Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery
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5/5 rDev +22.5%
I restrained myself as my neighbor knocked over the last one I had brought with me from WI. Neither a tear or neighbor dropped to my deck as much as both should have. The only plus is that my deck boards never smelled so good. Best beer ever! Perfect in everyway.
07-27-2014 01:32:43 | More by joncocktotone
4.85/5 rDev +18.9%
Forget Christmas in July! Hallowe'en/Thanksgiving rolls on at Chez Wood this evening in anticipation of my upgrade to a chalice later tonight.
Well, well, well. This 2005 vintage held up quite nicely in the depths of my cellar. I got a dense, thick finger of creamy light-tan head with excellent retention off of my initial pour. Color was the most beautiful example of ruby that I have seen in a while and when coupled with its NE-quality clarity, I had to put it down for fear that I was not worthy of its magnificence. The nose smelled like hickory-smoked bacon: sweet and smoky all at once and I fell to my knees and began to kowtow in its presence. The head had begun to fall by the time I stood up and the lacing was going to require a jackhammer to remove. I sat back down and buckled the lap belt that I keep on hand for just such situations. We made a wide left off of Army Street (southbound) away from Potrero Hill, and northbound up to Russian Hill and I was off and running. The smokiness had died down somewhat over time, but it was still evident on the tongue, but the chewy malt had hung in like a champ and soon I was behind it, headed east on Mansell until it turned into US 101 South. That beer, with its Charger and its passenger with the Remington pump, kept me on my toes until the finish, down around Brisbane, when it exploded in the back of my throat with a smoky paroxysm of flames that is simply haunting.
OMFG, AutumnalDave, this beer is from and for you, brother! You gifted this to me right before I got bound up in travel and forgot about it. I remember having some at Capital during Ale Street News' inaugural visit, but it was nowhere as memorable as it was today.
07-22-2011 23:35:48 | More by woodychandler
4.85/5 rDev +18.9%
Dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a small, nut coloured head. The aromas are sweet, malty, and full with a nice bit of alcohol in the mix as well. The taste is sweet and malty with some wonderful nuttiness in the mix as well. The middle of this brew is very dessert like and reminiscent of caramel as well. Of course the finish is awesome as well with a lovely soft pretzel like flavor ensuing. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too syrupy as some doppels are and the drinkability is excellent as well. This is up there with the Liberator as far as US doppels go!
09-14-2004 22:43:06 | More by francisweizen
4.83/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
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.
09-17-2002 22:22:25 | More by cokes
4.83/5 rDev +18.4%
This beer is a deep beautiful scarlet color. A little head fades to nothing. Similar to some barleywines I've had. Deep, thick malt aroma. This beer is a dopplebock, but the body is in the medium to medium-full range. The taste is wonderful. Deep, smooth malt. Also get some notes of vanilla, oak, dark fruit and wood. If I were to compare this beer to another, I'd look at the JW Lees Harvest ales for similar taste profiles. This beer tastes as much like a barleywine to me as it does a dopplebock. I think the a/v for this beer is around 8.5%. I can't pick up any sign of alcohol though. Brewed to perfection by the Lager Master, Kirby Nelson. This is definitely one of the best Wisconsin brewed beers.
09-26-2002 21:27:51 | More by Bighuge
4.8/5 rDev +17.6%
This brew must have been from last fall but had no problems holding up.
The body is a hazy brown color, with a cream foam head on the top. Its got a big malt scent. Same with the taste, big malt character, some well mixed hops. Slight alcohol taste but it is well hidden. Full mouthfeel, syrupy. Almost seems like a lager barelywine. Excellent brew.
05-07-2004 17:10:36 | More by Tballz420
4.75/5 rDev +16.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. 7.8% ABV 2009 on neck label but no date.
A - The glass looks like it's filled with static, liquid fire. The gorgeous color is completely clear and shades of copper red to pumpkin orange and pale straw yellow highlights shine vibrantly. A perfect fall beer topped by a three-finger off-white cream head. Densely packed and well retained, it's a stunning beer to see. Little lacing spots but the foam lasts forever.
S - Incredibly sweet toasted malts with a brown sugar dash to it and a light touch of maple syrup. No hop aroma, just a toasted, heavy malt presence with an inviting sweet, rich nose.
T - This beer is bursting at the seams with malty goodness. The sweetness is potent with the brown sugar staying at a very low level. The toasted malts are bready and have a delicate hop finish to accompany them. The whole thing is very well balanced with a crisp and lightly dry finish and just a light hint at the alcohol level with a low-level spiciness. Not hot but warming in the stomach.
M - Smooth and rich, the sugars boost the body like crazy. It's definitely medium-full in body and robust. It finishes dry and crisp like a crunchy pile of leaves. Well carbonated for the style.
D - This is one of the ultimate fall beers and I couldn't pick anything better to enjoy this day with 70 degree, windy, and crisp air outside. It's magical. Delicious and awesome as a fall seasonal, it warms you up a bit without having an alcohol flavor. I'm sad my 6 pack is almost gone!
This beer also has one of the coolest labels I've ever seen. If it was in poster-form I'd be putting it up right now. [Not the label shown on this page.]
09-27-2009 21:02:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.75/5 rDev +16.4%
Brilliant rusty red color, lightly plummish at glass's bottom, but altogether the perfect match for the deep violets, bold oranges, and dark maroons twisting from the treetops this season. Head is a dark cocoa, but sadly short-lived.
Aroma is full charge of maltiness, rich, invigorating, massive, mystical, portentous and potent. The more the nose is opened, and the aroma allowed to seep into the mind, more effects and associations gather in the imagination.
On first taste, a brief, but well-appreciated phalanx of hops drop on the tongue, followed closely by sweet, thick, chewy malt. Delicious stuff this, with bright fruit flavors, cherry, grape, appearing on the palate, as well. Sweet and warming, and though Capital is oddly tight-lipped regarding ABV, I'd guess this at somewhere between 6.5 and 7.5%. Alcohol is felt more in the middle, but is adequately matched by the flavor, deep and generous, of this full-bodied brew.
A lasting, lingering flavor, with considerable weight on the palate, this is just the thing to cradle in your hands when autumn stands up tall and starts to show it's true power, bidding you to prepare for the hard months to come. Before the barleywines and imperial stouts become de rigeuer, Autumnal Fire is the perfect doppelbock to fill in as the comfort against the cold.
10-27-2003 05:05:01 | More by feloniousmonk
4.72/5 rDev +15.7%
A: deep coppery red color. transparent with about an inch of head.
S: this beer smells awesome! strong malty sweet smell.
T: tastes sweet of carmel and toffee almost fruity. a little spice as well.
M: silky smooth upfront with a bit of zip and tingle on the tail end.
D: very drinkable. don't typically like dobblebocks but this beer is fantastic.
why are the best ones always seasonals? this one is worth loading up on during those fall drips into wisconsin.
01-18-2008 04:49:51 | More by erwin08
Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.