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Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
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552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 75
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-26-2002

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bartender told me this was 12% ABV. From the taste, I think its more like 8 or 9.

Minimal carbonation, very smooth, and strong.

Poured with no head but I didn’t mind because I was enthralled by the deep burnt orange color. Just from the look of it I can tell that this is going to be a great fall beer.

The nose is tantalizing. Those furious Deutscher malts that one finds in all the best dopplebocks are abundant here.

The first taste is nutty and it leaves a beet taste in my mouth. For some reason I’m also reminded of rutabaga. I think this means that the beer is earthy. At any rate it keeps making me think about roots the whole time I drink it.

I sip it slow like warm brandy. It feels energizing and my lips and tongue are pleased with the slight residual sweetness left on them after each sip.

Not a beer that I could drink more than one or two of though. After 18 oz or so, a mucus formed over the roof of my mouth and it started to reject something in it. This happens to me when I drink to much Barley wine too. I think it's my mouth's way of saying I've had enough.

Photo of blackearth
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a deep reddish amber body with a thin head that quickly disappears. Aroma is of wood and toffee, reminiscent of a scotch or barleywine. Full bodied with low carbonation. Flavor is a complex woody toasted malt. It gets better with each sip. The alcohol is very well hidden. I would really call this a "light" barleywine. Excellent drinkability.

Photo of skybluewater
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color that reminds me of fallen leaves, cool evenings in front of a bonfire, and pumpkin pie. Head recedes to a tiny ring, no lacing. Smells of caramelly spice-nice. Taste is all warming malt, maybe a bit too sweet, but with a nice spice there to keep it from becoming too cloying. Mouthfeel is a bit thin-I was expecting something bigger. Nevertheless, this is a nice brew, perfect for those crisp fall nights.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep ruby with very little head. The color is nice but lack of head is not as nice. The smell is of deep caramel with dark fruits and is quite enjoyable.

First sip is a mouthfull of nutty, caramel maltiness. Surfing the waves into my mouth along with it are notes of raisin, toffee and hints of hops. The taste is nice and sweet but not overwhelmingly so. A nice biterness balances it out on the way down.

Mouthfeel is very nice here. A good body that's chewy and full...just delightful. As for drinkability, I could easily sit down to a few of these. A yummy brew that's perfect for the fall/winter season!

Photo of blitz134
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber-caramel body. Small white head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma is banana and alcohol, which works well in this and doesn't really detract from the aroma. Some lightly toasted malts really make this smell like banana nut bread.

Flavor is lightly toasted malts again with a bit of nuttiness, although faint. Banana isn't as evident but some estery alcohol comes through. Finishes a bit peppery and spicy. Has a little bitterness in the finish as well. Okay flavor really, the aroma is much better.

Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation that helps with the spiciness in the flavor. Flavor coats well but it finishes pretty clean.

Good drinkability for an 8.5% beer. You can pick out the alcohol but it works well in the style. Sits fairly light for its size. Overall good flavor and aroma. A good brew if you like the style.

Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy ruddy amber with a small, very fine bead head. Aroma of Munich malts and a bit of Hallertau with that deep caramel sweetness that screams "decoction!"

Starts out big and stays that way, the beer equivalent of a hearty German meal. Fortifying. Beer with corners. Initial caramelly sweetness with some slight rye-like spicy flavor underneath, hop presence only minimal at first but a noble hop spiciness emerges in the middle, along with some darker fruits (that emerge more as it warms) and a noticeable alcohol presence, but not much in the way of a burn. Finishes with a lingering fruitiness and sweetness, clean. Properly chewy mouthfeel.

I could drink two or three of these in a biergarten along with some wurst and a bigass pretzel or two and happily doze in a corner afterwards. Just tell me to 'raus come closing time.

Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!

Photo of merlin48
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This American doppelbock comes my way thanks to orbitalr0x. Pours a strikingly clear and bright copper red body with a small tan head that quickly falls into a lingering film and collar. Lacing is scanty.
Very nice doppelbock aromas, with a heavy hitting malt assault of toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits(raisins, dates, and plums). A faint hint of alcohol is barely noticed.
Mouthfeel reveals a medium body and good carbonation for style.
Lots of complexity in the taste, with malty sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, but never cloying. Hops bittering lends a nice balance, and some walnut nuttiness compliments some bread and butter notes. Alcohol is barely picked up.
This is an excellent example of one of my favorite styles, and is better than many of the German versions I've tried. Very tasty, and the medium body promotes very good drinkability.

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown amber, with a thick airy head that recedes quickly to outer rim lacing.

Aroma: Smells sweet, sticky and smoky. Could it be? Liquid baby back ribs?

Taste: Phenomenal balance of sweet malts, and a brandy like booze aftertaste. This beer is extremely unique and impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick mouthfeel, with a nice sticky aftertaste that makes it tough to put down.

This is my first offering from Capital Brewery, and to say I am impressed would be an understatement. I can't wait to get my hands on some more of their brews.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jj21 for this brew off my Wants. Cheers!

Pours with a thin head. Dark amber in color. Sweet and malty in smell. The taste is classic doppelbock: malty, sweet, and bready. Mouthfeel is smooth & I don't detect the 8.5% ABV. One of my favorites of the style & I am a big doppelback fan. I would put this up with the best doppels around.

Highly recommended.

Photo of bsp77
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into beveled mug.

Appearance: Rich, clear mahogany with a fantastic red glow when held up to the light. Small off-white head, which leaves fine bubbles down the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong cherry, caramel, toast, biscuit and noble hops. Smells like a cross between a Marzen and a standard Bock, with maybe a tad more noticeable alcohol.

Taste: A blast of semi-sweet cherry and biscuit malts, with some caramel and other fruit underpinnings. The noble hops provide a touch of spicy, dry counterbalance.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, with a creamy, chewy body that isn't as chalky as some Doppelbocks are. A slight warmth serves as a reminder about the alcohol.

Drinkability: Simply a fantastic beer. While this should be a sipping beer, the tendency is to want to drink it like a Marzen. One of the best Doppelbocks out there, even if not truly to style.

Ok, now that I have officially reviewed this, I can now emphatically state that this, Founders Harvest Ale and SurlyFest are my favorite Autumn brews. At least for now; we will see if I can find something to top them next year.

Photo of NilocRellim
2.81/5  rDev -31%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: slight fruit, bread, sweet malt, strong malt aromas, slight toast, light caramel, no hops, fruit is grape, no roast or burnt malt. Appearance: Brilliant deep copper, off white fluffy head but low retention, ruby highlights, not a lot of lace but some legs. Flavor: rich malt sweetness, a little alcohol that shows up especially in the aftertaste, some hop bitterness in the background for balance but overall leans to the malt. Pleasant mix of alcohol, and malt, long malt after taste. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, medium low carbonation, slight warming, creamy, smooth. Overall Impression: very drinkable, not cloying, smooth, strong and rich.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark doppelbock, comes out substantially brown, very thin head, 1/4" tops. No lace. Aroma was chewy brown sugar candy and a sticky syrupy molasses smell.

Alcohol pungent, noticeable on the first sip. A soy sauce like sludge mouthfeel comes around. No hops. Prunes and toffee. Maybe some caramel, but its hard to pick out with the alcohol being so in your face.

Look I'm not a big fan of doppelbocks, so take this review with a grain of salt. I've never been a big fan of capitals stuff either, they make a ton of brews, but none of them memorable for me in a go out and get it kind of way.

Photo of ADR
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally, at a liquor store near me...I tore into the case before the owner even got the price entered into the scanner.

Thick pour, very yellow head, and an overall color of premium light maple syrup. Wonderful mouthfeel, much heavier than a Fest but not sticky. Flavor notes of light rum, some raisin, and a serious buttery toffee and floating caramel impression on the tongue. First rate cinnamon spice close. Satiny smooth, with senses of vanilla. Warming alcohol, great for cool weather. Exceptional amount of good old-fashioned great malt flavor and highly unusual in not needing a more "classical" balance. We have a first class brew here, one of the finest beers I've had.

Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a nice, fluffy head that sticks around long enough for you to appreciate it.

Lots of caramel malt, butterscotch and faint hops.

Delicious caramel, molasses, taffy apple and honey. There are more hops here than any dopplebock I've ever had. Extremely creamy mouthfeel! Very pleasant finish.

I love this time of year and this beer is a staple of midwest brewing culture. This is an extremely drinkable dopplebock. I bought a 6-pack with the hopes of squirreling away half of it as this is supposed to age wonderfully... I doubt I'll be patient enough to find out.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm reddish-brown body that is clear and has a nice soft gentle carbonation. The head is a creamy light tan mat that fades to a mass of big bubbles after a bit.

S- The small of sweet toasted caramel malts is thick with a nice faint hops keeps the malt in check.

T- The taste of sweet caramel roasted malt has some notes of slightly darker malt that give it a good depth. The finish has a soft green hop bitterness that is enhanced by the carbonic acid of the fizz and a faint oxidation note.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with a fizz texture in the finish. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a nice doppelbock with good complexity and nice sweet malt that is not over sweet. The hops were soft and they left me wanting more hops, but they really helped keep the malt in balance. I get the feeling this sample is not as fresh as it could be, but it was very nice.

Photo of zjungleist
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep honey-brown in color, with next to no head. The smell is fairly sweet, with definite roasted malts and nice background of bitter hops. The taste is very bold, with loads of heavy malts and only a touch of a hoppy finish. The taste is quite lingering, and expands to great depths of malty-ness. As it warms, the flavor get a nutty charecter, which is pleasant. I admit, the mouthfeel is pretty thick, even a little oily. It's also fairly warming, but I'm not sure what the abv is, so that may be expected. This beer makes a nice alternative to some of the more common oktoberfest beers.

Photo of SMark
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 47 degrees without much head and does not look like much Brussels lace. Reddish brown with a slight haze.

Burnt caramel which gives a very interesting aroma. Maybe a little butterscotch with the malt. Unique.

Definite hops. Tasted this before and thought there was a little bit of heat in the taste. Cannot get the butterscotch thought out of my head. Malt coming through as I keep tasting.

Very pleasant in the mouth with the hops, malt and alcohol. Well combined to give a satisfying taste.

Purchased while vacationing in Wisconsin and not disappointed. Would not sit down and consume a six of these but would recommend with friends to discuss all the pleasantries of this product.

Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a feather in Capital's hat. I twitch in the anticipation of this one's release every year. The twitching usually starts around March.
Crystalline scarlet-copper. A pale-orange head sits royally above this glorious elixer. Fades to a skimming, but never leaves entirely.
Malts stampede into the nose. Fruity sweet, and bogglingly complex. Grape, raisin, orange peel, liquorice, toffee, sweet bread. Makes you want to eat the glass.
Flavor is equally delectable...actually moreso. Starts with a quick jab of toasted grain, which is quickly slaughtered by the onrushing sweet malt avalanche. Grape and raisin notes are first on the scene, quickly followed by tart apples, liquorice, carmel/toffee. Sublte spices provide an exclaimation mark. Faint nutmeg, ginger and clove notes.
******Deep breath*****
A touch of spicy hops closes the deal. Until the next sip unleashes the fury yet again.
Moderately thick in the mouth. Never cloying. The medium carbonation stays steady throughout.
Incapacitatingly drinkable. Drink this until your cerebellum ceases function. Menacing.
Amazing. One of Wisconsin's very best. Shit, one of THE very best.

Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown ale. Nice before late meal. Wine-like and world class. Dark hazy Copper with large head. Malty aroma. Thick malt, almost syrupy, roast in mid-sip spice, and bitterness. Good experience. Session beer. But what is the alcohol? Easily 6.3%. Thanks to feloniousmonk for providing.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Let's see how this stacks up against their Blonde Dopplebock, which is some tasty shite.

Pours a gorgeous fiery red/amber with a white creamy head that lasts for a minute or two. Smell is extremely malty with alcoholic and citrus notes. Taste is more of the same, one malty SOB with hints of floral hops, warming alcohol, and some apple skin cideriness. Mouthfeel is crisp, body is medium to full. This is a damn good dopplebock. I could probably only have a couple but that's ok, it's a dopple anyway. I might have to give it the edge over the Blonde. Another winner from Capital here. Glad to have these guys in my backyard.

One-year cellered edit thanks to expatsteve:
Nose is much more pungent than I remembered with burly citrus and caramel malt notes. Body is much than fresh and without the hops bitterness making this quite sweet. Booze has mellowed in the mouth as well. Still a fantastic beer with a sweet new profile.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep orange-ish mahogany body reveals orange and scarlet highlights when held to the light. Its full, creamy, light-tan head holds well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma delivers rich, toasty, dark caramel and toffee malt notes as well as some delicate alcohol. The body is medium bordering on full, and the carbonation is fine and moderate. The mouthfeel is slightly zesty upfront before warming across the palate to become lightly creamy. The flavor is richly malty and toasty with dark crystal notes; balanced by some leafy and tea-like hop flavor that lends an almost licorice note to it. A solid bitterness lends to its dry finish although some sweetish, toasted malt does linger. Although it's not a really complex beer, it is very rich and engaging. Very unique - like a very big Vienna lager rather than a darker, more chocolatey or roasted doppelbock. Certainly worth trying!

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single purchased at Riley's

I've been meaning to try this one for a few weeks so i picked up a reasonably priced single.

appearance: vibrant and beautiful ruby/copper pour, fizzing bubbly white head that vanishes pretty quickly...a very impressive looking brew

smell: dark fruits, thick malts, nice caramel, slight alcohol, sweet cherries, raisin, plum...pretty inviting

taste: very impressive! Quite a tasty doppelbock, if i remember correctly I prefer this to Celebrator. Very sweet with a great malt backbone...sweet cherries, ripe plum, mild raisin, mild caramel, bananas...alcohol masked quite well

mouthfeel: great carbonation, flavor dances on the tongue

drinkability: exceptional

I will admit I was worried this was "overrated"...I have been far from moved by any capital brews thus far (I thought wild rice was pretty terrible, and i probably should have rated it lower)...The oktoberfest is pretty good but this one is extremely impressive. Im not too familiar with their line yet, but they appear to be a very versatile brewery with a specialty on some traditional german styles (go figure!)...I'm probably going to try and track down a 6 pack tommorow.

Photo of BeerCheese
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep amber color. Crystal clear with a fluffy tan head, about 3/4 inch after the pour. Barely detectable smell for me. Just kind of smelled like a fresh light beer. Malty taste with a more hoppy finish. Nice alcohol warming from the high ABV. Some fruity flavors. Just a very good tasting beer. Medium/heavy body with average carbonation. Very drinkable, but only in moderation I fear because it's a strong one!

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A refreshing break after tasting Oktoberfests all night. Has a heady doppelbock aroma worth sticking your nose deep into the glass. Not exactly as "red" as other comments have led me to believe, but a rich color nonetheless. Deep and rich bock taste, befitting a GABF medalist.

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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.