Fishin' In The Dark
Capital Brewery

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Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #91
Ranked #32,317
3.75 | pDev: 10.67%
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
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Notes: Fishin’ in the Dark is a testament to the ingenuity and youth of modern Independent brewing. This Platinum award-winner is one of Brewmaster Ashley Kinart’s first creations, and was an overnight crowd favorite. A darker nod to a traditional pilsner, this Imperial Schwarzbier is brewed with smoked malts, creating a powerful experience for the drinker. Yet, it is disarmingly light in body with a crisp, refreshing flavor.
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - From the bottle, the beer poured black with a slight mocha head.

Smell - The nose was largely composed of dark malts.

Taste - The initial taste was much sweeter than I expected. Bitterness came more toward the back of the taste. A dry finish closed out the experience. This is a pretty good version of the style though weirdly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation was light but the body was representative of the style.

Overall - The is better than the ratings would indicate.

Mar 28, 2020
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12 ounce bottle pours a very dark brown almost black with a solid two fingers of beautiful darker tan froth. No lacing is left behind.
The aroma is that of roasted sweet malts, and a pinch of chocolate maybe.
The taste is sweet malts with a dry finish. The finish is a little strong, maybe something to do with the 7.5 ABV.
I like the creamy feel with the dry finish that lasts for only a moment. I keep wanting to go back for another sip, now it's gone. There is one more left and I think two would be plenty at one sitting.
I think this is a good Schwarzbier.

Oct 24, 2019
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cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I started drinking this one rather warm from the start since my refrigerators are all full.
Look:, ok nothing special
Smell: Smells like a double bock, brown sugar, roast, molasses?
taste: smooth and slightly sweet. roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, has a little bit of a dunkel flavor, maybe even some dark fruit. hint of smoke. some dry chocolate comes thru towards the finish. No Coffee notes.
fell: it's good but not great

I dig it, A stealthy summer doppel bock , what more could I ask for. I don't care for the new label /packaging design

Aug 14, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a shiny pitch black color. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly leaving nothing but a thin ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Nose has notes of cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, with a hint of sweetness peaking through on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with a nice array of roasted malts, cocoa, bakers chocolate, vanilla and toffee. A hint of earthy bittering hops with some lingering char comes through on the back end. Slight chocolatey sweetness comes through.

Feel is medium bodied, bright vibrant carbonation. Almost too much carbonation. Cocoa like finish - somewhat powdery.

Overall a good schwarzbier - the "imperial" aspect doesn't really do much here - its got a bit more oomph, but not much more than the better traditional examples.

Jun 04, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You and me go pissin' in the dark.

Or was it fishing.

Anyways it's a dark color, kind of like karo syrup woo. A frothy, gummy head forms on top with nice lace left lingering lively.

Aromas of smoke, molasses, and roast malts.

Flavor is much of the same with hints of sap swirling through the molasses, peat, and roast malts.

Feel is on cue with slight parch and roast, with a semi-dry yet still creamy finish.

I'd buy more if I had access to it. Nice to have on an unusually warm February night. I'm in shorts on my deck for crying out loud!

Feb 20, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fishin in the dark pours a black color with a very small but lacing head. Nice full spicy meaty aroma. The taste is very full, big smokey malt flavors, with a hint of smoke and meat. Good full flavors, good body. Overall its a very full and complete flavors.

Nov 13, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good aroma that smells a little like Red Vines. It relies a little too much on an oaky flavor, but still good. Not as refreshing as some of its peers.

Jul 09, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark black body. One bottle Poured with a nice lasting 1.5 inch head, the other Poured with a 1/2 inch fast dissipating one. Spicy sweet aroma. Heavy tasting beer. Flavors of pepper, sweet malt, mild bitterness. This is a big improvement over some of the old Capital beers. Looking forward to trying some other new ones.

Sep 29, 2014
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Pours a luxurious dark brown in color -- black to the naked eye. Topped with a silky-smooth darker tan head, comprised of small, uniform bubbles. Head drops after a good couple of minutes and leaves plenty of sticky lacing behind. GREAT first impression.

The nose is rich and malty-sweet, and reminds me very much of an American porter, minus the new-school take on hopping, of course. Midnight Wheat? I wonder... Lightly tannic/tanginess to the nose, also, and definitely smells a bit more ale-like than lager-like. Fruity and full of dark fruit notes: Bing cherry and plum.

Bold and expressive on the first sip, with BIG cocoa notes. Coats the palate and really gets a good first impression going (or second, I guess.) Lightly-bitter, and with notes of a precious dry, biscuit malt co-mingling with the cocoa. No coffee or espresso notes here, and I am okay with that, as I had been told that it was an experimental or hybrid take on Schwarzbier (an 'Imperial Schwarzbier' of sorts.)

Come to think of it, this does reminds me a little of Sprecher's very good flagship 'Black Bavarian' lager, but gussied up, stronger, while at the same time slightly lighter in body.

A.B.V. on bottle states 7.5%, and that seems right for this one. Reminds me a little of some of the Imperial Porters which have been around for a while now ("Gonzo"), but just a touch mellower.

Seems to me that this would make for a good dessert beer, and maybe even one to pair with a sweeter biscuit or a cake course. Ultimately, this isn't bad at all, and that's a good thing as it's the first new beer from Capital that I've had in years, and they are getting hard to find in my neck of the woods...

Aug 19, 2014
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with a little red. Appears clear. Fairly tall light brown head, good retention.

Smell - Medium roasted malts. Sweet - mainly toffee and raisin.

Taste - Quite rich. Sweet roasted malts. Lots of caramel, toffee, raisin. Hint of coffee

Mouthfeel - Medium. Smooth.

Overall - Rich roasted malt flavor with a lighter than expected body. Not bad.

Aug 05, 2014
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, soapy, tan head that has nice persistence and laces well. Acidic, roasted malt aroma. Black. Starts with a nice acidity and a deep, roasted malt flavor. Coffee. A medium bitterness that is slightly floral. Finish is roasted malt, acidity, and floral hoppiness.

This is really, really nice. It has a great mouthfeel and is very toasty and delicious.

Jul 22, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with a thin, disappearing head. Spotted lacing.

The smell is of restrained roast, dark malt, some anise.

The taste is of sweet-ish roasted dark malt. A fruitiness that is between grape and raisin is present. Licorice and slightly earthy hop touch in the finish. Some alcohol shows.

Solvent alcohol makes it slick. Slightly astringent for a lager.

Not the smoothest lager. Not sure that making this an imperial without more malt backbone did this any good. Also, it had some ale character that didn't go well with it. It's not a complete disaster, but a brewery that specializes in lagers could have done better.

Jul 17, 2014
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 51 ratings