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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 lunarbrew
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't seen this around, so I thought I would grab a bottle.

Pours a hazy red color. It's relatively thick for being this light. Looks a lot like a scotch ale. Not quite as brown as most.

Smells malty, sweet, honey, brown sugar, with some faint noble hops. Very round and pleasant.

Super sweet. Flavors are again a lot like a scotch ale, but lacks the roasty, burnt flavors present in many. I'm surprised to being drinking a Capital beer I like. Flavors of cane sugar, honey, and maltose. Not terribly complex, but an interesting tea of sugars. Hops? I guess I taste some, but they are pretty mild. A bit of pineiness on the aftertaste. I also get some mild dark fruits, but they are an afterthought, primarily imparting some acidity.

Mouthfeel is low on the carb and about medium-heavy. Pretty basic.

Nothing to write home about, but I'll be damned if this isn't a drinkable high-octane beer from capital. It's like a boozy scotch ale for people who don't like flavor.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 billyzoom666
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. It pours a nice brassy red color. Some lacing, but no head to speak of. This has a very pleasant sweet smell, with just a hint of a wine odor. It's a strong smell, but not overpowering. This jumps off of the tongue at first sip. Sweet malty flavor. Sort of like the Autumnal, but not as "in your face". You can taste the potency in this. This is a great sipping beer. I couldn't drink more than one or two, but this is something that would be great to drink in front of the fireplace.

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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 falloutsnow
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: None on bottle, "0181B10827" stamped on bottom
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Capital has (had? not sure if this will be produced again with the change of brewmaster) an incredible eisbock that also exists between the line of strong doppelbock and eisbock. The caramel-colored malts are allowed to show their full strength here, with plenty of caramel, sweet bread, dried date and fig, and brown sugar. There's also a slight buttery diacetyl that effectively wraps around all the flavors along with the hearty caramel-flavored malt backbone. As with all the beers in the Capital Square Series, this was both highly enjoyable and a fairly good value at around $12 per four pack. It's unfortunate to know that these are gone, leaving a bock-family void in their place.

Pours a 1cm tall head of light tan to beige foam, composed of small-sized bubbles, with average retention, lasting about a minute. The head recedes to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass, leaving little lacing in its wake, nothing more than a few scattered spots. Body is a fairly dark, rich copper color, with light bringing out reddish-orange hues, and even some modest yellow around the perimeter of the glass. The body is rather hazy, perhaps 30-40% opaque. Carbonation is visible, sluggish in appearance and low in number.

Big, bold aroma of sweet, brown bread, caramel and toffee, dried dates and figs, brown sugar, and slight buttery diacetyl, creating a very expressive beginning to the beer and enhancing expectations for taste.

As the aroma promises, there are bold and strong malt flavors in this beer, with overall dominant flavors of caramel and toffee, dried dates and figs, sweet brown bread, mildly spicy hops and/or ethanol, and a milder dried berry aspect. Front of palate picks up deep, dried brown fig, date, raisin, and brown sugar sweetness with some mild breadiness as well. Mid-palate finds further intensity of these flavors, along with caramel, toffee, slightly buttery diacetyl, slight spiciness from hops or ethanol, and some dried blackberry or raspberry esters. Back of palate continues the entire malt profile, but slightly increases the dried berry esters, and allows for mild ethanol flavor to appear. Aftertaste is of caramel, dried dates and figs, sweet bread, mild hop bitterness, and slight ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy to medium in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity. The result is a fairly heavy, slow-sipping beer that foams up extremely gently on the palate. While a bit more carbonation wouldn't hurt this beer at all, it remains at a very good sipping-beer feel. Mild ethanol heat in the nostrils and burn on the back of the throat, this is fairly well-hidden and restrained in a 10% beer. Closes semi-dry, astringency probably from ethanol than hops, with substantial stickiness lingering across the palate.

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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 heyitsbyron
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My brother took a Capital Brewery tour yesterday and picked up a growler of this brewery-only special. I poured the first taste into a wine glass.

A deep garnet that looks somewhat syrupy. There is almost no head, just a few bubbles dancing around the top.

Smells sharp and boozy. It just reeks of malt, in a good way. Has a slight winey smell too.

Tastes quite a bit like a Maibock. It's certainly sweet right away, but there's a definite bitterness at the end. A bit of carmel too. Who am I kidding though? This is a just a malt bomb, with a strong boozy finish.

It feels very thin at first, but then gets heavier and smoother. Compared with other beers with the same ABV, this is quite drinkable. Very low carbonation adds smoothness, but it's still slightly bubbly.

Eh, 11%? It's drinkable, but it's too much to have more than a pint at a time. It's almost scary how smooth it is, but on the other hand the booze creeps up on you.

The word on the street is that is an eis-ed out version of the Autumnal Fire doppelbock. It reminds me more of their Maibock, but I suggest anyone who's into high gravity, malty beers swing by the brewery and give this a try. It won't ever be bottled, I don't think.

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Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

Short off white head on a murky copper colored body.collar left throughout. Nice lacing, especially for the style.

Sweet boozy aroma, some toast.

Booze and almost a smoke flavor come out towards the end of each sip. Toffee. I must say. Very drinkable for nearly 10%abv.

Thicke mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation which works well.

I really liked Eisphyre, nice and drinkable. Worth a try for dopplebock/eisbock fans.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with one and a half fingers of a short lived creamy white head.

Scent of rich caramel, some dark fruit, tobacco, a bit of earth and sugars. I couldn't detect the 9.8% of alcohol that the bottle suggested.

Taste of sugars, caramel, sweet dark fruit, toacco and some earth. This beer has a very nice complexity with a sweet and full flavor while hiding the alcohol perfectly.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a good strong bite of carbonation.

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Photo of arkurzynski
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome back Eisphyre! Pours deep amber brown. Extremely clear, with thin creamy,tan head. Aroma is deep and malty. Mild spiciness. Taste to match. Definately a little more depth and mouthfeel than the Autumnal Fire. Subtle differences. Residual alcohol warmth.

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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 liamt07
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from buzze40, 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Deep red, off white head almost no lace and a film of retention. Nose is grapey, dark fruits, doughy, sweet bread and toffee. All malt, and quite sweet as is expected. Taste had sweet bread, toffee, some dried fruit. Light bitterness in the finish and is surpassingly not too sweet in the finish which really aids the drink ability. Alcohol is masterfully hidden. Quite a beautiful eisbock, I'd stock up on these.

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Photo of nickynick
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital Eisphyre poured a a nice deep amber/reddish color. Had a nice white head, and good lacing. The smell was a bit faint, some hints of hops, and caramel. Taste had a nice sweet brown sugar flavor, also a nice hop balance. Showed a warming alcohol effect as well. Mouthfeel was good for the style, not to think. Drinkability was good as well, went down well for the high ABV. Paired nice with some cave aged Gruyere. I was able to pick up a 4 pack of this while I was in Wisconsin, and I am glad I did. This brewery has seemed to figure out how to make great bocks and dopplebocks.

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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 flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

Thanks to Flyingbison for the trade!

This pours an absolutely gorgeous hue of flame colored orange. Head rises like a crescendo of applause and fades just the same. It's cream colored and leaves behind sheets of lace even though it's long since departed.

Nose is a mass of syrupy rich brown sugar. It smells very nice but isn't all that complex.

Wow, the 11% ABV is totally masked. You can feel a bit of heat as you swallow but other than that, there's zero hint of alcohol in the taste. Very nicely done. Imagine dried fruit wedges glazed with brown sugar and that sums up the taste ... but if you pay attention you'll probably catch a hint of smoke in the finish. There's also just the smallest hint of citrusy lemon there as well.

Heavy whipping cream is the only thing I can think of where the mouth is concerned. It coats the mouth pleasantly and lingers on the tongue long after you've swallowed.

What a delicious beer. I'm so glad I have more!

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