beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
PorterPounder (6986) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rivals Celebrator in my opinion. Has a sweet malty aroma - akin to tobacco juice. Thick, murky dark brown appearance. Has a light mocha colored head with good lacing. Excellent malty flavor - detect raisins and dates - just the right amount of sweetness without being cloying. Thick viscous mouthfeel - coats your mouth. Overall an excellent dopplebock.
badgerben (4779) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first impressions all involved close Celebrator comparisons. Very well done beer and I think it can be seen as a slightly lesser version of Celbrator. Smooth, I think that's a slight sherry flavor, dark amber color. My only problem was it brought back painful memories of Sam Adams Triple Bock. I think I can get over it though.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Ruby-brown color, minimal, dissipating head. Minimal carbonation. Velvety smooth, sweet butterscotch malt flavors and body with just enough hop to balance it. Great, easy drinking doppelbock. A higher quality tasting beer than Optimator.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 bottle aged about a year: Richly dark with a slight ruby hue and fastly dissipating head. Sweet butterscotch malt aroma followed by a full sweet toffee-like body. Reminds me a lot of Celebrator, but just a (small) step behind. I have to agree with the last two raters and give this a 3.9
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice reddish dark color to this beer. Very nice roasted malt flavor that lasts great and is smooth through the finish. Capital’s doppel has slightly less flavor than Celebrator and not as complex, but a solid beer nonetheless.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown color, dissipating head, while the beer, in my view, looks terrific, it looks like the flavor will just explode in your mouth, but that doesn’t happen, instead it’s a very dry, bitter flavor that doesn’t evolve or unwind, a somewhat lifeless flavor with a slightly fruity aftertaste, but remains bitter and dry on the palate.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper, could be darker per the namesake. Minimal edge head. Very light, if any, carbonation. Heavy molasses aroma intertwined with plum notes. Medium body. Expansive. Loaded with thick caramel and molasses traits, faint fruitiness and a mild hop spiciness. Has that earthy, hard water, German quality that all Capital brews have, which exhibits their honest to style moniker. Finishes fuller with a rich and lasting malt flavor. Yet another top quality Doppelbock from the lager maestro.
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite dark brown with a moderate head. Malt predomiinates and slightly out of balance with the alcohol. Kirby tends to push the limits with the alcohol which distract from the malt sweetness.