Captivator Doppelbock | Tree Brewing

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Captivator DoppelbockCaptivator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Captivator has a sweet aroma, with hints of toffee, light caramel and hazelnut. A deep brown reddish hue with a clean smooth finish.

Added by bobsy on 03-29-2010

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Glorious clear mahogany with a thick but small beige head when poured aggressively, receding to a ring and leaving strips of lacing.

Aroma: Malty, gentle sweetness. Caramel, toffee, fudge. Some chocolate. Raisiny dark fruit and some hazelnut. Some aged cheese; this is exceptionally rewarding as it is reminiscent of the intensity of Bavarian dark lagers and dopplebocks.

Taste: Dark malts, gently vinous raisin, blended caramel/toffee/fudge, background chocolate, balanced hazelnut (more than in the aroma), hint aged cheese (less than in the aroma), soft spicy hop leading to a gentle bittersweet finish. Slight biscuit. Much less sweet than expected as Tree Brewing seem to have a problem keeping that in check, but this beer is beautifully balanced, and the 8% abv is very well hidden. Just a hint of it comes through. This beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick and oily as, say, Ayinger Celebrator; but fairly full bodied and chewy while infusing a Pacific northwest crispness to the finish. It only gets a 4.5 because it lacks the extreme full body of Ayinger.

Drinkability: This is a remarkable representation of the style, as close as you're going to get to it outside of Bavaria. An absolute gem from a very hit and miss brewery. I will be having this one again.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of pugdogbeer
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loved the lower carbonation and smoothness of this big beer. Poured only a small head of foam but a lot of lacing down the side of the glass.

The taste was rich, buttery almost caramel. Very smooth going down with a very polite aftertaste that lingered.

Exceptionally drinkable and very enjoyable doppelbock.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice dark brown with a nice amount of head which dissipated and left no lacing. Not as dark as I would've thought, but a very nice colour nonetheless.

S - There is a definite sweetness on the nose, which mixes nicely with the traditional roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Delicious... At 8% I barely noticed the alcohol, which can be very dangerous. I found it to have a very nice roasted coffee flavour, but the sweetness of caramel and toffee definitely came through.

M - Not a lot of carbonation, which is consistent with other Dopplebock's I've had. Not too thick on the tongue, which made it go down way too easily.

D - Probably one of the best dark beers I've had in some time. I absolutely love the fact that you can barely notice the alcohol, and the balance of roasted malts and sweet finish makes this delicious.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper in colour with burgundy hues. Head was about 1/2 inch and then collapsed within 10-15 seconds. Beer has some particles but other then that very clear. No lacing.

S: Sweet malt, prunes, raisins. Just loaded with dark fruits and a hint of biscuit/bread in the back.

T: Again, full of dark fruits, biscuit and bread is present. There is an alcohol warmth with some well balanced bitterness to balance the sweetness of this bock.

M: medium bodied, well carbonated, slick on the tongue.

O: This is a great doppelbock. Makes me proud when I see a Canadian company make something from Europe and succeed at it.

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Photo of IllNate
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear ruby red, excellent color. Loads of off white head.

S - Reminds me of starburst strawberry, quite surprising aroma. Caramel malt and a bit of nuttyness.

T - Very malty, lots of caramel and bready malt, bit of fruitiness, although not as distinguishable as in the aroma. A flushing alcohol affect follows, meaning it's well hidden.

M - Mouthful is good, but not outstanding.

D - Dangerously good.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Captivator is deep red-brown with a thick off-white head. A head that likes to stay and party a little longer than the average beer; however, like a good guest it doesn't make to much of mess, and leaves very minimal lacing. The aroma is fairly subdued, yet it's incredibly malty. You got aromas of bread pudding, caramel, toffee, and hazelnuts. Like most darker lagers, the flavour is twice what the aroma is. Captivator is incredibly smooth with a mellow maltiness that finishes with a sharp prick of alcohol. I feel a couple of months of age would benefit this beer to help remove or lessen that alcoholic finish.

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Photo of korguy123
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint. Date on bottle is 10/09/12

A- Crystal clear burnt brown pour with a finger width light beige head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Nice sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla. Digestive cookies and a wonderful butter tart aroma.

T- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butter tarts, dark stone fruits and a little bit of burnt coffee and toast.

M- Lighter side of medium bodied, sticky on the lips and slightly chewey.

O- A good Doppelbock is hard to find (especially brewed in Canada) and this one is up there with the greats.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver on 03 July. Served in an oversized snifter. Dark brownish red color. Only a thin head floated on the top of the glass. Smell was of dried cherries and a hint of smoke. Flavor was borderline excellent. Had a wonderful raisin flavor, with a boozy rum essence on the tongue, followed by a large wallop of malt on the aftertaste. Tasted better than any doppelbock I have had in a long time. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth. The drinkability was also very well made, as the 8% was not really noticeable behind the great flavors and the silky body. Probably the best beer I had the whole trip in WA and BC. I am glad that I was able to try this brewery. I also picked up a bomber of their DIPA for a friend because I want to spread the word about Tree Brewing.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of this 650 ml bottle, this doppelbock pours a deep, deep copper red-brown with a creamy looking light tan head that reduces to a limited ring but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is full of rich chocolate and dark fruit candied sugar and caramel.

Taste is predominantly fruity up front with lots of candied dark fruits and toffee coming through, the chocolate and roasted malt flavours feature more on the finish with a nice warming presence of alcohol as well. Really rich in flavour but, also, nicely balanced (ie. not too sweet). I do, also, get some nice marachino cherry flavours like Derek picked out below.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a good, not over the top, touch of carbonation and a creamy, spicy finish that goes down very smooth.

Drinkability-wise, this is tough to call because it is a big, rich beer that has an easily detectable alcohol presence. At the same time, it goes down so smooth and balanced that it is easier to drink than you would think. Overall, an awesome example of the style from Tree.

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Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany pour with a small tan head that soon dropped to a film, but left some good lace. Good bready nose (which is essential for me in this style), with a strong fruit and nut aroma. Some chocolate, a bit of booze and pepper. Spot on. Bready, raisiny flavour. Some nut, dark fruit, booze. Very solid, but not as good as the aroma. Medium body, with some dryness and warmth in the finish.

Nicely made. Not in the top tier, but a very drinkable Canadian effort.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep caramel with amber & ruby highlights, light tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Fruit bread with a light spicing, nuts, caramel & sherry... great aroma.

T: Fruit bread, spice, marachino cherries, nut, pumpernickel rye bread, light cherry, modest bitterness, hint of alcohol warmth.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth.

D: A good drinker with a light alcohol warmth.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - perhaps a tad out of season, but hey, whatevs.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy beige head, which leaves an irregular layered ring pattern of painted lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of lightly-roasted biscuity caramel malt, hard toffee, some vaguely sweet oily nuttiness, a bit of musty leafiness, muddled black fruit, and a soft alcohol edge. The taste is big on the biscuit and bready caramel malt, with a lesser adherence to some bitter hazelnut notes - a la the bottle label, I admit - more rock toffee, fading dark fruit, a spicy leafiness, and an enveloping, mildly edgy booziness.

The carbonation is moderate, just a lolling frothiness for the most part, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, generally smooth, and just a tad prickly (from hop or alcohol, it's just too hard to tell!). It finishes off-dry, the sweet boozy Toffifay essence almost (almost) offset by that still heady biscuit graininess.

A tasty and fairly drinkable doppelbock, one displaying a heck of a lot more specific attributes that make me conjure up ideas of an Imperial ESB, including the well-integrated and elevated ABV. Probably still more appropriate a few months ago, when the last of the niggling snow patches had yet to melt, but I'm happy to enjoy it just fine right now, everything being green and pungently summery.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip april 5 2010

A clear reddish brown with a fast falling thumbs worth of head that left a few patches of lace

S some brown sugar with a little molasses and some cola. I picked up on a little nuttiness but it wasn't until after I read the bottle that I could smell hazelnut so I thought it may be all suggestive until I tasted it

T lots of nut going here with a little chocolate on top of everything I smell, the booze is very well concealed I don't taste much of the 8% at all

M a slight silky feel until the bubbles fluff it up a bit, decent length on this beer you can taste it for a for a minute or two after its in your belly

D for a 8%alc beer it's very easy to drink, great beer for a chilly spring evening

another solid seasonal from Tree, I had no problems drinking this beer and I doubt you will either. a big thank you to Steve for giving me first crack at this one

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Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little darker than medium brown, with a finger of beige head, which fell to a thin cap after a couple of minutes. Some visible carbonation, and the body is fairly clear.

Very caramel heavy aroma, sweet and pleasant. Not much more to say than that.

Sweet caramel is right up front again, however there seems to be more to the flavour than there was to the aroma. A toasted malt flavour dominates the back half of the tongue, then the finish has a bit of alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied with a fairly light carbonation. Has a way of filling up the mouth without feeling heavy. Pretty good.

This may be my favourite of the Tree seasonals I've had. Certainly worth trying out.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am used to tasting BC Dopplebocks and thinking that a year in the cellar would take off the slightly sweet boozy finish ( ie. Phillips Instigator. Hermannator and the now retired GI Xmas Dopplebock). This is by far the easiest drinking DB fresh out of the bottle as it has all the right tastes but toned down enough to make finishing a bomber scarily easy for one person. Aging this beer might actually smooth things out too far though the alcohol shows show in Captivator on the finish. All in all a nice addition to the Tree lineup which added to Double Hophead shows them to be pushing their linits.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.

Dark brown/burgundy with a cream head. Good lacing and retention. Nose has sweet bready malts, caramel, a touch of grape soda, dark grains and a hint of chocolate. Tastes sweet, but finishes dry on the palate with more dark bready malts, caramel, grains and a shred of chocolate in the finish. Warming alcohol, but it's not really present on the palate. Heavier medium body. A reasonably good bock, that's quite adequate.

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Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany with a finger width of beige, bubbly head.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, slight nuttiness (hazelnut), slight vanilla.

Taste - Very nice and rich caramel and toffee flavours. Nice supporting role by the hazelnut flavour. Finishes with a return to the sweet caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A good Doppelbock representation by Tree Brewing. The sweet flavours are quite nice, and I appreciate the supporting role played by the hazelnut - a very nice touch. One of the better Tree offerings out there.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for under $7 CDN. This bottle is advertised as 7.0% ABV

Appearance - The beer pours a dark and cloudy amber colored beer. About three quarters of a finger of dense tan head rests on top with good retention tme. Some sparse lacing glues itself to the glass leaving behind remnants. Plenty of carbonation within.

Smell - A fine medley of dark fruits, plums, pears, figs and dates, molasses and treacle. Smells delicious and just the way you would want a doppelbock to.

Taste - A little boozy with loads of molasses up front, the fruits hinted at in the nose don't come through as well. Malt bomb with a faintly metallic ring to it. Not quite as good as the nose, but still easy drinking. Some bitterness and hints of coffee emerge as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, well carbonated but its a soft carbonation making it less perceptible than expected. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall - A very good doppelbock from the west coast. The initial impressions form Captivator Doppelbock are that of a near world class brew. The appearance are nose are top notc, and while the beer doesn't quite live up to those initial impressions in taste and feel, it remains one of the better brewed doppelbocks in Canada. Certainly worth a try especially over a long evening in front of a fire.

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Photo of peensteen
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red/mahogany colour, one finger of tan head and basically nothing in the way of lacing as well. Smell is malty with lots of dark bread, darker fruits, raisin, a little bit of roast, chocolate and caramel, some meaty points with a noticeable sweetness. Taste is malty and slightly sweet, caramel and toffee flavours, dark bread, fruity with chocolate in the finish as well as some nutty flavours. Pretty good mouthfeel, light carbonation, medium body. Nice doppelbock, flavourful and enjoyable, finished the bomber with ease and something I would gladly revisit.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tree Brewings "Captivator" @ 8.0% , the 2012 edition served cold from a 650 ml bottle into a stein
A-poured beer bottle brown with a reddish hue , small off white head that quickly dissipates and very minimal lacing
S-sweet caramel , brown sugar, molasses and some nuttyness
T-a fruity raisin/fig sweetness up front , hints of sweet caramel and hazelnut followed by toasted malt , nicely balanced
MF-medium body , smooth , light carbonation , warm feeling as more is consumed
Ov-a slow drinking beer , a warm booze feeling , pleasant , I will cellar this beer and visit this doppelbock again

Cheers LampertLand

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650mL bomber from the LCBO as part of Tree's spring release.
Love the bottle design - the monks in the label turn a shimmering gold when held to the light. Simple, but effective.

Poured into my standard dimpled bock pint glass. Caramel-ruby in colour, somewhat hazy, head is short-lived but leaves a thin ring.

Nose is classic doppel bock: strong malt presence, dark bread, caramel, raisin, chocolate. Very nice.

Tastes like a doppel should - rich, hearty, nice fruit character, good blast of caramel and chocolate. Despite the four days of high humidity, this brew is going down pretty well. Medium-thick bodied, carbonation is a bit hot, so I'll be cellaring one for next winter.

Good doppel - well worth a try.

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Photo of marty21
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brown with 1.5 fingers worth of tan head. Settles to a solid cap but hardly leaves any lacing.

S: Caramel malt, light fruits along with brown sugar which adds a sweetness to the aroma.

T: Caramel and toffee with some toasted malt. It also has light fruits with a faint taste of biscuit near the end. It’s sweet but not to the point where it’s overpowering. You don’t taste any alcohol at all.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body. Very creamy in the mouth.

O: I enjoy most beers from Tree and this is no exception. I’m also not as familiar with this style but I really enjoyed drinking this one. This was the first time I saw this in the MLCC but I think I’ll probably pick up a couple more bottles before they’re all gone.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle
8.0% ABV

This is part of the Tree Brewing feature at the LCBO for May 2012. I tried this beer after purchasing from the King and Spadina lCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent dark brown colour with a this white head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, bread and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation, and a dryness feeling. Flavour is sweet malt, some caramel and grainy notes. Not much in the way of bitterness until the very end.

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Photo of papat444
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to kjyost for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Pours a brown color with the edges having the aspect caramalization, also reflected in the head with is decent but doesn't stick around too much.

Smell: Chewy nuts, brown bread, rich, caramel.

Taste: Strong & sweet maltiness, layer of chewy caramel (reminds me of caramel squares), bit bready, dried cranberries. Room temp brings some herbs in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Ultra smooth, blanket of creaminess.

Overall: A very good brew that would score higher if the appearance had been better.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Dopplebock from Tree and another success for them in trying something new.

Typicaly doppelbock mahogany colouring, and a malty, somewhat spicy smell. I think I can pick-up a bit of gingerbread in there, and definitely toffee, raisins and yeast.

Sweet, malty taste with a bit of alcohol in it. Brown sugar, bread, and toffee. No hop profile.

Good drinking, the alcohol prominence does make this a bit of a slow drinking brew though.

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