EisPhyre - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 204
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 44
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 Slyjoker87
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out in a light orange or red coloring. Leave a fairly nice head, but receded quickly.

S - Smells of caramel and sweetness, but is very light and easy.

T - Tastes of caramel with some spiciness after the initial mouthful. It leaves a warm deliciousness which is reminiscent of fall.

M - The carbonation is certainly detectable, but it isn't overwhelming. It is moderately smooth.

O - This is a delicious bock - the kind that leaves you feeling nostalgic like sitting around a fire on a cool night in the late summer or fall. (539 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear reddish orange body topped by a one finger beige head. The head quickly dissipated with a crackly snapping sound, akin to soda head dissipating. Not very good head retention, but at this ABV it wasn't really expected.

S - Sweet caramel malt, buttery toffee notes and bread in the nose. Not overly aromatic, but smells tasty. Smells like a Bock.

T & M - Caramel malt leads the way, followed by some dark fruit and a bit of some unrecognizable spice. Seems a bit shy of medium bodied and the carbonation is very recognizable. I thought with the relatively high ABV, that the alcohol would be more pronounced, but it seems pretty well hidden in my opinion. This almost reminds me of a fine wine.

D - A very nice Bock. I have some fabulous friends, for sharing this with me. Highly recommended! (806 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like Autumnal Fire so this was my first foray into what Capital markets as a stronger, more intense version of their annual autumn beer.

The apperance was of a dark copper color. It had the look of having more body than most beers but nothing overly impressive.

The smell was that of a pretty typical bock-malty and a little sweet.

The taste is what won me over on this beer. It has a malty, bready, fruity, boozy taste. Also, there is a little bit of bitterness/hoppiness. The bittnerness is barely noticable but it takes some of the edge off of the sweetness which for me, seperated from Capital's Blonde Dopplebock which I am not as big a fan of.

It had a pretty average mouthfeel, a little bit of carbonation, not much else.

Overall, I rate this beer very high. If I find a fairly high alcohol beer that tastes decent, I am won over. I still look forward to Autumnal Fire coming out in about a month but this is a good offshoot of that beer. (959 characters)

Photo of SchmittyRexus
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

AMAZING, WORTH HAVING! (431 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got 8 12oz bottles date stamped 4/20/11 for the cellar to observe how they change over time...even though I suspect there is no live yeast at all left in the bottle, my curiosity won't take that for an excuse. For Science!!

"Baseline" review on 6/7/11 (I've been busy, sorry)
Remarkably clear copper color, decent carbonation, 1 finger cream colored head which doesn't stick around long. Smells of chewy caramel candies and slightly toasted fig newtons. Tastes and feels like a really nice sticky-toffee barleywine with barely any hops at all. However, it does not have anywhere near the complexity of malt profile that something like an Ayinger Celebrator has. Taste is more raisin-caramel sticky sweet but avoids the pitfalls of alcohol hotness or cloying sweetness rather nicely. Finish is long, drawn out, and rather much drier, here is where the alcohol is found, but only as a drying aftertaste. I've got to wonder if I've already aged out all the booziness in just the 2 months that this sat until I could get to it for the baseline! Time will tell, I'll add on to this review next time I sample. (overall 4.0) (1,120 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,481 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jj21, thanks again!

I think this bottle is from 2006! Nice.

Pours a deep dark amber color with a very nice cream colored head.

Nose is really grainy, smells kind of like grape nuts, dark fruits, and some bready spices.

Taste is pretty boozy. Nice dry quality up front, spicy, and bready, with some faint sweetness. Finish is were the alcohol really kicks in, very warm, with a nice graininess.

Mouthfeel is quite good, this beer has very good body, really smooth, yet still crisp.

Overall, this is a nice beer. Really complex, and quite bold. I think this beer could easily age a few more years... This has legs to keep going. (651 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark, clear copper red color with a 2 finger tight off white head. The aroma to me is rather subdued with slight notes of sweet fruits, slight vegetable like tomato, and grain. Medium mouthfeel. Hmmm, interesting, sweet fruit/vegetable flavor gives way to booze and a slight bitterness. I find myself not the biggest fan of this one not because it is boozy but because the flavors just aren't really that appealing to me. The bitterness lingers on for a while. Tastes like boozy sweet tomato to me. Looks really nice though and leaves some lace. (581 characters)

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to the label, this brew is akin to Capital's Autumnal Fire but has been "modified, manipulated, and concentrated". I think it loses something int the shift from dopplebock to eisbock; it has a dry finish which masks some of the typical maltiness.

Eisphyre pours a clear caramel brown with a low head. The scent is very subtle, especially for a 9.8 ABV beverage. The alcohol does not interfere with the taste either. The beer starts off with a subtle taste but becomes more pronounced as it warms, maintaining a smoothness throughout.

Autumnal Fire is a tough act to follow, but big beer lovers will enjoy this brew. (627 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -13%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from end 2009, early 2010 (aged around 1 year). Pours a medium reddish brown color with limited head. Oddly enough, I get big banana, along with other dark fruits, caramel, etc. Smells great. Flavor is huge Autumnal Fire, for sure. Big, aggressive malty doppelbock flavor. Tastes like the biggest doppelbock you have ever had. Surprisingly, the tiniest bit of hops poke through the whole process and help somewhat balance out the big sweetness. Carbonation still comes through in the body with a surprisingly reserved sugary mouthfeel (I.e., not as thick as I expected, possibly in a good way). I wouldn't call the beer super drinkable. It is an enjoyable sipper, that is great, but is missing something to be elite. (723 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella Glass

This beer pours a beautiful ruby redwood color with a finger of beige foam on the surface. Strong malty esters with notes of black cherry, honey, brown sugar. The flavor is fairly malty and subtle. Some of the cherry esters are noticeable on the tongue though they are faint in my mind. Lot of dark amber sugars on the tongue. There is a bit of bitterness on the back end of the aftertaste that grows over time. The good thing that can be said of this beer is that the ABV is almost undetectable which I must admit surprises me. This is a pretty good beer, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a nice easy going Eisbock (I'm sure there are lots of you). (702 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,408 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/31/2010. Bottle thanks to Skyview. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, prunes, molasses, brown sugar. Flavor is also quite sweet with many of the same flavors -- molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet malt, plus some vegetal notes. Probably quite good for the style, but I am not a fan of the beer overall as it is much too sweet and heavy for my tastes. (405 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rusty amber with crimson highlights. a half-finger cream-colored head fades to nothingness, leaving only a trace of lace.

aroma is fruity, sweet, and boozey... almost american barleywine-esque. apricot, caramel, raisins, rum, brandy. a bit of yeasty doughiness and more alcohol heat.

taste is strong, even for an eisbock. malty, bready. pumpernickle soaked in maple syrup and torched with rum. Interesting... dark cherries and brandy. hints of scotch from the intense malts. more sweet brown sugar on the finish.

mouth is smooth and full with a suitable amount of carbonation given the style and abv. pleasant.

All in all, an interesting Eisbock. The flavors aren't quite working together for me, making it a bit hot and a bit messy. boozy and confusing, not quite as unified or drinkable as others in the style. That being said, it's certainly a delicious brew and I wouldn't turn another one down. (911 characters)

Photo of lester619
2.91/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper reddish brown color. Thick head with good retention and lacing. The smell is very sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, malted milk, and chocolate covered rasins. There is also a strong wiff of alcohol. The taste is consistant with the smell. Very sweet up front with a warming boozey finish. Very thick substantial mouthfeel. The sweetness and the boozey aftertaste made this go down hard for me. I wasn't really won over by this one. The beer flavors didn't seem to hold up very well and in the end all I tasted was a hot alcohol flavor. If the ABV was a little lower I think it would be a better overall beer. (624 characters)

Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper amberish color with a slightly off white head. The smell is of caramel malts. The taste is sweet with caramel malt and is balanced with hops. The mouthfeel is medium light with a good carbonation to it, and I would consider this a drinkable beer. (271 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper with a fiery tint in color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Sweet aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and fusel alcohol. The beer delivers what it claims by being a concentrated Autumnal Fire. Seems sweeter, maltier, with much more alcohol flavor than its sister beer. I did pick up some additional fruit hints that adds a level of complexity. Thick and viscous body. Really coats the mouth with a lot of malty sweetness. Maybe not as enjoyable as Autumnal Fire because of the booze and increased sweetness but this is a good example of a style that does not come along very often. (703 characters)

Photo of berkey
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pokal glass. Reviewed 11/04/10.

A very large frothy light-tan head forms to cap off an amber brown body. Head settles in a hurry but coats the sides of the glass with a thick lacey film as it goes.

Caramel, bread, and straight up sugar on the aroma. Flavor profile follows suite and adds some ripe yellow apples notes. Eisbocks are always a little sugary in my opinion but the fruitiness and bread character helps this one stop just a few yards short of the 'cloying' line. Mild alcohol burn in the finish. Altogether a worthy example of the style and good fit for an Autumn night like this one. (624 characters)

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