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Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 335
Hads: 566
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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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 Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I tried was the 2013 version, still have a 2014 to try as well but this review is for the '13 so here it goes.

Bit of head on it and a nice amber color to it. Smell was the typical malty style from a dopplebock and definitely sweet which rolled into the taste of course. Bit of a malt bomb but the style is supposed to be one. Very much a classic interpretation on the style that comes off well. A bit malty and sweet for me but very very solid for sure. A good example to give someone who is new to the style for a classic take on it. Enjoy and I will edit this for the 2014 version if there is a big difference.

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Photo of Lesingnon
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep coppery-brown that pours with about a finger of white foam. Head quickly recedes to a thin ring, not really any evident lacing.

Scent: Has a very prominent scent, big on the malt. Biscuity sweetness is definitely the aroma that jumps out at me here.

Taste: Heavy on the malt flavors, just like the smell biscuity-sweetness really jumps out at me. And it blends nicely with some balancing hop bitterness.

Feel: Very smooth and easy-drinking, you'd never guess the ABV is as high as it is from drinking it.

Overall: I'd been wanting to try a Doppelbock for quite a while, and this certainly didn't disappoint. Certainly a beer worth drinking as the days shorten and cool.

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Photo of dmgallag
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tastes medicinal to me. No real aroma or positive mouthfeel going on here either. I don't know, if you like cherry cough syrup this is maybe your thing. Not going to try this one again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper, mostly hazy but translucent. Very little head, but a touch persists. A bit of lacing, but not much.

S - Very subtle sour note, with a bigger toffee hit.

T - Follows through with the toffee nose, sweet and delicious. Close brings that light sourness, along with a bit of bitterness.

M - Mild carbonation, but brisk and easy to drink, with no sign of the solid ABV.

O - A delicious malt-forward flavor. Sweet, with the ABV well hidden, but definitely there. Solid.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Crisp, strong aroma has a malty core with an underpinning of honey, cinnamon and cloves. Pours a clear, dark copper, almost mahogany, with a fairly thick light wheat head. Malty flavor has firm earthy, caramel, and honey tones with just hints of spice and wood. Texture has decent body and fizz, leaving an earthy, slightly woody finish and a persistent tingle. Happy Autumn!

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Photo of GPHarris
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a mahogany color.
s - chocolate and roast.
t - chocolate and roast flavors dominate.
m - medium and coating.
o - decent beer but didn't wow me.

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Photo of jwc215
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed reddish-orange-tinted amber with a thin head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of dried fruits, caramelized grain, hint of alcohol warmth.

The taste is of sweetened dried fruits - apricot and tangerine - with caramelized grain and bready notes. There is a spicy dry touch in the finish. Booze gives warmth without being too hot.

It is full-bodied and smooth. Strong, yet refreshing.

Overall, a wonderful traditional doppelbock. Reminds me of Paulaner Salvator (more than the darker Ayinger Celebrator). A great example of the style - a very enjoyable brew, especially on a cold autumn day!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light chocolate, slight tobacco/leather and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark fruit and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light chocolate, slight leather/tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, light nuttiness/chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of big dark fruit and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/dark fruit balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome doppelbock style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark fruit and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a bell glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Pours a honey-gold that is not unlike the color of fresh synthetic motor oil, and settles into the glass as a beautifully clear light amber. I half expected to see some sort of mosquito trapped within the beer, waiting to for us to unlock the genetic secrets of the velociraptor from within it. It formed a decently thick head of perhaps a finger and a half, which quickly died away in a rush of fizzy sounds to leave only a slight white ring around the edges of the glass. No lacing was left to speak of. Bubbles rise steadily from the bottom of the glass the entire time it sits in said glass.

S: Sweet and yeasty, the nose is not unlike glazed bread, reminiscent of some sort of honeyed doughnut. There's some hints of cherry and I daresay banana faintly in the nose as well.

T: Definitely a sweet beer, with caramel and honey bun flavors striking right out of the gate. A yeastiness makes itself known as the beer moves across the tongue, and the sweetness fades a little to let some cherry and cinnamon in along the sides. This beer finishes with a burst of cherry and raisin, and some faint hints of wood, beneath the last of the honey bun sweetness.

M: Smooth and creamy, this beer drinks like a runny syrup, clinging to the teeth and tongue well after the swallow. It's almost full enough to warrant a "chewy" descriptor, but not quite.

O: As a raging malt addict, I am a fan of this beer. The blend of doppelbock and Oktoberfest works well to create a full-flavored, complex profile that is refreshingly devoid of any noticeable hop presence. I see myself picking this up annually during trips to Chitown, and enjoying it every time.

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Photo of joncocktotone
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of tronester
4.25/5  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.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  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.

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Photo of YoDude
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of AltBock
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of LeRose
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.81/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of DentistDave
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.