HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Pours a orangish brown with nice off white head. Aroma is off the chart with herbal hops. Almost smells like herbal tea. Light caramel sweetness below. Flavor is mostly strong german herbal hops, light citrus peel. Tea, a bit of mild sweetness. Basically the hoppiest doppelbock ever. Showcases the Tettnang hop extremely well. Almost no alcohol. Might be one of my favorites from Capital’s doppelbock series. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle: Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet caramely nose with some authentic noble hoppiness. Starts with a nice light malty sweetness with a touch of caramel malt and some light piny bittering balance before a crisp, semi-sweet finish. A true to style and enjoyable doppelbock. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2010
12oz bottle from a coworker. Poured a hazy brown with a gold hue and a minimal gray head that dissipated completely. Aroma was full of sweet dark grains with a bit of bread and toffee. Flavor was a bit darker with some chocolate and a hint of toffee in the finish.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottled. Poured clear honeyed amber with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma picked up a sweet blend of caramel, bready notes, and marshmallow, with essence of sweet rum.. earthy hops and dark fruit on top.. came across a little too sweet, but otherwise good. The flavor found more of the fruit and sweet caramel at the core, along with a bit of molasses.. peppery alcohol and earthy bitterness around.. prickly finish with a lot of sweetness and higher bitterness. Medium-bodied and a little sharp on the palate.. didn’t flow all that well.. seemed a bit green. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2010
On tap at GTMW 2010
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2010
A relatively lighter beer this was a solid doppelbock. I expected no less from Capitol who excels at this style. From what I have heard this might get bottled as part of their limited release series. If so those of you who like German style beers should definitely try to seek it out.
Aroma / Appearance - The caramel semi-transparent body glimmers with the amount of light that snuck through. A vanilla white crown was the topper that put it above average. Chocolate, caramel, and malt make a combination that smells like someone stuck a Twix bar into a smoothie.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, caramel, and malt balls fill the mouth with a sweet texture. Mildly hoppy the transition to the warm finish makes this a decent doppelbock. It is far from the best thing that has come out of Middleton but I can’t say that I was let down. I’m looking forward to their next bottled experiment or festival release.
Draft at Clark St. Ale House. Poured a clear light orange color with a dense off white head. Some lace was left behind on the glass at the end. Distinct lager yeast aroma with pale malt and spicy hops. Medium bodied and sweet with soft bitterness. I tasted toffee, noble hop, and dark fruit. madvike (3260) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 On tap at the brewery - Excited to try this one, but pretty let down by it. Pours a clear mahogany, with a small tan head. Smells big and malty with lots of caramel and light, spicy hops. Taste is light, roasted malt, with a sticky sweetness and some heat. Flavor is much less malty than the smell--kind of weird. The whole thing tastes a bit off balance, with tons of sweet malt and syrupy sweetness. Skyview (6021) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Sampled on draught at the 2010 Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival in Chilton, WI. Pours a clear dark reddish copper colored brew with a thick off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, some perfume hops and a hint of bread crust. Taste is full bodied, flavors of caramel malt, a hint of brown sugar, floral hops and alcohol. Finish has a mild bitterness that lingers a while and then a semi-dry aftertaste of caramel malt and alcohol. heemer77 (5357) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Tap at Clark Street Ale House. Deep copper body yellowish khaki head. A rich toffee and black tea nose. There is also some dough. Slightly burnt breadcrust with some peanut shells dominate the taste. There is also some hint of toffee and alcohol. Decent. drdisque (838) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Dark reddish caramel color. little aroma. tastes malty and boozy with strong alcohol taste. finish is all booze. like drinking vodkabock.