Autumnal Fire | Capital Brewery

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Autumnal FireAutumnal Fire

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of stumac
2.28/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this brew pours up like unfiltered cranberry juice with a tiny off white head. the nose is cranberries and subtle sweet pale malts. the taste is the same as the nose but more intense flavors, and subtle caramel. this beer is too sweet for me. medium bodied, low carbo.... I'm never gonna dance again...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.61/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A dark brown pour, thin head, 1/5". Aroma was thick, roast, molasses and brown sugar.

So much alcohol noticeable. Thick viscosity. Devoid of hops, steroids and prunes. Fucking dark bitter coffee malt notes.

Not my style, I just can't get into something that the alcohol runs so strong in. I mean, there's 20%+ beers I really dig, but this just tastes way too strong for my tastes.

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Photo of Haus
2.72/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.81/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle. Nice red/amber colour with a slight cream-coloured head to it. Typical carbonation. VERY sweet nose to it... very fruity (fig) and a lot like a honey-mead nose. For %7.8 ABV it was surprisingly smooth. It was WAY to sugary for my taste and very malty. They use Honey-malts which is why is smells and tastes so sweet.

Would I buy it again? No.

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Photo of dmgallag
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tastes medicinal to me. No real aroma or positive mouthfeel going on here either. I don't know, if you like cherry cough syrup this is maybe your thing. Not going to try this one again.

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Photo of drpimento
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one, this year, like the oktober-fests, is too sweet. *sigh* big disappointment. Poured with a nice off- white head and lots of lace. Color is a lovely clear copper. Aroma is malty, toffee, and caramel. Flavors about the same, but less toffee and sweeter. Body's good and carbonation too. A little boozy at the very end. Finish is

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Photo of Emerging1
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a clean pint glass. The color was redder than I liked. I usually look for a darker, copper color when partaking of a doppelbock. The beer offered a decent foam head which quickly dissipated and left no Belgian lace behind clinging to the side of the glass.

I felt the beer did very little on the tongue. It presented with a very alcoholic taste but had very little malt taste that characterizes other doppelbocks. I felt the beer lacked complexity and the potent taste of bitter dark chocolate flavor.

I have often enjoyed Capital's beers so I was surprised that this beer did not live up to the billing of my friends IMO.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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.


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)

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fall is here and so is Capital Brewery's Autumnal!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Using a slow pouring technique, there was absolutely no head on this. There was some carbonation and the coloring was a nice caramel brown. Almost like a light sun tea.

This has a sweet hops scent, a bit on the strong side.

The first sip of this beer gave my tounge a little buzz. There was a slight alcohol bite to the flavor, but not bad.

As far as drinkability goes, I could maybe do one more after this one. This is definitely not a session beer for me as I found it a bit overpowering.

My first doppelbock that I can recall having and so I'll need to experiment more with the style.

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Photo of vacax
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out dark amber or reddish light brown. Around one finger of creamy looking tan head. Retention is decent with a bit of lace to boot. Aromas of hazelnut, figs, concord grapes, and biscuit malts.

Some nice fruity and nutty elements there. Lots of grape flavor up front with some hazelnut, midpalate is spicy and alcoholic. Finish is a bit like spicy grapes. Lingering bitter yet floral cookielike malt on the tongue. The fruity character dominates here and the alcohol is too much. Tastes like an ordinary bock that happens to have the alcohol kicked up to near eight percent. Needs a lot more malts to balance it out.

Nice medium to heavy body, tad heavy on the carbonation but it feels pretty robust. This seemd somewhat tasty at first, but drinking this bottle is more than enough.

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Photo of clvand0
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review is completed from notes taken while travelling through Madison and having this beer on tap at a little coffee shop/restaurant. The beer in the glass was copper or dark orange with a light head. The nose was mildly malty. The initial attack was a mixture of malt and grain. The flavor grew more malty as the beer approached the finish. There were some hints of the smooth malt flavors in the aftertaste. I definitely enjoyed the beer, but I would say that it wasn't quite "oktoberfest" season, or at least the weather wasn't cooperating when I drank it.

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Photo of Aradan
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely translucent burnt-orange/copper hue. Thin head dissipates as quickly as it rises.
Smells sweet like bready malt with a hint of fruit and citrus. The taste starts off malty - though not as much as I would have liked for this style - then echoes the citrus fruit of the smell for an instant before the crisp carbonation introduces the dry, slightly bitter finish. The total effect reminds me very much of grapefruit.
Feels a bit thick at first but the carbonation keeps it in check.
A good but not great beer that gives little indication of its alcoholic strength.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a recent trade from Pauly2X- thanks dude!

Pouring a dark brown with ruby shades into my ommegang stemmed tulip. A small light tan head recedes quickly.

Not getting too much from the nose, but maybe a bit of molasses or a nutty character. But mostly just a lot of malt.

I'm really not a huge fan of this style, so the taste and mouthfeel were a bit off-putting to me. Slightly too sweet for my tastes and had almost a smoky character- but that was the only redeeming quality I could find.

Considering its ABV, this is really drinkable. Maybe I just don't 'get' this style but I'm much more content drinking a more roasted brew or a malty lager with a more upfront smoky characteristic.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger deep espresso foam colored head with no retention, and no lacing. Body is a clear copper.

Smell - apples, plums, pears, and diacetyl.

Taste - same as the smell. Fruit and diacetyl. Decent, but not great. A weak wash of the apples, pears, plums, followed by diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - thin bodied, fluid, and dry.

Drinkability - it's not bad , but it doesn't impress my palate either boldly or subtly.

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Photo of DentistDave
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, poured into a pokal glass

Appearance: Fairly clear amber-copper color. Minimal head with minimal lacing.

Smell: Caramel, cherry, butterscotch. Malts and breadiness is there as well.

Taste: Sweetness is there as is the malt and bread. I can really taste the cherry. The alcohol definitely comes though in almost a rum-like way. The alcohol is even more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Kind of sticky.

Overall: Dopplebock is not really my style, but this was pretty good. I think Capital has better beer, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red/dark amber ale, transparent, with a wonderful shimmer. Thin, off-white head, slight carbonation, dissipates to a film.

Sweet, malty aroma with traces of yeast, candied sugar, warm alcohol, dark berries.

Thick mouthfeel, heavy body, but creamy and smooth. First taste yields a phenolic character, and then dark and tart fruits mixed with bittersweet chocolate.

Nice, wet finish, bittersweet chocolate lingers. Phenols fade out, but brew is a little boozy.

Reminiscent of a Belgian, but with less complexity and a bit strong in alcohol. Definitely drinkable though, with a nice, smooth body. Nice, but only a bit above average.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random extra beer from a good guy. Poured from a twist off bottle into an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass. Beer is brown and hazy. Carbonation low with large bubbles and head is thin an broken, off white bubbles. Not a lot of lacing.

Caramel and sweet in the nose, overall a rather weak aroma. Smells good though.

Medium to full body, well balanced, overall a rather weak malt flavor. Still good just not as aggressive as it could have been.There is a slight metallic taste to it. I expect way too much from doppelbocks. Mouthfeel is fine, drinkability is fine.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a medium to deep clear brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention but good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is more reminiscent of a barley wine then a doppelbock but is interesting nonetheless. Taste is dominated by sweet malt with some very subtle cloves but no banana notes can be found here. Body is about average with some medium carbonation and no alcohol is discernable. Overall, this was more akin to a barley wine then a doppelbock but was quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 19 November 2002. This beer has a red/orange color. The flavor is quite malty. It's aroma is slightly sweet. It finishes with a slightly sweet tangy taste. In my opinion, it's quite an enjoyable Doppelbock. I'll have to arrange to get some again.

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Photo of PTMcB
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - It poors of dark copper and what looks to be no head, but the head quickly starts to appear at two fingers thickness. The head slowly resides while the lacing is impressive and is slowly sucked down into the drink.

S - Roasted malt immediately comes to mind. Hints of cinnoman and spice.

T - Thick with medium carbonation, it tastes of nuts and fruits. It seems to be more syrupy than malty. There is some decents hints of caramel and brown sugar.

M - The syrup like feel leaves me feeling full quickly, though the cabronation helps some.

D - With it tasting like a sweet syrup, I don't think I'll have this drink too often or when the season arrives. It is most certainly a good doppelbock. It's full of taste, but I can't get over the syrup like fluidness.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Winter extinguisher? Pours a crystal clear amber color with a orange hue through out. Very light for style, almost boarder line maibock. A soft but light white head with decent retention through out the tasting but limited lacing overall.

The nose has a nice malt aroma but limited overall in complexity. Some grainy notes with some light sweet caramel notes. Some Vienna notes as well, with a sort of O-fest aroma. Some toasty notes as well. Limited for a dopplebock. A nice clean yeast aroma with some very minor phenol and alcohol notes.

The taste is limited and kind of reminds me of a O-fest. The malt is present but limited. A bit light with some toffee and a hint of Vienna and nutty notes. Really lacking that super caramel/kettle quality for dopplebocks though. Some husky notes on the back end. There is a floral hop note as well, a bit much for style.

The body is a bit light but some sweetness is ok. Lacks the complexity I would like to see in a dopplebock. Overall there isn't any off notes but the recipe, to me, is closer to an o-fest or maibock, than a dopplebock.

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Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear ruby-brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes within seconds to sparse lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and hints of butter. The taste is like the aroma, but without the butter. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation, and a sticky texture. Overall, this is a nice doppelbock that I could drink again.

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