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Dark Doppelbock | Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of Chaz
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola brown, topped with a medium tan head.

Nose is rich and malty, but there's an off character to this one -- medicinal? Oxidized?

First sip and (yep) it's oxidized* -- more on this in the "blather" section. Sweet, rich dark malt (melanoidin) malt character otherwise, and little if any bitterness. Notes of honey, anise (black licorice), ripe plum and prune, dried bitter-sweet cherries really linger. Some nutty oiliness.

Not-so-easy drinking for the style, but it's okay for what it actually is. Still, the medicinal character from the nose (infection?) has me wondering, and it lingers quite a bit on the palate as well, as this one is also rather viscous and palate-coating it may not sit well with many drinkers.

Some dry, biscuit malt character buried beneath the dark fruits and a touch of bittering hops (could use more!), but the booze-y strength begins to catch up quickly.

In the end this one is good for the style, but not great. It's worth trying (if you can even find it -- see blather below) and hey! If you like lagers and dark, rich, boozy ones at that -- it's a Tick, eh?

Notes and blather:

* Is this old, or was there that much oxygen ingress from the screw-top cap? As there are no markings on the bottle to indicate a production date/code (not counting the bottle manufacturer's code, of course) my guess based on this degree of oxidation is that this is a year-old bottle rather than a new one which was caused to oxidize overly much in transit.

Oh well, I'm glad it's just oxidation and not a game of 'another off batch from Capital'.

This brewery excelled at lagerbier brewing in the 1990s, and this brand was one of my favorite regional (dunkel) doppelbocks at the time, and readily available -- we were spoiled!

There then came a span of time few years later when batch after dodgy batch emerged, and this seems to have continued into the post-Kirby era. Nowadays, it can be difficult to find Capital.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of morimech
3.59/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is caramel/toffee, malts and a hint of stewed vegetables. The flavor is dark malts, mild toffee, a hint of dark fruit and a slightly sweet/dryish/heat finish.

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Photo of longarm
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light disappears into the abyss of this malty brew, only to emerge subtlely flickering dark and reddish brown. Frothy pillows of foam linger only briefly, which is not surprising for a high-alcohol brew.

The aroma is basic, but initially strong smells of alcohol are followed by breadlike odors. Hop aroma is very slight. Letting the beer breathe for 10 to 15 minutes releases sweeter smells that somewhat mask the alcohol.

In either the case of a dunkel or a doppelbock, I would prefer it to have a little more munich malt flavor. The name suggests the presence of darker malts than what I actually perceive on the palate, but I can't deduct points based purely on expectations given the name. As with the aroma, a 10 to 15 minute breathing relased more sweet and malty flavors. Still, very strong alcoholic flavors dominate and knock it a little off-balance.

Mouthfeel is not thin relative to most beers, but is a little thin given the style. This could be a residual effect from the limited munich malt character.

Generally this is another fine lager from Capital Brewery, which continues to produce high-quality substitutes for the German originals. Although less malty than I expected, it was still quite good and drinkable.

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Photo of bashiba
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very cola like in appaerance a medium brown with thin light colored head and lots of carbonation.

Smelled very sweet and fruity like dates and raisons with a bit of cedar poking through as well.

Taste is a very nice mild maltiness with a clean woody flavor blending in with some slight hints of dark fruits. Finishs with a good clean mildly sweet and bitter earthy hoppiness. Very balanced and good.

Mouthfeel is full and slighty syrupy but still ok.

Drinkability is pretty good another solid Capital Beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of woemad
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of the generosity of @Ri0. Before I received his BIF box, I’d not heard of Capital brewing at all. I’m always happy to try an American doppelbock, and think it’s a criminally neglected style among American brewers, but couldn’t they have come up with a better name than Dark Doppelbock? Sounds like something crafted by the Department of Redundancy Department. Well, I guess that lack of a catchy name means this beer will live or die by how it tastes, which is really how it should be, after all.

Poured into a Hofbrauhaus weizen glass (one better suited, perhaps, to a larger size bottle than 12oz – really need to find some that are somewhat smaller), this was a dark, rubyish, mahogany color that took on an almost crimson color when held up to light. There was a big, creamy-looking beige head that took it’s time settling.

The nose was dominated by banana-y cloves and roasty dark malts, with the cloves taking the lead. Slightly coppery aroma as well. As it warms, things get a little fruity, not unlike apples.

The taste is sweeter than I expected, and less complex than most doppelbocks I’ve had, but is still a treat to drink. There’s a fair amount of brown sugary sweetness, and some toffeeish flavors. As it warms, a little bit of booziness creeps in. The finish is slightly bitter.

Fairly light bodied for a doppelbock. Creamy, coating mouthfeel.

Definitely different when compared to most doppelbocks I’ve had. Lighter and sweeter, with less of a dark fruit flavor than usual, but very tasty. It actually reminds me as much of a dunkelweizen (another of my favorite German styles) as a doppelbock. Very glad to have had this unique beer. Thanks, Ri0!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of deedric
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at about 60 farenheit. Pours dark red, decent tan-creamy head that dissapates slowly leaving a lacing that falls. Smells of toated malt, burnt sugar. Tastes of big toated malts, slips to a hint of vanilla, sweet back with a hint of hops. Mouth feel was full, hits of boozy. Overall a rather good to great example of dopplebocks.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small, but lovely, butterscotch-colored head, slowly simmering, with a color dark brown/near black. Aroma is a jolt of dark fruits and spices, anise, cloves. Great bitterness, with mighty malt to back it up. Reminiscent of a barleywine. A bit too thick in mouthfeel, but overall, a good, rewarding, wintertime warm-up.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No bottled on date (but "1092SP" stamped on bottle)
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Capital's dark doppelbock is a very good doppelbock with classic flavors of toasted, caramel malts, dried fruit esters, and mild ethanol. Using a well-tested formula, the doppelbock pleases with its taste, but the aroma could be more upfront with its offerings. Also, I'm not really sure what differentiates this from Autumnal Fire, perhaps a slightly darker malt bill. Still, if you enjoy doppelbocks, a four-pack of this will satisfy.

Pours a 2cm head of very dense foam, composed of small bubbles, and a pale tan-white in color. Head has very good retention, lasting several minutes as it declines to a thin cap atop the body; lacing i substantial and complex, resembling something of a doily (at least on my glass). Body is a transparent dark reddish-amber, with numerous streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Generally, very attractive, and it's hard to think of how a doppelbock could look better.

Aroma is expectedly grainy, with toffee and cracker-like scents derived from them. Significant doses of dried cherry esters are also noticeable, giving this a fairly standard doppelbock scent.

Tasting opens with pleasant caramel malt flavors adjoined to dried, dark cherry fruit esters. Caramel malt intensity builds up through the mid-palate, which also features a slight bit of noble hop presence. Slight ethanol becomes noticeable on the back of the palate, along with continued caramel malt and cherry esters. Long-lingering caramel malt meets graham cracker aftertaste.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with plentiful, but soft-feeling carbonation that makes this pillow-like and creamy on the palate. Some warming ethanol felt in the nostrils primarily, not much on tongue or throat. Finishes out dry and slightly sticky from the amount of malt used.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark amber, brown with a 1 finger tan head. Small wall of lacing rings the glass.

S- toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, slight sour dough aroma.

T- sweet toffee, dark fruits, brown sugar has a slight bitterness and spice near the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Crisp feel with a syrupy finish.

O- nice dobbelbock that has sweet maltiness and dark fruits.

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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.

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Photo of Skidz
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its wintertime, time for the Dark Doppelbock to takes its two month place as the Capital flagship...

Clear, reasonably dark brown with orange light highlights coming through the glass. Head is scant and fleeting. Caramel and chocolate aromas, some clove -- very nice smell. Viscous full body, malts are deep and long lasting and enhanced by aroma. Tastes of light maple syrup, and some slight rum, along with a sizeable sweet fruit sense, a difference with other Capital Doppelbocks. Slightly more hop than Autumnal Fire and Weizen Doppelbock, as well. Quite good, nice body and flavor, but not quite the standout that the other Capital limited release brews are.

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Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
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