Vintage Ale | Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jj21 on 11-17-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: poured into wine glass...light copper body with a shiny glow to it...beige film with some light lacing

smell: metallic, boozy, lots of sweetness, light bitterness

taste: This beer didnt really surprise me...boozy and sweet and lightly metallic in a very nature specific to Capital. interesting complexities and dangerously boozy. interesting enough for a try

mouthfeel: thick and sweet, smooth

drinkability: aight

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Photo of granger10
2.18/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very bright coppery color, lighter than I expected this beer to be. Smallish white head reduces to a small film atop the liquid. Spots of lacing. Smell is strong on alcholic fusels. Some sweeter honey smells. Strong banana liquer with a touch of floral esters. It's not too strong in smell but not too good either. Taste falls along the same lines of the aroma. Sweet without much body behind it. Strong alcohol fusels all the way through. Very hot. Some yeasty esters at the top. Rubbing alcohol in the back. More of that banana liquer. Finish is medicinal, aspirin like. Maybe age could help but right now this is a trainwreck. Just my two cents.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This limited release pours a brilliant deep golden/light copper into my mug. A thin white head developed that quickly diminished with barely a trace remaining. The color is very nice, extremely clear. The nose of the beer has a caramel and dark fruit sweetness, along with a little spicyness and a bit of an alcohol note. Not much in the way of hop aroma. The taste of the beer is initially rather sweet, moderate-high on the sweetness. The sweetness is not overwhelming and enough hop bitterness is present to create some balance, no hop flavors detected. At the swallow and lasting afterwards is a slight alcohol warmth, but still pleasant. The beer is rather full-bodied with low carbonation. The smoothness of the beer is very impressive, exceptional smoothness in what has to be a rather potent brew. Overall I found this beer to be fantastic. The aroma is pleasant, the color is striking, taste is great, and smoothness— wow. This is definitely a beer to sip on and enjoy. Its ashamed beers like this are limited releases, but I guess that makes them even more enjoyable.

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2.09/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a golden/straw tweener color with an average to below average head.
The smell did not exactly say "ale". How can i put it? Marzenesque? That might be it.
I was still on board until i got to tasting it. Man, i took the first sip, and I just completely separated. My body was in my kitchen, but my mind was brought back through the years to a very different time and a very different place. Suddenly i was a boy in the bathroom with a bad headache. As I recall, i tried to alleviate this by taking two aspirin, which ought to have done the trick. Alas, one of these was caught up in that area where tongue becomes throat, and it began to dissolve. As I tried to swallow it down, the acrid pilly badness of salivated aspirin came up into my mouth. And that, friends, was quite a taste. Mmmm hmmmm. pill spit.
I like bitter, i like sour. But the bitter here is something that I don't abide. I've got 3 more and i'll give them a try. Why the fuck not? But i'd better see some changes.
In all fairness, looks weren't bad, and the feel was actually pretty good. So there is some redemption. I'd prefer great taste dressed poorly. Afterall, Rosie O'Donnell in a hot dress is still just that.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Remember my comment about Capital being a 'baker' brewery in my review of the Eisphyre? Well, the same holds true here except that they are now also a fish out of water! You know how some breweries make killer ales and then try their hand at a lager -- well, this is the reverse.

But onto the beer itself, not my philosophy behind the philosophy of the beer.

It pours somewhere between a pilsner and a pale ale, it is either a pinch too dark for a pilsner or a pinch too straw coloured for a true 'pale ale' shade. The carbonation is minimal and creates a head that fades into a nice compact hat which lingers a few minutes before leaving completely.

It smells, kinda like extract burn in a homebrew. Booze mingling lightly with faint malt and some english ale yeast esters bouncing around that gives and overall impression of rocket fuel, or perhaps the finest of malt liquors.

The taste is, eh, mediocre. Very faint hints of apricots and delicate nutty munich are present, but minerals from very hard water, and the alcohol manage to dominate. A tripel without unusual yeast esters to compliment the alcohol. Instead it tries to use sweetness as a balancer, but that only manages to remind me of Olde English.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. The malt manages to fill out the dryness created by the alcohol. The hard water also adds a nice roundness to it. Sadly, there is a cloying nature to it that wasn't unpleasant, but isn't welcome either.

Drinkability? Well, it puts me in an awkward place really. Capital usually kicks out a killer brew so I was going to send this as trade schwag. But I don't really don't know if I should? Maybe they will enjoy it more than I did?

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Photo of jj21
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the Horse in Plow Kohler, WI
Pours clear amber-orange with very little carbonation. Light head that quickly disappears into a haze across the top. Aromas of Caramel, vanilla and dark fruit mask the alcohol very well. Malty structure with a mild hop finish highlighted by caramel and vanilla. Hints of Bourbon appear as it warms. Spicy smooth mouthfeel. Not too much alcohol burn, just right. Very warming. This is a room temp or slightly cooler beer for sure. So much is masked when it is cold.

Great cold weather beer. Alcohol can really creep up and kick you in the ass with this one. Another fantastic offering from Capital Brewery.

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Vintage Ale from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 56 ratings