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

Notes / Commercial Description:
With a deep copper hue and rich malty flavor this renowned doppelbock warms like burning embers of a mid-autumn fire as the nights grow cooler. You may be tempted to share, but keep this Fire for yourself. It’s that good!

Added by UncleJimbo on 01-26-2002

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -6.9%
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 +3%
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 +7.9%
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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Photo of ubetchamn
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with a small light tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving only a ring on my pint glass. The smell seems to be sweet malt with a whiff of alcohol and a bit of yeast. I am slowly warming up to the doppelbock style. This had a very sweet taste and just enough carbonation to help clean the palate. I found this selection to be very pleasant and drinkable. I will make a point to seek out some of next falls batch.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely reddish mahogany, a thick off-white head, creamy, with decent lacing. The aroma is full of malty goodness, caramels and toffee, toasty and enticing me to drink. The taste is fantastic, caramels and toasted malts, rich and full and sweet, buoyed by a fair hop presence. A very nice body, pretty full and with nice light carbonation, the alcohol slightly warming but kind of hiding. In all this is one delicious doppel... I want more!

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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 SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jj21 for this brew off my Wants. Cheers!

Pours with a thin head. Dark amber in color. Sweet and malty in smell. The taste is classic doppelbock: malty, sweet, and bready. Mouthfeel is smooth & I don't detect the 8.5% ABV. One of my favorites of the style & I am a big doppelback fan. I would put this up with the best doppels around.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not the biggest fan of doppelbocks, and I found this one to be very enjoyable, which I would call high praise. This beer had a very nice blend of malt character (not too much, as is frequently my opinion of this style), just a bit of cerealness, and a very pleasant mouthfeel.

It poured a rich caramel color with a thick tan head. Aroma was malty, with a bit of caramel. Flavor was pleasingly sweet, but not overwhelming, maltiness. There was just a touch of cereal-ness, which is what I typically object to, but it was in a very nice moderation in this beer. Mouthfeel was smooth, substantial, and good.

I would definitely recommend this ber.

I had this on-tap at the Palm Tavern in Milwaukee.

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Photo of botham
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.pours a brilliant reddish amber with a few fingers of light orangish heaad that remain for a few minutes. no lacings.

smell is sweet and malty, namely munich and caramel malts. not much on the hops side. there is a faint fruitiness that consists of apple and a bit of spice. a complex mix that is well laid-out.

taste is very malty, with munich and caramel malts dominating. the apple flavor is present here as well, alongside apricot and a bit of floral yeast. very well proportioned and perfectly concentrated. a hint of alcohol upon finishing gives this one a slight bite.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and smooth in texture. a slight alcoholic note on the finish give it a bit of spice (at 8.5 APV, this is very mild). finishes on a sweet note.

drinkability is good. this brew is magnificent. an excellent dopplebock, and a great autumn brew. the flavors and alcohol content will shy some drinkers away, however. overall, another wonderful example of Capital's strength in making great brews. cheers!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained 2 bottles in a trade with Buckeyesox (thanks Dave). The beer pours a crystal clear light copper color, with a thin and short-lived tan head. The aroma is really nice, sweet malty tones which could have come straight from Germany. The flavors were all rich malt, sweet and a little alcoholic, just a hint of bitterness in the after-taste. A slightly thick body maintained a good physical presence with each sip, making this exceptionally drinkable.

Overall a very good doppelbock and one that deserves a higher rating in my opinion.

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Photo of brdc
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle.
It pours a distinctive red brew, with some brown and golden overtones, with a thin, short-lived off-white head. Perhaps it was a bit too cold.
Velvety on the mouth, the aroma is rich but not overwhelming, roasted, caramel and toffee.
Malty taste, sweetish but not overly sweet, with a minot hoppy bite. Think rich Vienna lager or light doppelbock, or somewhere in between. Not as rich as I expected, but pleasant and very easy to drink.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this from the boys of BIF 49. Says on the cap in red sharpie, "2006"

Looks the color of pumpkin pie with a slight haze to it. The head is a dirty irregular film.

Smells of fresh, hand-pulled taffy with undertones of allspice and pumpkin. I really don't know where this fits in "by style", but I'm diggin' it.

The sweetness from the smell is there again but it is pounced upon by again some pumpkin and spices along with a slightly sour rye. The sweetness comes back in a more fruity way that accentuates a raspberry and cantaloupe. Again, very interesting.

Feels big and thick but silky with the carbonation adding the most to the body.

An interesting and enjoyable take on the style.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber-copper, hazy, off-white head, very little retention, initially some nice lacing.

S: Wonderful fruit-bread with sherry and a little spice.

T: Very bready malt, fruit bread, raisins, prunes, figs, dark caramel, grassy hops with a little spice. There's a little more residual sweetness than most Bavarian's, but there's also a little more hop bitterness as well. Apparantly it's based on an October fest personality, and that comes through (it's almost more of a double-fest than a true doppelbock).

M: Moderate to full body has some residual sugar. Modest carbonation.

D: Damn good for its strength.

A great beer. I like it more than Salvator, but I like my doppels a little darker & maltier.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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 dfried
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

See through, but dark, coppery body, large frothy off white head, that lasted at around 1cm for the duration. The aroma is full of malt, caramel and brown sugar, with grainy notes. Light floral hop aroma, and a slight tinny/yeasty hint. The taste is also quite sugary and malty, hints of molasses and apple peels. The hops are floral with some citrusy notes. Medium bodied, sweet dry mouthfeel, pretty easy drink though not a session beer.

Overall: I didn't know this was a doppelbock until I went to review it, I thought it was a decent regular amber lager of sorts. I wasn't really all that impressed with it, which suprises me since it gets quite a bit of praise in many reviews. Maybe a bad sample? I am definitely going to revisit this one to find out.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in 12oz pilsner glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber. Small head, quickly drops to a ring. no lacing.

S - I could smell it as soon as I started pouring. Chunky malty goodness, and clean. Lots of dark fruit sweetness.

T - The taste is superb, just an awesome malty dark fruit presence which is pulled back by the hops from going over the edge. Very clean, no boozy characteristics either. Just about perfect.

M - Thick and creamy, the taste lingers on the tongue for quite some time after. A soft and gentle warming slowly emerges in the back of my throat.

D - Goes down ridiculously easy for such a big drink. Loving every minute of it.

Oh my, this is so good! I liked the Celebrator, but this does a better job of hiding the alcohol and seems ever cleaner. It sure ain't much of a looker, but it is what's inside that counts. Too bad I only have the one bottle, I'll be craving this for some time.

Thanks for the bottle democorhip!

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$2.29 Single
Steve's Liquor Madison

Autumnal Fire poured a clear glowing caramel brown. A 2 finger khaki head formed on the pour quickly falling to 1 finger that lasts. A glassful of large carbonation bubbles rise to the head. Leaves patchy lacing.

The nose is complex but subtle. Big hint of banana bread off the bat which is definately appealing. Subtle caramel maltiness in the background. Doughiness combines nicely with the other aromas. Every now and then I get a slight metallic twang that doesn't detract from the beer.

Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Banana bread up front mixed with a mild but spicy alcohol that lingers in the back throughout. Caramel sweetness comes through mid palate with the alcohol getting spicier on the finish. Mild fumes rise through the nose.

Good medium body with a rich texture. Velvety smooth with mellow carbonation.

For such a high abv this beer is surprisingly drinkable. Enough sweetnees to mask the alcohol without becoming cloying.

Autumnal Fire is an excellent doppelbock from Capital. Enjoyable, easy drinking, and great flavor. The high point, without taking anything away from the flavor, is the mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MuddyFeet for this one!

Poured this doppelbock into a pilsner glass.

Autumnal Fire has that exact color too it, a beautiful autumn sunset of burnt orange. A nice two finger khaki colored head that dies down to a nice lacing. Stickiness is pretty good, here and there on the side of the glass. Very mild smelling, like most doppelbocks. Delicious caramel/toffee that also has a slight yeasty white bread character but lacking a bit in aroma. Taste is much of the same as the nose. A big delicious malt explosion in the mouth. So much caramel malt flavoring, but a bit of milk chocolate seems to surface on the tounge as well. Dark fruits seem to give way as well, raisins, dates, and plum. Mouthfeel is so smooth, exactly what you would expect in a doppelbock. Full bodied with medium carbonation. I hardly detect any alcohol in this 8.5% beauty. Great representation of this style. If you enjoy bocks, definitely pick this one up.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 umustdrink
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light red, dark orange color. Head is dark white and settles to a thick film. Lacing is pretty nonexistent.

S - First thing I smell is rich caramely malts but in the background, and as I was pouring it, I sensed some banana-like yeast. Overall, the smell is somewhat akin to banana bread.

T - Carbonation bites at first, then there is a light caramel malt. After that there is a bready, sweet malt and then finally a dark raisin-y fruitiness and a slight sense of alcohol.

M - I feel that this one has too much carbonation, which obviously hinders the taste. Other than that, the consistency.

D - Overall, this is slightly above average in terms of Doppelbocks. I guess I was hoping for more depth in taste based on it's rating and alcohol content but it seemed so subtle that it was hard to notice. Still a very fine beer but I wont be paying 9 bucks for a six pack of this any time soon.

Give me the Eisphyre.

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

Has a rusty carmel color with 1/2 inch of fluffy cream colored head which leaves some lacing. I smell carmel and it has a barley type malt aroma with some sweet raisin scent. There is little alcohol smell and not much hops either. Tastes good. Heavy roasted malt flavor almost burnt. I'm tasting a little barley some carmel and a faint hop flavor at the end. Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel. This beer is pretty smooth for the amount of alcohol. I think it has a lot of flavors that seem to all work well with each other.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this beer.

A: Copper pumpkin color with just a few streams of slow moving bubbles. Head is a ¼ of medium sized sand colored bubbles.

S: Caramel corn, cooked carrots, old apples and maple syrup.

T: Massively malty, this beer screams doppelbock…even more flavorful than most of the German counterparts. Begins with stewed veggies and fresh cinnamon roll dough which gives way quickly to smooth blackstrap molasses and clean maple syrup. Robust flavors abound but flawlessly executed with hints of spices and streaks of vanilla and butterscotch. Finishes with mild cider aspects with red grapes and burnt caramel.

M: Medium body with a full and clean mouthfeel.

D: Delicious beer, better than most counterparts in Germany in my opinion. I like this brewery.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 593 ratings