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Imperial Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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87
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: darklordlager on 01-03-2010)
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bashiba

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:04:03 | More by bashiba
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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,

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 00:58:21 | More by Blakaeris
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 23:24:01 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:50:46 | More by Viggo
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katan

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 03:37:33 | More by katan
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:56:47 | More by blackie
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brobeerbot

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 02:46:14 | More by brobeerbot
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 20:54:03 | More by dirtylou
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:01:00 | More by wheatyweiss
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steveh

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 01:10:57 | More by steveh
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arkurzynski

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:23:32 | More by arkurzynski
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 00:34:27 | More by beerwolf77
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 10:40:11 | More by cokes
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 06:08:15 | More by orbitalr0x
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 19:50:50 | More by brdc
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 14:35:34 | More by blackearth
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:12:13 | More by wisrarebeer
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 23:45:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 19:07:54 | More by Gehrig
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ommegoose

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 05:09:18 | More by ommegoose
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megapyro6

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 02:38:01 | More by megapyro6
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bound4er

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 02:45:01 | More by bound4er
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 02:21:38 | More by darklordlager
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +14%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 17:11:16 | More by madtowndmb1
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jj21

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 17:25:45 | More by jj21
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Imperial Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.