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Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%

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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-26-2002)
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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 release; poured into a goblet

A: Clear amber. Some lacing. An off-white half finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Bready malts, grain, hay, barley.

T: Sweet, malty with molasses and bourbon heavily mixed in. Nutty. A bit of chocolate. Very smooth. Almost like a shot of Kentucky bourbon. Nice.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Looks like a year really set this one straight. A great sipper. The bourbon really makes this one a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 22:00:57 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of tronester


4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear amber orange in color with a medium tan head. Solvent alcohol and brown sugar in the aroma. After that is some sweet toffee flavor. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Rich mouth feel. Velvety smooth carbonation. Overall an excellent dopplebock.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 00:30:59 | More by tronester
Photo of rajendra82


4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful, auburn colored body was clear, and the beer displayed little carbonation, and formed no head. The smell was a mixture of sour dark skinned fruits, caramel, cocoa and coffee. The taste was very fruity, brimming with flavors of cherries, and fig, as well as showing off some vanilla, toffee, and just a hint of chocolate. The body was thicker than medium dense, with sticky initial feel, and a dry finish. I believe this is the first beer from this brewery I've sampled. It probably won't be the last, based on the quality of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 04:22:53 | More by rajendra82
Photo of YoDude


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capital Autumnal Fire, aged 3 years 7 months in my beer cellar, 7.8% ABV

Appearance: Poured ruby brown with a very little head and lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt and caramel notes, no pronounced hop presence, no obvious off flavors.

Taste: Dried fruit and cognac sweetness. A molasses finish lingers. There is also a slight aftertaste of old leather, but not unpleasant.

Mouth feel: Medium body and low carbonation, coating the back of the tongue and upper palette with black licorice. Also a nice warming alcohol finish.
Overall: Capital was the first American craft breweries to combine the Oktoberfest and Doppelbock styles into one amazingly drinkable strong beer. The cellar aging has brought forward the more bitter flavors to balance with strong sweetness of the young beer. This is a great cognac-like after diner beverage to enjoy by an open fire with a maduro leaf cigar.

Serving type: A 12oz bottle and poured into a Capital Brewery Snifter.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 05:17:59 | More by YoDude
Photo of jzeilinger


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ri0 for sending this bottle.

A - Pours a dark amber color with a nice frothy head and moderate carbonation.

S - Candy caramel/toffee malt aroma is first and forward followed by plums, figs, and roasted honey malt.

T - Follows the nose with a generous portion of roasted German caramel/toffee malt, honey, dark fruits (plums, figs), some cherry, and a little bit of alcohol.

M - Thick body, bready and chewy, and sticky.

O - This isn't a style I would normally reach for but it is quite good and worth a try if you like the German style beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:10:01 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of AltBock


3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with a simple autumn colored label of the Capitol Building with red hop buds on both sides. The Government warning, a bottled year, as well as another smaller picture of the label can be found on the neck label. My bottle was bottled in 2012.

When poured into a Pilsner glass, this Doppelbock was an impressive clear honey amber with a glimmer of sunshine at the bottom. The head of foam wasn't as nice as the color, but it was still pretty nice. It was about 1/2 an inch in height and was light beige in color. It had decent retention that left behind a string of foamy rings and a few spots of lace around the glass. I loved that color!

The aroma was more about the day old bread than than the roasted malts. The main focus of the aroma was that of day old wheat bread that's about to go stale. Behind the bread was a drop of roasted malt, a nice whiff of sweet caramel, and a pinch of milk chocolate at the end. I wish the malts came out more to overshadow the going stale wheat bread.

I found the taste to be a little odd. It tasted like the day old wheat bread mixed in with the roasted malts to form one taste. Day old malts?? The caramel in the aroma was replaced by a subtle fruitiness. That was a little odd too. After the fruitiness, the beer then finishes up with a taste of baker's chocolate, and a crispy hop bitterness. In other words, the taste was odd for a Doppelbock.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, lightly crispy, and with a faint aftertaste. This aftertaste was that of day old wheat bread, a touch of roasted malt, and some crispy fruity hops. The wheat bread taste lingers on for a while.

Even though the Doppelbock was a little on the odd side, it was still pretty good. I have had worse Doppelbocks than this. I still wish the roasted malts were allowed to shine more and that the caramel wasn't replaced by fruits in the taste. Would I drink it again? Yes, I would. I'm glad I finally got to try this Doppelbock. I've been wanting to try this Doppelbock for some time.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:34:54 | More by AltBock
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the beer was a brownish red color with virtually no head. The beer showed appropriate retention and lacing. I was a little disappointed with the aroma as it was more faint than anticipated. Sweet malts dominated the aroma. In the initial taste, one tastes the sweetness of the malt like a sweet bread. A sour note hits the side of the tongue while darker fruits dance in the background. There is a hint of carbonation in the background. Molasses and dark chocolate develop as the initial taste matures. In the aftertaste, the taste sours while coating the back of the throat nicely. A slight warming sensation can be detected. Capital does doppelbocks exceptionally well.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:33:13 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from buzze40, into a tulip. 2012 vintage.

Reddish-copper with a cream coloured head. Decent clarity in the body, good retention and lacing. Nose of toasty grains, dark fruits, sweet malts and some caramel apple. Taste has more sweet toasty grains, caramels, some fruity malt character and a bit of bread. A tad sweet in the finish. No sense of the ABV, and this is smooth as heck. One of the better doppelbocks I've come across.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 01:51:40 | More by liamt07
Photo of TheSSG


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, dense head that dissipates with lacing. Sweet malt and booze in the nose, with that distinctive Oktoberfest zest. Gorgeous Orange-amber color. Starts off with assertive malt that hits with an unexpected hop bitterness, transitioning into booziness, then building in malt and spice character, finishing with hop bitterness and a lingering maltiness.

There's a lot of strong flavors in here. It has that distinctive doppelbock sweetness and malt, along with the distinctive Oktoberfest spiciness and hop. Then, there is a strong showing of booziness throughout. Nothing harsh, though; everything is balanced masterfully.

If you know a bier geek who can't appreciate lagers, have them try this. I know Capital doesn't get much respect in the bier geek circles, but DAMN can they make a lager. I pity anyone whose palate cannot appreciate something as fine as this. I love hops as much as the next guy, but masterful Wisconsin lagers are a thing of beauty.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:17:17 | More by TheSSG
Photo of LeRose


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three tasting opportunities. On draft, out of the tank at the brewery, and bottled. Loses a lot in the translation to bottle, IMO. Draft and from the tank - outstanding and that is where I base the rating. Reddish/gold color, a little thick and heavy but good for a cool fall day. Malty sweetness, minimal bitterness, somewhat heavy on mouth feel. Definite toasted malt, grainy, caramel/toffee. Seemed to me it lost the caramel/toffee notes on bottling. Capital brews outside Madison, but ships tankers to Stephen’s Point for bottling, and the warehouse was really warm - thinkin’ that isn’t good. Out of the tank was by far the best taste draft was close, bottling definitely not as high quality in the flavor.

Review from notes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 18:40:57 | More by LeRose
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumnal Fire pours a dark clear amber color with a very small white head. There is a strong malty aroma with an Oktoberfest like spices. The taste has a strong malty taste, almost vinegary, a nice hint of spices, has a warm taste. Good full taste, nice to drink. Overall this is a very good doppelbock, somewhat different, has a nice spice note.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 06:05:10 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of NilocRellim


2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle. Nice red/amber colour with a slight cream-coloured head to it. Typical carbonation. VERY sweet nose to it... very fruity (fig) and a lot like a honey-mead nose. For %7.8 ABV it was surprisingly smooth. It was WAY to sugary for my taste and very malty. They use Honey-malts which is why is smells and tastes so sweet.

Would I buy it again? No.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 17:39:18 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of DentistDave


3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, poured into a pokal glass

Appearance: Fairly clear amber-copper color. Minimal head with minimal lacing.

Smell: Caramel, cherry, butterscotch. Malts and breadiness is there as well.

Taste: Sweetness is there as is the malt and bread. I can really taste the cherry. The alcohol definitely comes though in almost a rum-like way. The alcohol is even more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Kind of sticky.

Overall: Dopplebock is not really my style, but this was pretty good. I think Capital has better beer, but I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 23:54:45 | More by DentistDave
Photo of jaasen64


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to thebigredone. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a translucent reddish almost cherry copper with a tint of yellow honey. Pretty much no head, no lacing, and fairly minimal carbonation.

S- Honey and lots of malts that produce a bready, light caramel/butterscotch, and a very light cherry aroma. Slightly below average aroma strength.

T- Butterscotch malts, honey, finishes with some cherries, light rye, and a touch of booze. Lightly sweet cherry malty taste that lingers for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation, easy drinkability.

O- Dopplebocks aren't my favorite style but this one was pretty decent. Nothing amazing but easy to drink and fairly enjoyable. In my opinion not as good as the ratings suggest, but I'd recommend trying it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 19:44:41 | More by jaasen64
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out fiery copper color with a three finger cream-colored head that lasts for two-three minutes, with minimal lacing left behind on the glass. Medium-heavy body, and medium-light carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes of toasted bread and sweet chestnuts with hearty sticky toffee, molasses, caramel-covered apples sprinkled with crushed walnuts, and a dab of tobacco. Light leafy herbal hopping on the finish. It's easy to see why this one has garnered quite the positive reputation. Sweet without being cloying, higher ABV than typical without much hotness, good balance between bread dough and caramel sauce.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 20:51:28 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of BlackBearForge


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Autumnal Fire indeed as this beer pours a deep reddish amber with hints of deep pumpkin orange. An off white head doesn't stick around long and oily lacing sheets down the sides of the glass rather than sticking around.

Rich toasted bready malts and an earthiness fill the aroma with a light caramel background.

Definitely on the sweet side, the malts are dripping with caramel drizzled fresh baked toasted bread goodness with hints of sun ripened orchard fruits (think apricots). The earthy and spicy hop flavor helps keep the sweetness in check, and adds a light bitterness in the finish which is semi-dry despite the malt sweetness. Alcohol is only noted as a faint but enjoyable booziness.

The mouthfeel is medium, firm but very very smooth.

I've heard this beer likened to an Oktoberfest style beer and I understand why with the similarities of malts and European hops. Not your average beer however! What an easy drinker, I've been waiting for it to warm somewhat but it disappears at an alarming rate! I've been wanting to try some of Capital's beers for some time and now I know they have quality brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 21:36:40 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of RuckusDu


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not quite a finger of light mocha head with just a hint of orange. Body is a cloudy deep amber/orange.

S - Tons of malt and bread. A little bit of rye, but not a whole lot going on. Burns a little which I am not used to on a 7.8% beer.

T - Wow, here is where this beer comes together. Nice balance of bready/biscuty malts and some sweetness. Molasses type sweet. Maybe a little tobacco.

M - Such a full body and thick. Great carbonation. Wonderful mouthfeel.

O - Just a great balance of malts and sweet. Nice work Capital.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:14:20 | More by RuckusDu
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is dark orange to brown in color, appearing hazy and sporting a thick, creamy off-white head. The aroma offers toffee, malt, bread, butterscotch, some sweet fruits. Really nice and easy drinking. Exceptionally smooth feel. Very light in body and creamy on the palate. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 21:14:28 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy dark orange with a good amount of carbonation. Sightly Brown half finger head.

Smell - Sweet caramel, malts, butterscotch, chocolate, and yeasts. Very rich smelling to say the least; the butterscotch is a nice touch

Taste - Wow, very malty and caramel flavors with a strong chocolate and yeasty kick. Everything in the flavor is rich and a pleasure to enjoy

Mouthfeel - It's very thick and heavy with a moderate carbonated kick that adds depth to the flavor but could be toned down just a bit. With that said, it does feel rather crisp to drink.

Overall - This is hands down one of the best Doppelbock-style beers I have had yet! It tastes wonderful, it has a great aroma and it feels crisp on the palette.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:58:13 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of hoplover82


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear deep burned orange color with a solid, medium, creamy dark ivory colored head that has good retention and ok lacing.
S-The aroma is right on point for the style! With TUNS of sweet, fresh baked bread and dark fruits and burned caramel. After the beer warms a little, I think I'm picking up on some noble type hops as well.
T-The flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma, but still very nice. *(as the beer warms up a tad, it becomes a lot better)*First I get sweet bread, backed by the caramel, but the sweetness is perfectly balanced by the medium to mild bitterness. As it warms, the dark fruits are coming out a bit. I love to experience how a beer opens up as it warms, and this one is a prime suspect for just the thing. Prunes are there for sure, maybe some rainins and mild hop notes too!
M-This beer has a medium to full body that it very creamy, with a semi-sweet finish.
O-Overall, this beer was very nice to drink! I highly suggest this beer. I'm glad I found it in the fridge at my local cigar shop. We can't even get this where I live here in south texas, so I was excited to see this beer. There was a whole case of it! And it's fresh too. I don't even know how brought this down here, but thanks to whoever you are. And Cheers everyone!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:13:16 | More by hoplover82
Photo of falloutsnow


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Bottled in autumn of 2011
Poured into an Ayinger Celebrator Glass

Pours a 2cm head of very dense foam, composed of small bubbles, and a pale tan-white in color. Head has very good retention, lasting several minutes as it declines to a thin cap atop the body; lacing i substantial and complex, resembling something of a doily (at least on my glass). Body is a transparent dark reddish-amber, with numerous streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Generally, very attractive, and it's hard to think of how a doppelbock could look better.

Aroma is expectedly grainy, with toffee and cracker-like scents derived from them. Significant doses of dried cherry esters are also noticeable, giving this a fairly standard doppelbock scent.

Tasting opens with pleasant caramel malt flavors adjoined to dried, dark cherry fruit esters. Caramel malt intensity builds up through the mid-palate, which also features a slight bit of noble hop presence. Slight ethanol becomes noticeable on the back of the palate, along with continued caramel malt and cherry esters. Long-lingering caramel malt meets graham cracker aftertaste.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with plentiful, but soft-feeling carbonation that makes this pillow-like and creamy on the palate. Some warming ethanol felt in the nostrils primarily, not much on tongue or throat. Finishes out dry and slightly sticky from the amount of malt used.

5/2013 review of 2011 bottle:
The aromas have become significantly muted, mostly of faded bread and caramel malt. The flavor is still of caramel malt and cherry-like esters, but the intensity is quite a bit lessened. Ethanol is no longer detectable. Aftertaste is of toasted bread and caramel, no longer a graham cracker or noble hop component.
Summary: I wouldn't let this age more than a year.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 06:03:23 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of argock


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Only freshness date is 2011 on neck label although there are some random numbrs on bottom of bottle. Received as a gift from brother Greg.

A: Reddish-brown with 1/2-1-finger nearly white head with quick fade and a few vertical streamers of lace.

S: Caramel and fudge with raisin, date, and vanilla aromas as well. Deepens with warming. Hops are herbal/tea-like.

T: Tee flavors are a little boozy but a pretty smooth and a solid reflection of the aroma with caramel, milk chocolate, raisin, and fig newton cookie flavors. There is a big dose of bready, shortbread maltiness. The hops are much less substantial with only a little balancing bitterness.

M: The alcohol is a little more evident with warming but is not overbearing. The body is medium-full with low carbonation to leave a fluid, smooth feel.

O: A great doppelbock that avoids the sweetness trap and provides a nice sweet/malty punch.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 04:01:55 | More by argock
Photo of GeezLynn


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown body with striking clarity. Off-white head is slight, but well-retained.

Smells very sweet and malty, a little like cake, with strong fruity esters. As odd as it may sound, the most accurate description of the smell for me would be strawberry shortcake.

Flavor opens with heavy brown malt sweetness and a slight toastyness. Next an earthy strawberry flavor hits, followed by a bit of sharp greenish hops along with a slight alcoholic nip that balances out the sweetness, resulting in a fairly clean finish.

M: Medium-body, a bit sticky, but sharper carbonation/alcohol keep things pretty crisp.

Big bold flavors with a crisp clean lager finish. This beer never fails to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:04:19 | More by GeezLynn
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4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 2011 vintage bottle pulled from fridge with tasting starting cool and progressing to warmer. Served in old-style Leinie's Perfect Beer Glass.

A: Deep red to coppery color, beautiful clarity, small co2 bubbles. Off white head 1 1/2 fingers to start, diminishes to foamy ring within a few minutes. Light lacing.

S: One of my favorite smelling beers, other than its big brother Eisphyre. Caramel/crystal malts, bready, light nice booziness.

T: Similar to smell. Big malt, caramel, some raisin/dark fruit underneath. Light alcohol but not hot. Love it.

M: Full without being heavy. Really helps increase to roundess of flavor in this beer. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Definately in my top five. I'm a Sconnie and a malt-head so this is about as good as it gets. Eisphyre is almost like drinking straight out of my mash tun so that beats out AF by a bit for me. But, I hoard this beer. Kirby Nelson is the man.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:55:26 | More by JRdaSconnie
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

autumnal fire

a 3.5 clear coppery body with a short, tight off-white head that leaves with some haste but leaves a slim ring. no appreciable lace.

s 4.5 smells more lovely maibock to me than typical doppelbock. maybe something between a maibock and that long-running but unusual doppelbock that has tobacco notes (can't think of the name of it). lightly toasted bread, caramel, curl of lemon rind. no unintegrated alcohol noted.

t 4.5 no surprises, but more leafy hop than the nose could detect. very nourishing. this is the sort of melanoidinally malty liquid bread that i could actually see doing one of those beer-only fasts with. caramelized bread crust, smooth, pleasing noble hops on the back end perfectly counterpoint. this stuff is the real deal. unlike some reviewers, i do not detect any heat or unwelcome alcohol. it seems to be there pretty mildly and in fully integrated fashion, adding a little spice along with the hops' leafy love.

m 4 medium to full on the body and not too much co2.

o 4.5-5 this is my kind of doppelbock/hopped up maibock! makes me contemplative and even prayerful. dear lord, i realize first impressions are sometimes overly promising, but please allow autumnal fire to remain the same today, tomorrow, and always. amen.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 22:57:36 | More by brewmudgeon
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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.