Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 6/19/11 (Binny’s Plainfield Singles Rack)-48° in Stem Glass. Pours brunette with a two finger off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, bread, and dark fruit. Taste of malt, hops, and caramel. This full bodied brew finishes with a nice bitterness. A nice tasting brew.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Steve’s Liquor and More in Madison, WI. Pours a clear, rich copper-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense and foamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is floral caramels with a moderate sweetness and some toffee along with tea, grains, a light herbal and grassy hopping, some bread, a hint of dark fruit, and some lager yeast. Flavor is similar. Floral caramels up front with some bready toffees that lend a moderate sweetness. A few more fruits and a nice, grainy, breadcrust with a solid grassy, herbal hopping. Some toffee increases towards the end along with a bit of a lager yeast flavor and a balancing, light spiciness from the hops. Transitions into a dry finish with a moderate, somewhat spicy and grassy bitterness that lingers for a fairly lengthy duration. Medium, smooth, well balanced body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid Doppelbock. Moderately sweet up front with a somewhat spicy hopping that transitions nicely into a pleasant finish. Not the most complex, but very well balanced and easy drinking. Good beer.
Slipstream (2477) - USA - MAY 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Adrian and Scott, for this and for another great Philadelphia evening of beer rating and conversation. A sweet, hoppy brew with a nippy aroma. A good doppelbock.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper with a creamy beige head, slowly dissipating with plenty of lace. Aroma of toffee, malt, dough and notes of spices, stale socks and dark fruit. Taste is earthy with a touch of oxidation, toffee, mild fruit and a bit of noble hops presence. They make an awful lot of good doppelbocks but I just can’t put this one in that category as there’s something amiss with it.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to CanIHave4Beers. Cheers, Andy. Pours average to light brown. Nose of biscuity malt and caramel. An average but solid doppelbock. Disappointing next to the more interesting blonde doppelbock from Capital.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark copper with a white head. Smells of earth, tea, biscuits, toasty. Tastes of light spice and earthy with a watery finish.
crossovert (11408) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It was really fruity for a doppelbock, can’t say much else about it, it wasn’t the best example of the style.
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very pretty almost rust color with a medium tight head. The aroma is earthy with a bit of rusty metal. There is some toffee and mild floral character along with a bready malty aroma. The flavor is very rich and nicely bitter. The surplus of spicy hops balances out the big maltiness of a beer like this perfectly. Beyond the hop character there are creamy & fruity notes mid palate that linger along with that upfront hoppiness. Bready, crackery, and toffee malt flavors are abound in the finish. The mouthfeel is big with a very easy finish. I really like this beer, enough that I’d go out and buy more of it. Most other Capital Dopplebocks hold up well over time but I can’t imagine the hops in this one being as brilliant a few months down the road.
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Predominantly burnt caramel with a bit of toffee, but there is a nice noble hop background.
Ap: 12 oz. bottle poured into shaker at 55’F. Slightly opaque medium amber pour with a 1" pillowy manila head that lasts a while. Beautiful rings of lace.
T: This has far more hop character than I’ve ever seen in a doppelbock, and it does a darn good job cutting through the inherent richness this gets from caramel and toffee malt flavors.. The finish is quite bitter for the style, with a mild pine flavor. Very mild alcohol burn on the finish.
P: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Not as filling as I expected.
O: Darn good offering from Capital. It’s easy to forget about these guys when in Wisconsin, but they offer some damned good german style lagers.
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz courtesy Ughsmash. This one pours a deep copper brown color and topped by a small head of off white foam that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma is straight forward with a caramel and toasted toffee malt base to go with noble hop bitterness. The flavors follow suit with the semi sweet caramel and toasted malts, but balanced out by the piney german hop bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied and easy to drink with ample carbonation that leads to a dry, bitter finish. The alcohol is hidden nicely as well. A well done doppelbock.