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Dark Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 77
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | 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: 53 | Hads: 77
Photo of adman08
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of Beertracker
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of Ri0
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark amber/brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Fades to a thick collar and leaves behind lacing.

S - Nice and malty with chocolate, brown bread and dark fruit.

T - Chocolaty and bready with the roasted malts. Some dark fruits and molasses to go along with toffee.

M - Medium and sticky with a good amount of carbonation.

O - A real malt lovers dopplebock from WI.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Andy
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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...

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Photo of granger10
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a dark brown color that bordered on being black.

Smell - The malts reall come through in the aroma and they lean toward sweet smelling.

Taste - On the initial taste, dark and sweet malts were noted. There was a degree of nuttiness as well. One might descibe the malts as burnt, but they were not bitter. The relative sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The thick malts coat the tongue nicely.

Overall - This is great example of the style than runs to the sweet side.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An old favorite brought back by an old favorite brewery. Capital has always done Bocks and Doppelbocks quite well, let's see how the reprisal stands up.

A -- Pours a dark, clear chestnut brown with red highlights and a tight, light tan head that fades fast but revives well.

S -- Sweet dark bread crusts with some mild dark fruit character and lightly peppery alcohol.

T -- Same dark bread crust character up front with some dark fruits and light molasses in the middle. Light alcohol pepperiness in the finish and rich, lightly sweet toastiness through the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is chewy and lightly syrupy with a smooth to dry finish and a medium-robust body.

O -- A terrific Doppelbock from a U.S. microbrewery. The rich malty character begs you to drink more and the 7.8 ABV hides so well that you could be easily fooled into doing so. This beer stands shoulder-to-shoulder with anything from Bavaria. Delicious.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of siliconalchemy
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - brown like turbinado sugar; short-lasting off-tan airy head; good clarity - head retention not a concern (strong version of the style)

Aroma - quite malty; slight dark fruit, mostly muted overall aroma (might be chilly yet) - revisited after warming a bit, more malt/fruit aromas

Flavor - rich; dark fruit; malty finish; light alcohol note; lightly toasty; clean finish with a bit of lingering tannin; subsequent sips are warming and smooth, almost booze-like, but not boozy. No hop flavor, but a slight bitterness, likely from hopping; not sweet, but hinting at a sweetness. Progresses to deeper fruit notes with rounded maltiness.

Mouthfeel - incredibly smooth, with mellow tannic pull at the finish; medium-full, but not viscous; moderate carbonation.

Overall - Excellent winter sipping beer; perhaps Capital's best beer?

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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!!!

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Photo of Jredner
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of cokes
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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..

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.