Dark Doppelbock - Capital Brewery
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4/5 rDev -2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Half Acre tulip.
A- pours a dark amber, brown with a 1 finger tan head. Small wall of lacing rings the glass.
S- toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, slight sour dough aroma.
T- sweet toffee, dark fruits, brown sugar has a slight bitterness and spice near the finish.
M- medium body and carbonation. Crisp feel with a syrupy finish.
O- nice dobbelbock that has sweet maltiness and dark fruits.
09-29-2012 03:35:16 | More by kawilliams81
4.08/5 rDev 0%
I'm really happy to see this one brought back into production again as part of the 'Capital Square Series'.
Pours out a deep dark ruby-edged mahogany color with a stable 3mm foam lid but only minimal lacing qualities.
The nose contains intense rich toffee, sticky morning buns, brown sugar, plum jam, and hints of anise and powdery cinnamon... a really nice, thick, bold aroma on this one! No ABV booziness is present at all in the nose or even the flavor.
Flavor is partially toasted and nutty, but mostly brown sugared malts (doughy and chocolate about 50/50 blend) with the dark fruits only present as an accent to the malt base. Avoids being as cloyingly sweet as other Doppelbocks on the market, which is a big plus in my book. However, I have a hard time finding the flavor of the spicing accents that were present in the nose with my tongue.
Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thinner than it ought to be in order to support the boldness of the flavors held within IMHO... but the medium level of carbonation is just fine. There is a light sort of creamy sensation.
08-25-2012 21:28:06 | More by WastingFreetime
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
What rating did I give Capital's Blonde Dopplebock? The reason I ask is because this tastes like basically the same beer its just that it is a different color...
I think I have mentioned in other reviews that many of Capital's beers taste the same to me. This is a sentiment that has been echoed by friends of mine as well. Not don't get me wrong, I like their beers as that "taste" is a good one but it seems like a lot of their bocks end up tasting about the same and this one is no exception.
Other than the dark look in the glass and the slight roasted malt taste I got, this could have just been their Blonde version leaving me to wonder if I will buy this particular beer again. I will continue to buy Capital beers (because their Autumnal Fire for example, goes above and beyond some of their other beers) but won't be as excited anymore when they come out with new beers especially if it is in the bock category.
07-17-2012 01:12:49 | More by mjpolzin
4/5 rDev -2%
Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No bottled on date (but "1092SP" stamped on bottle)
Poured into a standard US pint glass
Capital's dark doppelbock is a very good doppelbock with classic flavors of toasted, caramel malts, dried fruit esters, and mild ethanol. Using a well-tested formula, the doppelbock pleases with its taste, but the aroma could be more upfront with its offerings. Also, I'm not really sure what differentiates this from Autumnal Fire, perhaps a slightly darker malt bill. Still, if you enjoy doppelbocks, a four-pack of this will satisfy.
Pours a 2cm head of very dense foam, composed of small bubbles, and a pale tan-white in color. Head has very good retention, lasting several minutes as it declines to a thin cap atop the body; lacing i substantial and complex, resembling something of a doily (at least on my glass). Body is a transparent dark reddish-amber, with numerous streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Generally, very attractive, and it's hard to think of how a doppelbock could look better.
Aroma is expectedly grainy, with toffee and cracker-like scents derived from them. Significant doses of dried cherry esters are also noticeable, giving this a fairly standard doppelbock scent.
Tasting opens with pleasant caramel malt flavors adjoined to dried, dark cherry fruit esters. Caramel malt intensity builds up through the mid-palate, which also features a slight bit of noble hop presence. Slight ethanol becomes noticeable on the back of the palate, along with continued caramel malt and cherry esters. Long-lingering caramel malt meets graham cracker aftertaste.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with plentiful, but soft-feeling carbonation that makes this pillow-like and creamy on the palate. Some warming ethanol felt in the nostrils primarily, not much on tongue or throat. Finishes out dry and slightly sticky from the amount of malt used.
06-15-2012 20:39:29 | More by falloutsnow
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Served at about 60 farenheit. Pours dark red, decent tan-creamy head that dissapates slowly leaving a lacing that falls. Smells of toated malt, burnt sugar. Tastes of big toated malts, slips to a hint of vanilla, sweet back with a hint of hops. Mouth feel was full, hits of boozy. Overall a rather good to great example of dopplebocks.
06-05-2012 23:31:12 | More by deedric
4.68/5 rDev +14.7%
It pours, much like its name, as a slightly darker than normal dopplebock. Its color is between brown sugar and molasses and it has a beige head that is minimal but laces nonetheless.
The nose is rich with malty chocolate and brown sugar goodness, which matches up with the flavor profile perfectly. I know that some purist are going to pout that it isn't "earthy" enough for their tastes. Whatever. It is a beautiful rich malt bomb with nuance and boldness. Not every dopple does or should taste like a Celebrator clone. This is its own beer.
The mouthfeel was nice, but I guess I wanted it to be a little bit fuller. Compared to say..Aventinus, it left a little to be desired.
Overall, this is another homerun from the premier maker of Dopplebocks on this side of the Atlantic. It is an AMERICAN beer. We don't expect American IPAs to taste British and I have never understood the need for some in the beer community to make sure every Dopple tastes German. It checks almost all the boxes, but isn't contained by them. Bravo.
06-01-2012 01:15:36 | More by bismarksays
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
A-Deep clear red with gold on the edges. Moderate amount of slightly off white foam that leaves a nice ring on the beer's surface.
S-Very sweet aromas of crystal malt and brown sugar, fairly faint aroma overall.
T-Taste matches the smell, very sweet, bready, slightly grainy and malty. Slight roasted flavor. Very very faint noble hop flavor.
M-Medium bodied, not overly heavy feeling. Moderate carbonation. Sweet from start to finish.
Overall, another very good dopplebock from Capital. Not a super thick, sticky beer at all, very drinkable. The sweetness is not too sweet or too overally malty, no one flavor is too much. Very good.
05-19-2012 02:09:39 | More by adman08
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Disappointing. Maybe I need to adjust my expectations re. dopplebocks -- it's hard not to expect a lot after having had the majesty of Ayinger Dopplebock on tap (at Jacs in Madison).
Barely perceptible head. Mildly sweet aroma. Toasty roasted malt flavor dominates from start to finish, but not in a good way. Not sweet at all.
Eureka -- TIL: don't serve this stuff too cold. Allowed to warm up during one of those conversations with the wife, this beer comes into its own as a decent doppelbock. I've raised the score from 3.7 to 4.2.
05-12-2012 18:27:26 | More by martyl1000
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
Had on tap at Chicago's infamous Map Room.
I can see why "dark" is in the title, though I'm sort of confused, as this appears in places as "Imperial Dark Doppelbock," as well, though that does seem rather EXCESSIVE, to stick that imperial on there.
Really a delicious beer. There is a certain nuttiness to a very rich, velvety, chocolate flavor. A little bit of that German-lager essence to remind you you're drinking a doppelbock and not some sort of cocoa porter, but it does remind one of those beers.
04-11-2009 04:42:06 | More by redjameskidd
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Served on tap in a snifter at Kelleher's pub in Peoria, IL.
A - pours pitch black with a small head
S - smells of grapes, wheat, banana, and malts
T - tastes very sweet and sticky -- chocolate malts, and grapes. The alcohol is also very noticeable during the first couple of drinks. Good example of a doppelbock.
M - very full and creamy. It is also sticky.
D - drinkability is decent. It was very sticky and flavorful. Due to the high abv (8.8%), it will be hard to have more than two...
12-31-2008 02:45:51 | More by birchstick
Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.