531. Capital Brewery – Autumnal Fire Doppelbock 2010

531. Capital Brewery - Autumnal Fire Doppelbock 2010

If you’re a regular reader, you know I found a streak of older beers in a corner of my beer fridge. I think I left this beer sitting there for a while because I knew it could stand up to a little bit of age. This beer was actually sent to me by Kirby Nelson, the (now former) brewmaster at Capital Brewing, after I reviewed their Fest Seasonal Beer as part of my Oktoberfest Challenge. I really appreciated him taking the time to give me feedback and send me this, and their Oktoberfest beer.

Location: Poured into a snifter glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 7.8% ABV, ~ 230 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark amber in color and mostly clear. It’s got a lot of carbonation in it, but there’s very little head, mostly just a creamy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. It’s got a bready caramel aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is pretty smooth for all the carbonation in it. Up front, there’s a good solid dose of sweet caramel maltiness, which grows in the middle, but gives way to an earthy bitterness and a bit crispness in the finish. While the bitterness comes in at the finish, it still takes a back seat to the caramel maltiness. The caramels sweetness lasts for a minute or so in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: With all the caramel maltiness and this beer, I’d probably go with some wet BBQ ribs to mix the sauce with the caramel maltiness. I might also go with something like a burger covered in caramelized onions and swiss cheese, as the onions and sweet caramel flavors from the beer would also go nicely together.

Overall Impression: True to the label, this was a cool weather beer, as it’s solid with a good amount of body and flavor.  I really enjoy the full caramel maltiness, delivered with a lager smoothness.  Even with all the malty sweetness, there was a healthy amount of bitterness in the finish.  Overall, I thought this was a very good beer, and one I’d highly recommend for those cold autumn, or winter nights by the fire.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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Author: kkozlen

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