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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 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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Photo of MithosYggdrasil
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capital never fails to disappoint. I first experienced Capital with their Maibock last Spring, then later their Autumnal Fire, Oktoberfest and Winter Skal. Time for the Captial EisPhyre..

Appearance: Very deep ruby color, not very opaque with a light, tanned head. Nice fluffy/foamy egg colored head.

Smell: Sweet malts, pears, with a bit of raisin and perhaps other dark fruits in both the aroma.

Taste: See the smell, with the addition of caramel. Nice alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and very carbonated.. very well balanced!

Drinkability: Fantastic. Goes down very smooth.. another successful beer from Capital Brewery.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz provided over the weekend by my buddy Ditmier... Thanks Eric.... I've been wanting to try the new vintage for a long time.

Pours clear orange/brown with a lite yellow head... doesn't stick around too long as expected.

Nose is fairly malty (but not as much as my mind's nostrils remember).. a bit bready with some caramel and hints of vanilla.

Flavor is about where such a big boned lager should be.. rich maltiness with an adequate toasty element.. lite caramel and only bits and pieces of some cocoa.. a bit of booze shows but isn't distracting at all .. I don't have a whole lot else to say.. very clean.. maybe some plum and fig. Body seems a tad thin from the EtOH and the carbonation seems a little too high.

Very nice take on a tough style to get right.... I would love a case of these.. hint hint hint.

Thanks again Eric.. I appreciate you holding this for me.


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Photo of turkob
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A little half-finger head that diminshes quickly. A nice red color.

S: I get almost nothing. At first I get a hint of prunes and raisins, but the harder I sniffed the less I got.

T: Kind of bland for an eisbock. This style should have robust flavors and this just kind of leaves the palate quickly. Where are the malts?

M: A little thin for such a big beer. I get some heat from the alcohol but not coating the mouth.

D: Eh, I don't see it with this beer. Understated all around.

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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 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 fropones
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice amber brown with a light khaki head.

S - Bready malt, plums, figs, biscuits, toffee.

T- More dark fruits, bread, alcohol very nicely hidden. Very delicious.

M - Nice creaminess and carbonation, somewhat slick.

D - Drinks very nicely. Will probably seek this out again.

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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 bruachan
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

no head really but the beer has a nice robust copper color

rich and clean malt aromas. plenty of that lovely munich scent!

tons of lagermalt caramelization in the flavor. nice range of granier flavors, as well. very rich and sweet, but in a totally appropriate, dessert kind of way. some simple hop flavor

body is robust but hardly chewy and there's very little heat. i like this beer

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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 bluemoonswoon
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a Goose Island pint glass.

A: Bright and dark, ambery orange. Clear as day and topped with a loose and frothy sandy white head.

S: Smells more like a dopplebock than an eisbock. Tons and tons of sweet malt, apples, pears and caramel.

T/MF: About as malty as the nose would indicate. Thick rows of caramel, apple, pear and light touches of caramel. Feel is substantially less than nearly 10% would indicate. Really a well crafted beer in that respect in that there is nearly no indication of the amount of alcohol in this beer.

D: Not a bad beer. A solid lager, well hidden alcoholic content and a good introduction back to the eisbock after my last one from about two years ago.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of notCreative - thanks! Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: A pretty average orange amber, perhaps a rusty mahogany, with a surprisingly large amount of large carbonation for an eisbock, moving a little too quickly for an eisbock. A half finger of lightly tanned, almost eggshell-hued head rises quickly after a vigorous pour, but fizzes and sizzles itself in to oblivion inside 20 or 30 seconds, leaving absolutely no trace of its existence - no ring of roam, no surface dusting, no lacing, no nothing. This is one still, lifeless looking beer, apart from the carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, syrupy dried fruits, sweet but not too sweet, dominate a landscape otherwise characterized by bready malts and a dry, herbal underpinning. Dried pineapple, toffee, and grassy tobacco dance around amidst telltale chemical esters and alcohols, not unnatural or solvent-like but definitely noticeable.

Taste: Lighter and maltier than many, but still with those distinctive dried, concentrated fruit overtones that characterize all good eisbocks. But they are a little fainter than in many varieties of the species, replaced instead by a strong malt undertone, very bready and grainy, almost a New Glarus-esque cereal grain note. Whole grain bread - complete with crusts - and caramel/toffee overtones mingle with dried apricots, cherries, and maybe even dried pears, not soaked in rum, but maybe - maybe, perhaps - gently tossed in rum. A subtle herbal, earthy undertone compliments this interesting, light, menagerie of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light, dry, and well-carbonated for an eisbock, which I would imagine to be thicker, messier, hotter. It works well enough with the flavors, however. It's almost a little overly carbonated, as if this one's gotten dryer and thinner with age while the carbonation has built. And though it's relatively even, it's overcarbonated enough that there's a hint of unevenness.

Drinkability: It's good, but it's not the most eisbock-ish eisbock. I guess that's not really fair, as I haven't had too many eisbocks, but most that I have had have been on the darker side of things - the Aventinus Eisbock, for instance. This one was very light, very springy, and very malty, though the definite telltale dried fruit signature was most certainly present. I'd rate this one as worth trying, though not an eisbock to go out of your way for.

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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 WorldWideStout
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christening my Dogfish Head signature glass tonight! Bottle courtesy of czoch85 - thanks Clint!

A: Somewhat dull, but not without luster ruby body. Lovely two-finger custard-colored head that stays around for awhile, and absolutely fantastic legs.

S: Not too strong. Dark fruit - prunes and raisins.

T: Starts off with some banana, then moves into dark fruit. At the end there's a splash of strawberries. Frankly, I can barely taste any alcohol, and I had to concentrate on finding it to get anything.

M: Velvety and smooth, full without being overwhelming.

D: Quite high. Fairly smooth yet flavorful.

This is a swell brew, though not quite what I expected. I would have liked less of the dark fruit and some more toffee, a flavor I associate with malt complexity. Nonetheless, I am delighted to have tried this, and look forward to seeing how it ages.

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Photo of samie85
2.76/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed on 2/18/10.

A-Really clear copper with a one finger head.

S-Caramel malt, dark fruits, and toasty malt.

T-Rich dark fruits with warming slightly astringent alcohol.

M-Not as carbonated as O expected it to be with a pretty thick body for a bock.

D-The alcoholic quality present really knocks down the drinkability for me. It feels like it should be more than 10% ABV. I'd like to try one with a year of age on it though, but this is not a beer I would drink again fresh.

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