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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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pDev:
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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 DaPeculierDane
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark, transparent copper. Ultra-thin beige head. A bit light.

N: Licorice, pepper, dark fruits (blackberries, raisons, dates, plums), rum, cloves, the capital malt smell that screams, “I am German!”

T: Matching to the nose but with the added benefit of a barley wine like hopped bitter finish. Very nice. Also plenty of caramel and chocolate. Prunes.

MF: Strong, full, chewy as dried fruit.

D: Ever so high. Dangerously high. Drinkable as if it were a Helles Lager. Wow!!!

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Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark red amber color and had a nice light tan head that left some lace. An incredible aroma of malt and chocolate to this beer, one of the more powerful aromas I have smelled(lived with smokers all my life, so that takes some doing). The taste was of malt and chocolate. The finish was fairly good, and the body lighter than a stout and some porters, but what you would expect in this style. A good beer and worth checking out.

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

Capital's Dark Doppelbock is best served at cool cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a house logo pint glass or Willibecher. This doppelbock pours up with light carbonation that barely creates a low creamish white head that prominently sits atop a bright deep auburn-bistre brown body. The complex nose displays a wonderfully inviting rich melanoidin maltiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked Tin Vienna bread. There's just a hint of fruitiness, virtually no hop spiciness, and some light alcohol ...otherwise very clean! The flavor is dominated by a rich, chewy melanoidin maltiness that is marked by a light spicy bitterness. The full-bodied finish is a touch syrupy, but with sufficient bitterness and alcoholic complexity to carry it all nicely. This finely crafted limited release offering from Capital is as good as most of its continental counterparts and comes highly recommended to all malt lovers. Suggested food pairings include browned, beer-braised Wisconsin Bratwursts smothered with sautéd sweet onions, green peppers & mushrooms covered in spicy brown gravy with a side of herb roasted redskin potatoes or a thick bowl of hearty game stew with buttered slices of freshly baked five-grain bread. Here's to Kirby Nelson and his finely brewed lagers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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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 martyl1000
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Disappointing. Maybe I need to adjust my expectations re. dopplebocks -- it's hard not to expect a lot after having had the majesty of Ayinger Dopplebock on tap (at Jacs in Madison).

Barely perceptible head. Mildly sweet aroma. Toasty roasted malt flavor dominates from start to finish, but not in a good way. Not sweet at all.

Update, 5/28/12
Eureka -- TIL: don't serve this stuff too cold. Allowed to warm up during one of those conversations with the wife, this beer comes into its own as a decent doppelbock. I've raised the score from 3.7 to 4.2.

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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 Jredner
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is malty and bready. Bannana nut bread is no exaggeration. It really does smell that way. Body is a lusterous garnet color and holds a thumb thick, lasting, tan head. Fore is dark fruits, malt, alcohol and brown sugar notes. Very rich with lots of flavor depth yet still retains that lager base which makes it lighter bodied (for something with that much flavor) and oddly refreshing for something of 8% alcohol strength.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Golden2wenty1
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Never can overlook a new Capital dopplebock, the world champion of lagers.

Pours a dark amber/garnet, nearly brown with a cm of khaki head. Nose is bright potent, with notes of cherry, vanilla, raisin, and caramel/toffee malt. Taste runs with the vanilla-soaked fruits and robust, sweet caramel malts. Mouthfeel is rich and slick, like a good dopplebock should be. I really enjoyed the warming vanilla/fruit notes that spruce up the malt backbone. I could down a couple of these on a cold December night without a second thought. Another superb Capital dopplebock.

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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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Photo of marcobrau
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light brown color. Almost wine-like aroma of chocolate and fruits including plum and perhaps fig? Very smooth, tawny, almost port-like notes with a dry finish. Yes, a dry finish, in a dopplebock. A welcome surprise. Like a fine wine, this beer exerts its strength quietly, and very beautifully. A first-rate dopplebock!

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

Bottle courtesy of the next reviewer down - thanks, man!!!

Pours a deep reddish brown, head cascades nicely upon pouring then laces the rest of the way. Niiiice. Aroma of brown bread (you know, the kind you bake in a coffee can?), caramel, toffee, and faint noble hops.

REALLY tasty effort here. Big time dark fruity malts, hints of toffee, caramel, Munich malts out the wazoo, almost a coconutty flavor in there, with an underlying just-balancing bitterness. Near the end the alcohol kicks in along with a spiciness - Hallertau? Tettnang? - that rounds things out very nicely. Nice chewy, silky mouthfeel. Could probably drink a lot of these, but the style would make it difficult.

Along with the Hooker, one of the two best American doppelbock dunkels I've had. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a beer to finish...

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Photo of adman08
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep clear red with gold on the edges. Moderate amount of slightly off white foam that leaves a nice ring on the beer's surface.
S-Very sweet aromas of crystal malt and brown sugar, fairly faint aroma overall.
T-Taste matches the smell, very sweet, bready, slightly grainy and malty. Slight roasted flavor. Very very faint noble hop flavor.
M-Medium bodied, not overly heavy feeling. Moderate carbonation. Sweet from start to finish.
Overall, another very good dopplebock from Capital. Not a super thick, sticky beer at all, very drinkable. The sweetness is not too sweet or too overally malty, no one flavor is too much. Very good.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to sample a bottle that's had about nine months in the cellar, to see how this beer is aging.

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, with caramel notes and low/medium visibility. Pours without much head and leaves just a little lacing on top of the beer. Low/mediu viscosity.

Aroma: Very mild - chocolate, cocoa, and a dash of brown sugar. Some bread and booze developments, with just a few suggestions of raisins.

Taste: Again, pretty mild - not as aggressive as it is on tap or fresh from the bottle. Nice sweet chocolate front palate with a roasted espresso finish. Brown sugar and a little metallic hop spice in the finish. A few boozy moments. Raisin developments as it warms, as well as more accentuated bitterness. Still a unique flavor profile while remaining true to style.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, with malt and slightly bitter finish. Good chocolate malt aftertaste. Body seems a little thin for a doppelbock.

Drinkability: Good as always, though this doesn't age with the complexity of Autumnal Fire. Definitely a unique contribution to the style and one of my favorite Capital brews.

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Dark Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.
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