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Imperial Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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Imperial DoppelbockImperial Doppelbock

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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 orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.82/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of blackearth
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 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 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 cokes
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.57/5  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.

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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 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 bound4er
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.27/5  rDev -17%
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.

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