EisPhyre - Capital Brewery

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 204
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 44
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: heyitsbyron on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 kbutler1
2.74/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of seeswo
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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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 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 Vdubb86
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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).

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of lester619
2.91/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of berkey
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a flute. It's not often we get to break those out; always love the eisbock or NG fruit beer occasion. Pours a moderate brown with not much of any head and what is there dies.pretty quickly. Nose is booze, dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, and a bit of caramel. Taste is more boozy with sugar and fruit. Alcohol in the feel though it's not too overpowering. Drinks fairly well and is a pretty nice beer.

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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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Photo of Blakaeris
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliantly clear dark copper with a creamy white head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, and hints of dark fruit.

Taste is rich caramel and toffee, along with generous dark fruit sweetness. Brown sugar has a stronger presence in the sweet boozy finish. Hops are subdued, but bring a pleasant earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and velvety soft.

Very smooth and flavorful. Alcohol is present, but adds flavor intensity instead of just harshness. This a flavorful and smooth malt bomb. Very tasty.

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Photo of bashiba
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the same crystal clear deep amber/red as autumnal fire, with a big thick white head, nice lacing and retention.

Big sweet malt and fruits dominate the nose with a bit of banana and cedar.

Very smooth and mellow for almost 10%. Subtle hints of brown sugar, banana nut bread, cedar, and dates all make and appearance, the finish is almost hopeless, yet not at all cloying or overly sweet. Very balanced.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy almost luscious.

Dangerously drinkable big bock, very nicely done as all Capitals doppels seem to be.

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

Retired huh? Still holding up nicely, cheers to EchoCharlieEcho for this one...

Pours an effervescent orange/chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, cherries & dark fruit

T: Cherries, brown bread, leafy & slight herbal hops, plus a kiss of booze up front. General fruitcake flavors dominate as this warms, along with marmalade. Finishes dry, fruitty & with Hawaiian sweetbread notes, plus a bit of booze

MF: Chewy with semi-assertive carbonation & some stickyness to this

Drinks really easy for the ABV, but worthy of respect. I still like Autumnal Fire better, but would love to buy this come winter...

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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 grub
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another wisconsin treat courtesy of EliteDigger. thanks scott!

12oz bottle sampled aug 8/2010.

pours crystal clear deep red, bright and fiery with highlights of garnet and orange. the very fine cream coloured head quickly retreats and leaves a bit of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is good. sweet caramel and toffee. rich dark fruit. date, raisin, plum. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. alcohol. hint of smoke.

taste is good. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. dark fruit. date, raisin, plum, bit of fig. caramel and toffee. hints of smoke and dark chocolate. lightly warming alcohol. woody and slightly earthy. medium-low bitterness level. hint of roast. not as sweet as i expected from the aroma.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium-low carbonation level. silky smooth.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced, hiding most of its alcohol with a bit of lingering sweetness as appropriate for the style. good stuff. i'd be curious to see this one after a little time in the cellar.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

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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 levifunk
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

never been a huge fan of capitol, but this is suppose to be the beer that will win me over.

a - dark red color. low carbonation as expected. small head that dies down fast.

s - smells sweet. fruit and malts. alcohol

t - sweet malts is the biggest. dark fruit. very faint bitterness that i wasn't expecting. alcohol is much lower than it was in the nose.

m - medium body. good feel.

overall - well done capitol. I may have to try some more of their beers. 9.8% seems low for an eisbock, so i don't know how true it is, but either way its tasty.

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