Captivator Doppelbock | Tree Brewing

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112 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tree Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
treebeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
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2
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12
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 pudoo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear dark copper color bock with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light hazelnut and caramel malt with light medium sweet toffee notes is interesting. Taste is dominated by residual sugar with some medium caramel malt and toffee notes. Body is somewhat light for style with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall, this fell a bit short of my expectation with not enough interesting ester and the residual sugar felt a bit flat.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with decent carbonation. Tastes slightly sweet, with dark fruits and some caramal and chocolate coming through as well. But the sweetness is kinda off on this, making this hard to finish the whole bottle. The alcohol isn't that noticable, but the drinkability suffers on this one. Was hoping for a little more from this one.

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Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown with some red like rich maple syrup; clear

Aroma: mild; bready; sweet malt, syrupy

Taste & Mouthfeel: thick, sweet, syrupy (sorry, third time that word has popped up but it's true) malt; creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation; almost a smokey hint in the background, could also be read as a dark chocolate bitterness; provides a good foil to the rich sweetness

Overall: rich and warming, just what a doppelbock should be, with a little something else interesting floating around

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Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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 beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear tawny brown with a scant foam up of beige head. A handful of lazy bubbles slowly make there way to the surface.

S: Sweet light caramel malts and dried dark fruits.

T: Sweet malts and dried fruits with a mid note of bitter sweet chocolate, on par with dark chocolate coated raisins. At the end there is some very mild warmth from the alcohol, and finishes smooth but without a noticeable aftertaste.

M: I find the body doesn't hold up to the robust coco, fruits and malt flavour. It's a bit thin and I was hoping for a syrupy thick coating. Not terrible - just a little bit thin.

O: This is a decent brew that for a bock is a good representation of smell and taste. There might be some tweaking necessary to improve the complexity, but overall it's a decent drink.

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer just comes across as meh. Fairly bland, boozy, but not really interesting in any way.

Pours clear chestnut brown with a substantial head. That disappears very quickly, and after some initial lace, is just clear liquid.

Nose is some dark fruit and molasses, but quite subdued. Fairly sharp, biting carbonation. Again, some dark fruit and molasses, some sweetness, but mostly bland and boozy. When the most noticable thing about your brew is how sharply carbonated it is, I think you've missed the mark. Safe to walk on by, you won't really be missing anything.

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Photo of RedAleMan
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of bryehn
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; dated 10/09/12. Recently I've been going out of my way to pick up examples of styles that I haven't tried yet - and so here I am pouring this doppelbock into a mug. I've only had one Tree brew prior to this (Hop Head IPA while in Edmonton) , but I recall enjoying that, so hopefully this one will fall along a comparable set of lines.

Pours a deep reddish-brown colour that glows a bright, clear crimson when held up to the light - definitely a bit dark, but not opaque. The one finger of off-white head seated atop the liquid evaporates soon after the pour, leaving behind scant lacing and no real cap. I want to give this a higher score - but when I finally poured the rest of the bottle in (after it had warmed quite a bit), there still wasn't really any head. It's just not the most impressive-looking thing I've ever seen, but at least it smells good - it has a pleasant, sweet aroma that brings to mind caramel, raisins, dark cherries, apple butter and grape jam.

The flavour is dominated by big, bready dark malts with a hint of toasted nuts. Lots of toffee and brown sugar sweetness, and a whole rainbow palette of 'dark fruits' - raisins, cherries and plums come to mind, among others. Toward the finish, the heat from the alcohol mingles with some dryness that reminds me of spent coffee grinds and vanilla. Malty aftertaste with some slight lingering dryness. On the light side of medium-bodied, and disappointingly watery - sorry but I expect more substance from something with this much ethanol heat. A little slippery on the palate, with some chew. Not too hard to drink quickly because of the lighter body, but I'd rather sip it.

Reasonably tasty stuff, but my socks were nowhere near blown off. This is considerably boozier than most of the regular bocks I have tried, and a bit tastier, but the watery nature of the brew doesn't jive particularly well with the big malty flavours or poor alcohol masking.

Final Grade: 3.69, a respectable B grade. With no other doppelbocks under my belt and only a short list of regular bocks to refer back to, it's hard to give any recommendations or comparisons relating to this. So all I can really offer is an uninformed opinion: Tree's Captivator Doppelbock is pretty good, but not great. I have a history of taking a while to warm up to beer styles of higher ABV, so it's possible that I'm merely being harsh on a brew that just isn't up my alley. I won't have any trouble finishing off this bomber, but picking this up again will not be a priority. Certainly worth a try, but not something to go on a quest for.

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Photo of PhunkyHops
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Given the deep russet tone and some very flashy, becoming highlights, Captivator Doppelbock can definitely be said to be photogenic. This despite that, due to the dark tone, it's only halfway clear and can appear almost murky at off angles. This also despite that its head is so thin as to appear only as mist and its lacing lasts only temporarily.

The brewer tells us to look out for "hints of toffee, light caramel and hazelnut" in the aroma, but what sticks out to my nose is an assortment of dried fruits. There's also an overwhelming impression of freshly-grated cinnamon.It smells like a Christmas cake. It's instantly enticing and made even more lively by a rash of spicy alcohol vapors.

It took only a sip or two to conclude that this beer is missing something, and that that 'something' is definitely mouthfeel. It is paper-thin and laminated in a harsh, solvent-y, somewhat burning alcohol spice. There is no impression of attenuation - as if the grain refused to part with its flavor - as it displays little caramelization and no melanoidins.

The beer, despite lacking a toasty, rich full-bodied flavor, still manages a taste that is packed with roasted nuts (brazil nuts, pecan) as well as interweaving notes of dried cherries, dates, and golden raisin. There is also the aforementioned hints of toffee and caramel, although they are thin and lack the usual accompaniment of rich, toasty malts.

Captivator is a good recipe that's only been partially executed; the brewer at Tree has proven himself capable enough, but I think he needs to work on his lagering and decoction mashing. The amount of malt tasted versus alcohol - it's like trying to put out a fire with a squirt gun. With a few changes, this could be on par with the other excellent Tree offerings. Until then, I have no interest in acquiring another bottle.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red with a shortlived tan head that's compact but long lasting. Not much, if any lace sticks to the glass. The aroma is of plums, molasses and christmas cake. Malts are king in the taste. Stewed fruit and caramel soaked bread mix with a hot dark rum character. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous, rather full bodied, whil also low in carbonation for a lager. The finish is sweet and pretty boozy.

This is good Doppebock. Expansive malts, a showcase. the ABV isnt that well hidden though. Still worth a try, especially for Bock lovers.

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Captivator Doppelbock from Tree Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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