Autumnal Fire | Capital Brewery

Autumnal FireAutumnal Fire
BA SCORE
4.06/5
590 Ratings
Autumnal FireAutumnal Fire
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 01-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,803
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
590
pDev:
10.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
37
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Map Room 9/13/08.

A: Served a clear, caramel-brown, with a 1/2 finger, light-tan head that left speck and globs of lace behind in the glass.

S: Rich aromas of toasted malt, sweet caramel, and hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Toasty caramel malt, peppery spices, sweet dark fruit, and a touch of chocolate.

M: Dry and spicy with a sweet and oily malt smoothness that has to be felt to be believed.

D: Excellent mixture of sweet, spicy, and smooth. This beer begs, no, commands you to keep drinking it!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 Ineedabeerhere
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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 scoobybrew
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear, ruby amber color with a decent head that settles a bit

S - sweet malt aroma, caramel accents; no hops

T - rich malt flavors with a touch of hops on the finish; malt is caramel-like with some toasted characteristics

M - medium-full body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent doppelbock for an American brewery. It seems to hit the style on the nose. However, I must admit that I prefer some of the classic German versions a little more - perhaps I'm just not picking up that unique decoction-like malt taste in this version. Nonetheless, this is a tasty beer and worth a try.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown amber, with a thick airy head that recedes quickly to outer rim lacing.

Aroma: Smells sweet, sticky and smoky. Could it be? Liquid baby back ribs?

Taste: Phenomenal balance of sweet malts, and a brandy like booze aftertaste. This beer is extremely unique and impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick mouthfeel, with a nice sticky aftertaste that makes it tough to put down.

This is my first offering from Capital Brewery, and to say I am impressed would be an understatement. I can't wait to get my hands on some more of their brews.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into standard pint. Got a sixer of this from nflmvp out of the blue, apparently as a thank you for our face-to-face trade at GToM. Steve, I am in your debt, sir!!

As close to a perfect beer for my tastes as I have found. I love a good malty brew, and this one fits the bill. Throw in a bit of a spicy mouthfeel and finish, a nice alcohol burn and just perfect malt blends makes for a fantastic beer.

Could have a bit more carbonation but that is a small criticism. Very drinkable, almost too good for a beer that can knock you on your kiester if you had a few too many!

Love those folks in Mad-town! And thanks again Steve! I can't wait till we trade again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PHawk for sending several of this one.

A: Pours a brillant amber color, really reminds me of maple leaves as they turn color. The head is rather small and has little retention. No lace.

S: Big on malt with hints of brown sugar, cotton candy, apple and peach.

T: Nice and sweet up front. Molasses and brown sugar mostly with hints of apples and pear. A touch of piney hops and be detected in the finish with a bit of boozy burn.

M: Medium in body, rather smooth.

D: Nice, a nice brew for a cool fall evening. Too bad I work on Halloween night or I would put a few of these away.

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Photo of nickynick
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital Autumnal Fire poured a very dark amber, almost red, with a nice head. Smell was sweet malt with the faintest hint of hops. Taste was super sweet malt, with caramel notes. Wave of sweetness with every sip. Mouthfeel was good, not to thick. Drinkability is good to, almost to good with the ABV of this beer, you need to be careful. Overall this is another great beer from a good brewery. I love just about every beer I have had from Capital.

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Photo of Aradan
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Pauly2X
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish amber, one finger head quick to fade.

S- Sweet dark, rich caramel, with light hints of dried fruit.

T- Rich complex caramel throughout, with hints of chocolate along the way. A warming alcohol note does much of the work to keep the sweetness from being overwhelming. A slight hoppy bitterness pops up toward the end before it finishes smooth and sweet.

M- Nice and rich the carbonation is slightly tangy.

D- If I didn't get full I could easily drink more.

No doubt a great Dopplebock. Capital really didn't do anything "special" per'say, they did however make a great no frills, by the book, Dopplebock.

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Photo of Gump
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A strong bock. Very malty and strong. A good combination for this time of year (fall).
Good clean pour, bright reddish copper color, no head but adequate carbonation.
Almost too malty, but the hop presence offers balance. Alcohol isn't too overpowering. It creates a warming sensation while keeping drinkability high.

Thanks to my buddy in Madison for mentioning this one to me, it's terrific.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a hint of orange, minimal head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of sweet malts, fruit, some yeast, a bit of cinnamon, and a hint of bubblegum.

Taste of sweet malts starts with some banana, a slight nuttiness comes through on the finish leaving a nice with some roasted malts lingering.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean with a bit of a bite.

I will definitely purchase this beer again, damn good stuff.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of '07 and a bottle of '08 in a trade with eyncognito, thanks Ian!

'07 & '08 - 12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - '07 - cloudy amber color with a good sized beige head that eventually thinned out to a light ring despite the constant stream of carbonation bubbles.
'08 - clear amber color with a small beige head that completely vanished in a few minutes.

S - '07 - heavy dose of malty sweetness and some graininess.
'08 - roasted malt, sweet caramel aroma.

T - '07 - doppelbock heaven, this beer is sweet and delicious, slight taste of alcohol as it warms up.
'08 - I didn't give it a chance to warm up, as it was too delicious. Sweet malty flavor all the way through. The fresh '08 version caused me to bump up my rating to a 5.

F - '07 & '08 - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - '07 & '08 - a very tasty brew that's easy to drink, be careful of the elevated abv.

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Photo of BeerCheese
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep amber color. Crystal clear with a fluffy tan head, about 3/4 inch after the pour. Barely detectable smell for me. Just kind of smelled like a fresh light beer. Malty taste with a more hoppy finish. Nice alcohol warming from the high ABV. Some fruity flavors. Just a very good tasting beer. Medium/heavy body with average carbonation. Very drinkable, but only in moderation I fear because it's a strong one!

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a over sized tulip.

Pours a rich rusty copper color. Clear with a blood like tinge to the color. Head is barely there, which with this ABV is understandable. Could be my wife put my glasses in the dishwasher again, I'll know come next pour.

Smell is roasty malt, hints of honey and caramel. The grain bill on this one has got to be HUGE!

Flavor is of caramel roasted malt and sweet grains. The alcohol is up front here, but not offensive as the beer has so much substance. Very bright flavors of toffee and cream. Biscuit/bready goodness comes through. Slight hop hit that lends to the sweetness of the grain very nicely. A great flavor profile!

Mouthfeel is slick and chewy. The carbonation is a little biting and could be a bit softer, but overall very nice.

Nice beer, I would buy this for friends, a perfect campfire warmer!

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a thick foamy head on a dark amber body. Taste and smell were very similar and delightful: very sweet, fruity, with some carmel. Despite it's high ABV, it was very smooth, very easy to drink. Little or no alcohol bite. I've not had many doppelbock's, but if they're all like this one, I'm definitely going to. Excellent.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red-amber, nice bubbly carbonation, short but dense head.

Smell: Sweet caramel and some fruity notes.

Taste: Sweet, boozy fruit is the main flavor. Caramel and toffee flavors also come around.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy for a strong beer.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable for a doppelbock, maybe close to dangerously drinkable due to the alcohol level!

Revisited this beer for the first time in a few years. It's a solid doppel, seemed a little unique in that the fruit flavors won out in the battle with the caramel and toffee flavors. A tasty beverage.

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Photo of younger35
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this brew from Binny's for about $13. This is my first brew from Capital even though I've been to the brewery/brewpub (it was freaking closed!). Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a slightly orange reddish with a nice one finger dirty white head that recedes very slowly leaving a super thin cap and a thick fluffy collar. Loads of lacing is left for all to enjoy.
Smell- Has a slightly sweet tinge that is loaded with a buttery caramel and toffee deliciousness. Plenty toasted with a great malty profile. A sort of earthy Euro hoppiness that seems right on the money.
Taste- Picks up right where the nose left off. I'm not sure I've ever had a brew that tastes exactly like it smells more than this one. Slightly sweet from the start with an Oktoberfest like maltiness that is loaded with toffee and honey. Bits of cherry seem to creep in at times with a slightly citrusy kick. Earthy and dirty the hops finish with that same German goodness that the nose hinted to along with a bit of nuttiness. No signs of that 8.5% that is supposedly in here.
Mouthfeel- Thick and close to being syrupy with light crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- My foray into Doppelbocks is fairly limited but this is pretty tasty. I'm not sure that I could drink more than one or two because it can get semi cloying but it's definitely not too bad. Good brew that's definitely worth a shot!

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant scarlet with a thin, tan-colored head that leaves absolutely no lacing. High marks on fire-like color alone.

S: Complex nose: caramel malt, pear, plum, berry, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Robust and full-bodied with an overriding taste of sweet malt. Big notes of plum and berry. Subtle hints of vanilla, oak, baked-apple spice and ambrosia.

M: Silky mouthfeel with a high level of effervescence.

D: Pretty darn drinkable considering the higher ABV. Unusual taste profile begs for more than one bottle.

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Photo of Emerging1
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
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 gabemasiulis
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass
This beer poured a vigorously fizzing head that quickly left no lacing. The color was clear, a dark shade of amber.
The aroma was big and malty, brown sugar, but with an extremely interesting ripe fruit, (plum?) underlying.
The Taste begins sweet and malty, but then takes you with its spice and slight bitterness, but all the while the fruit lingers around.
Mouthfeel was thin, giving off more fizz in the taste than is apparent by sight. The feel although thin had almost a creamy warmth to it that was quite pleasing.
Very nicely balanced, this beer is very good for the season, malty and spicy like a good oktoberfest, but still with some more strength and complexity as a doppelbock

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a pilsener glass

A: Pours a clear dirty penny copper and topped with a rather bubbly/foamy tannish, one inch head that fades rather quickly into nothingness. Ropes of carbonation bubble up from all the scratches at the bottom of the glass. I feel as though my glass is somehow not clean enough, damn.

S: Thicky and sweet doughy caramel with a spalsh of what almost seems like apple cider. Its not just an apple aroma here, there is some spice involved as well, and boy is it laid on thick.

T/MF: Rich, almost creamy, but still very very chewy. Taste is of caramel and brown sugar, mixed with a mildy sweet, mildy spicy red apple. Mild boozy heat in the middle, closes with a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon.

D: Very drinkable, very tasty and complex with a great mouthfeel to boot. This beer hides its weight very well and can take you by suprise if you are not careful. Only wish it looked a bit better than it tasted.

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Photo of bashiba
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was shocked when I realized I hadn't reviewed this, its been one of my fall favorites for years.

It pours a crystal clear copper with a thin tan head.

Has a great big malty nose with brown sugar and a strong nuttiness with a touch of cedar.

The flavor is malty goodness, slightly sweet with a great wood and nut qualities along with some dark fruity flavors and a light smokey bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy leaving a long lasting oily coating.

Super drinkable for an 8.5 abv doppelbock, dangerously so. A fall classic.

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Photo of mynie
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Autumnal Fire sounds like the name of John Tesh album, but whatever.

Gorgeous pour. Dark red bock malt, clear as clear can be, topped off by a nice white head.

Smelly insanely bocky. Gigantic malt. Syrupy and, well, fiery. Rounded sweet like monkey bread or cake frosting. I'm almost expecting some vanilla or cinnamon nodes even though none show up.

Tastes as bockysweet as it smells. It's like some kind of god damned european candy. The bready sweetness is rich and intense but in no way syrupy or burny. Lots and lots and lots of fresh candy malt. Nothing else going on here, no other way to describe it. This here is a malt bomb.

Probably the easiest drinking +8 ABV beer I've ever had. If I ever find this on tap I am not making it home in one piece.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze mahogany with reddish highlights. Head is crisp and white, and quickly thins to a slight ring.

Aroma is sweet and malty, brown sugar, dark fruit esters and alcohol.

Taste is bready toasted caramel malt. Plum and dates bring the juicy dark fruit notes. Also hints of orange, and apricot. Hops offer a pleasant earthy bitterness. Nutty; with a spicy, smokey finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, chewy and syrupy thick.

A malt bomb that is sweet, but not overly so. Earthy and nutty. Very toasty. Alcohol presence is readily apparent - but in a good way. Interesting subtleties in the flavor keep me coming back for more. Very nice.

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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 590 ratings
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