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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 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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

t0rin0, Mar 28, 2013
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 mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never saw this one coming my way that's for sure! I was thrilled when I found out I would be able to acquire a couple of these recently and just had to jump at the chance. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/22/2009.
 
The pour was nice, caramel colored brown with a nice off white head that reached a height of around an inch and a half and kind of hovered there for a good bit. Aroma of roasted nuts, caramel, earthy grains and a decent touch of hops trickled through. As it warms hints of light alcohol warmth and a nice touch of bready notes start to come into play. Rich, medium bodied feel with a nice carbonation really let the candied sugar notes stack up in the profile nicely before a nice touch of drying hops kicked in at the finish. Nice clean finish left on the tongue sealed the deal for me.
 
Overall this was a very, very solid ale. Nicely done I have to admit with a smooth even texture and a really well done balance of flavor, well hidden abv and a really just almost perfectly done flavor. Would go for this one again any day.

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.7%

GRG1313, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out pretty thick looking and a deep amber color. The head was thin and didn't last very long. The lacing very minimal. The smell of the beer was a little boozy with some sweetness on the nose also. The taste was sweet and a little earthy, the flavors of dark fruits popped in and mixed well with the malt. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as it looked with it was being poured out. This beer still has a solid body to it and is rather smooth. Overall I can't this was my favorite Eisbock but I did enjoy it.

Knapp85, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

My nightcap tonight. Hopefully it'll get me closer to slumber. It pours a clear rusty copper (can copper rust?) topped by a finger of rich cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, Belgian candi sugar, light maple syrup, figs, light rye bread, and a kiss of cocoa. The taste holds notes of toffee, rye bread, light maple syrup, red apple skin, red grapes, white bread, and a touch of orange zest. I feel the maltiness, baby! The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda chewy feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable eisbock, one that is easily enjoyed in the penetrating darkness of night. Get some.

TMoney2591, Jul 17, 2011
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
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from jkane101, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, maple, bourbon, fruit, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet and very barleywine-like with flavors of bourbon, caramel and fruit up front. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, well-disguised strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stronger lager to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, May 24, 2012
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 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 MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another random extra I picked up - I apologize to whomever sent this, as I can't remember who it was. Served in a champagne flute.

A - Pours with a finger of light tan foam that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and ring. Glass-coating lacing lingers indefinitely.Transparent light amber color with slow moving bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Great looking beer.

S - Fresh baked bread, light caramel and toffee, some sour rye character, a touch of dark fruitiness, some fruity esters. Clean lager yeast presence.

T - Sweet bready malt, light toffee, a touch of toasted sugar, some earthiness, and a light fruity ester presence. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Very clean finish with a touch of sour bread in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-full body, light carbonation tingle. Finish is actually a little dry, and surprisingly unsticky. Alcohol rears its head after a few ounces, but it's not out of place for the style.

D - This is very easy drinking - I had no problem polishing off a bottle on my own, and that's saying something for an Eisbock. I should grab some bottles for the cellar, as I can imagine this getting better over the next couple years as the heat dissipates a bit.

MasterSki, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capital Square Series Eisphyre. "Consider the attributes of the legendary Autumnal Fire. Then modify, manipulate and concentrate them. The result is the consummate expression of malt intensity. A defining statement of the meaning of Doppelbock."

All due respect, but that's a ton of gobbledygook. That's smoke blown up the beer geek ass. And I like Autumnal Fire. And I'm looking forward to this. And it's 9.8% alc/vol.

So, let's drink 'er.

First off, the "eis" gives away one of the secrets of manipulation and concentration. Frozen water helped them in their task.

Deep auburn hue, opaque, with a 1/2 inch head that drifts down quick enough. Nice.

Aroma: extra pungent, rich, and vast. Okay, I get it. Yup, intense, consummate, …modified. Sweet, alcoholic, reminiscent of cognac, and definitely barley-wine.

Taste: Solid. That is to say, starts off thick, full and rich. But not entirely impenetrable. Mellows soon enough, slides smoothly down the throat, winds it's way through the senses. Cool malt essence rises up and spreads through the palate. Certainly tastes like eisbocks I've had before, but richer, and tastier.

Long, luxurious finish.

Maybe this is the closest a German-style brewery like Capital will come to Imperial-this-or-that, or a barley-wine, and that's fine.

Very full on the tongue and the palate. Lovely mouthfeel. Beautiful delivery of deliciousness. Mmm. Nice one, Capital. A great celebratory beer, a midnight toaster, an any-time warmer.

feloniousmonk, May 27, 2011
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a reddish tinged, deep amber color and shows a brilliantly clear, bright cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma has an immensely rich, concentrated malt aroma to it that seems just characteristic of a Bock. Bready malt notes, sweetly complex grain, green raisins, ample biscuit notes and huge, caramelized, toffee-like malt notes. The alcohol notes are hidden quite well. As the beer warms up the nose starts to suggest at the age of this beer; lightly oxidized with some Sherry notes noticed if you dig around for them.

Sweet tasting, but amply rich enough that it is not cloying. Thick, viscous, chewy, this beer is a meal in a glass; the beer coats the mouth and palate with a velvety texture that is just lightly offset by a medium-full carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable at times in the finish, yet it is pretty darn smooth for such a big beer. The rich, clean malt character is big enough that it evokes thoughts of fruit, despite this being a clean lager, hints of cherries, green raisins and maybe something like dried figs. There is a noticeable hop character here as well with a soft herbal note that runs through the middle and lingers on in the finish for quite some time with a soft hop-bitterness. The hop character is actually pretty pronounced for a Bock / Eisbock, but adds a nice dimension and balance to the dominant malt character. As the beer warms up it picks up suggestions of vanilla, flavors of toffee and a bit more of a vinous quality.

Quite a tasty brew and most definitely a fitting way to close out the night. Not one of those beers that wows me with its greatness, but this is a very good beer; a mellow beer that is just about perfect for those cold, slow nights spent in front of the fire with a good book.

Gueuzedude, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.7%

imperialking, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highly recommended by MurraysWines, this was part of his payoff, following a lost bet on the AHL Calder Cup. Better luck next year.

This poured with a big, eggshell-white/light tan head with low retention. The color was a bright, deep copper and the nose was smoky, dried fruity (like raisins or prunes), and filled with alcohol. Wow! The mouthfeel was medium, but in the mouth, the fruitiness really stood out. It was really smooth for the ABV level involved and on the finish, I noticed a lingering smokiness that got overwhelmed by the heat on the palate. Man, this was really good, but the ABV made it a one or two-and-done.

Warming, I really began to notice the smokiness inherent in this beer. This would have been excellent with cheese.

woodychandler, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of markgugs. Shared with Deuane.

A: The beer pours with an auburn brown hue, with just enough orange notes to make it noteworthy. A small head on pour sat stagnantly.

S: The nose is rich, full of sweet caramel and dark fruits. Booziness is evident but not overpowering.

T: Cherries and dried fruits grab the tastebuds, mixing with a concentrated caramel flavor that is intensely sweet. The taste is decadent, filling like a meal. Caramel syrup is the coda, coating the mouth long after a sip is gone.

M: The taste is lush, provided you like caramel, with just enough (but not too much) sweetness.

D: The whopping 11% alcohol is well hidden, resulting in a deceptive beer. The caramel malts are so strong that they lull you into a false sense of safety before delivering the crushing blow. A powerful beer that would be best served on a cold wintery night.

akorsak, Oct 13, 2008
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 Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to flyingbison for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some sticky lacing, but mostly some small islands to follow. The nose is malty, yeasty, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of yeast and spices, good dose of caramel. The a nice warming effect for the ABV, which is hidden pretty well. Medium body, a nice well rounded brew. Very drinkable, glad to have had a chance to try some of these Capital brew's, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Gonzoillini, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear burnished copper brew. Head fades slowly, with plenty of sticky lace, both impressive for the style and abv. Aroma is deeply sweet, with light fruitiness and strong alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet up from, ample fruitiness in the middle, and a long warming feel on the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, and drinkability is just insane for the abv. Beyond the aroma and warmth, the only indication of the higher abv when I drank it was the burning of my chapped lips. Try this one, they've done well here.

ppoitras, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
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EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.