egajdzis (6881) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2006
Poured a copper color with a small, off white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet honey, grains, light smoke, dough, spicy clove, with light citrus and some alcohol as well. Taste was sweet and malty, with nuts, and more dough, with a dry, black pepper, alcohol finish. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Thanks Nate! The beer pours to a very bright glowing dark amber body. Nice white head but it dissipated rather quickly. The aroma is hoppy, grainy, floral and grassy hops. The flavor is malty, subtle noble hops, light floralness. The palate is richly thick and creamy. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2006
Growler: Courtesy of Hezron at the Hampton Inn Tasting (Saturday). Lots of alcohol in the aroma. Based on aroma alone, I’m amazed this is only 10%. Hints of sweet caramel and some grassy hops behind all the alcohol in the nose. Pours a bright transparent orange with a minimal head. Sweet caramel, fruit, and a hint of toffee. Finishes with moderate alcohol flavor, but not getting a lot of warmth. Faint bitterness in the finish as well. Gets a tad sweeter the more I drink. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 29, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 (Re-Rate/Bottle) Growler- Thanks to Hezron. Pours a rich dark red color, White fluffy head. Aroma is Sweet malts, cherries and cranberries. Flavor is boozy. Alcohol is not hidden well. Goes in like an eisbock. Goes out like an eisbock. Slightly metallic finish. jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
Tap. As purty as a brew gets with a deep bronze color and a equally red-bronze head. Fine lace for a >dopple. Full molasses/honey/toffee/treacle/caramel/malty aroma that even rose above the whoompf of alcohol esters that hits before the beer touches your lips. Creamy smooth in the mouth, rolls like a pig in mud. A happy beer. A fine brew, lots of love in this’n.
StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2006
On tap at Capital. Transparent copper-bronze in color with rising carbonation and a persistently creamy-off-white head that’s 1/3" thick and complimented by blanketing marshmallow lacing. Buttery caramel, brown sugar glazed nut shavings and sweet maple fudge wafts grace the nose. Further aromatic sentiments reveal whole wheat brown bread, cinnamon sprinkled grahams, butterscotch and toffee soaked barley bags. Take a sip, wait two seconds, and now meet glory. Sweet spiced pecans and black peppercorns bring a nutty semblance with a prominent noble hop performance for a bitter accentuation. Liquefied brown sugar smoothes out with a whole wheat brown bread mentality and totality. Spicy, titillating pecans think to impose syrupy characteristics, but spawn a balanced them in summation. Caramelized prunes and baked golden raisins. Full-flavored and balanced beyond expectations. Bitter hop bite strikes center tongue but transpires to traits of cackled white pepper while alcohol tickles the tonsil’s hanging. Cocoa-laced apple butter helps to segway unto the finish, annotated by cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper. Complexity is the key here - and Capital is to be commended. Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
On tap at the brewery
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Thanks to hezron and malachi for giving me the heads up on this one. Stopped by Capital while running errands to try this potent brew. Thankfully I had just eaten because it is very strong - 11% according to the bartenders. The aroma doesn’t give away - caramel, a subtle nuttiness and a hint of wheat. The appearance is spot on though - opaque and carbonated with a one-finger head that refused to go away. The taste is where it begins to shine. You can detect the base of Autumnal Fire but in addition there is this sweet caramel like flavor that is remininscent of a barley wine. Also included after that dies down are hints of wheat. Very creamy and easy to drink, this one could get you in alot of trouble if you aren’t careful. Apparently they only wanted to extract 25% of the water from Autumnal Fire but ended up with 40% less water. I can’t wait to try the bottled version to see how it compares. If it is anything like the one on tap, this is one of the best beers to come out of Wisconsin.
On tap at Capital. Deep amber red/orange pour. Huge head which diminishes slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Weak, sour grass aroma. The alcohol flavor increases as the body warms and it leaves a nice subtle chocolate coating on the throat. Slight maltiness and bitterness comes out late in the body. Extra creamy and smooth character sets this lager apart from Capital’s other lagers. A very nice find by Hezron. Can’t wait to compare this with the bottled version coming out in May. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Sampled on tap at the brewery. The aroma is fairly soft, with caramel and some nutty malt with a hint of grassiness and some minerals. Not as strong as I expected, but it gets better as it warms. Deep amber-red in color with a thick and creamy, off-white head that lasts with great lacing. Flavor has lots of sweet, chewy caramel and toffee followed by some chocolate and a hint of cherries. As it warms up there are lots of complex malty dried fruit notes that show up in the finish. The mouthfeel is amazing, it coats your mouth with a thick, velvety feal that is just amazing. My only complaint is that the aroma was a little weak.