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Autumnal Fire - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 15 | 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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 03:34:29 | More by Sammy
Photo of Tballz420


4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 17:10:36 | More by Tballz420
Photo of aracauna


3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 05:33:25 | More by aracauna
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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


Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 19:09:31 | More by Bierman9
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 16:18:42 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of marburg


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 18:44:42 | More by marburg
Photo of rabidawg


4.5/5  rDev +10%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 06:30:51 | More by rabidawg
Photo of alexgash


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2004 19:21:38 | More by alexgash
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 05:48:24 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of cretemixer


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 11:52:35 | More by cretemixer
Photo of Stubbie1


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 20:37:00 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 22:20:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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 Gusler


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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”.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 01:57:41 | More by Gusler
Photo of aaronh


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 02:44:52 | More by aaronh
Photo of hotstuff


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 00:56:20 | More by hotstuff
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 JohnnyDuvel


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 05:02:57 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 05:46:05 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of ManekiNeko


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 03:04:29 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of moulefrite


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, a delight to pour on this cool Fall day here in Chicago. The color is all Fall with a deep brown hue that is highlighted by burning red and flaming orange. The head is rich and murky. It fades fairly quickly, but the lace is firm and ever present. The aromatics are at once rich and warming with abundant malt, raisin and nutty, milky chocolate nuances. In the mouth the beer sings! This is a meal and true to the style. I think the monks would like this stuff. Loads of rich malt, creamy chocolate milk like aromas. Long, full bodied, and complex in the mouth with bitter mocha, more chocolate and raisin-nuts-the alcohol is very warming,and integrated well as not to overwhelm. This is a slow sipper so be careful as it is very easy to drink. Had a couple watching game 1 of the Cubs vs Braves playoff series 2003...can it get much better?

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 00:26:46 | More by moulefrite
Photo of jackndan


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumnal Fire, from Capital Brewing Company. Well, I anticipated another Oktoberfest Marzan, but from the aroma alone, I sense we have something else. Mind you, my nose is a good foot and half from the glass. A quick BA check confirms it, a doppel bock. It has that malty, raison aroma, with a wee whiff of alcohol.

Pours an unusual deep garnet color, and appears clear to the light. The head is well off white, with streaks of tan.

Definitely a doppel bock: huge malty blasts of dried fruits, raisons, a bit of bready malts, and a little caramel. Fairly assertive tastes of alcohol as well. Creamy mouthfeel, somewhat unexpected, but pleasant. Significant warmth from the alcohol, all the way down. Hmm, I can find no information on the abv, but I’ve got to think its well north of 6% or 7%. I’m going to buy some more and see how it keeps.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 22:09:10 | More by jackndan
Photo of Winter


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A much anticipated annual Fall limited release from Capital. Described as "a doppelbock based on an Oktoberfest personality" from the brewery, Autumnal Fire seems a lot more doppelbock than O'fest to me. Regardless, it is a tasty offering that, every time I try, seems to reveal some previously unnoticed nuance in the flavor.

The appearance epitomizes Fall colors with a beautiful dark brown and garnet body topped by a khaki colored head. A familiar Capital doppelbock aroma reveals itself. The nose consists of malt, candied raisins, dates and molasses. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. The taste consists of sweet malt, caramel, oak and fruit, almost like feint cherry. The warming alcohol almost adds an odd flavor charateristic in the finish and is pretty noticable throughout as an underlying element. To me this detracts a little and doesn't seem to balance with the other flavors in that aspect. As the beer warms to room temp it almost takes on a brady or cognac-like flavor and essence. Top notch!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 18:18:21 | More by Winter
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tis the season. Capital Brewing has this only about 2 months out of the year. I went directly to the brewery to make sure I got it. Pours a nice 1" head that turns into a nice lace. Nose is malty and a tad sweet. Taste is like an over the top Oktoberfest. Lots of malt(roasted) a little sweet and hoppy. The alchohol shows its head after you swallow a few sips. I would guess this is 6-8%

This is a fine brew but I get burned out on Oktoberfest taste. Just a personal thing

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 01:38:08 | More by daledeee
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I kept this beer as a reminder of last season's Oktoberfest. I poured it quite cold and it responded with a beautiful 1/2" tight head having small bubbles and just a hint of green on the gold. The color was cinnamon and it threw a spicy smell out to meet me from about two feet away even five minutes after I poured it.

The taste is balanced. First it's sweet, then spicy, then bitter, then sweet again. It wanders around

The mouthfeel is viscously medium to full bodied. High ABV lagers can get cloying but this one stays just back of that. It's "juicy". What exactly makes a tongue squirt saliva out of the sides? I recall tart doing that but I don't get tart here. I look forward to buying and trying it again this year.

The dangerous part about "an Oktoberfest style brewed to a Doppelbock strength"is its drinkability. Choose your designated driver early or stay at home...Yeah....this is a good "Stay at Home" beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 17:40:31 | More by faernt
Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.