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Dark Doppelbock - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
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 birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 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.

morimech, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Westsidethreat, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of ManicD
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ManicD, Mar 27, 2007
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

Beertracker, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

goodbyeohio, Nov 22, 2006
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...

sponberg, Oct 13, 2006
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.

blackie, Aug 22, 2006
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.

expatsteve, Aug 10, 2006
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!!!

DaPeculierDane, Jun 07, 2006
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.

TheLongBeachBum, May 20, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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 11, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 don’t drink it in the dark.

Oxymoron, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 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.

Sammy, Mar 21, 2006
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.

Jredner, Feb 25, 2006
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.

shbobdb, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours mahogany brown with red-copper highlights. Head is light and creamy.

Smell has plenty of malty sweetness, vanilla, chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose with the addition of a wonderful earthy nuttiness, and a slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth.

This is a very drinkable solid brew. The complexity is surprising and keeps you coming back for more.

Blakaeris, Dec 27, 2005
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

dirtylou, Dec 20, 2005
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.

Golden2wenty1, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beveragecaptain, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PatandDavid, Apr 04, 2005
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.

ppoitras, Mar 29, 2005
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.

CRJMellor, Feb 27, 2005
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.

Dogbrick, Feb 09, 2005
Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.