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EisPhyre - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 44
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: heyitsbyron on 03-13-2006)
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Reviews by Airedoggie:
Photo of Airedoggie
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper/Amber color, slightly foggy. Pours a thick off-white head. Fair retention with nice lacing along the glass.

S: Burnt caramel, slight bready smell. Note of brown sugar and honey.

T: Sweet caramel and dark fruit (figs, dates) up front. Leaves a hoppy bitterness on the tongue.

M: Med to full bodied, somehat chewy feel. Warming with a note of alcohol.

D: Quite drinkable for such a high ABV.

Airedoggie, Dec 14, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the release party. Followed up by several bottles.

Appearance: EisPhyre looks like it’s name. It’s an orange-red flame color with copper hues. Pours a two inch head that settles into a creamy and chunky ¼ inch beige film. Mild carbonation streams die after a few minutes. Little to no lace on the glass.

Nose: Sweet caramel, sweet apples, light alcohol notes. Potent.

Taste: BIG-HUGE sweet caramels followed by a lingering bitter/minute carbonation bite. Awesome! Almost no alcohol taste. Very impressive. Booze soaked dark fruits, mostly dates, a few chestnuts, and some bread.

Mouthfeel: Numbing. Huge, chewy, warming…no, strike warming… blazing. This puppy is a heater. Medium bodied.

Bellyfeel: I’m on fire.

Drinkability: On tap is slightly average but considering the style and strength very good. Bottled is insane. This is very drinkable. If you let it get to room temp, you’ll get a hell of a lot of malt flavor but also a whole ton of booze so be careful.

Notes: 11.00% and drinkable as if it were a simple bock. Wow this is a cool beer. I hope it ages well because assuming they never make it again, (which is what the brewer told me), I’ll be hoarding cases for the next ten years. Wha, ha, ha…

DaPeculierDane, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of weatherdog
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a John Smith snifter

It pours a kind of murky cherry wood color with a tiny khaki head that dies quickly.

A nice malty nutty sweetness dominated the nose. I noticeable warming alcohol aroma is also present

The flavor is quite nice, very malty and bready. it's not a sweet as the nose would indicate which is a big plus. This thing is just a malt bomb. The body is pretty full with a lower carbonation level that lends a nice creaminess or silkiness. This beer is sipper for me, mostly for the full bodiedness, not for any alcohol presence. Overall a really nice beer and one of the better for the style I've had.

weatherdog, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear reddish orange with one finger of tan head. Head fades relatively and leaves almost no lacing.

S - Smells of dark dried fruits like raisin and plum, with caramel and toasted malts also prominent. A nice sweetness in the aroma. Faint amount of alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to smell with some additional dry earthy malt. Bigger caramel presence in the taste than the smell. Nice toasted and bred malts. Also a bit of hop bitterness.

M - Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel that finishes more dry and with a faint bitterness. Some alcohol burn.

O - A good eisbock, but not among the best. Still, worth a try.

warnerry, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of badbeer
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and beautiful amber color, with a white head that left very nice lacing. Smell is of burnt caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of toffee. Taste was similar to the smell, but not as good. Nice, thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pretty good, and certainly worth a try. I'll see what some age does to my remaining bottles.

badbeer, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.

Appearance: Reddish copper with thin light tan head.

Smell: Very toasty and fruity, with plum, cherry and light spiciness.

Taste: Pretty sweet, with layers of fruitiness (plum, cherry, and other stuff I can't place). There are some toast, biscuit and spicy hop qualities, which showcase the Marzen-like Autumnal Fire base, but the sweetness and fruits really dominate.

Feel: Pretty smooth, full body for a lager with a fairly clean taste. Just barely dry at the finish, as there is a decent level of residual sweetness.

Overall: Bigger version of Autumnal Fire, but not better, as this is sweeter, friuitier and not as balanced. Still, besting Autmnal Fire is near impossible in my eyes, so this is another great Doppelbock from Capital.

bsp77, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a golden oak brown body that is clear with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The thick mousse head is off-white and last and last.

S- The sweet light toasted malt smell is rich and powerful with a fresh malt and light honey note. As it warms it really shows of the complexity with a faint biscuit malt note that is note to strong.

T- The taste of slightly dry caramel malt has a faint sweetness afterwards followed by a bitter hop bite in the finish. It is note as complex as the smell was but it has good flavor none the less.

M- The medium full mouthfeel has a slight creamy texture to it.

D- The smell is wonderfully complex with a light almost thin taste that could use more flavor or complexity.

rhoadsrage, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 release hit the shelves recently, and I'm giving it a bit of a vertical test against the first (07) batch.

The striking thing is how shallow the 09 is in comparision. The 07 has continued to grow malty nuance and is even more deeply wrinkled than the notes below. Right now, I'd push the 07 up with some of the best I've had.
The 09 is another story. Simply and caramelly sweet, with a touch of toastiness. It tastes like a thick oktoberfest next to its older brother. I wish I had an Autumnal Fire handy for reference, because it seems simpler even than my memories construction of than.
At first glance, I think the recipe may have changed a great deal between the two versions, but I also remember that it took some time for the 07 to congeal into something special. I hope that happens again, but I have my doubts.

I'm actually increasing my overall rating based solely on the progress of the 07. The 09 is (hopefully) a work in progress, and its rating is pending a long nap. Scored as it is, the 09 gets: 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5...or about a 3.6 overall.

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2007 release.
Clear dark amber with a surprisingly healthy and durable off-white cap.
Scented of rum-soaked pears, chewy caramel candies, grain, almond paste, and Cognac.
Into the mouth it flashes a coarse graininess. This is swiftly enveloped by a stewed pear, golden raisin, and date frutiness. Caramel, toffee, and burnt brown sugar seep in and cover everything. Alcohol builds as it progresses, flashing oak-barreled brandy and dark spiced rum heat.
It dons a medium-plus body that presents thinner due to the drying alcohol and sporty, subtle carbonation. It's far too drinkable for its strength, when given the mood for something malty.
I tried this fresh and was somewhat nonplussed. Things have turned for the better. And still, I don't think it has yet totally grown into its shoes. But it's rapidly developing, and another 6 months might find an eisbock that rivals any. If you're hoarding some, crack one open to see how far it has come.

cokes, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant eisbock sent in by jpm30 and by flyingbison. Above averge for the style maltiness most pronounced, and the alcohol hidden. Suitable carbonated and easily and dangerously drinkable.

I had a fresh bottle 5 years later, and fruitiness right here. Decent eisbock.ABove average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few 4-packs at Riley's here in Madison.

Following the name, pours a fiery orange-red-amber with streams of carbonation and a short, foamy tan head in my vintage Schlitz goblet that vaporizes in mere seconds. Nose is subdued - bready malts with a metallic undertone, backed by some light fruit and alcoholic vapors. Taste jumps out from behind that meek nose with loads of doughy malt, sweet caramel, tropical fruits and an alcoholic kick that boxes you right on the temples. To know that Autumnaldave drank two 44oz mugs of this in succession at the brewery boggles my mind; a bottle under my belt and I am surely feeling the effects - though the drinability remains deceptively high and the mouthfeel is velvety and luxurious. Predictably, this is Autumnal Fire on steroids - but only the most refined and dignified prescription. A truly Wisconsin-made lager here, enough to make a Madison-born boy proud.

Golden2wenty1, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of Oboogie
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Oboogie, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 3 finger moderately fine orange creme head with OK retention. Beer is an spectacularly clear, carbonated red. I've never seen anything remotely close to this color... simply stunning looking brew. Lacing is a downward cascading waterfall. Appearance on this one is simply perfect.

S: Nose is slightly boozy, citrus, cherries, a subtle spiciness, all over a deep malt backbone.

T: Opens slightly malty, fruity, spicy, a bit chewy, cinnamon becomes more apparent as it wamrs, brown sugar, sugar cookies. Malt profile never backs off though and there is no semblence of hops whatsoever. Finishes sticky and sweet to the point of the slightest bit sour.

M: Medium to full bodied and surprisingly smooth
given its initial appearance. Mouth is even a bit oily though not like an imperial stout. Finishes messy and the malt lingers. This also gets stickier and stickier.

D: A massive beer that I really wasn't prepared for. This one demonstrates that it doesn't take an "Imperial" anything to be full bodied, full flavored, and intensely delicious. I'll seek this one out again for sure. The most amazing looking beer I've ever come across with a flavor profile to match.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bought a 4pack at Steve's - University for 7.99

appearance: pours a glowing bright amber into a chalice, 1/4" foamy beige head forms immediately and leaves a slightly frothy lace, sparkling full body...very nice appearance

smell: very reminiscent of Autumna Fire...super sweet apple, very bready, thick malt structure, light alcohol comes through, caramel, alcohol soaked dark fruit...potent and inviting

taste: big big bock, thick and heavy sweet malt, a jacked up autumnal fire with a big alcohol bite that is amazingly smooth and pleasant. lots of dark fruit flavours highlighted by red apple, plum, raisin...caramel covered apple, nutty.

mouthfeel: big and chewy, smooth, warming alcohol sensation, medium-full body

drinkability: very smooth but dangerously powerful

dirtylou, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to the label, this brew is akin to Capital's Autumnal Fire but has been "modified, manipulated, and concentrated". I think it loses something int the shift from dopplebock to eisbock; it has a dry finish which masks some of the typical maltiness.

Eisphyre pours a clear caramel brown with a low head. The scent is very subtle, especially for a 9.8 ABV beverage. The alcohol does not interfere with the taste either. The beer starts off with a subtle taste but becomes more pronounced as it warms, maintaining a smoothness throughout.

Autumnal Fire is a tough act to follow, but big beer lovers will enjoy this brew.

MarvinTheMarzen, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of beertooth
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to acme for giving me this three year old bottle. I poured it into a small snifter.

A very nice faded amber colored body with a thin collar of off white head. There is some spotty lacing as well.

The nose consists of burnt sugar, very sweet caramel malts, vanilla, there's also a tiny hit of dried cherry, raisins, and prunes. It doesn't smell dusty or oxidized at all which is awesome for a three year old bottle with a twist off cap.

The first sip gives me a huge caramel hit, burnt sugar or molasses. Some vanilla sneaks in along with prunes, dates, and other dried fruits and some bitter burnt malt. There is no trace of the avb% and it's not as cloying as I thought it would be from the nose. Pretty tasty stuff, although now that it's warming up I can detect some alcohol and dustiness.

Mouthfeel is rich and full with medium to low carbonation.

This is an extremely tasty beer, but the alcohol is catching up to me fast. I'll be nursing this bottle for the next couple of hours and then call it a night.

Thanks again, Aaron!

beertooth, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Gonzoillini, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired huh? Still holding up nicely, cheers to EchoCharlieEcho for this one...

Pours an effervescent orange/chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, cherries & dark fruit

T: Cherries, brown bread, leafy & slight herbal hops, plus a kiss of booze up front. General fruitcake flavors dominate as this warms, along with marmalade. Finishes dry, fruitty & with Hawaiian sweetbread notes, plus a bit of booze

MF: Chewy with semi-assertive carbonation & some stickyness to this

Drinks really easy for the ABV, but worthy of respect. I still like Autumnal Fire better, but would love to buy this come winter...

russpowell, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a brilliant clear ruby in the glass, with 2 fingers of tight off-white foamy head. This readily shrinks down but hangs tough with a frothy ¼ finger cap that showers the sides with light spotty lacing. The aroma is dense and rich in the nose, with notes of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, roasted malt, herbal hops, dark fruit, and fusel alcohols. There a lot going on here but the flavors don't seem to crowd each other and this stays pretty smooth overall in the nostrils.

The taste is dense feeling roast, sugars, and caramel flavors, which give this an almost burnt molasses feel at times. Fruit is present in the form of dark cherries and residual citric hop bitterness. The alcohol definitely adds a sweetness and intensity to this, which helps embolden the other flavors to a degree. The mouthfeel is full bodied and prickly feeling up front with a sharp creaminess that fills out the back of the mouth. This is unbelievably smooth for the size but some light solvent warmth does come out to play as this hits room temp but never gets too hot.

This was very nice and definitely one of my favorites from the Capital Brewing. A complex sipper here that was surprisingly smooth and accessible for the deep richness of the flavors and high ABV. Just be careful, that 10% does hit you right off the bat! They do know how to do some damn good big Bock beers here.

Kegatron, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 301st day of '09. Poured @ cellar temperature into a GLBC Christmas Ale snifter, while exiled from the computer (wife loves her Hulu).

A- Two fingers of creamy orangish tan head rests upon a slightly darker than ruby body after a hardish pour. Little to no lacing, good head retention, and fantastic clarity in the body

S- Rich malty sweetness with toffee, black current, strawberry and bread notes piled on top. Even with the huge rich malt in the aroma, somehow delicate sulphur from the yeast is able to not only be present, but help fortify the overall experence.

T- Right off the bat the huge toffee and caramel flavours dominate the beer, slowly melting into a more focused sweet grain flavour. The rich cherry, black current & strawberry flavours mirror the aroma, and contend with the massive malt adequately. At the midpalate, a citrus/apricot flavor enters and helps prepare the mouth for the characteristic bock bite at the swallow. Like all the great Eisbocks I've enjoyed, the bite is assertive and warming with a mild burn without being overwhelming. Finish is surprisingly clean with mild alcohol and slight malt sweetness lingering.

M- Guess what, the body is rich too! Right amount of carbonation, big body without being too big. Same can be said for the prickly alcohol quality.

D- This is very well done. The first time I tried this, I expected more, and was actually let down. Upon further tasting and reflection, I've come to realise that Capital really nailed a fantastic balance with this beer. Bigger than Autumnal Fire, but not so big you can't finish it. It might not have struck me as the most complex beer, but a perfect choice for after dinner or as a nightcap. My only complaint is that this is my last one.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the same crystal clear deep amber/red as autumnal fire, with a big thick white head, nice lacing and retention.

Big sweet malt and fruits dominate the nose with a bit of banana and cedar.

Very smooth and mellow for almost 10%. Subtle hints of brown sugar, banana nut bread, cedar, and dates all make and appearance, the finish is almost hopeless, yet not at all cloying or overly sweet. Very balanced.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy almost luscious.

Dangerously drinkable big bock, very nicely done as all Capitals doppels seem to be.

bashiba, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of shbobdb
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doing a side-by-side with Autumnal fire.

The first major difference is actually the head. It is darker and it lasts far longer than Autumnal Fire's. It also seems more carbonated. The color, however, is the same.

The taste is much richer. The chocolate is much more noticable, while the darker fruits so prominent in Autumnal Fire take a backseat.

The mouthfeel is also sticker. Rounder. This may be due to the inceased carbonation, I can't be sure.

Drinkability . . . it's good. However, it is a pinch too warm to really let me drink it without thinking. A good take on the Eisbock style. Again, it pales compared to the German offerings, which is sad since Capital has proven itself able to brew on par with the Germans.

shbobdb, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper with a fiery tint in color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Sweet aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and fusel alcohol. The beer delivers what it claims by being a concentrated Autumnal Fire. Seems sweeter, maltier, with much more alcohol flavor than its sister beer. I did pick up some additional fruit hints that adds a level of complexity. Thick and viscous body. Really coats the mouth with a lot of malty sweetness. Maybe not as enjoyable as Autumnal Fire because of the booze and increased sweetness but this is a good example of a style that does not come along very often.

morimech, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Beertracker
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Capital's EisPhyre pours up voluptuously with ample carbonation into a house logo snifter that creates a pillowy creamish white head that prominently sits atop a bright ochre-burnt umber body. The complex, aromatic nose has a rich melanoidin maltiness complimented by some toastiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked Tin Vienna bread. There's just a hint of fruitiness with some Noble hop spiciness and a definite alcohol presence, otherwise very clean & generous! The flavor is dominated by a rich, toasted melanoidin maltiness that is marked by just a touch of spicy bitterness. The rich, slightly chewy full-bodied finish is surprisingly smooth and expectedly warming with alcoholic complexity. EisPhyre is a fine example of brewing prowess from Kirby Nelson & crew and is good as of any of its continental counterparts. EisPhyre comes highly recommended to all malt lovers and is certainly worth tracking down before it dissapears completely into the great Autumnal Fire. Here's to Capital's 20th Anniversary!

PROST! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Many thanks to beerhandy for the bottle.

Beertracker, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a Goose Island pint glass.

A: Bright and dark, ambery orange. Clear as day and topped with a loose and frothy sandy white head.

S: Smells more like a dopplebock than an eisbock. Tons and tons of sweet malt, apples, pears and caramel.

T/MF: About as malty as the nose would indicate. Thick rows of caramel, apple, pear and light touches of caramel. Feel is substantially less than nearly 10% would indicate. Really a well crafted beer in that respect in that there is nearly no indication of the amount of alcohol in this beer.

D: Not a bad beer. A solid lager, well hidden alcoholic content and a good introduction back to the eisbock after my last one from about two years ago.

bluemoonswoon, Apr 05, 2010
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EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.