Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 Poured a deep dark amber red with a fairly good head, no lacing. The aroma is quite malty with not much hoppiness. Flavor is all around malt with a good dose of carmel and a very slight bitter finish to balance it out. The palate is good and thick, but not overly so. Yes, this is good stuff. Update on 10/17/2003: I had this tonight with some Maytag Blue Cheese - Oh man, marries perfectly! It soooooo brings out the sweetness of the Autumnal Fire... Update on 11/06/2003: This has become my favorite fall beer by far. Have some while raking leaves (or running the leaf blower)! Update 10/3/2008: Five years on and still loving the Fire. This is now ritual - leaves turn, air gets crisp, and buy a six of the Fire. Enjoy...
thedm (5355) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BigBadBear for suggesting I try this one. This brew pouyred a medium sized head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a hazy brown colored body with no visible carbonation. The nose is made up of a rice caramel malt with an essence of hop to it. The mouthfeel starts off smoothm, tingles in the middle and finishes with a mild alcohol hop bite. The alcohol mouthfeel increases as it warms and begins to burn slightly as it goes down. The flavor is a very tasty vinuous caramel malt hop one with its alcohol content overpowering the other flavors. Was that a hint of maple in the background? I copped a decent buzz of of one bottle. I wonder what the ABV of this brew is. I would guess around 8-10%. It definately has some kick to it.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing color, brightly deep, ruby reddish fire color with a hint of brownish tone darkening it up a bit more. Maybe thats where they came up with the name 'Autumnal Fire'. Vigorous pour produced a hefty dark ivory, smoothened head with some bigger bubbles and little divets, slowly draining down to a fine skim always present and some sticky thick stringed lace and spots.
Aroma is that of most Capital brews, a familiar malty sweetness with some notes of thick starfuit and very dulled dark citrusy-like plums and melons, roastyness is light and very subdued and lends some caramel.
Taste is also very much like other Capital brews, with the familiar malty sweetness, reminds me of the Maibock and Blonde Dopplebock, sweetness is incredibly smooth and buttery with good amounts of caramel malts, furnishing some toffee and very dulled fruits; starfruit, light plum, over ripe melon, and fig. Not all that complex, but loaded full of malts, just as a good dopple should be, as this is. Lightly chewy and sticky, but smooth over all, medium body feel with a lingering sweetness in the finish. Very enjoyable, quite smooth, and just all around pleasingly yummy and good.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy copper hue with a small frothy off-white head and good lacing. Big heavy roasted malt aroma with nutty and caramel characteristics. Nose also hinted of light floral hops, raisin, brown sugar, and vanilla. Some phenol notes as well. Initial taste was sticky and sweet. Minor hop presence shows up later. Moderately alcoholic feel and lightly acidic finish. Medium to full-bodied with an oily and lush mouthfeel. Very good German bock style bier. Very inviting and good for those crisp autumn nights. Recommended.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Glad to get my hands on a VERY fresh batch of this seasonal... Pours with a jewel-red color, the aroma of Munich at harvest meets the nose immediately, or so I have imagined Munich at harvest to smell. Flavors are of expertly handled German malts, truely a "Double Oktoberfest". Sweetness is prominent, but not cloying. A beautiful lager worth seeking out.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice brown color,small to no head what so ever.Good malty aroma with hints of caramle and mild fruit and just a mild alcohol hint.The taste was malty for sure with hints of caramel and very mild fruit and possibly some mild spice tones.The after taste was malty with a slight alcohol bite,and mild hops.This was not a great brew but that could be due to the age.But props go out to my Bro-In-Law for finding it for me,because it was well worth trying and with luck he can get me fresher brew next time.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A ruby brown color with a medium creamy head that quickly dissipates. A warm malt aroma with suggestions of fruit and alcohol, just enough to let you know it is 8%. A smooth malt taste with a slight spice feel. This is a great beer to have on a crisp fall day, with the leaves falling, the sun out, and football on. I am getting all misty eyed just thinking about it. I better have another beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím happy to see any dopplebock brewed in the U.S.--just need more of íem. Very, very malty. Nicely nutty, slightly lemony.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flat mahogany appearance, very light carbonation, no head. Syrupy malt nose, with maple, hazelnut, butter, and light esters. Tangy malt, although it seems a bit muddled. The finish is moderately astringent, which I didnít really care for. Iím thinking this was an infected sample, considering the good stuff Iíd had from this brewery otherwise. Iíll have to give it another shot. Thanks Tom.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I get the octoberfest comparisons. Sweet, capital house aroma. (if youíve had any, you know what I mean) Faintly estery with an attractive mouthfeel, and a sticky malt finish. Hops are muted. But a decent big malty lager.