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Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 69
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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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 DaPeculierDane


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Autumnal Fire is a pretty amber/red color with a beautiful beige head that, once gone, does not provide particularly good lacing. Its combination of extreme maltiness and fairly prominent alcohol in the nose and taste give it an appleish character, plus some caramel from the malt. Mouthfeel suffers a bit from the stinging alcohol, but the beer feels pretty full and crisp in your mouth. I liked the Thomas Hooker Liberator better as far as dobbelbocks go, because it was more chocolately and hid its alcohol better. However, Autumnal Fire is a damn fine beer in its own right, just not as "dessert-y" as I was expecting.

09-11-2005 00:36:07 | More by battlekow
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Let's see how this stacks up against their Blonde Dopplebock, which is some tasty shite.

Pours a gorgeous fiery red/amber with a white creamy head that lasts for a minute or two. Smell is extremely malty with alcoholic and citrus notes. Taste is more of the same, one malty SOB with hints of floral hops, warming alcohol, and some apple skin cideriness. Mouthfeel is crisp, body is medium to full. This is a damn good dopplebock. I could probably only have a couple but that's ok, it's a dopple anyway. I might have to give it the edge over the Blonde. Another winner from Capital here. Glad to have these guys in my backyard.

One-year cellered edit thanks to expatsteve:
Nose is much more pungent than I remembered with burly citrus and caramel malt notes. Body is much than fresh and without the hops bitterness making this quite sweet. Booze has mellowed in the mouth as well. Still a fantastic beer with a sweet new profile.

09-09-2005 16:38:03 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of BEERchitect


3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

A really strong seasonal. Pours a golden-orange color with good about of co2. Head rises to and inch and falls above the high alcohols. Smells sweet, fruity, and alcoholic. Tastes sweetness reminescent of over-ripe oranges, apples, peaches, and pears. A good amount of peppery spice comes along the body. Full and rich in the middle with a thin syrupy texture. Finishes sweet and a little fusal because of the alcohol. It's a sipper.

09-02-2005 20:28:54 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

A refreshing break after tasting Oktoberfests all night. Has a heady doppelbock aroma worth sticking your nose deep into the glass. Not exactly as "red" as other comments have led me to believe, but a rich color nonetheless. Deep and rich bock taste, befitting a GABF medalist.

08-18-2005 14:17:53 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of beergeek279


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a German tumbler glass. The color is a dark amber with a very nicely lingering tan head. The smell is plumish-sweet with the lightest touch of noble hops. The taste is very plum, almost candi sugar-ish sweet, with a definite tartness in the flavor that accentuates the flavor nicely with a good smoky backing in the beer, and just a balancing touch of hoppiness with a nice Tettnang/Hallertau bitterness....ohh, and the alcohol (supposdly in the 8.5% range) doesn't show up at all. Mouthfeel is very chewy. As for a drinkability, unfortunately the alcohol overwhelms the sessionability in this case...just too good!!!!

Thanks to the 'monk for this simply fantastic beer. I've always held out that Penn is the best lager brewery in the country, and every time I've mentioned that someone has come back with Capital. Well, I can see their point, as this is a fantastic beer. While this may not be the traditional doppelbock, this is such a good, enjoyable beer, with a nice tartness that brings out the plumish nature of a good dopplebock. Very nice, and one I'd be glad to have again!!

05-30-2005 17:51:55 | More by beergeek279
Photo of granger10


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottle from the too generous CRJMellor

Pours a ruby color with auburn hues around the sides. Nice medium frothy head. Really cool looking, I don't think I've seen a beer with this color before. Head recedes after a couple of minutes, moderate lacing

Aroma sure is doppelish in nature with caramel, alcohol, and some residual sweetness. However, it is a bit faint for my liking.

Taste brings me lots of sweetness. Brown sugar seems to be really concentrated upfront but then there's a toffee flavor without the nuttiness better yet let's call that caramel. Butterscotch is prevalent to me, it's hiding under the sweetness. A cherry liquer alcohol comes towards the finish. Slightly spicy flavors in the aftertaste. That might be from hops but I'm not sure. The malts and sugars linger.

This beer is really robust for its color, its almost syruppy on my tongue. A little less lively than I would have hoped its got a decent mouthfeel overall.

This really is drinkable, I don't notice the alcohol too much and the sweetness draws me back as its not too cloying, atleast for one bottle. However, after about 3 or 4 I could see this beer really becoming cloying and too syruppy. But this one bottle just made me want more. Very nice but not quite the level of their Dark D-bock. Thanks Craig.

02-16-2005 22:56:21 | More by granger10
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

this beer pours a med translusent amber, with a light lace for a head.

the aroma is very malty, with a little fruityness, and slight hop.
the flavor is mostly malt, with some fruity over tones, and a very light carmelized backdrop, some hop bitterness is present but not he main atraction. mouth feel was smooth, little sweet.

02-01-2005 03:10:24 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Clear orange comprising red and brown hints. Head is off-white, mostly lasting. Aroma is deep, malty, very fruity and somehow delicately farmy in its herbal and earthy suggestions. Diplomatic and gentle melon, peaches and several fruit notes yet not hiding its substance (8.5% after all). Mango and not quite ready greenish oranges accompany obvious leather tones. Very approachable at first, but developping into a surprisingly bold fruitiness and more alcohol at it reaches room temperature. Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation is appropriate. Excellent and charming doppelbock example with unique characteristics, but is it really better than 95% of the german examples? Further samplings shall tell hopefully.

01-22-2005 18:10:30 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of sweethome


4.65/5  rDev +14%

Twist-off that opened so easy with no sound. Scary. Pours well beautiful "autumnal" color of burnt orange. Small head that gives way to lace on the top. Only loses a little here due to the quick loss of the head.

Nose is incredible - very german maltiness, and very rich. A turn on a dopplebock. Nutty maltiness, dried fruits, noble hops.

Big, silky mouthfeel. Quite thick for a lager. Rolls out on the palate in a simply splendid way. Rich, chocolate hints, plums and raisins. Just a hint of a root astringincy. Noble hops clean the palate well on the finish, but leaves a pleasing residual sweetness.

The alcohol provides pleasing warmth. A perfect companion for a cool autumn eveing, but doing quite well on this bitterly cold Chicago night.

A real work of art. I have cellared this in past years and a year does it well. I also like doing vertical tastings of this beer. Won't hold up for many years like a barleywine - but does well for up to two.

One of the best american beers in my book.

01-17-2005 02:12:09 | More by sweethome
Photo of inebrius


4.53/5  rDev +11%

Mmmm, a nice velvety spread of liquid and warmth hits the senses right off. Commanding nose of hazelnut gelato doused in sweet cherry sauce atop a gingerbread house floating in bread pudding. Malty sweet, but craftily balanced and a brew that would fool the most indignant German quaffer. Choice brew from the upper midwest where Autumn does actually require a fire.

01-14-2005 04:18:17 | More by inebrius
Photo of LuckySevens82


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

My 100th Review! (yay)
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a light amber color with a neat 1.5 finger head. Decent lacing though and very good carbonation.
Smell is just wonderful: Caramel, some biscuit aroma, and very slight hops. This is a very sweet smelling beer.
The taste is much stronger than I would have imagined from the aroma. The hops are more intense (but of course by no means overpowering), the caramel more promounced, the biscuit more biscuity. There is also a rather Scotch Whiskey like character to the flavor.
Mouthfeel is nice, the carbonation is very well balanced...no complaints on this one.
Overall I would have to say that this is a great beer. The one qualm I could possibly voice with this one is perhaps that there is sort of an unbalanced sweetness in the aftertaste for me. There is a definite whiskey-like character to the flavor, but when you drink whiskey there is sort of a lingering sweetness, this beer does not have that, if it did...I would have no choice to give it straight 5's

12-15-2004 01:51:16 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of merlin48


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

This American doppelbock comes my way thanks to orbitalr0x. Pours a strikingly clear and bright copper red body with a small tan head that quickly falls into a lingering film and collar. Lacing is scanty.
Very nice doppelbock aromas, with a heavy hitting malt assault of toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits(raisins, dates, and plums). A faint hint of alcohol is barely noticed.
Mouthfeel reveals a medium body and good carbonation for style.
Lots of complexity in the taste, with malty sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, but never cloying. Hops bittering lends a nice balance, and some walnut nuttiness compliments some bread and butter notes. Alcohol is barely picked up.
This is an excellent example of one of my favorite styles, and is better than many of the German versions I've tried. Very tasty, and the medium body promotes very good drinkability.

12-11-2004 01:02:43 | More by merlin48
Photo of clvand0


3.3/5  rDev -19.1%

Thanks to kmpitz2 and orbitalr0x for bringing this beer to my attention. Pours a brown color with very little head and no lacing on the glass. kmpitz2 nailed the aroma as sweet toffee. The flavor is nutty and bready, but there's something odd here. I'm not sure what it is. The drinkability is great for 8.5% abv, but I don't like the flavor. Seems a bit thin as well.

12-07-2004 19:28:47 | More by clvand0
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev -2%

Chestnut brown in color. No real head to speak of. Slight malt aroma-caramel and raison like. A touch sweet. Malty flavor upfront-nice blend of caramel,toffee and a slight vinuous flavor. Leaves me licking my lips. Good body-silky smooth. An extremely drinkable brew. Nice to find a doppelbock in the fall-YUM YUM!!! Thanks to bashiba for the samples.

11-24-2004 01:49:36 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a beautiful deep ruby with very little head. The color is nice but lack of head is not as nice. The smell is of deep caramel with dark fruits and is quite enjoyable.

First sip is a mouthfull of nutty, caramel maltiness. Surfing the waves into my mouth along with it are notes of raisin, toffee and hints of hops. The taste is nice and sweet but not overwhelmingly so. A nice biterness balances it out on the way down.

Mouthfeel is very nice here. A good body that's chewy and full...just delightful. As for drinkability, I could easily sit down to a few of these. A yummy brew that's perfect for the fall/winter season!

11-05-2004 03:23:45 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of nomad


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

A beer made for a good glass stein - a deep glossy red color with an even, compact sponge of a head leaving healthy clumps of lace. Represents its name very well.

As a paler doppelbock, this beer is a beauty: big Munich malt flavors of nutty, malty, and sweet flavors that are fully smooth yet subtly complex. Wonderful small sense of alcohol is occasional in the finish and in conjunction with the bare nips of noble hops provides a nice balances to the malt. Has a lean but firm mouthfeel. Its scent is a fair and even sense of the high-kilned malts that flavor the brew.

An essential fall beer for the Midwest, proving so on more than just good marketing - this is good beer.

Update 1 month later: I'm insane, this beer is too good, I need to up my ratings.

11-01-2004 16:49:24 | More by nomad
Photo of TastyTaste


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a dark maroon color, with some red highlights. Almost no head after a conservative pour. Smells of malty biscuit and sweetness. Flavor is oh-so-malty, with a nice alcohol presence. Hops are not the emphases of this beer, nor do they need to beer. Very good, good strength and boldness.

10-22-2004 19:09:41 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of redmosquito


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Amber mahogany in color with a nice amount of carbonation and lacing. Malty aroma, carmelly sweet, balanced by nice yeast spiciness. Some bitterness and plenty of maltiness, caramunich like. Finishes clean and not too dry, the malt lingers, and the alcohol warms. This is an enjoyable after dinner beer for sure.

10-22-2004 19:02:28 | More by redmosquito
Photo of ppoitras


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 10 from Garymuchow. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/4" tan head over the deeply orangey-amber brew. Head is resilient, but better than most weizens, and laces acceptably. Aroma is of sweet, dark fruits and alcohol is apparent, bu tnot in a bad way. Taste is sweetly malty, with the dark fruits, and even some nutty notes, with a clight alcohol stickiness pulling up the rear. Flavor fades to a level which presents the primary wheat and light clove characters. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great for the style, makes me wish I had the option enjoying this throughout the fall season...

10-14-2004 22:33:16 | More by ppoitras
Photo of kmcnair


4/5  rDev -2%

Burnt orange hue, very small ammount of head and no lacing. Roasted barley and sweet malts in the aromatics. Flavor is maple, roasted malt & dried dark fruits, a bit of alcohol as well. Feels a bit light on the palate. This was pretty good for a doppelbock, however I don't really care for the style in general.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

10-09-2004 19:56:18 | More by kmcnair
Photo of Skidz


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours out orange brown and sits a beatiful ruby mahogony with a small light tan head. A beatifully colored beer, very bright and clean looking.

Smells of sweet malts, dates, rasins, just filled with dark fruity esters. Alcohol seeps out from all corners of the aroma. Some like nutty characteristics and a mild, spicy hop background.

Tastes sweet and malty up front, mellows out into a hop-laden garden of goodness. Stern body of hops, spicy and highly herbal, balance the malts perfectly, I can't say anymore. Few residual flavors, orange zest and nuts, exist in the dry, bitter finish. Simply astounding. Alcohol is barely noticed between the hops and malts.

Full bodied, thick, rich and creamy creamy smooth in the mouth with a very mild carbonation presence. Easy to let swirl around in your mouth.

I could drink this beer by the dumptruck. One of Capital's best offerings.

10-09-2004 03:08:37 | More by Skidz
Photo of santoslhalper


4.65/5  rDev +14%

Pours a great fall color. Very nice oranges and yellows and reds. Great looking brew. Smells of rums and fruits. Very sweet. Great tasting. Alcohol right up front that warms you right up. Nice hops and spices. Amazing flavor. Wonderfully drinkable and feels just right in the mouth. Wow what a great brew. I have to give props to bashiba for shipping this one to me. Well done.

10-08-2004 04:10:12 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of longarm


4.08/5  rDev 0%

In terms of color, this is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen, and I can see why they named it Autumnal Fire.
It's worth a purchase just to pour it into a fine piece of glassware, hold it up to the light and see the Fall colors that reflect out it. Aroma is beautifully malty with no detectable hops. A little alcohol smell comes through, but letting it breathe for a few minutes seems to significantly let these smells balance-out.
A malty brew, this has a butterscotch flavor that helps smooth the finish, but is also maybe a little too sweet for me. This butteriness reduces the mouthfeel quality a little, but it's not bad. Drinking more than one Doppelbock in a sitting isn't always easy, but this is an exception. Just watch-out, since it packs quite a punch.

10-06-2004 19:20:00 | More by longarm
Photo of CRJMellor


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours crystal clear caramel color with bright red highlights. Small swirl of head that leaves no lace. Beautiful beer.
Aroma is pure sweet caramel with some roasted barley notes.
Flavors of sweet caramel, smoe buttered bread, roasted nuts and a reisned lightly bitter end. Hugely refreshing and lush, long flavors.
Mouthfeel is sweet and full base. Sticky, yet nice roasted backbone with a zesty bittering on the finish.
Drinkability is exceptional. Absolutely delicious and refreshing. As near to perfection for style IMHO.

10-04-2004 00:55:43 | More by CRJMellor
Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.