Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4/5 rDev -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
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev -2.9%
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
Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.