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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Added by UncleJimbo on 01-26-2002

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Ratings: 589 |  Reviews: 340
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A strong pour gets a hefty two inches of thick tan head. Body is a perfect brown with tones of amber on the edges when held to light. Nose has tones of pie crust, sweet potatoes and candied malt. Honey glazed biscuity feel enters the mouth with first sip. There is a very fruity flavor to this double bock as it is crisp and very refreshing for the style. Overall it has a syrupy sweetness and then a bit of dry almost dusty spice like bitter on the end of the palat. This adds nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and bold with a malty thickness. An exceptionally drinkable bock. Perfect Fall beer.

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

Copper ruby color with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Smell fresh hint of hops - tastes toasty malty can taste alcohol. Mouthfeel decently substantial and carbed. Drinkability - seems alcoholy and heavy decent enough but I don't think I'd have more than one until it got a bit cooler.

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Photo of ejquin
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper with nice white head that fades quickly

S: Malt, yeasty bread, and molassses. Pretty subdued.

T/M: Slick and smooth, medium bodied. Lots of toffee malt and slight caramel. Fades to some hop bite. Alcohol comes through on end. Just a touch hot, but not bad.

D: Very high for a 8.5% dopplebock.

Ovr: I'm not a huge dopplbock fan, but this was nice. Well balanced with good flavor.

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Photo of Deuane
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a thin tan head that is fast lasting and becomes a thin ring. Low carbonation is right on for the style.

S-Very faint aroma of light, sweet, bready malt. The slightest hint of plum upon warming.

T-Sweet caramel malts up front with a bit of roasted malt and hop bitterness in the finish. Subtle hints of plum and raisins in the background. Nice flavour overcomes the lackluster aroma.

M-Medium body with a nice smoothness and a lingering semi-bitter toffee finish.

D-Solid, easy drinking and smooth. A nice cool season brew to help warm up the internal fire! Would love to have more caramel/roast in the nose but the taste does pull through.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It poured a rich amber color that was clear. It was free of any carbination. It started with a nice heady three finger head.

It had a very fragrant malt scent. There were nice undertones of sweet apples or perhaps pears. Just a delicious smelling beer.

It had a very rich malty taste that left a slightly earthy/metallica/alcohol aftertaste. It was heavy yet smooth and went down easy.

It's a drinkable beer, but the aftertaste kind of gets me. I'm not sure if I would go back for another, at least not out of the bottle.

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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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Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Map Room.

A= This ale poured a clear orange copper color with a 1/4" white head. Zero lacing down the glass.

S= This beer smelled of intense sweet malts, slight sulphur, and very mild hops. A bit fruity for a lager style beer.

T= Very malty and sweet taste profile. I found this beer to have a buttery toffee overtone that was not cloying but a bit overdone. Also showed strong hints of brown sugar and at times a bit of a medicinal flavor.

MF= Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation and mouthfeel.

D= A solid seasonal brew from Capitol. Very sessionable despite the abv.

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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 jwinship83
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- amber with very active carbonation and a small bone white head.

S- citrus fruits, very malty and sweet. very original scent.

T- not as fruity as it smells. sweet malts and a little caramel and toffee.

M- medium body with a nice and heavy carbonation.

D- this is something that i could have a couple of but i have a hard time not comparing it to the blonde doppelbock which i liked more. something id certainly pick up again.

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Photo of atsprings
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Brandoman63 for the Want List extra! Pours a nice crisp dark orange with a decent head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is rich fragrant burnt caramel and brown sugar, quite pungent and inviting! The taste is also a wonderful blend of caramel, brown sugar and molasses, even for a hophead like me, this is a truly spectacular malt showcase! The beer is medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol. This is a truly wonderful dopplebock, easily the best American one I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to EliteDigger for this one. This was thrown in as an extra in a trade he sent me. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Leffe chalice. Beer was dark amber in color with a one finger, smooth, off-white head. Slow to moderate carbonation and no lacing around the glass.

Aroma was malt, caramel, toffee and a faint hint of raisins. Very nice aroma.

Taste was nuts, toffee and very sweet malt. Also some light fruits present, such as apricots and apples.

Goes down smooth and easy.

I didn't know much about this beer going into it. It's definitely a winner. I really enjoyed it and would seek it out if I could get it in Colorado.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big thank you to Faro for sending me this beer in the Secret Santa '07 BIF. I've heard so much about this beer and now I finally get to try it. My first brew from Capital Brewery.

Appearance: Served this one a bit chilled, in my Sam Adams glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Pours out a deep copper color that had great clarity. Noticed a good amount of carbonation bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. A finger plus of bone white, bubbly head formed, from a somewhat vigorous pour. Decent head retention (thanks to all the active carbonation) left some streaky thin lace behind.

Smell: An almost wheaty, graininess was the first thing I noticed. Has a bit of an oaky aroma to it, very faint though. A little yeast and straw round out the nose. Not too bad.

Taste: Nice full flavor here. Very earthy. A bit more of the wood flavor, with a nice smooth maltiness. A bit yeasty with a sweet touch of honey. A little fruitiness in the background as well. A nice flavor. A tough one though, for me to describe.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very refreshing. Nice clean and crisp feel to it. Perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Very smooth and refreshing. The higher ABV doesn't hamper drinkability a bit.

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Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear copper/brown which gave rise to an inch or so thick offwhite head that lasted ok with a decent stickage to the glass.

S- smooth scents, a strong amber scents, strong malty scents, clean

T- has a nice smooth maltiness at the beginning that fades very well into a nice clean finish of maltiness, smooth delicious, but i definitely should have drank this before the bigfoot barleywine... not a trace of the alcohol

M- medium body medium carbonation, solid throughout

D- pretty solid ale, might not drink a whole pack in a night based on 8.5% but hey it would go down well enough

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Photo of sfoley333
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a PP Real Ale glass. Poured a clear copper color with thick foamy white head. Smell is an abundance of sweet malt, carmel, and toffee. Taste is like liquid sweet bread covered in carmel with a hint of hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body. Cant tell that its 8.5 abv and can say this is one of my favorites double bocks now.

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Photo of erwin08
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep coppery red color. transparent with about an inch of head.

S: this beer smells awesome! strong malty sweet smell.

T: tastes sweet of carmel and toffee almost fruity. a little spice as well.

M: silky smooth upfront with a bit of zip and tingle on the tail end.

D: very drinkable. don't typically like dobblebocks but this beer is fantastic.

why are the best ones always seasonals? this one is worth loading up on during those fall drips into wisconsin.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third or fourth beer I've had from this brewery, and while it is good, it didn't really blow me away. It is probably the best I've had from them, and I'd drink it again, but I think I'm going to stop picking their stuff up when there is a choice of other stuff that I haven't tried. That said, if it is distributed in your area it's worth a try.

To start with, it comes with a twist-off cap- wtf? Pours a hazy light brown with a creamy looking head that fades to a cap that sticks around for a little while. The smell is the best part- rich and malty with a whiff of lager yeast, alcohol, and pear. Tastes pretty good, just not as rich as the nose suggested. Nicely balanced, though, with sweet malt and German hops. Earthy, spicy, piney, and sweet up front followed by a long bitterness and a bit more spice. Mouthfeel is relatively big, and a little prickly. Pretty drinkable as the the alcohol is somewhat hidden.

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Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a gorgeous deep orange/red with an off-white head. Smell is sweet malts, light fruits, and melted caramel. Sweetish malts start this out, then a toasted grainy flavor, followed by a brief almost cocoa flavor, and a dry finish with noticeable warming alcohol. Lots going on in this, and I like that. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy yet viscous. Only grabbed a single, would now like to have some more around.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle arrived in trade in late summer/early fall, 12 oz. of big malty goodness from Wisconsin. A twist-off cap (pffft!) removed, and in it goes to the tall pilsner glass.

A: Stunningly deep auburn/copper; 'autumnal fire' does describe this color quite accurately. With the leaves currently stripped from our trees by wind and cold, this color reminds me of what it looked like in October. Complexion is slightly hazy, definitely not a clean/filtered version. Many miniscule bubbles rise to a 1-finger cloud of tan/ivory cream. Head drops slowly to a thin film and leaves lovely lace.

S: Big aroma of Munich malts, cocoa powder, caramel and sugared dark fruits. Raisins and a trace of vinous wood. The chocolate seems to sweeten as it warms and that sugary caramel, evolves to a familiar cola smell with a dollop of fragrant honey. It grows bigger and bolder as it warms, even some woody bourbon notes rise from it - this may be my favorite doppelbock in this category.

I've sometimes poured this style of beer to a simple pint glass; I have to say the concentrated chimney-effect on the aroma in this slender pilsner makes a big difference - good glassware recommendation BA!

T: Like whole wheat toast, sprinkled sparingly with cinnamon sugar. That careful sweetness balances with just enough spicy, drying hops, leading to a powdery cocoa finish.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel and body, creamier upfront with a little zesty/effervescent carbonation tingle on the back of the tongue. Cools down the throat and leaves a little sticky malt coating on cheeks and lips. Alcohol is completely hidden.

D: Quite drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. A very fine doppelbock. This was my only bottle. Need more. Wisconsin? Call me...

Thanks to grynder33.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark red hued amber color with a full finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly. Some lacing present. The smell is nice. A very rich caramel malted aroma. The nose helps reveal this really full bodied beverage. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel also has a strong tang to it. The flavor is very similar to the nose..and that sharpness could be a tart apple. Dopplebocks aren't my favorite style, but this one is a good drinker. Thanks DavidEddie for the opportunity to sample this one!

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Photo of Slynger
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeply clear orange-ruby color with a thin off-white head that dissipates slowly. Just a beautiful color that perfectly epitomizes fall.
The nose is sweet and malty caramel. Honey and sweet purple grapes make their presence known, with a lightly toasted malt overtone. Great nose.
Tasty and malty caramel and toffee along with honey and sweet fruit. A lightly toasted earthy malt finish and a full, chewy, almost honey smooth sticky mouth feel completes an excellent beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz purchased from Archer Liquors in Chicago (my last Capital lager that I ordered from Randy and a huge thanks for this one). Poured into my red wine glass.

Big 1" tan head that seems to last forever... Beautiful..seriously BEAUTIFUL dark copper color... crystal clear as the head drops very slowly to a lite tan collar.

Wow... the aroma of this one is spectacular... probably the best smelling lager I've ever had outside some various homebrews over the years. Big malts are dominant... Munich, a little chocolate .... and an unexpected yet appreciated and undeniable spicey/earthy noble character.... wow.

Taste is the aroma multipled by 100... bready toasted malts... perfect balancing act with the bitterness with a great earthy hop flavor... finishes slightly sweet with a cocoa powder puff across the palate.

This is the best Capital lager I've had... and I really enjoy the Munich Dark when I have a chance (the Dunkel is next!).... There is no way I would characterize this one as a doppelbock, too much hop flavor and aroma...but again... WOW! Autumnal Fire is a brew I would buy a couple of cases each and every year if I had access to it... and every year, I would cellar a 6'er and try it when following batches come out.

Thanks again Randy for all the brews you sent to Idaho... I will definately be doing more business with you.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear as day copper with a 3 finger cream colored head that dies to a small ring. Smells of big sweet malt along with some hefty grain. Taste is big on the malt and is almost like an imperial Octoberfest if such a style existed. Alcohol is tasted a little on the finish. Medium and smooth in the mouth. Drinkable yes, but borders on a session beer, more of an after dinner treat.

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Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange/amber colored beer. Thin white head, quickly settled down to a bare cruist around the edges. Somewhat thin mouthfeel.

Nice roasted malt flavorings, some caramel and ... apple? in there as well. Solid, very drinkable beer for this type. Could do with a bit more carbonation, but I liked this quite a bit.

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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 brewdoc75
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Beautiful amber, rusty red color. It looks like autumn leaves, hence the name. Light, smooth head that dissipates to a lace throughout the beer.

Smell: Very malty, toffee like aromas. No hops. A little fruity.

Taste: So rich and smooth. Ever so malty w/ rich toffee flavors. Definitely fruity. Has some essence of caramel as well. A full malted brew!

Mouthfeel: Soft and chewy. Would class this as medium bodied, but it feels a little lighter. It flows so nicely into the mouth that it would be easy to finish the whole glass now.

Drinkability: I know this is a doppelbock, but it seems to me that this is the ultimate octoberfest brew. I will denfinitely be looking for this beer around O-fest time next year. You have to try this one.

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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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