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Dark Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

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

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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

Pours a dark syrupy brown, settles to a darkened rustic peach skin color, recieved a thin tannish head that faded way to fast to a thin ring and very small, minimal amounts of drippy spotty lace.

Wiff...Ahhh....Hello...Malts! One major malty nose, quite hefty and full of tangy sweetness, characteristics of a ton of toffee, some dark orangeyness, with plum, raisin and starfruit.

Taste is more of the same - highlighting a huge malty sweet tang, very full, bold, lightly chewy, steady even sweet toffee loaded goodness upfront with a slight roastyness to it, then heads right into soft sweet citrus of very dark orange mixing lightly with raisin and plum notes and a bit of molasses. Interesting light hoppyness comes through near the end giving a texture of a earthy bold taste thats short lived and then finishes with a quick little smokey nutty sense thats also short lived and then heads right back to a light tangy grab on the tongue. Quite a complex brew. Nothing out of the ordinary and what I come to expect out of Capital when it comes to the dopplebock. Had to have two bottles cuz its complexity is perplexing; plus its yummy good eh.

Feel is pretty full; thick and rich with a hindering smooth creamyness much like a light syrup. One nice brew by the folks at Capital - another balancing act done to perfection.

Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent doppelbock...dark mahogony in color...creamy soft white lace...great maltiness on the nose...A lovely malty doppelbock with very little hop bite...not overly sweet but some slight stickiness on the finish..some breadiness to it...I like this one because it has a great malt flavor but is still easy drinking. It lacks the heavy complex taste and texture of SA doppelbock, but it is much easier drinking...I could bang down six of these easy in one night...I couldn't say the same for the SA(which I actually like better overall). Excellent beer..

Photo of TheSSG
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a soft, frothy head that collapses into a thin film. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of toasted malt. Burnt umber color. Starts with a deep, robust toasted malt. Sweet malt, booziness, and notes of coffee and acidic, toasted malt. A high-low bitterness is quite grainy. Finish is grainy hops on top of toasted malt.

This is stellar. Everything I love about a Capital Doppelbock with rich, toasted malt. A great lager alternative for those winter stout yearnings.

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a slight shade of brown. Aroma has a great maltiness to it. Smooth body. There's a nice malty sweetness. The yeast used must have achieved good attenuation because I don't get much sweetness from residual sugars. I do get a bit of roastiness in this doppel. Very solid in my book.

Re-review on Feb. 22, 2003:

This beer tastes a lot better than I remember. It has a poweful nose and a thick, chewy mouthfeel. There's a Bighuge molasses flavor present that is extremely enjoyable and incorporated into the flavor profile nicely. This is a great beer.

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 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 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!

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

Presentation: Typical Capital Brewery oval label, but with a black background which contains the trademark domed building which sits affront a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label with the usual health warning and cash refund bollocks that no-one ever reads, completes the presentation. Sealed with a ‘twist-off’ silver colored crown cap which has a dark blue Capital logo. No strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Not quite as dark as I expected given the label and name. Has a pellucid dark red coppered look with some ruddy rust bloom. Head starts at ½”, fizzes up to form a simple but uniform beige head, a controlled popping of the bubbles reduces this is a broken covering with thick halo ridges. Finely dissolved, supporting conditioning throughout. Despite the broken head this looks very good; the deep brilliance of the torso is very appealing.

Nose: Hints of alcohol lick the edges of a healthy dollop of molasses and refined dark fruits, plums too. Caramel, spicy yeasts and nutty cloves litter the air.

Taste: Very much as the nose describes; clove hints in the ever present molasses are backed up by dark fruits, caramel flashes and some dark hazelnut chocolate once in a while. Roasted tendencies with a Barleywine like hop-bitterness that circles the finish. Spicy yeast just adds more to complexity. High on flavor but nicely balanced nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: The flavors could easily dominate the ratings but I found the Mouthfeel to be the star of the show, chewy and satisfying with a lovely rich texture thanks no doubt to the good mix of flavors which are ever present.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable, I found it very hard to make the bottle last before I got to part of the Review. Incredibly enticing, a lovely libation that really treats the Imbiber with a gorgeous Mouthfeel and tasty background.

Overall: The neck label has the words ‘America’s #1 Rated Brewery’. Not sure I would go that far, but I always enjoy receiving one of the distinctively labeled Capital beers, they never disappoint. The Dark Doppelbock is one of Capitals better offerings which I have had the pleasure to sample to date. Damn Tasty Stuff.

As with all the Capital brews that I have to date, I have to send a Double Thanks to BigHuge for allowing me to sample this fine Dark Doppelbock.

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 granger10
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is one nice offering from Capital, my first time trying them. Flavors a big with a robust body. Lots of maltiness in here with underlying sweetness but not really any residual sugars. Caramel is dominant but there's chocolate in there, some vanilla, some dark spices, and then a dryness in the finish. Alcohol is warming and has a cameo in the body of this beer. Robust yet smooth. Easy drinking, very enjoyable. I want this all winter long. Thanks Craig.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing will ever come close to Celebrator in the Doppelbock category but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some other good ones out there. This is a fine example of that fact. Pours a dark brown color with a reddish halo. Thin, dense beige head and thin lacing. The aroma is sweet roasted malt, nuts and dark fruit. Medium-bodied and smooth with a well-rounded array of flavors, from malt, caramel and vanilla to nuts and hops. The only downside is the flavor disappears quickly. The upside is taking that next drink to refresh the flavor isn’t hard at all. The finish is mostly sweet malt with a touch of raisins. Good work on this one by Capital.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark red amber color and had a nice light tan head that left some lace. An incredible aroma of malt and chocolate to this beer, one of the more powerful aromas I have smelled(lived with smokers all my life, so that takes some doing). The taste was of malt and chocolate. The finish was fairly good, and the body lighter than a stout and some porters, but what you would expect in this style. A good beer and worth checking out.

Photo of martyl1000
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Update, 5/28/12
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.

Photo of expatsteve
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to sample a bottle that's had about nine months in the cellar, to see how this beer is aging.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, with caramel notes and low/medium visibility. Pours without much head and leaves just a little lacing on top of the beer. Low/mediu viscosity.

Aroma: Very mild - chocolate, cocoa, and a dash of brown sugar. Some bread and booze developments, with just a few suggestions of raisins.

Taste: Again, pretty mild - not as aggressive as it is on tap or fresh from the bottle. Nice sweet chocolate front palate with a roasted espresso finish. Brown sugar and a little metallic hop spice in the finish. A few boozy moments. Raisin developments as it warms, as well as more accentuated bitterness. Still a unique flavor profile while remaining true to style.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, with malt and slightly bitter finish. Good chocolate malt aftertaste. Body seems a little thin for a doppelbock.

Drinkability: Good as always, though this doesn't age with the complexity of Autumnal Fire. Definitely a unique contribution to the style and one of my favorite Capital brews.

Photo of Andy
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as exquisite as I once recall, but still a deliciously malty doppelbock. Deep rich ruby color with a strong malt nose that is somewhat winy. Credit Kirby Nelson with producing very drinkable beers. German malt flavor is not overpowering but is well balanced. Though so full in body, it is still drinkable. Never cloying but still malty strong.

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