Autumnal Fire | Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a semi thick looking orange amber color. The head was decent but didn't really have much in way of lacing. The smell of the beer has a good amount of malts on the nose and just a bit of spice. The taste has a pretty good bite to it. It's a little hoppier than I expected. The mouthfeel was pretty heavy and a little oily. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy beige head that sticks well and sends shards of lace up the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Toffee and fruit (apricot, berries and raisins)

Taste: Right at the outset, this beer provides a mellow fruity element with apricots and raisins being the predominate flavor; it restrains itself well and never becomes cloying; by contrast, there is just enough balancing bitterness to even things out with the caramel that arrives early on and lasts until the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice example of the style, although it might not make it fully into the category if one were to be nit-picky; fortunately, it lacks the cloying sweetness of some doppelbocks

Thanks, brandoman63, for the opportunity

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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 emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spotted a six-pack at a corner store, and pounced.

Pours a deep tawny amber, a brunette doppelbock. Good head retention, a couple fingers of foam take awhile to recede.

Aroma is sweet and slightly rich. Toffee, caramel, and apple make for a nice blend.

Flavors follow the same imprint of the nose, subdued apple, washed in caramel and toffee. The fruity/toffee notes are reminiscent of Aventinus on a lighter scale. Very mild bitterness in the finish suggests the addition of a small amount of hops. Light toffee candyish sweetness. Nicely balanced, and barely a hint of the abv. A couple would be the minimum in one sitting.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, reddish, orange color with a small, bubbly, off-white head. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of malt with a slight boozy alcohol nose. There were subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted very malty and sweet. The alcohol presence added some more sweetness.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good dopplebock. Pretty easy-drinking and very affordable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to chewy08rx for sending this one out my way.

A: Pours a slightly-murky deep, creamy gold with a nice white head. Minimal lacing as it went down.

S: Sweet caramel malt with a bit of butterscotch and toffee.

T: Caramel, bready malt, butterscotch, toffee, and slight hints of alcohol; a nice richness altogether.

M: Creamy and smooth. Goes down way easy for a doppelbock.

D: Very nice. I love the take on the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light chocolate, slight tobacco/leather and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark fruit and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light chocolate, slight leather/tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, light nuttiness/chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of big dark fruit and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/dark fruit balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome doppelbock style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark fruit and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  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!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a thin fizzy layer of froth that skims the middle and stays a little creamier on the edges, throwing some heavy spotty lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a heavy sweet twang to it of toffee, cocoa, and deep earthy citrus flavors. There's a bit of a roasted edge to this as well, which adds some extra depth and richness to the nose.

The flavors in the taste pretty much mirror the aroma but seem to lack a bit of the fullness. Sweet caramel and bread with a touch of cocoa powder and some green fruity citrus character. There's a bit of a moderate bitterness to this that then leads into a roasty backend. This finishes with lingering leftover notes of sweetness and dry earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow crispness that stays mostly smooth and easy in the mouth for being close to 8%. Just some light warmth is present but that's about it.

This was certainly a very solid Doppelbock but didn't quite blow me away as some of the talk on this beer might have had me believe. It definitely has a decent depth of flavora here though, with a clean body, and it absolutely drinks well for its hefty size. I would recommend this. A well crafted American take on the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramelized malts, some alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and malty up front with strong flavors of brown sugar, dark fruit and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a decent alcohol sting. There's a mild hops presence that is strong enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, if you're in the mood for the style, this is a good stronger beer to drink for a while until the ABV begins to catch up with you.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."

--Stanley Horowitz

Fluorescent persimmon... a tremendous, bonfire-like color that fits the name perfectly. I don't care what the head and lace look like, Autumnal Fire gets a big score on the color of the beer alone. Not that it matters, but the head is the color of orange-caramel mousse, only not as creamy.

Capital says that AF is 'a doppelbock based on an Oktoberfest personality'. That's apparent when it comes to the nose. There's nothing even approaching roasted malt present, but that was obvious on the pour. Toasted bread, dark honey and earthy German hops lead the way.

Let me say right off the bat that I prefer beer of this style to be dark and roasted malty, not the equivalent of an Oktoberfest on steroids. Having said that, this is a pretty damn good beefed up O-fest that I'd have no trouble drinking every fall. Maybe not an entire six-pack, but I'd be willing to split one.

This bottle is from 2006, so I'm sure it's more mellow than the 2007s are right about now. I'm impressed at just how mellow. Beer without the strong flavors that dark malt and/or a ton of hops provide (like this one) don't usually mask such a high ABV this well. The flavor profile consists of sugary toasted malts, toffee, oranges, herbal honey and Hallertau(?) hops.

Although I'm not a huge fan of lagers, I love the way big lagers feel in the mouth. They're both light and viscous at once, with a characteristic that can only be described as glassy. This one allows the beer to go down like summer-weight silk, yet it has a solidity that can't be denied. Great job.

Without checking my reviews, I'm going to guess that Autumnal Fire is my favorite Capital beer. It doesn't match the excellence of the versions from Thomas Hooker, Klosterbrauerei Andechs and Brauerei Weihenstephan, but then those are pretty big shoes to fill.

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Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huzzahs to PackersFan for this one!

Pours caramel/orange with 4+ fingers of fluffy sand colored, with caramel at the bottom, head.

S: Rich breadyness & brown sugar finishes with very good lacing & head retention

T: Bready with pepper & cinnamon up front. Brown sugar, cakeyness & dryness as this warms up. Caramel & maple candy also present. Finishes with a whisper of warming booze, more caramel & brown sugar

MF: Chewy/malty with moderate carbonation, more depth needed

Drinks very easy for the abv, a very-very nice dopple!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of finally being able to try this fantastic beer. I had been searching for it for a good while now. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass. This one was consumed on 11/16/2008.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark brown color forming right away. Nice color to this with a translucent reddish tint around the sides of the glass. A small white head of foam then rose up from the bottom of the glass and settled down nicely leaving copious amounts of side glass lace.

The aroma was again very solid. Rich caramel malts, hints of earthy hops and other tones and a nice and rich sense to it. Some light hints of a roasted note as it warmed and the belly of grain could start to be picked up. The flavor though was top notch. Smooth and coating, this one seemed to take on a mind of its own. First sip dripped sweet caramel malts all over, rich and deceptively smooth. Moving through a slightly bready mid palate it came back out the other side with a nice, almost pine like hop note that was just enough to peak my intrest before rolling back to a smooth and subtle finish of deep roasted notes. Easily one of the smoothest beers I have had in the style, I had no issue getting this one down with all hints of the ABV long gone.

Overall I thought this one was excellent. A very solid Dopplebock and just a nice beer all around. Another quality offering from Capital and something I would love to pick up again!

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Photo of billab914
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a very nice looking deep ruby color, with a modest head filling the top half inch of me glass. The head faded but left a little lacing as it did.

The aroma is big and malty. Lots of bread, caramel and sweet malt come through. I get a bit of dark fruit coming through with some tartness to it. Nice aroma overall, very appealing.

The taste has some great malt flavors as well. I get caramel and cherry out of it first and foremost. Some apple tartness comes through along with some more dark fruits and a little toffee. Very flavorful and delicious tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really like this beer a lot. It showcases the malty flavors very well and it's a very good version of the style. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

As I've said before, I really need to unpack the rest of my snifter's gettin' tahred. This brew pours a clear rich garnet topped by about a finger of hussy-white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, toffee, brown sugar, light maple syrup, and some fresh mandarin oranges in syrup. The taste is heavier on the bready malts, with plenty of brown sugar, cinnamon, and what I imagine to be nutmeg enhancing things later on the 'buds. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a fairly solid d-bock, nothing altogether special, but still quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Forget Christmas in July! Hallowe'en/Thanksgiving rolls on at Chez Wood this evening in anticipation of my upgrade to a chalice later tonight.

Well, well, well. This 2005 vintage held up quite nicely in the depths of my cellar. I got a dense, thick finger of creamy light-tan head with excellent retention off of my initial pour. Color was the most beautiful example of ruby that I have seen in a while and when coupled with its NE-quality clarity, I had to put it down for fear that I was not worthy of its magnificence. The nose smelled like hickory-smoked bacon: sweet and smoky all at once and I fell to my knees and began to kowtow in its presence. The head had begun to fall by the time I stood up and the lacing was going to require a jackhammer to remove. I sat back down and buckled the lap belt that I keep on hand for just such situations. We made a wide left off of Army Street (southbound) away from Potrero Hill, and northbound up to Russian Hill and I was off and running. The smokiness had died down somewhat over time, but it was still evident on the tongue, but the chewy malt had hung in like a champ and soon I was behind it, headed east on Mansell until it turned into US 101 South. That beer, with its Charger and its passenger with the Remington pump, kept me on my toes until the finish, down around Brisbane, when it exploded in the back of my throat with a smoky paroxysm of flames that is simply haunting.

OMFG, AutumnalDave, this beer is from and for you, brother! You gifted this to me right before I got bound up in travel and forgot about it. I remember having some at Capital during Ale Street News' inaugural visit, but it was nowhere as memorable as it was today.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is dark orange to brown in color, appearing hazy and sporting a thick, creamy off-white head. The aroma offers toffee, malt, bread, butterscotch, some sweet fruits. Really nice and easy drinking. Exceptionally smooth feel. Very light in body and creamy on the palate. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a barely foggy amber with a smaller creme head. Flavor is malty sweet. Caramel and a leafy twig tone is there too. I feel like I am getting a slight alcohol burn too. Feel is a sticky liquid combination and the carbonation is lower but smooth with a slight bite. A nice drinker.

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Photo of jwc215
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed reddish-orange-tinted amber with a thin head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of dried fruits, caramelized grain, hint of alcohol warmth.

The taste is of sweetened dried fruits - apricot and tangerine - with caramelized grain and bready notes. There is a spicy dry touch in the finish. Booze gives warmth without being too hot.

It is full-bodied and smooth. Strong, yet refreshing.

Overall, a wonderful traditional doppelbock. Reminds me of Paulaner Salvator (more than the darker Ayinger Celebrator). A great example of the style - a very enjoyable brew, especially on a cold autumn day!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +16%
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.

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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 Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark amber (albeit clear) with a one fingered head that lingers for a little bit. No lacing present. Steady stream of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

S- Caramel notes. Bready smell that is familiar to every Capital offering it seems...lagers?

T- Caramel, spice. Mouthwatering sweetness... as well as a noticeable alcohol kick to this one.

M- Rich and creamy. Mid to low carb bite.

D/O- For me, this seems like it has a higher ABV than 7.8% and because of that, I'd have to ding the "drinkability" factor a tad. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to flyingbison for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is sweet, malty, yeasty, and lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweety, yeasty, malty, a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew at that, glad to have had a chance to try out, thanks Steve, recommended for sure.

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