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

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56
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86
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 86
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 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 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 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 Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a slight shade of brown. Aroma has a great maltiness to it. Smooth body. There's a nice malty sweetness. The yeast used must have achieved good attenuation because I don't get much sweetness from residual sugars. I do get a bit of roastiness in this doppel. Very solid in my book.

Re-review on Feb. 22, 2003:

This beer tastes a lot better than I remember. It has a poweful nose and a thick, chewy mouthfeel. There's a Bighuge molasses flavor present that is extremely enjoyable and incorporated into the flavor profile nicely. This is a great beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a vibrant dark amber, mahogany, very clean looking, decent sized khaki head, and nice lacing

smell: quite potent...very rich, sweet and malty, slightly chocolatey, juicy red apple and lots of other dark fruit, toffee, banana

taste: just as vibrant as the aromas would indicate...sweet and toasted malts, candy like sugarness, red apple, toffee, brown sugar, slight banana, bready, lots of dark fruit,perhaps a touch of alcohol...another explosive fruity doppelbock from capital

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, medium bodied

drinkability: pretty drinkable

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent doppelbock...dark mahogony in color...creamy soft white lace...great maltiness on the nose...A lovely malty doppelbock with very little hop bite...not overly sweet but some slight stickiness on the finish..some breadiness to it...I like this one because it has a great malt flavor but is still easy drinking. It lacks the heavy complex taste and texture of SA doppelbock, but it is much easier drinking...I could bang down six of these easy in one night...I couldn't say the same for the SA(which I actually like better overall). Excellent beer..

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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 KarlHungus
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear reddish-brown color . The head is one finger in height, and recedes very quickly into sparce lacing which fails to cover the liquid below. The aroma is of caramel with toffee more caramel and big all around. The taste is like the aroma but sweeter and with a nice alcoholic warming sensation in the finish. The mouthfeel is very nice. Full bodied, smooth, and cut perfectly with an ample amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice doppelbock. I will certainly buy this again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing will ever come close to Celebrator in the Doppelbock category but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some other good ones out there. This is a fine example of that fact. Pours a dark brown color with a reddish halo. Thin, dense beige head and thin lacing. The aroma is sweet roasted malt, nuts and dark fruit. Medium-bodied and smooth with a well-rounded array of flavors, from malt, caramel and vanilla to nuts and hops. The only downside is the flavor disappears quickly. The upside is taking that next drink to refresh the flavor isn’t hard at all. The finish is mostly sweet malt with a touch of raisins. Good work on this one by Capital.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark syrupy brown, settles to a darkened rustic peach skin color, recieved a thin tannish head that faded way to fast to a thin ring and very small, minimal amounts of drippy spotty lace.

Wiff...Ahhh....Hello...Malts! One major malty nose, quite hefty and full of tangy sweetness, characteristics of a ton of toffee, some dark orangeyness, with plum, raisin and starfruit.

Taste is more of the same - highlighting a huge malty sweet tang, very full, bold, lightly chewy, steady even sweet toffee loaded goodness upfront with a slight roastyness to it, then heads right into soft sweet citrus of very dark orange mixing lightly with raisin and plum notes and a bit of molasses. Interesting light hoppyness comes through near the end giving a texture of a earthy bold taste thats short lived and then finishes with a quick little smokey nutty sense thats also short lived and then heads right back to a light tangy grab on the tongue. Quite a complex brew. Nothing out of the ordinary and what I come to expect out of Capital when it comes to the dopplebock. Had to have two bottles cuz its complexity is perplexing; plus its yummy good eh.

Feel is pretty full; thick and rich with a hindering smooth creamyness much like a light syrup. One nice brew by the folks at Capital - another balancing act done to perfection.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Typical Capital Brewery oval label, but with a black background which contains the trademark domed building which sits affront a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label with the usual health warning and cash refund bollocks that no-one ever reads, completes the presentation. Sealed with a ‘twist-off’ silver colored crown cap which has a dark blue Capital logo. No strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Not quite as dark as I expected given the label and name. Has a pellucid dark red coppered look with some ruddy rust bloom. Head starts at ½”, fizzes up to form a simple but uniform beige head, a controlled popping of the bubbles reduces this is a broken covering with thick halo ridges. Finely dissolved, supporting conditioning throughout. Despite the broken head this looks very good; the deep brilliance of the torso is very appealing.

Nose: Hints of alcohol lick the edges of a healthy dollop of molasses and refined dark fruits, plums too. Caramel, spicy yeasts and nutty cloves litter the air.

Taste: Very much as the nose describes; clove hints in the ever present molasses are backed up by dark fruits, caramel flashes and some dark hazelnut chocolate once in a while. Roasted tendencies with a Barleywine like hop-bitterness that circles the finish. Spicy yeast just adds more to complexity. High on flavor but nicely balanced nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: The flavors could easily dominate the ratings but I found the Mouthfeel to be the star of the show, chewy and satisfying with a lovely rich texture thanks no doubt to the good mix of flavors which are ever present.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable, I found it very hard to make the bottle last before I got to part of the Review. Incredibly enticing, a lovely libation that really treats the Imbiber with a gorgeous Mouthfeel and tasty background.

Overall: The neck label has the words ‘America’s #1 Rated Brewery’. Not sure I would go that far, but I always enjoy receiving one of the distinctively labeled Capital beers, they never disappoint. The Dark Doppelbock is one of Capitals better offerings which I have had the pleasure to sample to date. Damn Tasty Stuff.

As with all the Capital brews that I have to date, I have to send a Double Thanks to BigHuge for allowing me to sample this fine Dark Doppelbock.

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Photo of birchstick
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter at Kelleher's pub in Peoria, IL.

A - pours pitch black with a small head
S - smells of grapes, wheat, banana, and malts
T - tastes very sweet and sticky -- chocolate malts, and grapes. The alcohol is also very noticeable during the first couple of drinks. Good example of a doppelbock.
M - very full and creamy. It is also sticky.
D - drinkability is decent. It was very sticky and flavorful. Due to the high abv (8.8%), it will be hard to have more than two...

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Photo of cokes
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2003 release....and what a turn around! Welcome back.

Deep copper-trimmed mahogany with a short-lived beige head.
Intense malty splendor encaptures the sinuses. Prunes, raisins, grapes, alcohol, vanilla and oak. As far as aromatic malty brews go, this is right up there.
Taste follows a similar path. Heavy toffee maltiness. Adding to the sweet fray is distinct maple syrup and molasses sweetness. A touch earthy and grainy midway, yielding to a dark fruit brigade of raisins, plums and port-like vinous traits. Hopping is there, but barely noticed.
Big ,rich, thick, hefty, sizeable mouth presence.
A very nice evening ender.

The 2003 batch is head and shoulders above any of the past editions that I've sampled. This is a great doppelbock and now rivals their Autumnal Fire.

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

appearance: The khaki head falls to form a chunky ring and a thin layer on the surface of the beer, which is a medium reddish-brown in color.

smell: Sweet toffee and slightly malty toasted malts upfront. Some dark, sugary tree fruits are found, most notably dates. The sweet aromas are carried by a slight ethanol presence, which is quite nice. There is a slight mineral note and a well done hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth medium, and the beer is medium in body.

taste: Sweet malts give notes of sugary, dark fruits. Some dry, dark flavors meld with a slight toastiness. There is a perfect level of hop flavor, and a light-moderate bitterness that slightly dries the finish.

drinkability: easy

Cellared for about nine months by expatsteve, opened for a doppelbock tasting with dirtylou, golden2wenty1, and myself. Fifth in the lineup of six.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber with copper ridges. Small bright white head fades quickly after the pour leaving no real lace.
Aroma of rich, dark caramel, fruity chocolate, some honey roasted peanuts and a floral hop hit.
Flavor of toffee, caramel with a bread/biscuit note. Burnt, roasted notes throughout with a big batch of fruity and sticky honey notes.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, fairly sweet upfront with burnt, roasted notes towards the back and a hint of warming alcohol. Imparts a fresh, fruity aftertaste.
Drinkability is very high. True to style and great balance and sweet and roast. Another winner from Capital.

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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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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 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 WastingFreetime
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really happy to see this one brought back into production again as part of the 'Capital Square Series'.

Pours out a deep dark ruby-edged mahogany color with a stable 3mm foam lid but only minimal lacing qualities.

The nose contains intense rich toffee, sticky morning buns, brown sugar, plum jam, and hints of anise and powdery cinnamon... a really nice, thick, bold aroma on this one! No ABV booziness is present at all in the nose or even the flavor.

Flavor is partially toasted and nutty, but mostly brown sugared malts (doughy and chocolate about 50/50 blend) with the dark fruits only present as an accent to the malt base. Avoids being as cloyingly sweet as other Doppelbocks on the market, which is a big plus in my book. However, I have a hard time finding the flavor of the spicing accents that were present in the nose with my tongue.

Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thinner than it ought to be in order to support the boldness of the flavors held within IMHO... but the medium level of carbonation is just fine. There is a light sort of creamy sensation.

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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 granger10
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is one nice offering from Capital, my first time trying them. Flavors a big with a robust body. Lots of maltiness in here with underlying sweetness but not really any residual sugars. Caramel is dominant but there's chocolate in there, some vanilla, some dark spices, and then a dryness in the finish. Alcohol is warming and has a cameo in the body of this beer. Robust yet smooth. Easy drinking, very enjoyable. I want this all winter long. Thanks Craig.

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Photo of bismarksays
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours, much like its name, as a slightly darker than normal dopplebock. Its color is between brown sugar and molasses and it has a beige head that is minimal but laces nonetheless.
The nose is rich with malty chocolate and brown sugar goodness, which matches up with the flavor profile perfectly. I know that some purist are going to pout that it isn't "earthy" enough for their tastes. Whatever. It is a beautiful rich malt bomb with nuance and boldness. Not every dopple does or should taste like a Celebrator clone. This is its own beer.
The mouthfeel was nice, but I guess I wanted it to be a little bit fuller. Compared to say..Aventinus, it left a little to be desired.
Overall, this is another homerun from the premier maker of Dopplebocks on this side of the Atlantic. It is an AMERICAN beer. We don't expect American IPAs to taste British and I have never understood the need for some in the beer community to make sure every Dopple tastes German. It checks almost all the boxes, but isn't contained by them. Bravo.

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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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