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EisPhyre - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

202 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 44
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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:
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Airedoggie

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 19:28:17 | More by Airedoggie
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Minnesota

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't seen this around, so I thought I would grab a bottle.

Pours a hazy red color. It's relatively thick for being this light. Looks a lot like a scotch ale. Not quite as brown as most.

Smells malty, sweet, honey, brown sugar, with some faint noble hops. Very round and pleasant.

Super sweet. Flavors are again a lot like a scotch ale, but lacks the roasty, burnt flavors present in many. I'm surprised to being drinking a Capital beer I like. Flavors of cane sugar, honey, and maltose. Not terribly complex, but an interesting tea of sugars. Hops? I guess I taste some, but they are pretty mild. A bit of pineiness on the aftertaste. I also get some mild dark fruits, but they are an afterthought, primarily imparting some acidity.

Mouthfeel is low on the carb and about medium-heavy. Pretty basic.

Nothing to write home about, but I'll be damned if this isn't a drinkable high-octane beer from capital. It's like a boozy scotch ale for people who don't like flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:09:42 | More by lunarbrew
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-02-2013 03:26:14 | More by jdkitchi
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emyers

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy, beautiful copper-orange color with a thin white head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Rich malt profile, with sweet caramel malt and bready aromas. Slight earthy hop presence.

Taste: Similar to the smell, with very rich caramel malt and bready characteristics, with hints of dark fruit. Fairly sweet finish, but not overwhelmingly so. Very subtle alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, appropriately low carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: Excellent doppelbock. Not the most complex, but the flavors are developed very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 01:03:36 | More by emyers
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of sgoro of the 2010 vintage. Pours a clear mahogany color with an ample cap of off-white head. Decent retention, not much for lacing.

Nose is fruity as hell...red grape skins, apricots and raisins. Sweet caramel slowly emerges as it warms. Not much oxidation considering how old it is.

oooohhh, taste is really nice. Like a caramel apple, only smoother and less tart. Malts definitely rule the realm and go from toffee to caramel and back again. I dont know how this tastes fresh, but it is sublime with 3 years on it. Everything is perfectly integrated with just a hint of oxidation. ABV is ridiculously well hidden, tastes like a 7%'er! Mouthfeel is great, low carbonation, smooth lager body. Dont have anything bad to say about this one...If I was in distro range, I would buy and cellar alot of these.

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06-14-2013 01:22:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: None on bottle, "0181B10827" stamped on bottom
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Capital has (had? not sure if this will be produced again with the change of brewmaster) an incredible eisbock that also exists between the line of strong doppelbock and eisbock. The caramel-colored malts are allowed to show their full strength here, with plenty of caramel, sweet bread, dried date and fig, and brown sugar. There's also a slight buttery diacetyl that effectively wraps around all the flavors along with the hearty caramel-flavored malt backbone. As with all the beers in the Capital Square Series, this was both highly enjoyable and a fairly good value at around $12 per four pack. It's unfortunate to know that these are gone, leaving a bock-family void in their place.

Pours a 1cm tall head of light tan to beige foam, composed of small-sized bubbles, with average retention, lasting about a minute. The head recedes to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving little lacing in its wake, nothing more than a few scattered spots. Body is a fairly dark, rich copper color, with light bringing out reddish-orange hues, and even some modest yellow around the perimeter of the glass. The body is rather hazy, perhaps 30-40% opaque. Carbonation is visible, sluggish in appearance and low in number.

Big, bold aroma of sweet, brown bread, caramel and toffee, dried dates and figs, brown sugar, and slight buttery diacetyl, creating a very expressive beginning to the beer and enhancing expectations for taste.

As the aroma promises, there are bold and strong malt flavors in this beer, with overall dominant flavors of caramel and toffee, dried dates and figs, sweet brown bread, mildly spicy hops and/or ethanol, and a milder dried berry aspect. Front of palate picks up deep, dried brown fig, date, raisin, and brown sugar sweetness with some mild breadiness as well. Mid-palate finds further intensity of these flavors, along with caramel, toffee, slightly buttery diacetyl, slight spiciness from hops or ethanol, and some dried blackberry or raspberry esters. Back of palate continues the entire malt profile, but slightly increases the dried berry esters, and allows for mild ethanol flavor to appear. Aftertaste is of caramel, dried dates and figs, sweet bread, mild hop bitterness, and slight ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy to medium in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity. The result is a fairly heavy, slow-sipping beer that foams up extremely gently on the palate. While a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt this beer at all, it remains at a very good sipping-beer feel. Mild ethanol heat in the nostrils and burn on the back of the throat, this is fairly well-hidden and restrained in a 10% beer. Closes semi-dry, astringency probably from ethanol than hops, with substantial stickiness lingering across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 17:24:56 | More by falloutsnow
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from buzze40, 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Deep red, off white head almost no lace and a film of retention. Nose is grapey, dark fruits, doughy, sweet bread and toffee. All malt, and quite sweet as is expected. Taste had sweet bread, toffee, some dried fruit. Light bitterness in the finish and is surpassingly not too sweet in the finish which really aids the drink ability. Alcohol is masterfully hidden. Quite a beautiful eisbock, I'd stock up on these.

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TX-Badger

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Thirstygoat

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Iowa

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matjack85

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $3.29, so not a cheap beer. That comes to almost $20 a six pack if bought separately. No freshness date.

The beer poured a nearly clear bronze color, but only produced a ½-finger of light tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing at all.

Concentrated malt smell along with brown sugar and molasses.

This stuff is malty to the max. Roasted, almost burnt malt flavor, caramel, hard candy sugar, sweet brown sugar, dark fruits, and a good dose of alcohol make up the flavor profile. No hop flavor or bitterness at all.

This is thick and full bodied with medium carbonation.

I guess it fits the profile for an eisbock, but this being my first one, I have nothing to compare it to yet. Definitely a sipper to be enjoyed slowly and savored.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 04:29:50 | More by matjack85
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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GRG1313

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.