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Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery

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

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
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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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 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 beerwolf77


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

Served on draft in an oversize handled mug.

A: Cloudy orange amber, tiny wisp of beige head, light soapy lace ring.

S: Sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, spices. Smells like a dopplebock.

T: Very rich dark fruit and roasted caramel malt. Toffee and hints of cocoa. Very complex and satisfying. Like a meal in a glass.

M: Medium to full creamy body. Light carbonation.

D: Overall for being such a rich and flavorful beer this one has insane drinkablity. Watch that abv. It will sneak up on you.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 20:24:05 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of sweemzander


4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes
On tap at the Barley House

(A)- Pours a clear yet dark sienna brown that produced a good off-white to tan head with good retention.

(S)- A light yet rich deep roasted aromas with a light nutty creaminess.

(T)- A great creamy nutty richness with bits of a smooth caramel roasted sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth and creamy yet rich and bold too.

(D)- A fantastic Dopplebock perfect for the fall season. More please.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 13:38:10 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Ragingbull


3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review is completed from notes taken while travelling through Madison and having this beer on tap at a little coffee shop/restaurant. The beer in the glass was copper or dark orange with a light head. The nose was mildly malty. The initial attack was a mixture of malt and grain. The flavor grew more malty as the beer approached the finish. There were some hints of the smooth malt flavors in the aftertaste. I definitely enjoyed the beer, but I would say that it wasn't quite "oktoberfest" season, or at least the weather wasn't cooperating when I drank it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 00:38:56 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of quinnsi


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

A: Deep copper color with less than a finger of head

S: Great Nose! Sweet cinnamon raison toast and sweet dried cherries.

T: mild roasted malts all the way. Smooooth. Alcohol is well hidden. Good sweetness. The finish is nice and soft, with the malt flavors slowly leaving your mouth.

M: Nice feel in the mouth. Soft and smooth with nice mellow carbonation.

Overall, this is a great example of what the lighter side of doppelbock can be. If anything, I'd like to have a little more on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 03:55:41 | More by quinnsi
Photo of GbVDave


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Map Room 9/13/08.

A: Served a clear, caramel-brown, with a 1/2 finger, light-tan head that left speck and globs of lace behind in the glass.

S: Rich aromas of toasted malt, sweet caramel, and hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Toasty caramel malt, peppery spices, sweet dark fruit, and a touch of chocolate.

M: Dry and spicy with a sweet and oily malt smoothness that has to be felt to be believed.

D: Excellent mixture of sweet, spicy, and smooth. This beer begs, no, commands you to keep drinking it!

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 15:48:00 | More by GbVDave
Photo of spointon


3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Map Room.

A= This ale poured a clear orange copper color with a 1/4" white head. Zero lacing down the glass.

S= This beer smelled of intense sweet malts, slight sulphur, and very mild hops. A bit fruity for a lager style beer.

T= Very malty and sweet taste profile. I found this beer to have a buttery toffee overtone that was not cloying but a bit overdone. Also showed strong hints of brown sugar and at times a bit of a medicinal flavor.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation and mouthfeel.

D= A solid seasonal brew from Capitol. Very sessionable despite the abv.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 03:47:35 | More by spointon
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not the biggest fan of doppelbocks, and I found this one to be very enjoyable, which I would call high praise. This beer had a very nice blend of malt character (not too much, as is frequently my opinion of this style), just a bit of cerealness, and a very pleasant mouthfeel.

It poured a rich caramel color with a thick tan head. Aroma was malty, with a bit of caramel. Flavor was pleasingly sweet, but not overwhelming, maltiness. There was just a touch of cereal-ness, which is what I typically object to, but it was in a very nice moderation in this beer. Mouthfeel was smooth, substantial, and good.

I would definitely recommend this ber.

I had this on-tap at the Palm Tavern in Milwaukee.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2007 15:32:16 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of nlmartin


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On a recent trip to Chicago I enjoyed a few pints of this while waiting for fellow BA dhchatfield. The beer was served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: I must say this beer was gorgeous sitting in a tulip glass. The beers body had a firey red coloration. The head was thin and very creamy. Thick streams of lacing remained on the side of my glass.

Smell: This beer has a supreme caramel fruited apple and raisin smell. The beer has a very pleasing toasted nut and bread combo. The hops combine with spicy alcohol to create a floral backnote.

Taste: This beer delivers a major sweet fruity caramel apple and mixed berry taste. This combines well with the beers malty nuttyness. Spicey alcohol and hops break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is slightly bigger than medium bodied. The beer has a low carbonation level. This beer is very smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is well incorporated in the beer and is unnoticeable. This creates a very dangerous combo of dam tasty and sneaky alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2006 08:09:49 | More by nlmartin
Photo of brewcrew76


4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Listed at 8.5% ABV on-tap at the Map Room.

A - Pours a clear bright ruby/mahogany with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet caramel and fruits (raisins, plums and figs). I pick up some slightly toasted nuts also.

T - Caramel apple, sweet but not cloying, figs and raisins, slightly toasty. A very tasty and complex beer.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel. Silky, smooth and creamy all at the same time.

D - Much better than I remember in the bottle. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden in smell and taste until a few pints sneak up on you. This one doesn't exactly fit in with other dopplebocks in my opinion but it is a fabulous beer anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2006 15:10:35 | More by brewcrew76
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Map Room in Chicago.

This was a crystal clear, dark copper colored ale. It had a medium-sized, off-white head.

Scent was fairly mild. A little bit of hops, not sure how to characterize. More malt, coming across as sweet, fruity esters. I am probably not doing the aroma justice, but I was having a hard time with the smoke in the bar.

Taste was quite good. Malt was more forward, showing itself as mainly dark fruits - raisins & grapes. Almost vinous. Hops were similar to aroma, in that they were quite mild. They gave the beer a little bit of a grassy taste. Finish brought a little pepper.

Mouthfeel was medium, with medium carbonation. Very refreshing, finishes slightly sweet. A little slick in texture, and some warming from the alcohol.

I thought this was a very good beer, and dangerously easy to drink for the listed alcohol (8.2%). I think I still prefer Celebrator, but I almost look at these as two different animals. The Celebrator has better flavor, but this one is a bit easier to drink. Tough choice....

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2006 16:21:49 | More by
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2005 20:44:34 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of tavernjef


4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap: Still amazing to look at with an amazing color, deep, ruby reddish/orange fire color with a maple syrupy brownish tone to it. Only difference from bottle to tap was the head was pretty thin and more bubbly. Aroma is malty sweetness, lots of sticky caramel with some notes of thick starfuit and very dulled dark citrusy-like plums, orange, and melons. Taste is much like the bottle with a great sweetness which is smoother and thicker then the bottle with huge amounts of caramel malts, some toffee and very dulled fruits; starfruit, dull orange, and just a load of malty sweetened goodness. Chewy and sticky, smoother over all and fuller body feel on-tap with a little bit more texture and longer lingering sweetness in the finish. Holy f*ckin' yum! A super easy drinker on-tap, goes down super nice, Al my man, this was great! I drank a few to many, and I could've had alot more, and now I'm feeling it the next morning, yikes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2003 17:40:01 | More by tavernjef
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2003 05:05:01 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of brewskifan55


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 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
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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
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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
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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
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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
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