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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: 0
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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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 03:05:11 | More by rhoadsrage
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 01:00:39 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 21:31:40 | More by ppoitras
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another humbled thanks to Harry!
A rustic looking amber in colour. Not much head to speak of, no deal breaker especially considering the 11%. No lacing of course. Rather fashionable actually, some bright red highlights when held up. Sherry, fruity notes in the aroma, all underlined by a stern base of malt. Some booze proudly sneaks its way in. The impression it leaves in my mouth is sweet but grounded by candylike maltyness. A sandy, gritty mouthfeel, damp and heavy, thinned out a tad by light boozy notes. Alcohol, on the whole though, nowhere really to be found. Drinkability is easily at the level of a standard lager. Carbonation on the right level, texture stays sticky and sweet. Seems like it could age well. Very British coarse water, with mineral like chalkyness in the malts. Keeps its part together! Not much character, then again Im consistently underwhelmed by eisbocks ( - perhaps just not my taste) but on the whole I was happy with this one. I'd recommend no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 23:37:48 | More by biegaman
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

11-28-2011 22:42:28 | More by brandoman63
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-29-2011 03:45:13 | More by Gonzoillini
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a mostly clear burnished red/amber, some bright orange highlights, does have a fire look to it, medium sized off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass and a thin layer, tons of lace spots stick around the glass.

Smell is nice, very sweet and malty, big toffee/caramel, biscuit, a bit of sweat sock, lots of dark fruit, bready, figs and raisins, a touch of booze, sherry, vanilla and wood, cognac, very intense aroma, but still quite clean.

Taste is similar, very malty, caramel, lots of biscuity malt, raisins and figs, quite fruity and boozy, mix of cognac and sherry, lightly woody, vanilla, sharp and minerally in the finish but still balanced, really lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit of heat going down. A pretty nice bock. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 23:23:41 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/amber tone. Thin beige head. Lace comes in moderately sized patches. Aroma is a really great melange of sweet goodies. Caramel and nougat and and that thick malt aroma that Capital dopples have. Flavor is nice. The malt flavor is quite nice. Smooth and caramelly. Nougat in the background. A little alcohol, but really not that noticeable. Medium bodied and velvety on the tongue. Nice tasting and quite easy to drink. Could be a dangerous one.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 05:06:57 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from JeffKrenner as part of BC2. Thanks!
Poured a deep red, fairly clear, with a short beige cap. Great head retention with plenty of lacing. The aroma was very malty, lots of caramel and toffee with toasty, fresh grain notes. Also a bit of faint alcohol and mild dried fruit. Low bitterness and very malty flavour. Plenty of caramel and dried fruit, a kiss of hops, and vinous alcohol in the finish. Pleasant warmth, medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation made for a good texture. Highly recommended. This is a warm, malty beer - perfect for winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 19:22:41 | More by DrJay
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz provided over the weekend by my buddy Ditmier... Thanks Eric.... I've been wanting to try the new vintage for a long time.

Pours clear orange/brown with a lite yellow head... doesn't stick around too long as expected.

Nose is fairly malty (but not as much as my mind's nostrils remember).. a bit bready with some caramel and hints of vanilla.

Flavor is about where such a big boned lager should be.. rich maltiness with an adequate toasty element.. lite caramel and only bits and pieces of some cocoa.. a bit of booze shows but isn't distracting at all .. I don't have a whole lot else to say.. very clean.. maybe some plum and fig. Body seems a tad thin from the EtOH and the carbonation seems a little too high.

Very nice take on a tough style to get right.... I would love a case of these.. hint hint hint.

Thanks again Eric.. I appreciate you holding this for me.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 08:16:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the sort of beer one should share... but hey, it's my birthday.

A: Copper-amber with a light tan head, slight retention & lace/leg.

S: Alcohol is upfront, floral, herbaceous, spicy, grassy, sherry, dark fruit, candied fruit, toffee... awesome.

T: This actually reminds of a fresh Salvator, vom fass, but a little bigger (alcohol is upfront, quite fruity & spicy). Plenty of breadyness from the malt, some toffee, candied fruit, dark fruit, slightly herbal, good bitterness.

M: Fairly well-attenuated with some residual sweetness, full body, drying alcohol finish.

D: Fairly drinkable for its strength.

Big thanks to DaPeculiarDane for trading this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 23:55:54 | More by Derek
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HopHead84

California

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/4/2010

Received as an extra from eyncognito, thanks! Appears transparent sorrel in the snifter.

The nose is of rich toffee, baked sweet bread, earthy hops, and toasted malt. A hint of dried dates is apparent.

In the flavor, notes of sweet sugary toffee and caramel blend nicely with freshly baked bread, dried figs and dates, toasted malt, and earthy hops. Alcohol is well hidden for near 10%. The sweet bready finish is long and complex. The mouthfeel is upper medium bodied with an upper low level of carbonation. A deliciously complex malt bomb. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 05:41:26 | More by HopHead84
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dirtylou

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 00:23:48 | More by dirtylou
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 03:16:42 | More by liamt07
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 00:04:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firey dark orange. Big frothy top of fluffy tannish foam thats unlasting to the point of a mere minute, if that. Keeps a solid collar present and laces the glass in thick stings and some spots.

Aroma is super plump and inviting with a malt display that equals most of Capital's bigger bock beers. Ample red apple, some soaking dark cherry, mild melon, toffee, and berries. All swirling about with a rich dullness like that of fruit salad spritz with a bit of ethonalic heat.

Mild taste without as much complexity as the nose but has lasting malt flavors sinking in slowly as it tends to get deeper and richer towards the finish. Among the maltyness is some favorable toffee soaked breadyness mixed with dark fruityness of cherry, molasses, dates, and a touch of nuttyness and rounded off candied melon in the close.

Feel is bold, big, and malty. Rich tones of malt grabbing smoothness with a sliding little thick stickyness to its girth. Alcohol is hardly evident as it glides right down with ease. Just a pinch of carbonation on the tongue towards the front end and mellows from there with the malts making their way across the palate.

A solid effort by Capital; right up there with most of their other big bock beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 00:46:48 | More by tavernjef
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ian was kind enough to send me a couple of these. Thanks, Ian! I hear the first batch did really well with a couple of years on it, and now, I'll be able to find out for myself.

In my brandy snifter, this beer is just spectacularly gorgeous. Crystal clear copper with a dense off-white head that leaves some patchy lace, a steady, gentle carbonation is noted too.

This is supposed to be an iced version of the (very good) Autumnal Fire, and it shows. Rich caramel and dark fruit with a nice, bready character, this is quite like a marzen in some ways. The combination of raisin, toffee and bread makes this very hearty.

This full bodied beer opens with a combination of rich, bready character, some toffee and some dark fruit. Caramel is prominent. There's a mild hop bite in the back, a little earthy, but nowhere close to how high it is in the base beer. In fact, the hop character makes for a very interesting beer. Alcohol appears on the finish, along with some fruity sweetness and a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is quite sublime, soft and creamy, working very well with the full body. Quite a delight to drink, I'm really enjoying this. I'll hold onto my other bottle for a few years if I can, with a little oxidation, this should be quite epic.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 23:07:34 | More by DefenCorps
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impressive deep amber...incredible nose of sweet vanilla, toffee, caramel, and sweet berries.

Taste nowhere close to being as impressive as the aroma. Malty but not richly sweet....a little sweet berry flavor...mild vanilla and toffee and a good hit of alcohol...

Body is on the light side of full...realitvely creamy and smooth and the alcohol contributes a tight spiciness on the finish.

Overall I expected great things after smelling this but am slightly let down....it's decent enough but not the special beer the nose led me to expect...

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 04:49:23 | More by ZAP
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Duff27

Illinois

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

2011 vintage

Short off white head on a murky copper colored body.collar left throughout. Nice lacing, especially for the style.

Sweet boozy aroma, some toast.

Booze and almost a smoke flavor come out towards the end of each sip. Toffee. I must say. Very drinkable for nearly 10%abv.

Thicke mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation which works well.

I really liked Eisphyre, nice and drinkable. Worth a try for dopplebock/eisbock fans.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:49:50 | More by Duff27
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champ103

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 00:35:58 | More by champ103
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

11-25-2011 04:12:01 | More by barnzy78
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 08:17:31 | More by cokes
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-11-2012 01:58:28 | More by whartontallboy
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blackie

California

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour creates a low, light khaki head that soon disappears to leave just a few bubbles on the surface. The beer is a rich, amber cognac in color.

smell: Upfront I find a deep, rich sweet malty aroma that makes my mouth water. It smells wonderfully of buttery caramel and lightly toasted grains. Notes of mild tobacco and woody Tennessee whiskey are found. There are some hints of dark, sugary fruits. Just a touch of hop aroma and a nice tinge of ethanol sharpness in the nasal cavity.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body somewhat syrupy and on the lighter side of the heavy range.

taste: Rich malty flavors coat the tongue. The syrupy substance of the beer carries with it flavors of dark sugars, sweet tree fruits, and hardwood. Hints of tobacco and oaked bourbon are again found. A pretty sizeable hop flavor is evident, with a lighter bitterness providing the necessary balance. The ethanol is present on just the right level, adding to the character of the beverage rather than detracting from it. Complex and delicious.

drinkability: About as drinkable as can be expected for a beer of this weight.

taken from the fridge of dirtylou while he crunched numbers in a dark room somewhere

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 19:08:45 | More by blackie
EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.