GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
hazy brown/amber body. rich, malty nose. caramel and ripe fruits. fairly strong. good malt complexity. grainy, lightly roasted well drawn out finish. full bodied and lively on the palate. detectable alcohol character, very detectable Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Nicedark black color,small tan head that dissipated quickly and left a very ultra small lacing behind.Malty mildly sweet aroma with a raisin and plum note to it.Malty taste with a big raisin taste and possibly prune,slightly bitter at the end of the taste when the hops come in to play.There is a slightly syrupy feel to this brew as it warms up.I don't know what the ABV.would be for this brew but if it falls in line with the average for the style then i'd have to say they keep it very well hidden.The after taste is that of dried fruit and malt with just a faint hint of hops.This is a fantastic brew and well worth searching out if your a bock fan. Aurelius (5430) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Great aroma, like some kind of raisin cake with lots of brown sugar. Astringent, sweet, dark syrup character, a smidge of cocoa and pretty well balanced. A strange rolling bitter-tart effect in the finish, before going grainy. Fair-to-good label, ding fo the twistoff, dunkel brown. Moderately hopped. Doppelbock is a difficult style to pull off well, but Capital has done it. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2003
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 (8176) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2003
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 (5254) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2003
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
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
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
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
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.