TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pours rich looking caramel amber with a fairly retained tan colored head. Aromas are caramel, alcohol, and sweet rich malt. Awesome dppple flavor. This is what I was looking for from Autumnal Fire. Beautiful initial malt sweetness, right in the ballpark with Celebrator. A bit of dryness in the finish is all that keeps this from being almost perfect. More people need to try this. It is delicious.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. So glad to see this back! Evidently a labeling problem kept it out of production for a year +. Nice light brown head, beautiful deep brown color. Aroma of raisins and scones. Taste is first hot then sweet, long lingering finish. Drier than in past years, making it more quaffable but loses some of the complxity. Still my favorite at the Capital. Makes winter almost bearable.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a small, but lovely, butterscotch-colored head, slowly simmering, with a color dark brown/near black. Aroma is a jolt of dark fruits and spices, anise, cloves. Great bitterness, with mighty malt to back it up. Reminiscent of a barleywine. A bit too thick in mouthfeel, but overall, a good, rewarding, wintertime warm-up.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slikwily’s reading my mind when he’s sending me Capital beers. They’re great and I’m sure this will be another great brew. Licorice, chocolate, roasty, malty complex flavor. Excellent!!! If there are only 19 ratings for this one including mine, lotta people missing out on awesome beer!!! Can’t say anything bad about this one. Terrific. Big props to Kevin for this hidden gem.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001. Light amber with a thin, white head. Clean malty aroma of caramel, toffee, raisin and molasses. Fairly moderate body with some sticky sweetness. Remarkably drinkable with clean, sweet malty flavors. An excellent doppelbock, though not as dark as you might guess from the name.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy brown/amber body. rich, malty nose. caramel and ripe fruits. fairly strong. good malt complexity. grainy, lightly roasted well drawn out finish. full bodied and lively on the palate. detectable alcohol character, very detectable
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nicedark black color,small tan head that dissipated quickly and left a very ultra small lacing behind.Malty mildly sweet aroma with a raisin and plum note to it.Malty taste with a big raisin taste and possibly prune,slightly bitter at the end of the taste when the hops come in to play.There is a slightly syrupy feel to this brew as it warms up.I don't know what the ABV.would be for this brew but if it falls in line with the average for the style then i'd have to say they keep it very well hidden.The after taste is that of dried fruit and malt with just a faint hint of hops.This is a fantastic brew and well worth searching out if your a bock fan.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aroma, like some kind of raisin cake with lots of brown sugar. Astringent, sweet, dark syrup character, a smidge of cocoa and pretty well balanced. A strange rolling bitter-tart effect in the finish, before going grainy. Fair-to-good label, ding fo the twistoff, dunkel brown. Moderately hopped. Doppelbock is a difficult style to pull off well, but Capital has done it.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark syrupy brown, settles to a darkened rustic peach skin color, recieved a thin tannish head that faded way to fast to a thin ring and very small, minimal amounts of drippy spotty lace.
Wiff...Ahhh....Hello...Malts! One major malty nose, quite hefty and full of tangy sweetness, characteristics of a ton of toffee, some dark orangeyness, with plum, raisin and starfruit.
Taste is more of the same - highlighting a huge malty sweet tang, very full, bold, lightly chewy, steady even sweet toffee loaded goodness upfront with a slight roastyness to it, then heads right into soft sweet citrus of very dark orange mixing lightly with raisin and plum notes and a bit of molasses. Interesting light hoppyness comes through near the end giving a texture of a earthy bold taste thats short lived and then finishes with a quick little smokey nutty sense thats also short lived and then heads right back to a light tangy grab on the tongue. Quite a complex brew. Nothing out of the ordinary and what I come to expect out of Capital when it comes to the dopplebock. Had to have two bottles cuz its complexity is perplexing; plus its yummy good eh.
Feel is pretty full; thick and rich with a hindering smooth creamyness much like a light syrup. One nice brew by the folks at Capital - another balancing act done to perfection.
PorterPounder (4944) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rivals Celebrator in my opinion. Has a sweet malty aroma - akin to tobacco juice. Thick, murky dark brown appearance. Has a light mocha colored head with good lacing. Excellent malty flavor - detect raisins and dates - just the right amount of sweetness without being cloying. Thick viscous mouthfeel - coats your mouth. Overall an excellent dopplebock.