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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Ratings: 593 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of blitz134
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber-caramel body. Small white head. Little to no lacing.

Aroma is banana and alcohol, which works well in this and doesn't really detract from the aroma. Some lightly toasted malts really make this smell like banana nut bread.

Flavor is lightly toasted malts again with a bit of nuttiness, although faint. Banana isn't as evident but some estery alcohol comes through. Finishes a bit peppery and spicy. Has a little bitterness in the finish as well. Okay flavor really, the aroma is much better.

Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation that helps with the spiciness in the flavor. Flavor coats well but it finishes pretty clean.

Good drinkability for an 8.5% beer. You can pick out the alcohol but it works well in the style. Sits fairly light for its size. Overall good flavor and aroma. A good brew if you like the style.

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Photo of klewis
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received from nflmvp

A: Pours a reddish color. Little head or lacing.

S: Malty with a toffee aroma.

T: Malty with fruity flavors and a prominent, yet subtle sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. I bit too fizzy for a doppelbock.

D: Besides the texture, this is a very good beer. The taste is sweet but not to the point of exhausting the palate. This could be a very good session beer.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 1/4 inch head with a lacing, it has a light brown color to it. The smell is sweet and has light coffee flavors that remind me of good doppelbocks. The taste is sweet and has burnt sugars. The mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth, and isn't harsh. Overall I will have this again, very nice.

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

Thanks to Czoch75 for this fine brew.

a - pours a deep rust color with a one-finger off-white head, little retention in the middle, not much lacing, slight haze

s - big caramel and toffee in the aroma, slight port scent, roasted malt, some dark fruits

t - toffee and caramel along with roasted malt dominate the taste, not as sweet as the smell would suggest, slight hoppiness, finish is a bit short, not much hint of alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, finish not very dry

d - very drinkable, alcohol really not that noticeable, and the taste is such that it makes you keep on drinking and doesn't get tiring, goes down very smooth for 8.5%

Very impressive brew here from the folks at Capital. Nicely balanced taste and and easy drinker. Great doppelbock all around.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to badbeer for this bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a large head that quickly disapates. Minimal lacing. Smells super malty, plums, raisins, dark malts, very little hop presence. Taste matches the smell with a great thick mouthfeel. Chewey, almost a meal in itself, this brew is a great example of a doppelbock. Very drinkable, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled sample via trevorwideman. Copper in colour with low carbonation. Aromas of plums, mild citrus, rich and malty caramel, banana bread, and a bit of alcohol. Solid toffee flavors, with notes of cinnamon (and various other spices), stone fruit and a bit of minerals. Starts off fairly heavy bodied, but has a mildy bitter finish that balances things out. Good stuff.

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Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy ruddy amber with a small, very fine bead head. Aroma of Munich malts and a bit of Hallertau with that deep caramel sweetness that screams "decoction!"

Starts out big and stays that way, the beer equivalent of a hearty German meal. Fortifying. Beer with corners. Initial caramelly sweetness with some slight rye-like spicy flavor underneath, hop presence only minimal at first but a noble hop spiciness emerges in the middle, along with some darker fruits (that emerge more as it warms) and a noticeable alcohol presence, but not much in the way of a burn. Finishes with a lingering fruitiness and sweetness, clean. Properly chewy mouthfeel.

I could drink two or three of these in a biergarten along with some wurst and a bigass pretzel or two and happily doze in a corner afterwards. Just tell me to 'raus come closing time.

Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to an unexpested package from dhchatfiled... This one was on my want's list.

Pours a super clear, super magnifying orange amber color. A dark eggshell colored head fades to a film. Some lace.
Sweet doughy biscuity aroma. Maybe some caramel.
Very sweet flavor as well... almost sugary but more dark fruit flavors shoe up as it warms a touch. Caramel is in there for sure. Some hops, but could use a little more to help balance the sweetness.
Medium bodied and well carbonated. Quite chewy.
Didn't quite live up to the expectations, but good none the less. A big thanks to Dan for sending a few of these my way.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

maybe it was one too many autumn harvest beers, maybe it was something else. Not sure why I typically avoid unknown beers with the word Autumn in the title but I do. Got this via trade as a bonus brew. Glad I did. Was I ever surprised at how good this tasted.

A - brilliant auburn brew, nice thick off white head, lasts a long time.

S - A touch of rye initially, swirling dark fruits and a vinous alcohol effect come around the corner and hint at wonderous tastes awaiting.

T - Rich sweet malts, maybe a whiff of rye. Caramel and toffee finish off the flavor nicely.

M - medium - full bodied brew. Not thick or syrupy but definitely a solid beer.

D - I happen to be a big fan of english barleywines and this is akin to drinking one of those. I got two via trade and was happy after this tasting. Definitely a warming effect through the evening session.

Tasty and worth a try if you can find it in your area!

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

Clear amber beer with one finger of off-white head that fizzles to a thin skim. Smell is full of hefty, nutty malt and booze.

Alcohol comes across loud and clear in the taste, with caramel and some sort of sweet tangy zing. Some mellow herbal hop bittering in there, too. It's thick and smooth, with next to no carbonation.

Nice, clean flavor. I like it better good and cold.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out an amber color with a slight orange hue. Not much of a head to it but lasted along time. Also had a slight tan color. Aroma of fig, raison, malt, and caramel. Taste of malt, raison, fig, and a slight peppery character in the finish. Mouthfeel is a medium/high body, with mild carbonation. Lending to smooth and creamy. Overall interesting, well balanced. A nice brew to sit and sip while deiscussing with friends, and enthusiasts.

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

Poured at 47 degrees without much head and does not look like much Brussels lace. Reddish brown with a slight haze.

Burnt caramel which gives a very interesting aroma. Maybe a little butterscotch with the malt. Unique.

Definite hops. Tasted this before and thought there was a little bit of heat in the taste. Cannot get the butterscotch thought out of my head. Malt coming through as I keep tasting.

Very pleasant in the mouth with the hops, malt and alcohol. Well combined to give a satisfying taste.

Purchased while vacationing in Wisconsin and not disappointed. Would not sit down and consume a six of these but would recommend with friends to discuss all the pleasantries of this product.

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Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/orange, thin white head, spots of lace, nice retention. Smell is sweet, citrus, toffee, alcohol, quite nice, very malty. Taste is sweet and malty, toffee, citrus, more toffee and some chocolate in the finish, pretty rich. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, silky and smooth. Nice doppelbock, not too sweet. Thanks grub!!

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the kind efforts of jj21 and the Simply Beer BIF.

In the glass this is an orange red amber colored beer with a fair tan head that doesn't last. I don't know that I could call this fire colored but I could call it leaf change red.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong lemon and buckwheat scent to it. Slight soy sauce scent here but not very strong. Lighter fruity aromas of strawberries and grapes.

Taste is dry and nutty at the beginning like an old port wine or sherry. Quite strong and good flavor of nuts pecan, walnut and almonds. Strong hops keep the sweetness perfectly at bay; you can only really detect them slightly in the aftertaste. Soy Sauce scent does not make it in to the taste from the smell. A top notch Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is very good.

An Outstandingly good bock beer. A beer I can recommend without any reservations at all.

The sender forgot and left the price tag on this one "$1.59." That is a SUPER good deal for the quality of the beer you get for your money.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of demcorhip as part of a great trade.

Pours a dark copper colour, with some ruby highlights. 1/2 inch head dissipates quickly to a thin lace. Carbonation is low-medium. Smell is syrupy with lots of sugary malt. Notes of plums and figs predominate, followed by a mild caramel and some nutty aromas.

Taste is thick with nutty malt, butter, caramel, plums, yeasty breadiness, and even a muted hop presence that dries the mouth a bit in the finish, and takes the edge off the sweetness. Alcohol and some sour lemony notes are also in there. The finish is very sweet and dessert-like. This is a solid and drinkable Dopplebock that surprised me a bit with a more assertive hop character than I expected. I'd definitely have this again sometime.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Grub for sharing!
This one poured as it sounds - a very fall themed tone, like a firey orange. What an approriate title. I like that. Minimal head. A very sticky, well pronouced malt aroma. Notes of figs and dried fruits. An impressive mouthfeel, opens with a thundering presence and then fades to grey. It's hoppy and bitter upfront, but finishes on a nice sticky, butterscotch note. Texture borders syropy but compensates with a light roast character. Buttery. Flavours of toffee and caramel seem on the bill. I found it a little too similar in makeup to their EisPhyre.
But Hey, this was good.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On a recent trip to Chicago I enjoyed a few pints of this while waiting for fellow BA dhchatfield. The beer was served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: I must say this beer was gorgeous sitting in a tulip glass. The beers body had a firey red coloration. The head was thin and very creamy. Thick streams of lacing remained on the side of my glass.

Smell: This beer has a supreme caramel fruited apple and raisin smell. The beer has a very pleasing toasted nut and bread combo. The hops combine with spicy alcohol to create a floral backnote.

Taste: This beer delivers a major sweet fruity caramel apple and mixed berry taste. This combines well with the beers malty nuttyness. Spicey alcohol and hops break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is slightly bigger than medium bodied. The beer has a low carbonation level. This beer is very smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is well incorporated in the beer and is unnoticeable. This creates a very dangerous combo of dam tasty and sneaky alcohol.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz'er pours with a frothy beige white cap settling to a coating over a sunset red hue with scant bubbles rising.

Light malt scents of caramel and light spice wafer. Perfect for the Fall weather.

First swigs: Biscuit malt and honeyish initial flavors. Smooth cherry fruit aspects and red grape hints. Seems to just graze the surface of a doppel, but an interesting beer nonetheless.

Buttery smooth feel with restrained carbonation.

Last swigs: Cherry like ale with a buttery feel. Thanks to BIF DT!

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Photo of deBeers
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one tasty brew. Doesn't seem like a doppelbock but I'm not an expert.

Pours with a thick, creamy head a reddish amber color smelling of sweet cognac with a touch of alcohol on the nose.

Warm, inviting buzz from my first few sips hints of toasted malt and caramel/honey sweetness. Perfect beer to sit next to a fire with some good friends or man's best friend.

Smoky, rustic notes almost come out towards the backend of the drink. Yum, mouthfeel is exceptional after a direct poor. Very smooth, creamy and velvety with a bit of a bite/smokiness directly after a pour.

Thanks to Travis for sending this out!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sweet brandy and honey amber mix. Mild to light carbonation. The liquid looks a little syrupy. Good head at first, but recedes with ok speed. The aroma is a candy sweet caramell with some very sugary, almost light grape nuances. Hints of other medium strenght sweetness fruits hit the nostrils as well. Aming taste to this beer, not just the alcohol either. The sweet, syrupy, fruity malts gives hints of thick cantalope and pomegranate. Almsot has a thick taste of xmas. Almost. Great warming alcoholic palate with the just right sweetness mnake this a great after dinner drink or nightcap ;).

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is an attractive red amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma is dominatly fruity surrounded by light malt and little hops. Flavors are a sweet balace of fruit notes and light malt with caramel. The finish is light and fading. Mouthfeel is colorful and smooth lending to its nice drinkability. Overall, this brew is a bit more fruity than I typically look for. But, the flavors are an enjoyable change of pace.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby color, very clear, no head develops from the pour, but a light ring of foam remains. Aroma of licorice, nut, raisin, and cherry that is somewhat candy sweet with a hint of alcohol. Nutty caramel flavor, with a subtle, tangy, raisin taste. Not roasty or chocolatey really, it is more of a clean, tangy fruit maltiness, not overdone. Body is light bordering on medium thickness, with soft and mildly foamy carbonation.

Overall there is plenty of well rounded flavor in this brew. It's not a malt overexplosion like some dopplebocks, which probably made it more enjoyable for me. It is defintitely a recommended seasonal in my book. Thanks to demcorhip for sending some my way...

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Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this as a gift from BigLove. thanks travis!

pours a nice copper red colour. with a fine off-white head.

aroma is great. fruity. nice bready malt. a hint of smoke.

taste is great. roasty/smokyness. lingering caramel sweetness. no trace of alcohol in the flavour. bit of dried fruit, maybe dates. really nice and smooth.

great mouthfeel. really smooth, almost velvety. nice body, great carbonation level.

drinkability is great. really tasty and enjoyable beer. thanks again travis!

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Photo of jhammerly
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jpm30 for sending the extra bottle of this.

A good autumn brew to ward off the chill. Not much of a head and it didn't stick around for long. Body was brown with hints of ruby. The sweet smell of caramel and roasted malt. Taste was semi-sweet, some roastiness, and a very light hop finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium. For a doppelbock, I find this very drinkable.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Listed at 8.5% ABV on-tap at the Map Room.

A - Pours a clear bright ruby/mahogany with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet caramel and fruits (raisins, plums and figs). I pick up some slightly toasted nuts also.

T - Caramel apple, sweet but not cloying, figs and raisins, slightly toasty. A very tasty and complex beer.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel. Silky, smooth and creamy all at the same time.

D - Much better than I remember in the bottle. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden in smell and taste until a few pints sneak up on you. This one doesn't exactly fit in with other dopplebocks in my opinion but it is a fabulous beer anyway.

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Autumnal Fire from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 593 ratings