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EisPhyre - Capital Brewery

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162 Reviews
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Reviews: 162
Hads: 204
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
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:
Beer added by: heyitsbyron on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 162 | Hads: 204
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of DragYourBone
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After experimenting with the trappists ales from Belgium recently, I decided to take a break and look closer to home - 2 miles away as a matter of fact. I must say that this is by far my favorite Capital brew.

Served in a wine glass - my only other option was straight from the bottle, but I wanted to have a closer look at this specimen...

Appearance: beautful orange-amber hue. 1/4 inch of foam dissipated quickly from time of pour and settled into a narrow bubble film.

Smell: Subtle malts with touches of yeast, citrus. The scents become more pronounced as it warms to room temperature. I don't smell the 11%.

Taste: Velvety smooth. This draft is thick and rich without being chewy. There is no sharpness when it is served cold, and becomes an excellent sipper as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that is creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: A beer for all seasons, but definitely a ripper..I meant sipper.

I'll need to stock up on this one.

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Photo of carln26
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, very clear, and topped by a 1 inch off-white head. A deep, sweet caramel aroma wafts from the glass as I pour the beer. This is a real malt bomb, and I love it. The dark caramel is joined by dates, and a light touch of black cherry. Just the lightest touch of citrus hop. The flavor is more dark, sweet caramel, backed by blackberry. There is a more pronounced hop component, nice bitter backbone with a sweet orange character. The mouth feel is thick, robust. It’s not sticky at all. Wonderfully drinkable beer. I wish I had ready access to Capital’s full line of beers.

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  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!

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Photo of joerodiii
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-brown with a fluffy head that disappears rather quickly. Sweet, malty aroma. No noticeable hop aroma (appropriate), and no noticeable alcohol aroma (surprising).

Taste is right on for the style. No hop flavor; strong bready maltiness with slight alcohol finish. The bitterness is a bit high for an Eisbock, but it balances things out very nicely. The brewery's aging paid off as it is very smooth for a beer of this strength.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an eisbock, but overall it is pleasant.

This is an enjoyable beer. If I didn't know how strong it was, I'd be in trouble after putting away a few. Shame this is probably the only one I'll ever have.

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Photo of bound4er
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber in appearance with a dense, two finger off-white head that has unreal retention. Settles to a half finger head after 5 minutes and just stays that way. Smells of caramelized sugars and malt with a faint perfumed floral note poking through. Tastes damn good - similar flavors as on the nose in a compact, crisp presentation with caramel malts taking center stage. The 9.8% ABV in totally hidden too. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. This stuff slides like a 5% ABV beer - it is just so easy to drink and my glass was empty before I realized what was happening.

Capital is a local brewery that I have by-in-large ignored over the years. Most of their beers have been fairly pedestrian tasting. Not this beer - this is a world class Eisbock and one that I will seek out each year.

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Photo of Crosling
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Capital for making an Eisbock. Few do. This rendition is really well balanced, which is what you would expect considering the base beer is Autumnal Fire, a superbly balanced beer. Good concentration and body, appropriate carbonation. Have to wonder if it would be better if more water would have been removed, but I shouldn’t be wondering. It’s good stuff.

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Rich malt, grapes. Appearance: a touch haze, has legs, deep gold. Flavor: Rich malt and alcohol which balances the malt. Slight toast and a little caramel. Medium low hop flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, medium low carbonation, alcohol warmth. Overall: a little low on the complexity and character.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with an off white intial one finger head. Dissipates quickly but retains a nice film on top. Nice lace.
S: Aromas of dark fruits and caramel dominate the nose with an ever so slight hop presence.
T & M: Dark fruit malt blast up front with a sweet caramel like backbone that hangs out in the mouth for awhile. Good sweet aftertaste. Nice silky smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Beer slowly crawls through the mouth sticking a bit. Pretty decent body and well balanced.
D: Definately a drinkable beer. The high abv is masked quite well--can't taste it at all.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dropped by the terrific Sun Singer for a coldie and, despite the dud of an earlier experience with Imperial Dopplebock, decided to try Eisphyre, since it had received good reviews. As bad as Imperial Dopplebock was a call for me, Eisphyre was as good.

A finger of light tan froth atop a clear deep amber body; nice duration and lacing. Rich caramel, chocolate, and berry on the nose, and definitely in the taste. The taste in fact is rich with chocolate and berry, a wonderfully delicious eisbock. So much of Eisphyre's success--and Imperial Dopplebock's downfall--is a top-notch mouthfeel, creamy, rich, and so smooth. This was all-too easy to consume.

In so many ways, Capital Eisphyre was the antithesis of Imperial Dopplebock, just an excellent delicious bock. Capital should either revamp Imperial Dopplebock from top to bottom, or make Eisphyre much more readily available, for Eisphyre is has helped restore some of my faith in Capital.

Simply excellent.

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Photo of Erish
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: reddish amber, tan head quickly falls into a minuscule cap, which then again quickly disappears completely, no lacing.

S: rich caramel and candied fruit (plums, cherries, apples), some spice (nutmeg, tinge of allspice?).

T: raisins, sugar plums, cherry pie, figs, then there is a blush of milk sugar, a vinous note, and sweet bread, the finish is sweet, with just enough grassy hops to refresh the palate.

M: thick, almost like cough-syrup, yet the carbonation seems to float on the tongue. In my mind the mouthfeel is the star of the show here.

D: This is tasting great now, though I might stash a couple of these away to see how they develop. This beer hides it's 9.8% ABV quite well.

Note: Perhaps I am being too hard on this beer because it lacks head retention and has no lacing to speak of. My critical eye for this sort of thing is pretty new, so is this what I can expect from an Eisbock?

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Photo of Strix
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange-red, little head.

Smells of sweet malt, toasted notes, and a spicelike hop note.

Sweet malt, toasted notes, spices, apple. Slight grain flavor and alcohol presence. Very malty and interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Surprisingly drinkable. My favorite so far from Capital.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say I really enjoyed this beer. Exceptional clarity and just enough of an off white head. Sweet and dougy taste at first, leaves with just a hint of alcohol. When I first drank it I was quite surprised to see ABV at 11%, incredible drinkability at such ABV. It probably would be even better in winter.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very cloudy, cider like brew leaning towards the amber side. Good carbonation..as the liquid shifts in the glass, 1/2 inch deep a line of bubbles form and fire to the surface. Head is an ultra light beige that has fallen to just a ring and a few wisps.

S: Raspberry, apricot, red apple, fresh dough, light toffee and a touch of young hops.

T: Upfront toffee with nice mandarin orange moments. Very caramely sweet but not over the top, very drinkable. Surprising bitter wash hits after the sugary malts and gently stabs at the tongue. Finishes with sweet red fruits, hazelnut and vanilla notes. LIghtly alcohol, not too boozy

M: Medium body, minor syrupy mouth feel.

D: This beer sort of reminds me of an old ale. Unlike some old ales though, this isn't cloying by any means. An additional beer would have done this beer some good, really pushing it over the edge. Very nice.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown look, with a nice off white head.

On the nose and palate, deep Bready malt, plums, raisins, figs, and the caramel tastes, kind of like a barley-wine without any hops, very well made. Finish is well balanced, not sweet nor sour nor hoppy bitterness, must have some though.

Nice medium to heavy body, weighty in the mouth, an easy drinker with well hidden alcohol, great for the style.

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Photo of Deuane
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this one!

A-Deep reddish hued copper with a thin tan film for head, no lace.

S-Super sweet caramel ,alt with a bit of alcohol heat and a nice subtle backing of plum, dried cherries and raisin. A bit of hop spiciness in the background.

T-Super sweet caramel, like a Brach's caramel candy cube melted down and carbonated! Notes of dark fruits, prunes and cherries, with a spicy hop bite. A bit of oak dryness in the end.

M-Medium bodied and SUPER smooth. At no point did this become cloying. Long lasting flavours and spicy hop bite.

D-A really nicely done malt bomb. At first I thought, "Oh, this is a bit too much, I wouldn't enjoy an entire bottle of this." Well, the longer I sipped the more intoxicating it became!
Seriously, I longed for more when I was done with my glass. Also, this is 11% ABV? I mean I knew it would be double digits but I never really though about it. This would make for a wonderful fireside sipper!

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Photo of Soneast
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eisphyre pours crystal clear, with just an amazing color, dark copper with amber and reddish hues. It develops about a 2 finger thick, light brown colored head, that recedes fairly rapidly, but doesn't truly disappear, rather it condenses to a dense layer of tiny bubbles, leaving large sheets of lace on the glass. Truly one of the better looking beers I've seen.

The aroma consists of a heavy malt character, with brown sugars and caramel notes predominating as well as a sweet, almost vanilla-like presence and welcome booziness towards the finish.

The flavor is rich and complex, like the aroma brown sugar and caramel notes really shine through with a touch of some dark fruits. Someone mentioned a tobacco flavor in an earlier review....I wouldn't have believed it, but it truly is there. Like a big sweet chaw of cured tobacco leaf. Eisphyre is earthy and sweet, finishing with a very mild bitterness, which really only serves to balance the amazing malt complexities and little, to no, alcohol presence save for a mild warming effect.

Creamy smooth texture, mild carbonation makes for a wonderful sipping after-dinner beverage. The fairly high ABV and associated warming effect makes for a great winter drink as well. Overall I quite pleased with this beer, Capitol's Autumnal Fire has always been a favorite of mine and now their Eisphyre will earn a permanent place on my "must purchase seasonals" list as well.

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Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Big thanks to MetsFanVI for bringing this back from Sconnie.

A: Aggressive pour yields a translucent, medium copper color with two fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Very good retention but not much lace, lovely carbonation.

S: Nice caramel and a little hay.

T: Rich caramel, a little spice on the finish. Alcohol very well hidden. As the beer warms, the spice identifies itself as mint.

M: Smooth, a little cream and oil. Nice stuff.

O: A truly delicious beer, must get more. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A warm, humid day in early June - unseasonable weather here in Portland. What better beer to crack open than...an eisbock?!? This one was hand-delivered by a fine BA, DaPeculierDane on his recent Portland visit. A 12 oz. screwcap bottle (stamped "1456 07") poured to a snifter.

A: Gorgeous color - the clearest, richest & warmest red-orange; a robust fire-y (or "phyre-y") glow when held to light. Plenty of tiny carbonation rising constantly to a creamy light tan ring. Initially a 3/4" head that faded rather quickly; many spotty beads of lace.

S: Loads of sweetly spiced malts, rum raisins, cherry syrup. Intoxicating smell which hints at the potency of this beer.

T: Reduced cane sugar, almost molasses syrup. A bit of smoke, lots of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon stick). Fruitiness of cherries and ripe plums, juicy raisins. Nice flavors; seems to waver between sticky sweetness and tingly spiciness. I suppose it's well-balanced that way, but it's a flavor profile I'm having trouble defining for myself. Finishes more bitter and is where the dry spiciness & smokiness come through the most.

M: Thick, full syrupiness - the kind that latches on and refuses to let go. Tingly fusel warmth on the lips and cheeks, I'm feeling the alcohol in this one. Texture is laden with carbonation, giving it a zippy, active mouthfeel.

D: This is a hard call; it's a very likable & rich sipper. Though its abv is quite high, it's the type of beer you generally don't want to have multiples of at a time and one you want to sit and savor. That said, I'd love to have this beer again - well-crafted flavor & aroma, nicely complex, a pleasure all-around. Thanks again, Eric, for giving me a chance to try.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a copper/amber red with a 2 finger off white head that quickly dissipates to tight bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel, dark fruit (dates or raisins), hint of bready yeast.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel and dark fruits up front, hint of alcohol in the middle and then a hint of bitterness on the very dry finish. Not really any hop flavor but it does finish very dry. Not as sweet as a lot of Eisbocks. Very nicely balance. The dark fruits become more apparent as it warms.

M - Medium bodied but thick and chewy feeling. The slight hint of alcohol in the taste is felt by a numbing of the tongue and a warming of the body. I have only felt this tongue numbing from strong bourbons.

D - Very deceptive. This one drinks like a much lower ABV beer and will sneak up on you in a hurry if you are not careful.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of psychotia
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on the 301st day of 2009. Served in a snifter.

A: Copper/brown with an initial one-finger head that settles to a nice lace.

S: Raisin and caramel... at times the alcohol pierces the nostrils, but a swirl of the glass brings the sweet aroma back. Mmm!

T: What you would expect from the aroma. Big on the caramel and raisin, with subtle toasted notes on the aftertaste mixed in with a slight alcohol "phyre."

M: Wonderful, a nice balance between crisp and smooth. Almost a 5, only and 4.5 because I'm not entirely sure how this style should feel in my mouth...

D: Well I feel this, but I could definitely have another... or 4 more... yes, another 4-pack is in order!

Overall, exactly what you'd expect if you know it is an amped-up Autumnal Fire. I'll drink a lot of AF this fall, but will certainly treat myself to some Eisphyre on those especially cool nights!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in BIF 49.

This one pours a slightly cloudy apple cider and cinnamon color in my Duvel tulip with just smattering of irregular head.

Smells subtly of over-ripe plumbs and peaches, golden raisins, a slightly sour caramel barley and a distant remnant of cheese burger. There’s also a dry cranberry and ginger Christmas spice sitting atop the aroma. 11%? You’ve got to be kidding me! There’s a masterful job of masking that quantity of booze here.

The flavor is based on a gooey barley that caries with it notes of dry prunes, oak and birch bark. There is then a dry bark and mushroom on top that nestles into sour pin-pricks of CO2. Finishes delicately smooth, dry and neat. Again, the 11% seems to be a joke.

Feels clean but dense with a nice thickening brought on by the carbonation.

Seriously, 11%? I really have to look for it to sniff/taste it out. Well done! This is a terrifically easy to sip take on the style with a clever dryness that adds a lot of balance.

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EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.