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EisPhyre - Capital Brewery

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 43
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:
Beer added by: heyitsbyron on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.

Appearance: Reddish copper with thin light tan head.

Smell: Very toasty and fruity, with plum, cherry and light spiciness.

Taste: Pretty sweet, with layers of fruitiness (plum, cherry, and other stuff I can't place). There are some toast, biscuit and spicy hop qualities, which showcase the Marzen-like Autumnal Fire base, but the sweetness and fruits really dominate.

Feel: Pretty smooth, full body for a lager with a fairly clean taste. Just barely dry at the finish, as there is a decent level of residual sweetness.

Overall: Bigger version of Autumnal Fire, but not better, as this is sweeter, friuitier and not as balanced. Still, besting Autmnal Fire is near impossible in my eyes, so this is another great Doppelbock from Capital.

Photo of GeoCait
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lava colored, scarletesque, orange, firey, liquid pours from the bottle. Carbonation bubbles make their way up the sides of the Eku 28 snifter. Poured hard to little avail. Not much head at all and what was there disspated very quickly. No lacing prevelant.

Aromas of candied apple, burnt caramel, malty goodness, alcohol, various flowers, cinnamon,black cherry, brandy, blood oranges, and other various fruits. Very complex nose indeed.

Toffee sticks out like a sour thumb in the mouth, some cinnamon bread also, big caramel malt with a slight roasy quality in the finish. Dates, fig, and bing cherry also. Very complex and easy drinking. Not much alcohol comes through in the taste. RS is less than I expected and I like that.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thinner than expected but not in a bad way. The fact that you can't tell it's an 11%er makes this beer a little too drinkable. May find yourself in trouble after a 4 pack of these.

Thanks to nflmvp for the sample.

Photo of Doodler
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extra in a great trade - Thank to Brian23456 for sharing this one!

A - Deep reddish brown / almost copper with a thin tan film for head, very little lace.

S - Malty caramel with a bit of sweetness & hops in the aroma.

T - Nicely carbonated with a sweet molasses / caramel flavor. Light notes of raisins and cherries, with a mild hop overtone. Finishes just slightly dry.

M - Nice body and flavor. Not too heavy, with lingering spice and flavor.

D - A well balanced reddish Eisboch / Doppelboch. Great malts. I enjoyed the bottle from start to finish! The 9.8 ABVs are subtle but let you know they are there by the bottom of the glass.

A terrific winter beer. Thanks again Brian - Salud!

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of milliCAN
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of hoppymeal
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper to ruby red in color and clear with a small off white head that fades to a ring. Nice fruity apricots smell is strong with caramel malt, red wine, and also a hint of alcohol evident in the aroma. A medium, creamy and smooth body reveal sweet sugary caramel flavor with a little spiciness from the alcohol. There is also a hint of dry appley, tannic tartness that follows the sweet and finishes with a nice warm shot of alcohol. Really enjoyed this beer, nice complex taste and aroma with a big, but well balanced alcohol presence in the finish that makes me happy. Thanks dirtylou for this one.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.