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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 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 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.

bismarksays, Jun 01, 2012
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.

Wildman, Jul 11, 2002
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 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 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 WastingFreetime
4.08/5  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.

WastingFreetime, Aug 25, 2012
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 CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

CWhite, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Winter
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Winter, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -2%

jakea, Jan 26, 2014
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 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 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 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.

martyl1000, May 12, 2012
Photo of Skidz
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out bright burnt sienna and sits a gleaming dark ruby-brown in the glass with a good sized light tan head, fading rather quickly leaving the surface mostly bare.

Smells of deep roasted grains in a crackery like build. Hints of raisins and prunes come thought the sweet, malty core. Faint notes of hops, adding a touch of spiciness.

Tastes sweet and malty up front and is paired with a nice does of sharp hop bitterness that is accentuated in its spiciness by the drying alcohol on the sides of the toungue. Grainy and husk like flavors come out a bit too much. Dates and withering prunes present a bit of fruity character. Finish is nicely bittered with continuing dryness of the alcohol.

Smooth and rich in the mouth with nice, light carbonation in a medium-full body. Very clean feeling, soothes the insides.

Rather drinkable; I'd rather drink this, or any other Capital dopplebock, than any of Capital's other offerings. Tasty all the way. A nice roasty and toasty warmer for the cold-season.

Skidz, Nov 30, 2004
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 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 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!

marcobrau, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4/5  rDev -2%

BeerNDoggerel, May 20, 2012
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 MooseBoose
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

MooseBoose, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev -2%

jdkitchi, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Daffron24
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Daffron24, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of mjpolzin
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mjpolzin, Jul 17, 2012
Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.