almost seems redundant). Anyway, this one pours out a dark maple syrup amber body. Small, wispy, light sandy brown head. Some lacing. Rich, malty nose with notes of toffee, raisins, caramel, rum, Concord grapes, and tobacco.

Starts off with some light woody, tannin notes, before the maltiness takes over. Rummy fruit mixes with toffee and caramel to show off some sweetness. Smoky notes throughout. Hints of tobacco and licorice. Faint herbal hop notes in the otherwise, sugary finish. Medium-full body with a slightly creamy feel. Another nice doppelbock from Capital (they sure can make doppelbocks!).

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Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the deepest shade of clear red without being pitch black, deep garnet highlights when held up to the light with a thin off white head.

Big cedar and brown sugar doppel nose with toffee and caramel as well.

The flavor is smooth and mild with cedar, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit notes all coming through nicely. Very mild on the hops as I would expect but not overly sweet and very mild alcohol notes.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a nice bit of warming.

Very drinkable big doppel, Capital continues to really nail this style.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark copper with ruby highlights. Head is initially thick and creamy, but quickly dissipates to a dense ring.

Aroma is very sweet and malty. Generous dark fruit, brown sugar, dry cedar.

Taste is smokey caramel malt and toffee up front. Plum and raisin bring complexity to the sticky sweetness. Woody and earthy dry bitterness to the slightly musty finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

Overall a very flavorful dopplebock. Plenty of sweet dark fruit and brown sugar sweetness to match with the earthy woody qualities and create an interesting experience,

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Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

think i got this one from EliteDigger at dark lord day. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled july 21/2010.

pours crystal clear dark brown with a bit of red highlighting around the edges. the small dense cream coloured head drops quickly and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. caramel and toffee. bit of alcohol. some dark fruit - date, raisin, fig. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. touch of cracker. bit of spice. hint of dark chocolate.

taste is good. toasty. dark caramel and toffee. bit of dark fruit - date, raisin, and fig again. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of alcohol. earthy and a bit woody. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level. smooth.

drinkability is good. nice balance, hiding its alcohol fairly well. good malty depth. i don't know that it's all that "imperial", but it works either way.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a dark cherry red, brownish black away from the light, medium sized slightly off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, a few legs, looks nice.

Smell is nice, quite sweet and malty, heavy caramel and toffee, bread, biscuit, dark fruit, alcohol, raisins and dates, sherry, almost an oaky/bourbon note, cherry and a touch of spice, very malty, brown sugar, nice.

Taste is intense, very heavy toffee and raisin, alcohol, figs/dates, biscuit, very bready, sweet and malty, cherries, brown sugar, lightly toasty, nice deep fruit character, but still quite clean and malty, not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, some warmth but ABV is well hidden, pretty silky. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of katan
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Very thick, copper and brown looking ale. Little hazing, appears very clear. Head formation is about nothing - only a light film.

S - Lightly sweet - mostly caramel, some crystal roasted malts. No hops or yeast.

T - Strongly malty, some roasted notes. Sits on the tongue with a sweet, malty, caramel type flavor. No hopping detected. Alcohol warmth is present, but a backdrop. Finishes very clean. Malts roll off nicely, with just a hair of sweet malt notes.

M - moderate to light beer body, moderate to light carbonation - the carbonation pulls it through to a moderately balanced beer. Flavors are clean.

D - Fairly drinkabile. Very well hidden ABV. Flavors are smooth, well integrated. Easy drinking. Sweet isn't overwhelming.

Overall - I would describe this as a "safe" dopplebock. Nothing too far out of line - all good and easy to drink.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks dirts

a: pilsner glass, deep stained hardwood brown in color, nice finger width head

s: sweet-nutty german malt aromas, heavy grain breads, brown sugars and carob, raisin and date, prune, nice rich aroma

m: carbonation lighter, smooth combined with the medium-full body

t: full, dark euro malt flavor, rich and sweet blend of nuts and dark fruit, solidly malty with only a faint bitterness in the finish, then dries a bit and turns to wood/bark and cocoa beans with notes of burnt coffee, only complaint - the malts are left largely unchecked and tend to build over time

d: quite easy given the abv, another nice bock lager from capital - just on the edge of higher scores

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Photo of brobeerbot
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of bottle into nonic pint.

A- Pours a tan tea like color with about a fingers worth of head that dissipated quickly.

S- Dark fruits and caramel. The aroma off this one is rather nice.

T- Up front is the dark fruit mostly raisin and some fig. Get a taste of chocolate at the end. The alcohol is no where to be seen in the taste.

M- Slightly chewy and a good thickness for a dopplebock.

D- This is one easy drinking brew. There is no way to tell that this sits at a nice 9% abv. Goes down smooth and begs you to have another sip. Only got one of these from a buddy to try but can see myself buying a few more of these in the future.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, bought 1 four pack of this. the capital square series

appearance: poured into tyranena imperial pint, dark cola body, creamy beige head with very little retention

smell: nutty, caramel, apple sweetness, clove, fruit, tobacco

taste: really enjoy capital bocks - this one is pretty flavorfull - strong apple sweetness, caramel, cherry, chocolate, almond. very nice - glad to have another couple of these around

mouthfeel: creamy medium body, moderate alcohol flow

drinkability; good

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Leffe chalice.

Pours a dark brown with no high lites, short lived head dies to a cap and leaves scant lacing.

Aroma is dark fruit, dark roasted malt and alcohol.

Flavor flollows the aroma. The redeeming quality is the alcohol is damn near not there. Dark fruit chocolate and roasted grain. Finishes sweet with a nice dark rum flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a beer of this weight. Carbonation is lacking but this is a big beer so is forgiven.

Overall a decent double and for an imperial even better. I wish I had the first batch though to compare.

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Photo of steveh
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got hold of a bottle in Capital wasteland, Lake County, IL, from a trade with a friend. I'm sure I'll look for more over the border when I can, but I'm happy to try this now.

A -- Deep, chestnut brown with red highlights and a frothy light tan head that settles to a persistent, thin cap.

S -- Rich, bready malts with some dark fruit hints and a touch of clay-like earthiness.

T -- Big malty, dark bread crust hit in the first swallow. Peppery alcohol following through. Some sweet, milk chocolate character in the aftertaste along with spicy alcohol and even a touch of dark-roast coffee.

M -- Slightly syrupy mouthfeel up front finishing very dry and warming. Light-heavy body, sort of between medium and heavy.

D -- Drinkability is very good. Flavors invite more sampling and the 9% is too well hidden.

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Photo of arkurzynski
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, brown amber color with virtually no head. A little bit of spice and dark fruit in the aroma. Sweet and toasted malt flavor. Extremely smooth with an alcohol warmth. Not altogether dissimilar from the Autumnal Fire/Eisphyre line - some slight nuances. Prefer those, but this is okay.

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