Dark Doppelbock | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
56
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
7.84%
 
 
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Photo of travelguy
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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 RushLimbmalt
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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 Rilesmiles
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lesingnon
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 eldoctorador
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of uwmgdman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of siliconalchemy
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - brown like turbinado sugar; short-lasting off-tan airy head; good clarity - head retention not a concern (strong version of the style)

Aroma - quite malty; slight dark fruit, mostly muted overall aroma (might be chilly yet) - revisited after warming a bit, more malt/fruit aromas

Flavor - rich; dark fruit; malty finish; light alcohol note; lightly toasty; clean finish with a bit of lingering tannin; subsequent sips are warming and smooth, almost booze-like, but not boozy. No hop flavor, but a slight bitterness, likely from hopping; not sweet, but hinting at a sweetness. Progresses to deeper fruit notes with rounded maltiness.

Mouthfeel - incredibly smooth, with mellow tannic pull at the finish; medium-full, but not viscous; moderate carbonation.

Overall - Excellent winter sipping beer; perhaps Capital's best beer?

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Photo of JeffSK
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan33iowa
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a dark brown color that bordered on being black.

Smell - The malts reall come through in the aroma and they lean toward sweet smelling.

Taste - On the initial taste, dark and sweet malts were noted. There was a degree of nuttiness as well. One might descibe the malts as burnt, but they were not bitter. The relative sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The thick malts coat the tongue nicely.

Overall - This is great example of the style than runs to the sweet side.

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Photo of Ri0
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark amber/brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Fades to a thick collar and leaves behind lacing.

S - Nice and malty with chocolate, brown bread and dark fruit.

T - Chocolaty and bready with the roasted malts. Some dark fruits and molasses to go along with toffee.

M - Medium and sticky with a good amount of carbonation.

O - A real malt lovers dopplebock from WI.

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Photo of JParlow
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am so thankful that they brought this one back! Great mouth feel and wonderful balance.

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Photo of steveh
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An old favorite brought back by an old favorite brewery. Capital has always done Bocks and Doppelbocks quite well, let's see how the reprisal stands up.

A -- Pours a dark, clear chestnut brown with red highlights and a tight, light tan head that fades fast but revives well.

S -- Sweet dark bread crusts with some mild dark fruit character and lightly peppery alcohol.

T -- Same dark bread crust character up front with some dark fruits and light molasses in the middle. Light alcohol pepperiness in the finish and rich, lightly sweet toastiness through the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is chewy and lightly syrupy with a smooth to dry finish and a medium-robust body.

O -- A terrific Doppelbock from a U.S. microbrewery. The rich malty character begs you to drink more and the 7.8 ABV hides so well that you could be easily fooled into doing so. This beer stands shoulder-to-shoulder with anything from Bavaria. Delicious.

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Photo of mikebcpa
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TheSSG
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a soft, frothy head that collapses into a thin film. Sweet malt aroma with a touch of toasted malt. Burnt umber color. Starts with a deep, robust toasted malt. Sweet malt, booziness, and notes of coffee and acidic, toasted malt. A high-low bitterness is quite grainy. Finish is grainy hops on top of toasted malt.

This is stellar. Everything I love about a Capital Doppelbock with rich, toasted malt. A great lager alternative for those winter stout yearnings.

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Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
4.08 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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