cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Dark toffee malt & banana bread aroma. Luscious, rich, addictive. Very, veru slight touch of hops for balance. Like a good slice of cake, it is hard to drink this slowly. Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Definitely a warmer upper. Fire is a good description for this brew. Tasty, a little spicy and very smooth. I really like this. If its available in your area, I'll bet you like it too. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
The deep red body of this brew is topped by a thick off white creamy head with a good amount of lacing left behind. Slightly sweet yet slightly sour malty aroma with slight fruity notes and a decent hop balance. Slightly sweet and malty flavor with notes of caramel, a slight fruitiness and a touch of hops. Medium bodied and smooth with a slight tingle from the carbonation. GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2003
vibrant ruby body with a tight, foamy tan head. nose is caramelty sweet, mildly roasted. very well balanced, ripe and fruity, full and rich. some chocolate notes as well. as rich, full and complex as a dubbel! velvety smooth , solid beer, warm and rich, damn fine bier! hotstuff (5281) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
A Dopplebock! Yum! This one poured a small sized tan head that was fully dissipated. The body was dense with a copper hue. The nose consisted of malt and caramel with a hint of vanilla. The flavor tasted of alcohol, malt and caramel with a tingly and smooth mouthfeel. This beer was medium bodied and there was no lacing.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 This Dopplebock was acquired in trade with Bigbadbear63, a fantastic trader! Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Poured into my Samuel Smiths Nonic glass this beer looks amazing! The body is mahogany in color nicely complimenting the cream colored head, and leaving behind a substantial lacing. The aroma is malty and sweet, some notes of pit fruits. The flavor is transcendent. The malt is delightful, notes of raisins, plums, and some fig are clear and pronounced, very enchanting. I would think that Autumnal Fire must have a decent ABV, probably 5.5-8.0; in fact a remnant of alcohol lingers on in the finish, quit lovely.
Double-B-63, thanks for another great brew!
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 (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2003
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
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 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2003
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.