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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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Photo of samie85
2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed on 2/18/10.

A-Really clear copper with a one finger head.

S-Caramel malt, dark fruits, and toasty malt.

T-Rich dark fruits with warming slightly astringent alcohol.

M-Not as carbonated as O expected it to be with a pretty thick body for a bock.

D-The alcoholic quality present really knocks down the drinkability for me. It feels like it should be more than 10% ABV. I'd like to try one with a year of age on it though, but this is not a beer I would drink again fresh.

samie85, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark, clear copper red color with a 2 finger tight off white head. The aroma to me is rather subdued with slight notes of sweet fruits, slight vegetable like tomato, and grain. Medium mouthfeel. Hmmm, interesting, sweet fruit/vegetable flavor gives way to booze and a slight bitterness. I find myself not the biggest fan of this one not because it is boozy but because the flavors just aren't really that appealing to me. The bitterness lingers on for a while. Tastes like boozy sweet tomato to me. Looks really nice though and leaves some lace.

kbutler1, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of lester619
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper reddish brown color. Thick head with good retention and lacing. The smell is very sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, malted milk, and chocolate covered rasins. There is also a strong wiff of alcohol. The taste is consistant with the smell. Very sweet up front with a warming boozey finish. Very thick substantial mouthfeel. The sweetness and the boozey aftertaste made this go down hard for me. I wasn't really won over by this one. The beer flavors didn't seem to hold up very well and in the end all I tasted was a hot alcohol flavor. If the ABV was a little lower I think it would be a better overall beer.

lester619, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/31/2010. Bottle thanks to Skyview. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, prunes, molasses, brown sugar. Flavor is also quite sweet with many of the same flavors -- molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet malt, plus some vegetal notes. Probably quite good for the style, but I am not a fan of the beer overall as it is much too sweet and heavy for my tastes.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes on 12/30/2011.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: reddish brown bodied beer with a small cap of white head. spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Super malty sweet with some fruit and spiciness.

Taste: Lots of malts the caramel and toffee character of the malt profile. It tastes like a pretty standard dopplebock, but the finish is bitter and I really dislike the bitter aftertaste / finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Sticky and a little bit rough around the edges.

Overall: It a really strong beer and just not my thing. I have never been a huge fan of capitol brewery, but a friend told me this beer is a game changer. I gave it a shot and still feel that same about capitol brewery beers. Maybe some age will do this beer a whole lot of good.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of aforbes10
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i had heard about the recent release of this beer so i was happy to find a bottle in Madison on a trip two weeks ago. Brought it back and shared with another BA friend in town here.

Pours deep red color with a whitish head that doesn't last long. Sour strawberry and malt odor with a bit of ethanol smell too. Taste is heavily malty with tart fruity flavors and hops and a ton of not-very-well-hidden alcohol (i see that others dont agree, but i felt it dominated the flavor). Not a great taste experience, probably would taste better if it was a bit less strong (which is apparantly what Autumnal Fire is). Overload of alcohol makes it a bit hard to drink really. Don't want to have another.

aforbes10, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of jrpapajcik
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

jrpapajcik, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of turkob
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A little half-finger head that diminshes quickly. A nice red color.

S: I get almost nothing. At first I get a hint of prunes and raisins, but the harder I sniffed the less I got.

T: Kind of bland for an eisbock. This style should have robust flavors and this just kind of leaves the palate quickly. Where are the malts?

M: A little thin for such a big beer. I get some heat from the alcohol but not coating the mouth.

D: Eh, I don't see it with this beer. Understated all around.

turkob, May 25, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle provided by and shared with Beerwolf77. Poured 6 oz into a Sprecher snifter. 9.8% ABV, no date.

Thanks for sharing this Todd!

A - The color is a beautiful clear honeyed bronze color. No head on the pour although a swirl released a cream-colored, one-finger head. Poor retention leads to a quick ring around the edges. No lace.

S - There is almost noting to the aroma but what's there is an icy smelling, lightly toasted malt nose with a bit of funk to it. Nothing serious funk-wise, but just a bit weird. Not as concentrated an aroma as I had hoped for. Very mild.

T - Toasty malts flood the palate with a very bready taste and consistency. It's concentrated from the ice removal process but not overwhelming. A slight funkiness comes out but it's almost all malt. Despite the high alcohol it doesn't come out.

M - Thick and smooth. Very rich with a lightly dry finish. Definitely smooth.

D - A bit overwhelming and/or cloying for a whole bottle but it's a good sipper. A fine "winter warming brew" but beyond that I'd rather just have some Autumnal Fire.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color. A very small head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. No lace.
S: Malty sweet with some light fruity aromas. Lightly toasted.
T: Again, malty sweet that would be expected. Lightly toasted caramel. Some fruity flavors of pears and apples. Dank and musky.
M/D: A medium body that is a little thin for the style I think. The alcohol is not overwhelming, but it is noticeable. Something to sip on.

I am a little underwhelmed be this. It is not bad by any means, but just not that interesting. Worth a try if you can find it. I am glad I got to try this, but at the same time I won't be sad that I can't get this again.

champ103, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy amber with a scant khaki collar in a wide tulip.

Scents become tad boozy with a sweet red candy like Swedish Red fish. Looks like I am in for a treat!

First swigs: Lolipop & cherry instantly front the flavor. Some sweet thick sugar syrup and cherry juice, a touch of NyQuil awl-kee-hawl.Malts are lost a tad, but an eisbock begins to appear.

Feel is buttery oily smooth, with a tad of cloying sugary aftertaste. Dryness is along the lines of a vermouth.

Last swigs: Lolipop eisbock! Hmmm. A tad boozy, even for an eis-er! Megga thanks to BIF DT!!!

Beer is good. Happy eisbock beering.

blitheringidiot, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of BColton1
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

BColton1, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- pours a murky amber with a 1 finger off-white head. Little lacing that remains on the glass.

S- sweet malts, some dark fruits, vanilla, oak

T- first thing that came to mine was acidic. Sweet malts, oak, some cherry in there. Bitter and slightly astringent finish.

M- medium body but very easy drinking for the abv. Again has a slight acidity to it.

O- good dopplebock but not amazing by any stretch. Think I like the autumnal fire better actually.

kawilliams81, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage twist off 12 ounce bottle with some generic packaging.

Pours into my German dimpled mug a light brown/orange/red with bubbly quicly dissipating white head.

Smell is metallic, fruity, malty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy. Te flavor is like a normal bock, not even a double bock, certainly not an eisbock. It is the beginner's Eisbock. There isn't much going on, the alcohol is the only flavor really with a pinch of malt.

I did a tasting with 4 eisbocks, Kuhnhenn Raspberry, Aventinus, and Kulmbacher, this one fell behind. It just doesn't do much unfortunately. I might be extra critical because this is my favorite style but I would compare this to a Salvator-light with no depth of flavor and a bit more alcohol.

crossovert, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thorpe is giving me a push to help me finish the eisbock list, poured into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is brown and hazy with near no head, low but steady carbonation and no real lacing. Looks fine.

At least the aroma isn't hot. It's malty and way sweet. It is a little weak though.

Here goes everything. Beer is sweet (duh) and pretty thick. There is a roasty bitterness at the back but no ethanol. I am curious how this beer was made. If this is just a concentrated version of one of their standbys or if this is legitimately a new beer. Hmmmm....It's almost cloying but it's not as bad as I feared. I won't have trouble finishing this bottle. I don't know if I'd have it again though.

drabmuh, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rusty amber with crimson highlights. a half-finger cream-colored head fades to nothingness, leaving only a trace of lace.

aroma is fruity, sweet, and boozey... almost american barleywine-esque. apricot, caramel, raisins, rum, brandy. a bit of yeasty doughiness and more alcohol heat.

taste is strong, even for an eisbock. malty, bready. pumpernickle soaked in maple syrup and torched with rum. Interesting... dark cherries and brandy. hints of scotch from the intense malts. more sweet brown sugar on the finish.

mouth is smooth and full with a suitable amount of carbonation given the style and abv. pleasant.

All in all, an interesting Eisbock. The flavors aren't quite working together for me, making it a bit hot and a bit messy. boozy and confusing, not quite as unified or drinkable as others in the style. That being said, it's certainly a delicious brew and I wouldn't turn another one down.

djeucalyptus, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a flute. It's not often we get to break those out; always love the eisbock or NG fruit beer occasion. Pours a moderate brown with not much of any head and what is there dies.pretty quickly. Nose is booze, dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, and a bit of caramel. Taste is more boozy with sugar and fruit. Alcohol in the feel though it's not too overpowering. Drinks fairly well and is a pretty nice beer.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

in a trade from TPatuto, thanks again Tom

A - light brown with a thin lacy head, moderate amounts of visible carbonation, quietly unassuming its 11% ABV

T - malts hit first, followed by a sweet vanilla note, distinctively nutty with some confectioners sugar

M - the roasted malts are of course dominant, they create a explicit nutty aroma, so sharp as to be able to pick out the light sweetness of macadamia nuts or almonds, complineted by some sweet vanilla, a great malty taste

M&D - the 11% isnt obvious, but isn't obfuscated either, the quality malt flavors mellow some of the alcohol heat, not easily drinkable for all, but it is a great flavor

sinstaineddemon, Dec 03, 2009
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 berkey
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pokal glass. Reviewed 11/04/10.

A very large frothy light-tan head forms to cap off an amber brown body. Head settles in a hurry but coats the sides of the glass with a thick lacey film as it goes.

Caramel, bread, and straight up sugar on the aroma. Flavor profile follows suite and adds some ripe yellow apples notes. Eisbocks are always a little sugary in my opinion but the fruitiness and bread character helps this one stop just a few yards short of the 'cloying' line. Mild alcohol burn in the finish. Altogether a worthy example of the style and good fit for an Autumn night like this one.

berkey, Nov 05, 2010
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 soulgrowl
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cinnamony red with a bit of fog; creamy ivory-yellow head grows big and strong and retains very well.

Smell: Banana and baked apples; toasty, thick, bready malts; a touch of tart yeast; piney and orange-citric hops; and mild, spicy alcohol notes combined with a touch of brown sugar, lending the impression of rum.

Taste: Spirited, sweet, and lightly spicy, with light rum-like alcohol. Hops add a resinous, orange-oily, rind-ish bitterness. Malts are sweet, fruity, bready, and nutty, with soft burnt sugar notes. Overall, smooth and on the sweet side with a noticeable-but-not-overpowering alcohol presence. Bananas Foster keeps popping into my head.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy but on the thin side, a tad syrupy in the finish, and not very chewable.

Drinkability: It's good, but the boozy flavor does get to be a little tiresome after a while.

soulgrowl, Jul 20, 2006
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
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eisphyre pours a semi-transparent garnet, with one finger of foam that settles to a bubbly skim with some lacing. Mainly a mild caramel malt in the nose.

First quality that's noticeable is it's strength, but not in a bad way. This is a big damn beer, not one to be taken lightly. Silky mouthfeel, the alcohol is present, but well integrated. This tops the Autumnal Fire, by it's sheer power, moreso than by taste.

Taste is caramel malt, fruity in the first sip, but not after that. A bit of grainy hops. Not really any roastiness, or subtlety. It gets points for hiding the alcohol though.

One 12 oz. was enough for me, going to put the other one in the cellar for awhile...

emerge077, Oct 23, 2006
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EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.