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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cmswoboda for the Wisconsin love

Ruby/ brown colored, highly refractive look to it. A fleeting beige head leaves a ring and disapearing cap. The snifter is coated in ruby oils after a swirl.

Alcohol carries a stone fruit aroma into the nose, with other sweet fragrances that defy identification. There's caramel, and toffee in there. Quite a fine fragrance, full, alluring.

Taste doesn't disappoint. Sweet alcohol joins with a thick melange of flavors ranging through tang, caramel, nectarine, cherry, even a hint of floral bitter in there. Quite delicious. Juicy sweet finish. Even as it warms the alcohol doesn't overpower or turn fusel.

Mouthfeel is very low carb, but just enough sparkle and acid from it, highly resinous yet not cloying, with a finish that stays clean despite heavy resinosity.

Drinkability seems quite good for a beer designed for sipping.

Impression: First eisbock for me. I am sure to revisit the style and see if there are others this delicious, or better.

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Photo of mntlover
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper/amber color mix with a big khaki head feed by small bubbles rising. The head falls slowly and laces well.

Aroma is nice fruity malts mingled with toffee, molasses rich malty big smelling. Figs and cherries mingle with some soft spice and light alcohol notes.

Taste is nice sweet but not over done malts mingled with brwon sugars and fruit cherries, dates fig ect.. Finish is nice and soft light spices mixing in with malty fruit.

Mouthfeel is a big medium about full carbonation is mellow and so smooth.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable brew, not really an eisbock or atleast not like the other two I have had. Seems more like a big kick ass doppel bock with just a touch more malts. What ever it is I want to thank dirtylou for sending it my way, wishing I had a few more to enjoy.

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly dark orange amber color with a big foamy white head that fades slowly leaving a nice amount of Belgian lacing behind. The smelli is aggressive and...umm sweet doughy toffee malt. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied with a full textured after taste..very smooth and creamy. Full flavored sweet cookie dough cinnamon caramel. A REAL easy drinker, the 9.8% ABV is well integrated, slightly warming. Wow! Really glad to have the opportunity to consider this one..thanks, Pops!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 3 finger moderately fine orange creme head with OK retention. Beer is an spectacularly clear, carbonated red. I've never seen anything remotely close to this color... simply stunning looking brew. Lacing is a downward cascading waterfall. Appearance on this one is simply perfect.

S: Nose is slightly boozy, citrus, cherries, a subtle spiciness, all over a deep malt backbone.

T: Opens slightly malty, fruity, spicy, a bit chewy, cinnamon becomes more apparent as it wamrs, brown sugar, sugar cookies. Malt profile never backs off though and there is no semblence of hops whatsoever. Finishes sticky and sweet to the point of the slightest bit sour.

M: Medium to full bodied and surprisingly smooth
given its initial appearance. Mouth is even a bit oily though not like an imperial stout. Finishes messy and the malt lingers. This also gets stickier and stickier.

D: A massive beer that I really wasn't prepared for. This one demonstrates that it doesn't take an "Imperial" anything to be full bodied, full flavored, and intensely delicious. I'll seek this one out again for sure. The most amazing looking beer I've ever come across with a flavor profile to match.

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Photo of SchmittyRexus
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours deep bronze color with a slight tint of red. Semi-opaque. Light brown head dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Very sweet, with slight alcohol undertones.

Taste: A nice combination of sweetness and maltiness. Hints of caramel with a little bit of an alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick body but goes down easily.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It compare's favorably to the Autumnal Fire, with all the great taste and a slight extra kick.

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Photo of granger10
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi translucent dark copper color. Bright on the sides, more of an amber in the middle. Really nice looking deep tan head. Good signs of carbonation. Smell is toasty sweet with a touch of spice burn. Some woody vinous qualities come in as well. Flavor leans toward the sweet side. Liquer like but not as cherry or fruity as other eisbocks I have tried. A bit more hop too, which is nice. Hop is restrained and never really comes out but adds more flavor and depth. Thicker body but smooth. Alcohol finish makes this sort of a sipper but I drank it fairly fast. Lots of burnt caramel flavor and brown sugar sweetness at the top. Some toffee flavors really come out as this warms. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in multiple trades (Styles, footbalm & iowaherkeye).

Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, bready, nuts, caramel, and yeast. Tastes of toffee, caramel, dark fruits (plums, raisins and some dark cherries), and nuts. A touch of alcohol warmth in the finish, but no where near the 10%.

Notes from: 3/31/07

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of steveh
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this one since its first incarnation, and I have to admit thinking it wasn't as good as the regular Autumnal Fire, but since I was looking for the new Impy Doppel from Cap, and didn't find it, let's see if this is a proper substitute.

A -- Clear, deep copper-bronze color with a dense, light tan head that thins rather quickly (high alcohol often effects that).

S -- Rich, sweet malts -- bready and mildly fruity and earthy -- even leathery, and I don't think I've ever used that in a beer description.

T -- Rich and sweet; bready, toasty, fruit, even vague caramel and cake-like sweetness in the finish. Mellow and inviting, no spicy alcohol to warn of the high ABV. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste.

M -- Smooth, syrupy body with a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol warming very present.

D -- Yes, easily drinkable. Makes you want to savor each and every mouthful, but the richness is fair warning that more than one could be dangerous.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. No foam to speak of. Not even a ring. Small formation of bubbles in the middle of the glass. Cloudy reddish brown in color. Smell is candied fruit and some malt. Taste is also fruity and sweet wth a little alcohol at the end. It changes a little as it warms. Still fruity but less sweet more malt. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. Almost still.

Overall a very good beer. Be not had much eisbock so it was enjoyable. Very complex. I might not have a palate capable of appreciating it. Definitely something I recommend trying.

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Photo of stercomm
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Coppery orange, slight off white head, very little lacing

S - Getting caramel and toffee and some bready scents.

T - Nicely balanced, starts out with some sweetness and caramel moves to a bread taste, followed by a slight hint of spice finishing off with a dry toasty flavor.

M - Medium bodied, creamy and medium carbonation.

D - Nicely balanced brew, good flavor profile, like the dry finish

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 03/21/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a brown/reddish mahoghany in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that left medium amounts of lacing. Aromas of sweet toffee, caramel, and breadiness. The flavors were of toffee and caramel up front, followed by biscuit/breadiness, and finishing w/ a touch of booze and candied sugar. Thin to somewhat medium bodied and left clean. I finished my 12oz. bottle w/ ease due to the well hidden ABV.

Overall, this high-test iced version of Autumnal Fire was very impressive! A tremendous American take on a classic German style.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep copper/amber body, trace body, very little lacing

S: big sweet malt, ripe fruits (dates/figs)

T: ripe date/figs, big sweet malt, sweet biscuit, hint of alcohol warmth

M: med body, slight oily/sticky body

O: Capital continues to make mighty fine bocks!
This is real summer treat, almost think it should be
for the brutal Winter months. This is
Autumnal Fire's wild twin brother. Sip this treat.


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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a coppery head that reduces to a long lasting ring around the snifter. Some fine spotty lacing.

Brown sugar, lightly spicy with toffee and caramel notes and a hint of apple.

Brown sugar and honey sweetness along with some spice and fruit. Getting a caramel spiced apple pie flavor that kind of sums up the taste. Very much like Autumnal Fire, but with a little boost. Very well hidden alcohol here.

Medium to full body that is lightly syrupy and smooth. Dry finish.

Like mentioned earlier, the alcohol is extremely well hidden and allows for a nice level of drinkability. A bigger version of Fire and very, very good. This is a highly recommended brew.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany colour, hazy with a thin tan head that holds for a moment then fades leaving a nice ring. Very fine carbonation visible throughout. The smell is a mix of rich dark fruit. Plum, apple, and raisin, with a slight floral character and mild spiciness in the background. The alcohol does not appear toos trong here which is nice.

The flavor is strong on caramel, candy-like sweetness, but some nice bitterness serves to balance things out, keeping it from becoming too cloying. Light dryness, only mild astringency as the alcohol again is pretty well kept in check helping along the overall drinkablility. The mouthfeel is moderately thick, and only slightly syrpy. The carbonation is very fine but potent.

I enjoy when big, strong beers maintain some much needed balance. I expected this to be an sugary, alcoholic monster but I was suprised how well it went down. Highly recommended...

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a John Smith snifter

It pours a kind of murky cherry wood color with a tiny khaki head that dies quickly.

A nice malty nutty sweetness dominated the nose. I noticeable warming alcohol aroma is also present

The flavor is quite nice, very malty and bready. it's not a sweet as the nose would indicate which is a big plus. This thing is just a malt bomb. The body is pretty full with a lower carbonation level that lends a nice creaminess or silkiness. This beer is sipper for me, mostly for the full bodiedness, not for any alcohol presence. Overall a really nice beer and one of the better for the style I've had.

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