ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2010 Bottle - Pours a deep ruddy amber with a medium tan head...aroma is dark fruity malt, yeast, doughy, almost quad-like in its sweet figginess...flavour is similarly malty, raisin, light spice, sticky sugar, kinda thin despite the gravity...finish is a bit of heat and sweet grain...drinkable... dekester1 (368) - Town of Maple Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Appeared a dark brown/red with a nice head that laced out very excellentlly. A malty aroma and a thick, sweet malty front end with a light to moderate hop finish. Definitely not a session beer, but it’s a nice singleton. Frank (4225) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
This is a strong and very drinkable doppelbock, possibly too drinkable but I’m OK w/ that just right now. The color is a deep ruby brown, nearly black w/ no head after a few minutes. W/ raisin and caramel in the fore, malt pretty much dominates the noes--as it should be for the style. The flavor is not so strong but similar and the texture is a bit lighter than expected but sticky and moderately sweet w/ carbonation just a shade to heavy. Overall, this is quite nice and I feel myself slipping into a doppelbock stupor much quickly than I would generally expect. Not really on par w/ the best examples in the world but still a reasonably good example of the style. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Dark reddish-brown pour with a brown head. Aroma is candi sugar, sweet, dark fruits. Taste is sweet, candi sugar, dark fruits. Tasty-can’t taste the 9%. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Draft at Long Room. Pours a deep brown with tan head. Nose is rich. Molasses, marmite and a touch of soy. Also get some strong malt notes. Taste is very sweet. Too much so. Under-attenuated even? Not really a fan of this one, far too sweet.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
This is a amazing brew pours dark brown looks like a cola and clear and red around the edges with a nose being of cotton candy,caramel malts,and butterscotch, the flavors is as sweet and smooth as it gets I loved the way they used the candied sugar to go along with the hops to bring this into a perfect balance that makes this one of the best lagers I have ever had great job A MALTY BOMB Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Pours from the bottle a dark brown with very nice garnet highlights and a thin quickly fading off-white head. Aroma has a strong caramel, toasted malt note, mild apple fruit notes and a slight nutty ending. Flavor has a stronger caramel note, strong toasted malt sweetness, light chocolate and ends with a nutty apple note. Body is heavy with a really nice sugary density, low carbonation and a good sweet profile overall. Overall a really good brew and well worth a taste. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Name: Imperial Doppelbock
Date: February 12, 2010
Appearance: clear dark red, fine beige head, bits of lace, thick and viscous
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, touch of ripe fruits, light earthyness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, dark caramel is well balanced by the earthyness, just a touch of bitterness, caramel candy character comes out at the end.
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
12 oz bottle
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2010
I don’t know what happened but compared to many other Capital releases this was a huge disappointment. Thanks to noncaloric for sending me a pair regardless. I am not sure if the flaw is from trying to amp up a beer that can’t take it or just something being off. Whatever the reason is this was a major letdown.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep brownish body was par for the course with a maroon tinge. Little to no head made me wonder if this was carbonated at all. Roasted chocolate beans, vanilla ice cream, and Dr Pepper were sweet yet only a little so-so. I had a feeling this was weak from the aroma alone.
Flavor / Palate - Carbonation is definitely there in the first sip. Overpowering with a heavy chocolate malt base this felt like watered down hot chocolate. Less ABV and more body would do this wonders. The booziness would be more acceptable if it had some depth but instead it is like drinking for the sake of the alcohol alone. Maybe with time it will mellow and I will hang on to the other bottle for a while hoping that is the case. My only concern is that the flavors will tail off as well.
12oz bottle. Poured a clear ruddy dark brown color. Fizzy light tan head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was subdued overall with cola, molasses, and a bit of grape candy. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with low to moderate carbonation. The sweetness was accompanied by mild bitterness at the end. I tasted dark fruits, cereal grain, and a hint of caramel. A comparatively understated doppelbock, meaning it didn’t have a whole lot of personality.