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Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 68
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-26-2002)
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Photo of CRJMellor
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

CRJMellor, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

francisweizen, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color that reminds me of fallen leaves, cool evenings in front of a bonfire, and pumpkin pie. Head recedes to a tiny ring, no lacing. Smells of caramelly spice-nice. Taste is all warming malt, maybe a bit too sweet, but with a nice spice there to keep it from becoming too cloying. Mouthfeel is a bit thin-I was expecting something bigger. Nevertheless, this is a nice brew, perfect for those crisp fall nights.

skybluewater, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of shippos
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

from BIF7 care of feloniousmonk.

pours with a hazy honey orangey color and a cream off white head.
has a fruity aroma full of rich heavy fruits and sweet caramelized malt. nice mouthfeel a bit on the weaker side of depplebocks, excellent mouthcoating character. nicely balanced with the alcohol note becoming overpowering as some other examples do. not as heavy or strong as others but this is a very easily drinkable version, definetly a good example to try if you have never had a dopplebock before as some can be a bit intimidating.

shippos, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great find! A nice carmel brown/amber in the glass with a nice white foamy head. Smells a little spicey and definitely looks like autumn in a glass. Very tasty...a nice blend of malt, spice, and a hint of hoppiness. This brew went down awfully easy. I could easily see this being a session beer on a Saturday evening watching college football. I will definitely revisit this brew in October...Another fine brew from Capital.

mattcrill, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown ale. Nice before late meal. Wine-like and world class. Dark hazy Copper with large head. Malty aroma. Thick malt, almost syrupy, roast in mid-sip spice, and bitterness. Good experience. Session beer. But what is the alcohol? Easily 6.3%. Thanks to feloniousmonk for providing.

Sammy, May 16, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Tballz420, May 07, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper that’s not quite on the dark end of the copper spectrum. The head starts off dense and nicely sized, but fades quickly. Pours thick. Aroma is very malty, but not much in the hops department. Same goes with the flavor, with the addition of a bit of almost hazlenut. Almost tastes like a spiced winter warmer, but not quite.

aracauna, May 07, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh....Doppelbock! One of my alltime fave styles!!
Autumnal Fire? So who cares if it's only Spring! Come to Papa....

Pours a deep chestnut, with a creamy, tan, rapidly-fading head. Left a smidge of decent lacing in the glass, too. Has a slight touch of cloudiness due to some (unexpected) sediment in the bottle. Odd for a lager, no? Kind of looked like it had good body just from the pour out of the bottle. I absolutely adore the color of Biers like this! The Fire has a good, malty-sweet aroma, with some caramel lingering about. It's quite appealing, and draws you in to its lair. Sure enough, the body was more than medium with a bit of chewiness, and it was silky on the tongue. Flavor is like the aroma in that it has a superb malty sweet caramel aspect to it right up front. Not as sweet as perhaps a Sammy (which I really like) but solid nonetheless. The finish comes up with a balancing, but not overly strong, hoppiness. It's slightly floral, with just the right amount of bitterness. A solid Doppel, and one I'd consider regularly if it were around here. How does it do after a year in the cellar? Vielen Dank to Jeffboo, my main Midwest Man, for a couple of bottles of the Fire!


overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


Bierman9, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a reddish-brown color with a ring of off-white lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet, and of alcohol, bready malts, spices and dark fruits. The flavor is sweet, malty, and bready with a spicy fruitiness. It’s a full-bodied beer that finishes dry and alcoholic. Another very nice beer from Capital. Love it!

Sampled 12/31/03

BeerBuilder, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I'd previously never heard of. A bit light for the style, though the kind of dark, ashy burgandy is appropriately reflected in the name, I suppose. Dried fruit, grains, and caramel aroma -- trail mix beer! Incredibly smooth. Caramel sweetness with a touch of a burnt toast. Feels and sits much heavier than it looks -- a great beer to put along side an "amber" of sorts and teach the concept that color and body are not always intertwined.

Without knowing what my fiancee had poured before we started drinking, and without having looked up the style once I did know, I was a bit surprised to find myself in a bit of a nappy daze after putting it back pretty quickly. Drinkablity defined.

marburg, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of rabidawg
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Glowing ruby with a one-inch white cap. Slight lacing, and medium carbonation. Absolutely clear, with no hint of haze.

Smell: Rum-soaked raisins, plums, and figs. Sweetness abounds, balanced by a thick, dark caramelized, almost burnt, sugar. Hops aren't really evident; this is a malt monster and it makes no bones about it. Extremely sniffable.

Taste: Initially prickly from the carbonation, with the slightly numbing sensation of alcohol sweeping across the tongue in a wave. Sweet without ever becoming cloying. Toasted malt flavors appear when the brew is held in the mouth. Slight tartness near the end, blended away by the ripe fruit and caramelized sugar. Hops come into play only after the swallow, fresh yet subdued.

Notes: A masterfully made beer, and one I've been lusting after for some time. Once again, feloniousmonk, you've outdone yourself. Thanks again for this Midwestern gem!

rabidawg, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great name. I wasn't sure what style this beer was upon purchasing. In fact, I wrongly assumed it to be a marzen, thus I wasn't too excited. Now, after savoring this one bottle, I wish I would have bought more. Maybe next autumn... Pours a dark copper maroon with a nicely-laced off-white head. Smells of rich caramel and sugar cookies. What a big tasting doppelbock! Toffee throughou with carrot cake/rum-soaked bread. Finish is tangy bitter, with lingering sweetness and alcohol. A hearty doppelbock, with a chewy feel. My favorite Capital lager, easily.

alexgash, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan head sits atop a very red shade of amber.
Aroma of sweet, rich, lightly roasty caramel malt. An earthiness that's present in all of Capital's lagers.

Taste shows a sweet, rich, lightly roasty malt backbone. A biscuity, bready, caramel malt presence. Good hop balance. Slight earthiness. Not sure if it's the yeast or what, but there is a charecteristic that's common between all the Capital lagers I've had recently. Nicely balanced finish gives way to some bready malt sweetness clinging to the palate.

Good body and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

I was surprised and excited to find this limited release beer in central Ohio and it didn't disappoint. A good one.

PhantomVodoo, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of cretemixer
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish orange in color, like fall leaves. Thick, ivory head that holds firm for a few minutes and leaves a sticky lace in its wake.
Rich caramel aroma, a bit toasty with hints of vanilla. Some very mild fusel notes. It looks & smells of fall.
Malty sweet, but not the least bit cloying. A mild bitterness mingles with the caramel malt flavors giving a nice balance. Finishes dry and satisfying, smooth all the way.
Medium-full body with gentle carbonation. This beer is almost too drinkable (nah).

cretemixer, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours the color of some of the falling leaves. It has a reddish hue, with a nice thick off white head. When the head gave way, a nice sticky lace was left behind to the bottom of the glass. The aroma has a sweet caramel/roasted twist to it, a nice mixture of the two. You could also mention Toffee in the description. The taste is smooth, hops at first then a nice malt rush comes into play, a nice and chewy malt flavor. An enjoyable and quaffable beer here. Not much notice anywhere of alcohol in the aroma and taste but there was that slight warm feeling in the gut once you’re done. A very nice double!

Stubbie1, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep orange-ish mahogany body reveals orange and scarlet highlights when held to the light. Its full, creamy, light-tan head holds well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma delivers rich, toasty, dark caramel and toffee malt notes as well as some delicate alcohol. The body is medium bordering on full, and the carbonation is fine and moderate. The mouthfeel is slightly zesty upfront before warming across the palate to become lightly creamy. The flavor is richly malty and toasty with dark crystal notes; balanced by some leafy and tea-like hop flavor that lends an almost licorice note to it. A solid bitterness lends to its dry finish although some sweetish, toasted malt does linger. Although it's not a really complex beer, it is very rich and engaging. Very unique - like a very big Vienna lager rather than a darker, more chocolatey or roasted doppelbock. Certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

tavernjef, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour a brilliant burnished copper color with the head pythonic in size, creamy in consistency and a beauteous light tan color, as it ever so slowly fades into obscurity a satiny curtain remains to ensconce the glass. The aroma of raisins, maybe even over ripe plums also sweet malt and a slight musky tone noticed, excellent nose to be sure, start is ambrosial, thick with malt and the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is benign in its acidity, the hops delightful in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste, one “Quaffable Brew Tis’ True”! A hearty thank you to “feloniousmonk” for this bottle as I sit and listen to another monk as in “Thelonious”.

Gusler, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep copper color with a moderate tan head. Beautiful roasted malt and almost vanilla notes in the aroma. There's a definite sweetness, but a bit of hop spiciness pushes through. The taste is very smooth, with a decent amount of (good) butterscotch notes, along wth a healthy dose of malt. Good chocolate notes combined with noteable sweetness in the mid-palate is swept away by adequate bittering on the finish. Perhaps I'm crazy, but that vanilla note comes back in the aftertaste. Silky smooth on the mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good. Just a slight amount of alcohol is noticeable, but it does not deter from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

aaronh, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A Dopplebock! Yum! This one poured a small sized tan head that was fully dissipated. The body was dense with a copper hue. The nose consisted of malt and caramel with a hint of vanilla. The flavor tasted of alcohol, malt and caramel with a tingly and smooth mouthfeel. This beer was medium bodied and there was no lacing.

hotstuff, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent American example of the style. I sandwiched this in between two Salvators (which doesn't seem quite as good as I remember), and it more than held it's own. A little "brighter" of a flavor, perhaps some hops are noticed, but still true to the style. The usual malt/butterscotch taste is there, and a nice smooth body. Head disappated quickly, with little to no lacing. Although it's no Celebrator, I think it's right in there with Salvator, Korbinian, Bajuvator and Moretti LaRossa (which is saying something, as I am fond of all of those). Good work Capital, and thanks for the sample, Monk.

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: An oval label with a sunset red, fading to orange, background which contains a picture of a domed building that actually reminds me of the great dome of Wrens masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral. The label sits affront a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label, complete with the usual health warning ‘bollocks’ that no-one ever reads, wraps up the presentation. I even noted that the silver crown cap was a ‘twist-off’ one – I usually miss these.

Appearance: Poured with a hefty dissolved carbonation, a massive 3” off-white beige head filled my pint Glass. It takes time to deflate to a smoother looking ½” covering. Nice lacing slides down the walls to join its birthplace. The body is a very good looking dark copper amber shade of brown. This beer looks great, once the head settles down.

Nose: Dark fruits dissolved into a thick rich malty aroma. Lovely imposing odors escaped with the “phup” as soon as I twisted the crown cap. The nose lingers with a Chocolate Fudge and Devon Toffee odor.

Taste: Begins with a sweet start, it builds into a toffee middle that has plenty of toasty malts and a chewy, almost syrupy body. Caramel smoothes the sticky toffee pudding finish. Some hop-bitterness is detectable in the finish if you concentrate hard enough.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, like a large lump of home-made Bonfire Toffee. Solid feel on the cheeks, when swirled in the mouth the carbonation easily breaks out of solution. Has a slightly warming alcohol-feel as well, this is when the bitterness gets chance to raise its head above the tidemark. You know what? I recently reviewed a bottle of EKU28, and this SO reminds me of that beer, almost like a weaker version, but with all of the alcoholic presence and tastes. Reminds me of a Barleywine actually.

Drinkability: I struggle a bit with beers that have some sweetness. Yet I easily managed this 12oz bottle with little problem, I could have managed a second if I had one. But beyond that I would have struggled.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer. I am not too sure I could drink too much of this to be honest, but that is not a complaint about the beer at all. Apart from that aspect, this is an excellent, exceptionally tasty brew.

Thanks to Felonious for this dark beauty!

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a pint glass. 12 oz bottle of the 2003 version.

Appearance: Clear ruby reddish born with a good 1/2" of beige foam. Smallish bubbles that eventually form a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Just a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Rich and sweet malt nose with hints of apricot fruit. Some almond nuttiness and prunes as well. Nice.

Taste: Pruny and malty sweetness. Great pure malt flavor, largely of the caramel variety. Nutty and toffee aftertastes. Me likey the juice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a medium/heavy body. Subtle warming from the alcohol, but the taste is masked. You wouldn't know it was there, to be honest.

Drinkability: Good Lord this rocks! My first beer from this brewery and I think I shall have to arrange for more of both this beer and others to be obtained. Wisconsin is a fount of coolness. Shame I only have one bottle at the moment.

Thanks for feloniousmonk for the sample!

ManekiNeko, Oct 07, 2003
Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.