Dark Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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Reviews by marcobrau:
Photo of marcobrau
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brown color. Almost wine-like aroma of chocolate and fruits including plum and perhaps fig? Very smooth, tawny, almost port-like notes with a dry finish. Yes, a dry finish, in a dopplebock. A welcome surprise. Like a fine wine, this beer exerts its strength quietly, and very beautifully. A first-rate dopplebock!

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark, transparent copper. Ultra-thin beige head. A bit light.

N: Licorice, pepper, dark fruits (blackberries, raisons, dates, plums), rum, cloves, the capital malt smell that screams, “I am German!”

T: Matching to the nose but with the added benefit of a barley wine like hopped bitter finish. Very nice. Also plenty of caramel and chocolate. Prunes.

MF: Strong, full, chewy as dried fruit.

D: Ever so high. Dangerously high. Drinkable as if it were a Helles Lager. Wow!!!

Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the next reviewer down - thanks, man!!!

Pours a deep reddish brown, head cascades nicely upon pouring then laces the rest of the way. Niiiice. Aroma of brown bread (you know, the kind you bake in a coffee can?), caramel, toffee, and faint noble hops.

REALLY tasty effort here. Big time dark fruity malts, hints of toffee, caramel, Munich malts out the wazoo, almost a coconutty flavor in there, with an underlying just-balancing bitterness. Near the end the alcohol kicks in along with a spiciness - Hallertau? Tettnang? - that rounds things out very nicely. Nice chewy, silky mouthfeel. Could probably drink a lot of these, but the style would make it difficult.

Along with the Hooker, one of the two best American doppelbock dunkels I've had. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a beer to finish...

Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its wintertime, time for the Dark Doppelbock to takes its two month place as the Capital flagship...

Clear, reasonably dark brown with orange light highlights coming through the glass. Head is scant and fleeting. Caramel and chocolate aromas, some clove -- very nice smell. Viscous full body, malts are deep and long lasting and enhanced by aroma. Tastes of light maple syrup, and some slight rum, along with a sizeable sweet fruit sense, a difference with other Capital Doppelbocks. Slightly more hop than Autumnal Fire and Weizen Doppelbock, as well. Quite good, nice body and flavor, but not quite the standout that the other Capital limited release brews are.

Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2003 release....and what a turn around! Welcome back.

Deep copper-trimmed mahogany with a short-lived beige head.
Intense malty splendor encaptures the sinuses. Prunes, raisins, grapes, alcohol, vanilla and oak. As far as aromatic malty brews go, this is right up there.
Taste follows a similar path. Heavy toffee maltiness. Adding to the sweet fray is distinct maple syrup and molasses sweetness. A touch earthy and grainy midway, yielding to a dark fruit brigade of raisins, plums and port-like vinous traits. Hopping is there, but barely noticed.
Big ,rich, thick, hefty, sizeable mouth presence.
A very nice evening ender.

The 2003 batch is head and shoulders above any of the past editions that I've sampled. This is a great doppelbock and now rivals their Autumnal Fire.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, thin head. Molasses and barleywine aroma. Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Yeasty in finish, and some spiciness. Some lace. Reminds me of a brown in nuttiness. Also vanilla and sweet milk aftertaste. Significant hops. Grows on you. Thanks HogTownHarry.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Never can overlook a new Capital dopplebock, the world champion of lagers.

Pours a dark amber/garnet, nearly brown with a cm of khaki head. Nose is bright potent, with notes of cherry, vanilla, raisin, and caramel/toffee malt. Taste runs with the vanilla-soaked fruits and robust, sweet caramel malts. Mouthfeel is rich and slick, like a good dopplebock should be. I really enjoyed the warming vanilla/fruit notes that spruce up the malt backbone. I could down a couple of these on a cold December night without a second thought. Another superb Capital dopplebock.

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a vibrant dark amber, mahogany, very clean looking, decent sized khaki head, and nice lacing

smell: quite potent...very rich, sweet and malty, slightly chocolatey, juicy red apple and lots of other dark fruit, toffee, banana

taste: just as vibrant as the aromas would indicate...sweet and toasted malts, candy like sugarness, red apple, toffee, brown sugar, slight banana, bready, lots of dark fruit,perhaps a touch of alcohol...another explosive fruity doppelbock from capital

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, medium bodied

drinkability: pretty drinkable

Photo of bashiba
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very cola like in appaerance a medium brown with thin light colored head and lots of carbonation.

Smelled very sweet and fruity like dates and raisons with a bit of cedar poking through as well.

Taste is a very nice mild maltiness with a clean woody flavor blending in with some slight hints of dark fruits. Finishs with a good clean mildly sweet and bitter earthy hoppiness. Very balanced and good.

Mouthfeel is full and slighty syrupy but still ok.

Drinkability is pretty good another solid Capital Beer.

Photo of Fr0stb1te
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of shbobdb
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Capital is an amazing brewery, but this offering left me feeling cold. It looks pretty much like any other Doppelbock I've ever seen, but the smell is one-dimensional: Cherries. The taste is the same, cherries, cherries, and more cherries with a side-dish of cherries. Now, a hint of fruit flavour in a complex beer is a good thing, but if I wanted to eat cherries, I would. If I wanted to drink cherries, I'd buy kirschwasser. Top it off with a mouthfeel that is quite lean for the style and you are left with a mediocre brew.
Reach for their Autumnal Fire if you want a stellar doppelbock. This one is not their best offering.

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It has a reddish brown color with a small head that quickly settles down to a ring that leaves some spotty lacing. Not really dopplebock quality.

But it has big smells. Dark malt and dark fruit that lends a sweetness in the aroma.

The taste is BIG on malt. The malt is so powerful it overwhelms the tastebuds. It finishes with a sweetness but I could not identify any exact flavors. It doesn't finish clean by having a bit of a clingy bitterness on the tongue. It is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall I liked it as a whole but if I pick apart its individual qualities it is rather mediocre.

Photo of Beertracker
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital's Dark Doppelbock is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a house logo pint glass or Willibecher. This doppelbock pours up with light carbonation that barely creates a low creamish white head that prominently sits atop a bright deep auburn-bistre brown body. The complex nose displays a wonderfully inviting rich melanoidin maltiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked Tin Vienna bread. There's just a hint of fruitiness, virtually no hop spiciness, and some light alcohol ...otherwise very clean! The flavor is dominated by a rich, chewy melanoidin maltiness that is marked by a light spicy bitterness. The full-bodied finish is a touch syrupy, but with sufficient bitterness and alcoholic complexity to carry it all nicely. This finely crafted limited release offering from Capital is as good as most of its continental counterparts and comes highly recommended to all malt lovers. Suggested food pairings include browned, beer-braised Wisconsin Bratwursts smothered with sautéd sweet onions, green peppers & mushrooms covered in spicy brown gravy with a side of herb roasted redskin potatoes or a thick bowl of hearty game stew with buttered slices of freshly baked five-grain bread. Here's to Kirby Nelson and his finely brewed lagers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Jredner
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is malty and bready. Bannana nut bread is no exaggeration. It really does smell that way. Body is a lusterous garnet color and holds a thumb thick, lasting, tan head. Fore is dark fruits, malt, alcohol and brown sugar notes. Very rich with lots of flavor depth yet still retains that lager base which makes it lighter bodied (for something with that much flavor) and oddly refreshing for something of 8% alcohol strength.

Photo of Hendrick24
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber with copper ridges. Small bright white head fades quickly after the pour leaving no real lace.
Aroma of rich, dark caramel, fruity chocolate, some honey roasted peanuts and a floral hop hit.
Flavor of toffee, caramel with a bread/biscuit note. Burnt, roasted notes throughout with a big batch of fruity and sticky honey notes.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, fairly sweet upfront with burnt, roasted notes towards the back and a hint of warming alcohol. Imparts a fresh, fruity aftertaste.
Drinkability is very high. True to style and great balance and sweet and roast. Another winner from Capital.

Photo of redjameskidd
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MooseBoose
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The khaki head falls to form a chunky ring and a thin layer on the surface of the beer, which is a medium reddish-brown in color.

smell: Sweet toffee and slightly malty toasted malts upfront. Some dark, sugary tree fruits are found, most notably dates. The sweet aromas are carried by a slight ethanol presence, which is quite nice. There is a slight mineral note and a well done hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth medium, and the beer is medium in body.

taste: Sweet malts give notes of sugary, dark fruits. Some dry, dark flavors meld with a slight toastiness. There is a perfect level of hop flavor, and a light-moderate bitterness that slightly dries the finish.

drinkability: easy

Cellared for about nine months by expatsteve, opened for a doppelbock tasting with dirtylou, golden2wenty1, and myself. Fifth in the lineup of six.

Photo of bismarksays
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" light tan head over the dark amber brew. Head quickly fades down to a light layer of bubbles, and lacing is minimal. Aroma is sweet malts with a vinous character to it. Taste is hearty, husky malt sweetness, with a slight warming close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. Just wish the appearnce and aroma would have wowed me a bit more.

Photo of Hoolie5
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.