Dark Doppelbock - Capital Brewery
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3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
02-21-2006 19:31:57 | More by shbobdb
3.38/5 rDev -17.2%
i expected this beer to be dark, because of the name, but it poured more like an irish red. brown with solid red hues, very thick and hazy.. topped by a smooth off-white head that lingers. it caves in systematically, leaving an ice-smooth touch of beer scum.
smells sweet. not wholly unlike the malty richness i expect from a db, partly like an aged belgian in its almost-tart fruitiness. nice smoky caramel followthru though, smells pretty decent too.
sips really nice. a little thin and could use a tad more carbonation (i suspected this when i heard the anti-climactic phft of the cap removal). flavor is big though, and finishes a bit boozy. i detect some unfermented worty sweetness, and the bitter dryness of walnut skins. the finish has a little funk of rotted fruit and a metallic twang that sets me off. i think warmth will mellow the steel, so i let it sit.
yeah its not really the smoothest, although a creamier mouthfeel seems to emerge with warmth.. and the metal cools down. but the off flavors are still there.. although they have been sufficiently covered up by sweet, mellow molasses. i can enjoy the brew in a warmer state.
not the best brew from capital but drinkable nonetheless. thanks tom.
11-22-2006 22:18:32 | More by goodbyeohio
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
3.5/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
03-21-2006 23:59:17 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
11-20-2007 00:48:56 | More by morimech
3.6/5 rDev -11.8%
The lights are on but no ones home. Expecting dark to be more of a black color, the pour is a chestnut brown shade. Some copper and red hues when held to the light. A mostly clear clarity, good head and retention and good lacing as well.
The smell is good (not great though). A good malt presence with some caramel and toffee notes through out. A lager-esk feel with a tad yeasty notes coming out. Some nutty and a light bready quality as well.
The taste has a good but limited malty taste. Very clean. A good woody and toasted flavor with some baking spices and fruity or fig tastes through out. A hint of chalky undertones. The bittering hops are noticeable with a sharper taste but smoothes out as it goes along. A limited dry finish but smooth overall.
The body is mid feel. Could use more dextrins but still an enjoyable drink. Carbonation is light but expectable. Nice beer, but dont drink it in the dark.
03-31-2006 17:45:19 | More by Oxymoron
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
Very clear dark amber with a hint of red and a ligth brown cap of foam. Good head retention. Malty aroma with caramel and nutty character along with a bit of grain husk. Fresh grain flavour, caramel malt sweetness into the finish. Alcohol was a bit forward. Low carbonation with a slightly creamy texture and medium/full body. Slightly drying. Tasty. Thanks HogTownHarry!
03-26-2006 19:47:53 | More by DrJay
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
Thanks to Bochtech for the bottle. This brew showed it's cola like colors, but lacked and toppy head for me to enjoy. Aromawise...still searching...very low, seems to have some sweet metallic notes, but over-all the aroma is pretty low. Tastewise things pick-up with an over-all German quality. Medium + mouthfeel, low carbonation, rounded malty sweetness, distinct bitterness in the finish, all in one fell swoop. This is the most Germanic doppelbock I've had all evening. Alcohol in the finish seems a bit chewy as well.
04-03-2005 23:14:04 | More by PatandDavid
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
Light disappears into the abyss of this malty brew, only to emerge subtlely flickering dark and reddish brown. Frothy pillows of foam linger only briefly, which is not surprising for a high-alcohol brew.
The aroma is basic, but initially strong smells of alcohol are followed by breadlike odors. Hop aroma is very slight. Letting the beer breathe for 10 to 15 minutes releases sweeter smells that somewhat mask the alcohol.
In either the case of a dunkel or a doppelbock, I would prefer it to have a little more munich malt flavor. The name suggests the presence of darker malts than what I actually perceive on the palate, but I can't deduct points based purely on expectations given the name. As with the aroma, a 10 to 15 minute breathing relased more sweet and malty flavors. Still, very strong alcoholic flavors dominate and knock it a little off-balance.
Mouthfeel is not thin relative to most beers, but is a little thin given the style. This could be a residual effect from the limited munich malt character.
Generally this is another fine lager from Capital Brewery, which continues to produce high-quality substitutes for the German originals. Although less malty than I expected, it was still quite good and drinkable.
11-29-2004 16:46:44 | More by longarm
3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
01-04-2005 00:42:53 | More by bashiba
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Poured a ruby-brown in color with a tan head. Sweet aroma consists of dark fruit, fig, banana bread, malt and alcohol. Medium to thin-bodied mouthfeel. Rich malt flavor is supported by a strong raisiny and molasses sweetness. The dry finish evaporates the sweetness right off your tongue, though. Overall, a pretty good doppelbock, but the dark fruit flavors seem to be a bit overpowering throughout at times.
04-04-2003 19:19:29 | More by Winter
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-28-2005 23:04:40 | More by ppoitras
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer appeared a hazy red, with a tan head that receded quickly.
The aroma was malty, smoky, with plum/black cherry.
Flavors are similar to the aroma, malty/smoky/plum/black cherry/ raisin, hazelnut?, & a little spice.
Mouthfeel is medium-thick, chunky, with low carbonation.
03-27-2007 13:35:00 | More by ManicD
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
12 ounce bottle. Capital Dark Dopplebock pours out a dark brownish red color with a big, dense head. The aroma is chocolate, molasses, and spicy hops. Flavor is rich and malty. Strong grain flavor. Sweet at first, then turns bitter with a clove spiciness. Many of Capital's beers, especially their dark beers, have this same clove flavor. A little fruity, with grapes and plums. Mouthfeel is medium to full. Decent drinkability. This is a very tasty dopplebock.
12-02-2005 01:06:07 | More by beveragecaptain
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
I reckon JeffKrenner sent this beer
A: Brown sugarish cider looking brew with a cloudy haze to it. Head is a good ½ inch of creamy light tan bubbles.
S: Autumn leaves, pumpkin, molasses, red apple and all spice.
T: Full on malt bomb. Deep and rich caramel apple flavors are the first off the block. Surprising amount of bitterness for a bock hits the front sides of the tongue, add a minor sting if you will. Smooth molasses with burnt caramel, dark raisins and perhaps some cocoa lay a solid malty foundation. Some cashews and hazelnuts add some nuttiness while doughy cinnamon rolls add the bready component. Finishes sweet with a lot of brown sugar and trace aspects of smoke.
M: Medium body, hard and syrupy.
D: Very tasty brew with explosive flavor. Great example of the style.
06-20-2007 05:10:24 | More by Westsidethreat
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
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a small, but lovely, butterscotch-colored head, slowly simmering, with a color dark brown/near black. Aroma is a jolt of dark fruits and spices, anise, cloves. Great bitterness, with mighty malt to back it up. Reminiscent of a barleywine. A bit too thick in mouthfeel, but overall, a good, rewarding, wintertime warm-up.
01-18-2003 13:04:28 | More by feloniousmonk
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
Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.