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Dark Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 18, 2003
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

Bighuge, Mar 29, 2002
Photo of DrJay
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!

DrJay, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

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

dirtylou, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Dogbrick, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

tavernjef, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +11%

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..

ZAP, May 03, 2002
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Duff27, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -2%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

TheLongBeachBum, May 20, 2006
Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

cokes, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

blackie, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.08/5  rDev 0%

This brew pours a clear reddish-brown color . The head is one finger in height, and recedes very quickly into sparce lacing which fails to cover the liquid below. The aroma is of caramel with toffee more caramel and big all around. The taste is like the aroma but sweeter and with a nice alcoholic warming sensation in the finish. The mouthfeel is very nice. Full bodied, smooth, and cut perfectly with an ample amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice doppelbock. I will certainly buy this again.

KarlHungus, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of birchstick
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...

birchstick, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

ADR, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

CRJMellor, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of bashiba
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.

bashiba, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Zachtheporter, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of granger10
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

granger10, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of falloutsnow
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.

falloutsnow, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
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.

kawilliams81, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

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!!!

DaPeculierDane, Jun 07, 2006
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Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.