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Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 333
Hads: 558
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Not quite a finger of light mocha head with just a hint of orange. Body is a cloudy deep amber/orange.

S - Tons of malt and bread. A little bit of rye, but not a whole lot going on. Burns a little which I am not used to on a 7.8% beer.

T - Wow, here is where this beer comes together. Nice balance of bready/biscuty malts and some sweetness. Molasses type sweet. Maybe a little tobacco.

M - Such a full body and thick. Great carbonation. Wonderful mouthfeel.

O - Just a great balance of malts and sweet. Nice work Capital. (533 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is dark orange to brown in color, appearing hazy and sporting a thick, creamy off-white head. The aroma offers toffee, malt, bread, butterscotch, some sweet fruits. Really nice and easy drinking. Exceptionally smooth feel. Very light in body and creamy on the palate. I would definitely have this again. (353 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy dark orange with a good amount of carbonation. Sightly Brown half finger head.

Smell - Sweet caramel, malts, butterscotch, chocolate, and yeasts. Very rich smelling to say the least; the butterscotch is a nice touch

Taste - Wow, very malty and caramel flavors with a strong chocolate and yeasty kick. Everything in the flavor is rich and a pleasure to enjoy

Mouthfeel - It's very thick and heavy with a moderate carbonated kick that adds depth to the flavor but could be toned down just a bit. With that said, it does feel rather crisp to drink.

Overall - This is hands down one of the best Doppelbock-style beers I have had yet! It tastes wonderful, it has a great aroma and it feels crisp on the palette. (728 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear deep burned orange color with a solid, medium, creamy dark ivory colored head that has good retention and ok lacing.
S-The aroma is right on point for the style! With TUNS of sweet, fresh baked bread and dark fruits and burned caramel. After the beer warms a little, I think I'm picking up on some noble type hops as well.
T-The flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma, but still very nice. *(as the beer warms up a tad, it becomes a lot better)*First I get sweet bread, backed by the caramel, but the sweetness is perfectly balanced by the medium to mild bitterness. As it warms, the dark fruits are coming out a bit. I love to experience how a beer opens up as it warms, and this one is a prime suspect for just the thing. Prunes are there for sure, maybe some rainins and mild hop notes too!
M-This beer has a medium to full body that it very creamy, with a semi-sweet finish.
O-Overall, this beer was very nice to drink! I highly suggest this beer. I'm glad I found it in the fridge at my local cigar shop. We can't even get this where I live here in south texas, so I was excited to see this beer. There was a whole case of it! And it's fresh too. I don't even know how brought this down here, but thanks to whoever you are. And Cheers everyone! (1,279 characters)

Photo of 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. (1,861 characters)

Photo of argock
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Only freshness date is 2011 on neck label although there are some random numbrs on bottom of bottle. Received as a gift from brother Greg.

A: Reddish-brown with 1/2-1-finger nearly white head with quick fade and a few vertical streamers of lace.

S: Caramel and fudge with raisin, date, and vanilla aromas as well. Deepens with warming. Hops are herbal/tea-like.

T: Tee flavors are a little boozy but a pretty smooth and a solid reflection of the aroma with caramel, milk chocolate, raisin, and fig newton cookie flavors. There is a big dose of bready, shortbread maltiness. The hops are much less substantial with only a little balancing bitterness.

M: The alcohol is a little more evident with warming but is not overbearing. The body is medium-full with low carbonation to leave a fluid, smooth feel.

O: A great doppelbock that avoids the sweetness trap and provides a nice sweet/malty punch. (954 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown body with striking clarity. Off-white head is slight, but well-retained.

Smells very sweet and malty, a little like cake, with strong fruity esters. As odd as it may sound, the most accurate description of the smell for me would be strawberry shortcake.

Flavor opens with heavy brown malt sweetness and a slight toastyness. Next an earthy strawberry flavor hits, followed by a bit of sharp greenish hops along with a slight alcoholic nip that balances out the sweetness, resulting in a fairly clean finish.

M: Medium-body, a bit sticky, but sharper carbonation/alcohol keep things pretty crisp.

Big bold flavors with a crisp clean lager finish. This beer never fails to impress me. (704 characters)

Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 2011 vintage bottle pulled from fridge with tasting starting cool and progressing to warmer. Served in old-style Leinie's Perfect Beer Glass.

A: Deep red to coppery color, beautiful clarity, small co2 bubbles. Off white head 1 1/2 fingers to start, diminishes to foamy ring within a few minutes. Light lacing.

S: One of my favorite smelling beers, other than its big brother Eisphyre. Caramel/crystal malts, bready, light nice booziness.

T: Similar to smell. Big malt, caramel, some raisin/dark fruit underneath. Light alcohol but not hot. Love it.

M: Full without being heavy. Really helps increase to roundess of flavor in this beer. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Definately in my top five. I'm a Sconnie and a malt-head so this is about as good as it gets. Eisphyre is almost like drinking straight out of my mash tun so that beats out AF by a bit for me. But, I hoard this beer. Kirby Nelson is the man. (913 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

autumnal fire

a 3.5 clear coppery body with a short, tight off-white head that leaves with some haste but leaves a slim ring. no appreciable lace.

s 4.5 smells more lovely maibock to me than typical doppelbock. maybe something between a maibock and that long-running but unusual doppelbock that has tobacco notes (can't think of the name of it). lightly toasted bread, caramel, curl of lemon rind. no unintegrated alcohol noted.

t 4.5 no surprises, but more leafy hop than the nose could detect. very nourishing. this is the sort of melanoidinally malty liquid bread that i could actually see doing one of those beer-only fasts with. caramelized bread crust, smooth, pleasing noble hops on the back end perfectly counterpoint. this stuff is the real deal. unlike some reviewers, i do not detect any heat or unwelcome alcohol. it seems to be there pretty mildly and in fully integrated fashion, adding a little spice along with the hops' leafy love.

m 4 medium to full on the body and not too much co2.

o 4.5-5 this is my kind of doppelbock/hopped up maibock! makes me contemplative and even prayerful. dear lord, i realize first impressions are sometimes overly promising, but please allow autumnal fire to remain the same today, tomorrow, and always. amen. (1,264 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. 12oz bottle to tulip glass.

Pours mostly opaque amber and red, although presents with a spectrum from deep amber to yellow at the edges. Head is off white/greyish, with super fine bubbles, nice retention and lacing. Smells very yeasty, sweet caramely malt, raisin, and some notes of honey and sherry. Taste is mild caramel malt, raisin, finishing with some breadiness/graininess and slightly off dry. Some indication of a little oxidation. Mild carbonation, lightish body, pretty smooth. No alcohol noticeable. Overall, quite drinkable and an interesting interpretation. It's been awhile since I've had this fresh, so I can't comment on what the aging has accomplished; but based on other reviews, aging appears to have mellowed out the sharp edges. (764 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.
2010 vintage

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with one finger of mango-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel is heavy, bordering on oppressive but kept interesting by an assertive vanilla thread. Spirituous qualities are hinted at, without being overtly boozy.

T: Begins sweet, with soft and mild malt that is all multilayered bread and caramel qualities. Acidity is restrained, adding a lively tweak to the early profile that keeps malt from weighing unfairly on the palate. Rustic honey and herbaceous earth become evident during the middle, joining with persistent malt rather than competing with or replacing it. This beer finishes in familiar mild fashion, tasting slightly spirituous and roasty.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and even delicate--wheat-like--on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This traditional American-brewed doppelbock and its siblings seem to be Madison's Capital Brewery's claim to fame--and with good reason. It seems to have no sharp edges whatsoever, once it gets past the nose and enters the mouth. Flavors are masterfully tame without being boring, with none of the angst and urgency present in the smell. Although a little insubstantial for the style, the texture is still pleasurably smooth. It begs to be paired with slow-cooked winter meals and roasted anything, but is kind enough to the palate to be enjoyed on its own. (1,450 characters)

Photo of Haus
2.72/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark burnt orange with small offwhite head that disappates quickly. The aroma is rich and malty with caramel foremost, some breadiness-earthiness. The flavor is smooth, deep malt with raisin and toffee character and dark toast. There are just a touch of herbal hops..licorice? The finish is a little bit boozy and leaves a sticky aftertaste. (354 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle generously provided as an extra by a generous trader.

A - Ruby brown, clear, and a tiny head.

S - Fig and molasses and bread aromas. Like a fruitcake or like that canned bread stuff. Raisin bread with caramel sweetness.

T - Raisin, breadiness, and a bit of alcohol. Sweet and almost rum-like. Definitely a cornucopia of flavors, this beer has a whole lot going on. Cherry, and plum. No bitterness until a hint in the finish.

M - Medium to full in body, the beer is wet and sticky throughout.

O - Overall I had a hard time focusing on any one flavor in this beer. It really has a lot going on. I'd probably look forward to Autumn if I lived in Wisconsin, because this is really tasty. (701 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- The body of this beer is a great color. It is almost like a red wine with how deep the ruby hue is on this one, although of course it is crystal clear see through. The highlights on it are more copper, but still, a good looking body. The beige cap only ever reached about a half finger and then died away to a ring of film.

Smell-There are definite notes of raisin and dark fruit on the nose. It is really buttery from the caramel malt that is packed in here. Not really boozy, but I was still able to catch a bit of brandy heat on the nose.

Taste- It is getting the double bock notes right, but it is just kind of off. The really sweet raisin qualities are here. As is the buttery-caramel backbone, maybe it is the mouth feel that I find hard to take. The booze actually isn't a problem in the drink, I don't feel any heat from this higher ABV offering. I think the sweetness isn't dialed in quite high enough. Too much of the malt and not much of anything else. That and the finish is a little too astringent.

MF- It is not as good as it could be. There is too much carbonation, resulting in a harder to drink beer than this should be. Silky smooth is something this beer is missing, and a more medium bodied feel would be appreciated.

Overall- The flavors of a dopplebock are there, certainly, but it just isn't as pronounced, or last as long as it should. This also leads to problems with the mouth feel, which is unfortunate. Capital Brewery is awfully close to a good doppelbock, but this just isn't quite there. (1,534 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Clear, dark amber. 1 finger thin off-white head. Almost no lacing.

S- Sweet amber malts. Slight smoke, sweet dark fruits.

T- Sweet malts, roastiness, vanilla, slight scotch characteristics.

M- Medium body, lower carbonation. Easy drinking for almost 8%.

O- Very tasty beer. Mix of roasted malts and sweet malts make for a great taste. (366 characters)

Photo of adman08
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a reddish, clear, amber color with a moderate amount of slightly off-white head.
S-The most prominent aroma I get is vanilla, fairly sweet smelling. Theres also a slight roasted aroma and a little caramel.
T-Sweet with a slight vanilla flavor, some caramel and some roasted malt.
M-Sweet, very smooth, not too thick. Light carbonation.
Overall, a very good dopplebock. The flavors are sweet and the beer is very smooth. I think this compares very well with some of the German dopplebocks. (497 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep dark amber color with a small light khaki colored head that recedes quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas are initially remind me of an Oktoberfest on steroids. It begins with a boat ton of toasted maltiness coupled with above average sweet bready/biscuity maltiness. As it warms you get the sweet toffee and darker caramels which add to the complexity. Pretty above average for a lager in my opinion. There is some doughy yeast in the background as well.

The tastes begin with a large amount of German Munich maltiness highlighted by toasted bread coupled with a slight nuttiness. As it warms you get more of the sweet toffee and caramel malty flavors. The yeast adds a nice subtle fruitiness and a light butterscotch which emerges as you continue to sample.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. This beer drinks rather rich and full despite the lack of dark roasted malts which I expected to find here in this Doppelbock.

Overall this is a very good beer but it lacks as far as a Doppelbock goes. I want a lot more dark roasted malts in my Doppelbocks, but it is still tasty regardless. I would classify this as an Imperial Oktoberfest or a strong plain Bock, as the toasted and sweet bready malts really dominate all facets of this beer. Definitely a nice style to enjoy this time of year and I would definitely prefer this to other, blander Oktoberfest styles but that is to be expected with the higher ABV and presumably higher/more complex malt bill. Definitely worth a go if it is readily available to you but you do not need to "seek" this one out. (1,611 characters)

Photo of stercomm
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Coppery reddish orange, slight off-white head, very little glass lacing.

S - Candied malt with some hints of spice, definitely a malty scent.

T - The malt continues on the front end, a slight hoppy flavor shows up on the finish with some slight spice taste.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - A good autumn brew, lots of malt (368 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 17 August 2011. Originally reviewed an old bottle (see below), updating now after tasting it fresh.

Appearance exactly as described below, with a little more lacing.

Smell is actually a step down from that year-old bottle. It's much weaker on the fruit, and heavier on the toasted bready malt.

Taste is definitely better fresh, but I'm still not all that impressed. It's got that same bite that I don't like, though it's much more subdued now. Decent sweetness, bready malts, a bit of fruit. Still not all that impressed.

Mouthfeel is a touch better than I thought before, but still rather watery for a doppelbock. Where's the sugar, the chewy feel?

Not one of the best. I'm quite surprised that this ranks so highly among domestic doppelbocks, as it just doesn't measure up for me.

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Bottled 24 August 2010. It's a fall seasonal, but this heat wave is making me long for fall, so I'm thinking ahead. Or back.

Pours a deep coppery amber, translucent, with nice light emanating from it. One-finger yellowish tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. (3.5)

Smell is full of sweet fruity malts. Lots of dark sweet fruit - prune is blasting me in the face, with some fig lurking behind it. Brown sugar and bread are there in the background, as is alcohol. Nice, but not as deep and varied as it could be. (4)

Taste is sharper than I expect. All the fruits and sugar that I picked up in the smell are there, but there's also an odd kick that I haven't experienced in a doppelbock before. Might be hops, might be alcohol; kinda hard to tell. It's not great, though, and it overshadows the nicer, more desirable malt flavors. Finish is surprisingly quick, rather dry, with that odd bitterness. (2.5)

Mouthfeel is okay; not as sticky and sugary and chewy as I want it to be. Rather watery for a doppelbock. (3)

This didn't measure up to my hopes. The taste has something weird going on that I don't like, and the mouthfeel is too light and dry. It's very possible that this beer has suffered since bottling. I'll try this year's batch much fresher, as soon as it comes out, and revise my review as needed. (3) (2,142 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I look fondly on this beer as it was my first "good" beer I bought when I started getting into higher end craft brews. I couldn't wait to buy some this year and review it, hoping that it tasted as good as I remembered. Luckily it did.

The appearance is a orange, red color that reminds me of autumn colors. A off white head.

The malt is the main thing that comes through in the smell along with some spice.

The taste has all the maltiness of a good bock but some hoppiness comes through as well along with some fall spice taste. This is what sets the beer apart for me is the mixture of the caramel malt taste, the spiciness and the just barely present hops.

The mouthfeel packs a little punch as it carries some carbonation.

Like I said, one of my favorites before and still one of my favorites.

EDIT-A COMPARISON: I took a bottle of Autumnal Fire and a bottle of Eisphyre and drank them side by side to compare the two brews since Capital markets Eisphyre as being a more intense, concentrated form of Autumnal. I liked Autumnal better during the comparison. The higher alcohol of Eisphyre makes it taste slightly more boozy thus masking some of the hoppiness and spiciness that I like about these beers.

EDIT-COMPARISON TAKE 2: Tonight I drank a 2008, 2011 and 2012 Autumnal Fire side by side, taking small sips of each as I went. The 2008 was simply outstanding! Their was a strong taste and smell of dark fruits as the beer tasted much sweeter than a fresh bottle. It reminded me more of a barleywine than a dopplebock. The 2011 had some of these characteristics but not as much as the older bottle. I now need to 1.) Find another bottle of 2008, hopefully at Riley's Wines of the World here in Madison which is where I bought this bottle 2.) Leave a few bottles of '11 and '12 alone for a few years in hopes that it is as good as the '08 was tonight 3.) Raise my score for Autumnal Fire a bit since I think if a beer tastes better aged, it should rank a little higher than those that don't age well. (2,012 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium dark reddish-brown. Clear. Medium off-white head with good persistence.

Smell - Rich toasty malts. Caramel and prune.

Taste - Rich sweet maltiness. Dark and toasty with very prominent fruitiness. Noticeable warming alcohol. Molasses and prunes.

Mouthfeel - Medium full and creamy.

Overall - A couple of these and you might not miss summer quite so much. (377 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a translucent, copper orange color with one finger of fizzy pale tan head. Little retention or lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel malt, a little banana taffy and faint straw.

T: Delicious caramel malt, just the right amount of sweetness and a little fruity ester. After a few sips, some vinous notes emerge on the finish. Later in the glass, a hint of black pepper.

M: Carbonation keeps it from being too heavy, nice oily feel coats the mouth with flavor.

O: I enjoyed this beer very much. True to the style and quite tasty. First beer I have had from Capital Brewery and interested to see what else they have to offer. (693 characters)

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

An updated review 3 years later:

Since the weather in Chicago is about to turn "autumnal," I ought to wait a day or two, but I'm thirsty now.

A -- Clear, deep redish-amber with a firm, light tan head that settles slowly.

S -- Yeasty, sweet malt, peppery alcohol. Mild DMS back.

T -- Toasty, dark bread crust right up front, peppery alcohol in the middle, finishes with some mild caramel and molasses (think of the dark bread crusts again) character that is quite delicious. Some mildly spicy bitterness and toasted malts in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and silky with a dry finish and medium body. Some mellow warming from alcohol.

O -- A rock-solid Doppelbock from Capital, as always. Goes down smooth, will become dangerous after a couple.

***
2008 Review:

A -- Bright, reddish-amber color, more to red than gold, with a light tan head that holds up well in a Willi-Becker.

S -- Yeast and bready malts, some spicy hops and/or alcohol peeking through.

T -- Toasted bread, sweet malt, with the slightest touch of molasses, finish has some dry alcohol and light hoppiness.

M -- Soft to syrupy mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- The drinkability of this beer should be illegal at 8.5%*, it just goes down too smoothly. Very nice beer, favorite of the season.

*Latest update at the Capital web site is saying the AF is at 7.26% these days -- still a hefty brew to be so drinkable!

4.33

Serving type: bottle (1,428 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage
Thanks Chris

Pours a orangish brown. Hazy, nice off-white head. Looks pretty. Smells increibly malty. Vanilla, some light roastiness. Very nice. Tstes sweet and rich. Malt malt and more malt. Vanilla, spices, a bit boozy. Quite enjoyable. Lowish carbonation... Great mouthfeel. (291 characters)

Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.