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EisPhyre - Capital Brewery

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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 44
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 drizzam
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Photo of warnerry
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear reddish orange with one finger of tan head. Head fades relatively and leaves almost no lacing.

S - Smells of dark dried fruits like raisin and plum, with caramel and toasted malts also prominent. A nice sweetness in the aroma. Faint amount of alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to smell with some additional dry earthy malt. Bigger caramel presence in the taste than the smell. Nice toasted and bred malts. Also a bit of hop bitterness.

M - Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel that finishes more dry and with a faint bitterness. Some alcohol burn.

O - A good eisbock, but not among the best. Still, worth a try.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from jkane101, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, maple, bourbon, fruit, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet and very barleywine-like with flavors of bourbon, caramel and fruit up front. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, well-disguised strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stronger lager to drink for a while.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with BeerFMAndy.

Pours a tawny brown hue with a light beige head. The head rise amybe a half in a leaves just a smattering of lace.

The aroma has a great sweet malty funk going on. Toffee, apples, candied dark fruit and a hint of roasted nuts. Traces of booze can be picked out as well.

The flavor sweet roast malt is the dominant force in this beer. Caramel, sugary dark fruits, tart cherries, and a trace of nutiness are all present after some warming. The booze comes out at this point too. Although not too heavy.

Medium body with very light carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer. Life changing? No. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Oboogie
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of someone awesome! The aroma is a melange of spiced sweet fruits, perfumey alcohol, pepper and dark cigar wrappers. The body is a lusterous orange red and holds a lasting, thumb thick creamy off white head. The fore has a hard candy kind of flavor to it, but hard candy made from malts and candied oranges. Some light fruit notes appear through the middle and further enforce that hard candy flavor/feel. it’s like those last bits of flavor when you have sucked the candy down to nothingness, but you still have a strong candy concentration. The perfumy alcohol notes appear in the finish and bring a mild alcohol heat. Quite tasty and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Airedoggie
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper/Amber color, slightly foggy. Pours a thick off-white head. Fair retention with nice lacing along the glass.

S: Burnt caramel, slight bready smell. Note of brown sugar and honey.

T: Sweet caramel and dark fruit (figs, dates) up front. Leaves a hoppy bitterness on the tongue.

M: Med to full bodied, somehat chewy feel. Warming with a note of alcohol.

D: Quite drinkable for such a high ABV.

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.

Photo of foureyedgeek
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in a trade this fall, thanks to malthead. No bottle date so age is ?

My first Eisbock, this seems like an interesting and uniquely crafted style. Poured into a pint glass, it pours a clear copper brown with a tall two and a hlaf finger head that falls to a cap of foam.

Smell is of dark fruits along with notable woodiness and fairly strong alcohol. Not a huge aroma but it is nice. Rather vinous.

Taste is rather woody as well, accompanied by a nice fruitiness. Some definite notes of alcohol but its rather well masked. As it warms the alcohol comes more to the front, but it compliments the malty, dark fruitiness nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and warming.

Drinkability is good, this is a tricky beer, though the high ABV will catch up to you. A tasty beer for an icy cold night.

Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Brunite
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks SkyDoc for this one, kept in his cellar; presumably an eisbock made from their autumnal fire.

Dark amber, nice whitish head, it exudes a malty, caramelized aroma, with a lot of fruits, particularly dark ones; raisins make a particularly noticeable aspect of the aroma.
Taste is similar; full bodied, and malty sweet all the way, kept in balance by some alcoholic heat that at times (rarely) gets a bit too much. Overall, a nice one.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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)

Photo of darklordlager
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a small 1/4" head that recedes to a mere thin layer in under a minute. Color is a clear, dark ruby/amber.

S-An intense bubblegum smell wafts out as it is agitated. Sweet dark fruit, caramel, creme. A bit of underlying alcohol. Interesting....

T-Layers of sweet caramel malt, hint of spice, dark fruit, some bitterness lingers in the background as well. Not incredibly complex, yet very flavourful.

Mouthfeel is syrupy caramel. Huge body with just enough carbonation to make it move along.

Still some of that "crunchy" malt character that the Autumnal Fire has to it, but much more caramel and dark fruit. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but is pleasantly warming.
A nice beer from Capital--great now, probably phenomenal with a year or two of age on it.

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another humbled thanks to Harry!
A rustic looking amber in colour. Not much head to speak of, no deal breaker especially considering the 11%. No lacing of course. Rather fashionable actually, some bright red highlights when held up. Sherry, fruity notes in the aroma, all underlined by a stern base of malt. Some booze proudly sneaks its way in. The impression it leaves in my mouth is sweet but grounded by candylike maltyness. A sandy, gritty mouthfeel, damp and heavy, thinned out a tad by light boozy notes. Alcohol, on the whole though, nowhere really to be found. Drinkability is easily at the level of a standard lager. Carbonation on the right level, texture stays sticky and sweet. Seems like it could age well. Very British coarse water, with mineral like chalkyness in the malts. Keeps its part together! Not much character, then again Im consistently underwhelmed by eisbocks ( - perhaps just not my taste) but on the whole I was happy with this one. I'd recommend no doubt.

Photo of mhabas
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a reddish tinged, deep amber color and shows a brilliantly clear, bright cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma has an immensely rich, concentrated malt aroma to it that seems just characteristic of a Bock. Bready malt notes, sweetly complex grain, green raisins, ample biscuit notes and huge, caramelized, toffee-like malt notes. The alcohol notes are hidden quite well. As the beer warms up the nose starts to suggest at the age of this beer; lightly oxidized with some Sherry notes noticed if you dig around for them.

Sweet tasting, but amply rich enough that it is not cloying. Thick, viscous, chewy, this beer is a meal in a glass; the beer coats the mouth and palate with a velvety texture that is just lightly offset by a medium-full carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable at times in the finish, yet it is pretty darn smooth for such a big beer. The rich, clean malt character is big enough that it evokes thoughts of fruit, despite this being a clean lager, hints of cherries, green raisins and maybe something like dried figs. There is a noticeable hop character here as well with a soft herbal note that runs through the middle and lingers on in the finish for quite some time with a soft hop-bitterness. The hop character is actually pretty pronounced for a Bock / Eisbock, but adds a nice dimension and balance to the dominant malt character. As the beer warms up it picks up suggestions of vanilla, flavors of toffee and a bit more of a vinous quality.

Quite a tasty brew and most definitely a fitting way to close out the night. Not one of those beers that wows me with its greatness, but this is a very good beer; a mellow beer that is just about perfect for those cold, slow nights spent in front of the fire with a good book.

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