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Imperial Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
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
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of kawilliams81
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

kawilliams81, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of katan
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

katan, May 22, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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,

Blakaeris, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

Gehrig, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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

wisrarebeer, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +2%

stortore, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

cfh64, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +2%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of steveh
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

steveh, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

JohnnyHopps, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.47/5  rDev +14%

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!

madtowndmb1, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

wheatyweiss, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of ChopsMeister
4/5  rDev +2%

ChopsMeister, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of darklordlager
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

darklordlager, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of bound4er
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

bound4er, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of blackearth
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

blackearth, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of ommegoose
4.35/5  rDev +11%

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.

ommegoose, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

mariposafan, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

arboristfish, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of jj21
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

jj21, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of xipho
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

xipho, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of arkurzynski
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

arkurzynski, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of brobeerbot
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

brobeerbot, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of bondebonde
4/5  rDev +2%

bondebonde, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of megapyro6
4.47/5  rDev +14%

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.

megapyro6, Jan 09, 2010
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Imperial Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.