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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 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 Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/amber tone. Thin beige head. Lace comes in moderately sized patches. Aroma is a really great melange of sweet goodies. Caramel and nougat and and that thick malt aroma that Capital dopples have. Flavor is nice. The malt flavor is quite nice. Smooth and caramelly. Nougat in the background. A little alcohol, but really not that noticeable. Medium bodied and velvety on the tongue. Nice tasting and quite easy to drink. Could be a dangerous one.

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Rich malt, grapes. Appearance: a touch haze, has legs, deep gold. Flavor: Rich malt and alcohol which balances the malt. Slight toast and a little caramel. Medium low hop flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, medium low carbonation, alcohol warmth. Overall: a little low on the complexity and character.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bought a 4pack at Steve's - University for 7.99

appearance: pours a glowing bright amber into a chalice, 1/4" foamy beige head forms immediately and leaves a slightly frothy lace, sparkling full body...very nice appearance

smell: very reminiscent of Autumna Fire...super sweet apple, very bready, thick malt structure, light alcohol comes through, caramel, alcohol soaked dark fruit...potent and inviting

taste: big big bock, thick and heavy sweet malt, a jacked up autumnal fire with a big alcohol bite that is amazingly smooth and pleasant. lots of dark fruit flavours highlighted by red apple, plum, raisin...caramel covered apple, nutty.

mouthfeel: big and chewy, smooth, warming alcohol sensation, medium-full body

drinkability: very smooth but dangerously powerful

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ian was kind enough to send me a couple of these. Thanks, Ian! I hear the first batch did really well with a couple of years on it, and now, I'll be able to find out for myself.

In my brandy snifter, this beer is just spectacularly gorgeous. Crystal clear copper with a dense off-white head that leaves some patchy lace, a steady, gentle carbonation is noted too.

This is supposed to be an iced version of the (very good) Autumnal Fire, and it shows. Rich caramel and dark fruit with a nice, bready character, this is quite like a marzen in some ways. The combination of raisin, toffee and bread makes this very hearty.

This full bodied beer opens with a combination of rich, bready character, some toffee and some dark fruit. Caramel is prominent. There's a mild hop bite in the back, a little earthy, but nowhere close to how high it is in the base beer. In fact, the hop character makes for a very interesting beer. Alcohol appears on the finish, along with some fruity sweetness and a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is quite sublime, soft and creamy, working very well with the full body. Quite a delight to drink, I'm really enjoying this. I'll hold onto my other bottle for a few years if I can, with a little oxidation, this should be quite epic.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle provided by and shared with Beerwolf77. Poured 6 oz into a Sprecher snifter. 9.8% ABV, no date.

Thanks for sharing this Todd!

A - The color is a beautiful clear honeyed bronze color. No head on the pour although a swirl released a cream-colored, one-finger head. Poor retention leads to a quick ring around the edges. No lace.

S - There is almost noting to the aroma but what's there is an icy smelling, lightly toasted malt nose with a bit of funk to it. Nothing serious funk-wise, but just a bit weird. Not as concentrated an aroma as I had hoped for. Very mild.

T - Toasty malts flood the palate with a very bready taste and consistency. It's concentrated from the ice removal process but not overwhelming. A slight funkiness comes out but it's almost all malt. Despite the high alcohol it doesn't come out.

M - Thick and smooth. Very rich with a lightly dry finish. Definitely smooth.

D - A bit overwhelming and/or cloying for a whole bottle but it's a good sipper. A fine "winter warming brew" but beyond that I'd rather just have some Autumnal Fire.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of sgoro of the 2010 vintage. Pours a clear mahogany color with an ample cap of off-white head. Decent retention, not much for lacing.

Nose is fruity as hell...red grape skins, apricots and raisins. Sweet caramel slowly emerges as it warms. Not much oxidation considering how old it is.

oooohhh, taste is really nice. Like a caramel apple, only smoother and less tart. Malts definitely rule the realm and go from toffee to caramel and back again. I dont know how this tastes fresh, but it is sublime with 3 years on it. Everything is perfectly integrated with just a hint of oxidation. ABV is ridiculously well hidden, tastes like a 7%'er! Mouthfeel is great, low carbonation, smooth lager body. Dont have anything bad to say about this one...If I was in distro range, I would buy and cellar alot of these.

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Photo of champ103
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color. A very small head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. No lace.
S: Malty sweet with some light fruity aromas. Lightly toasted.
T: Again, malty sweet that would be expected. Lightly toasted caramel. Some fruity flavors of pears and apples. Dank and musky.
M/D: A medium body that is a little thin for the style I think. The alcohol is not overwhelming, but it is noticeable. Something to sip on.

I am a little underwhelmed be this. It is not bad by any means, but just not that interesting. Worth a try if you can find it. I am glad I got to try this, but at the same time I won't be sad that I can't get this again.

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Photo of ZAP
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impressive deep amber...incredible nose of sweet vanilla, toffee, caramel, and sweet berries.

Taste nowhere close to being as impressive as the aroma. Malty but not richly sweet....a little sweet berry flavor...mild vanilla and toffee and a good hit of alcohol...

Body is on the light side of full...realitvely creamy and smooth and the alcohol contributes a tight spiciness on the finish.

Overall I expected great things after smelling this but am slightly let down....it's decent enough but not the special beer the nose led me to expect...

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes on 12/30/2011.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: reddish brown bodied beer with a small cap of white head. spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Super malty sweet with some fruit and spiciness.

Taste: Lots of malts the caramel and toffee character of the malt profile. It tastes like a pretty standard dopplebock, but the finish is bitter and I really dislike the bitter aftertaste / finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Sticky and a little bit rough around the edges.

Overall: It a really strong beer and just not my thing. I have never been a huge fan of capitol brewery, but a friend told me this beer is a game changer. I gave it a shot and still feel that same about capitol brewery beers. Maybe some age will do this beer a whole lot of good.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firey dark orange. Big frothy top of fluffy tannish foam thats unlasting to the point of a mere minute, if that. Keeps a solid collar present and laces the glass in thick stings and some spots.

Aroma is super plump and inviting with a malt display that equals most of Capital's bigger bock beers. Ample red apple, some soaking dark cherry, mild melon, toffee, and berries. All swirling about with a rich dullness like that of fruit salad spritz with a bit of ethonalic heat.

Mild taste without as much complexity as the nose but has lasting malt flavors sinking in slowly as it tends to get deeper and richer towards the finish. Among the maltyness is some favorable toffee soaked breadyness mixed with dark fruityness of cherry, molasses, dates, and a touch of nuttyness and rounded off candied melon in the close.

Feel is bold, big, and malty. Rich tones of malt grabbing smoothness with a sliding little thick stickyness to its girth. Alcohol is hardly evident as it glides right down with ease. Just a pinch of carbonation on the tongue towards the front end and mellows from there with the malts making their way across the palate.

A solid effort by Capital; right up there with most of their other big bock beers.

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Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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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 cokes
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 release hit the shelves recently, and I'm giving it a bit of a vertical test against the first (07) batch.

The striking thing is how shallow the 09 is in comparision. The 07 has continued to grow malty nuance and is even more deeply wrinkled than the notes below. Right now, I'd push the 07 up with some of the best I've had.
The 09 is another story. Simply and caramelly sweet, with a touch of toastiness. It tastes like a thick oktoberfest next to its older brother. I wish I had an Autumnal Fire handy for reference, because it seems simpler even than my memories construction of than.
At first glance, I think the recipe may have changed a great deal between the two versions, but I also remember that it took some time for the 07 to congeal into something special. I hope that happens again, but I have my doubts.

I'm actually increasing my overall rating based solely on the progress of the 07. The 09 is (hopefully) a work in progress, and its rating is pending a long nap. Scored as it is, the 09 gets: 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5...or about a 3.6 overall.

2007 release.
Clear dark amber with a surprisingly healthy and durable off-white cap.
Scented of rum-soaked pears, chewy caramel candies, grain, almond paste, and Cognac.
Into the mouth it flashes a coarse graininess. This is swiftly enveloped by a stewed pear, golden raisin, and date frutiness. Caramel, toffee, and burnt brown sugar seep in and cover everything. Alcohol builds as it progresses, flashing oak-barreled brandy and dark spiced rum heat.
It dons a medium-plus body that presents thinner due to the drying alcohol and sporty, subtle carbonation. It's far too drinkable for its strength, when given the mood for something malty.
I tried this fresh and was somewhat nonplussed. Things have turned for the better. And still, I don't think it has yet totally grown into its shoes. But it's rapidly developing, and another 6 months might find an eisbock that rivals any. If you're hoarding some, crack one open to see how far it has come.

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Photo of blackie
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour creates a low, light khaki head that soon disappears to leave just a few bubbles on the surface. The beer is a rich, amber cognac in color.

smell: Upfront I find a deep, rich sweet malty aroma that makes my mouth water. It smells wonderfully of buttery caramel and lightly toasted grains. Notes of mild tobacco and woody Tennessee whiskey are found. There are some hints of dark, sugary fruits. Just a touch of hop aroma and a nice tinge of ethanol sharpness in the nasal cavity.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body somewhat syrupy and on the lighter side of the heavy range.

taste: Rich malty flavors coat the tongue. The syrupy substance of the beer carries with it flavors of dark sugars, sweet tree fruits, and hardwood. Hints of tobacco and oaked bourbon are again found. A pretty sizeable hop flavor is evident, with a lighter bitterness providing the necessary balance. The ethanol is present on just the right level, adding to the character of the beverage rather than detracting from it. Complex and delicious.

drinkability: About as drinkable as can be expected for a beer of this weight.

taken from the fridge of dirtylou while he crunched numbers in a dark room somewhere

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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 alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle obtained from markgugs.

Cidery-copper body with a slight pulpy haze. Thick, creamy, dirty khaki head laces very nicely. Rich butterscotch and toffee notes greet the nose. Big butter rum, bread pudding, and brown sugar malts come out with warmth. Soft cooked vegetable twang in there as well.

Slight herbal bitterness up front. Butterscotch and cookie dough malt sweetness soon arrive and take over. Rum, fruit, and more butterscotch/caramel. Spicy, herbal hop bitterness settles in for the finish. Traces of vanilla, leather, and tobacco mingle with leftover sticky malt sweetness in the end. Full bodied and coats the mouth well. Delicious and very drinkable for its strength. Too bad this is retired!

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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 hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in multiple trades (Styles, footbalm & iowaherkeye).

Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, bready, nuts, caramel, and yeast. Tastes of toffee, caramel, dark fruits (plums, raisins and some dark cherries), and nuts. A touch of alcohol warmth in the finish, but no where near the 10%.

Notes from: 3/31/07

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Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours ruby brown with a 1 finger off white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell - what can i say but not much here - malt little booze

taste - might not be any nose to this beer but the flavor is great - rich carmel/toffee malts that are somewhat toasted also has a little dark fruit flavors in there to

mouthfeel - thick full body and oh so smooth and creamy

drinkability - while it might not be a session beer - it is a nice sipper for those cold winter nights

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Photo of Deuane
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this one!

A-Deep reddish hued copper with a thin tan film for head, no lace.

S-Super sweet caramel ,alt with a bit of alcohol heat and a nice subtle backing of plum, dried cherries and raisin. A bit of hop spiciness in the background.

T-Super sweet caramel, like a Brach's caramel candy cube melted down and carbonated! Notes of dark fruits, prunes and cherries, with a spicy hop bite. A bit of oak dryness in the end.

M-Medium bodied and SUPER smooth. At no point did this become cloying. Long lasting flavours and spicy hop bite.

D-A really nicely done malt bomb. At first I thought, "Oh, this is a bit too much, I wouldn't enjoy an entire bottle of this." Well, the longer I sipped the more intoxicating it became!
Seriously, I longed for more when I was done with my glass. Also, this is 11% ABV? I mean I knew it would be double digits but I never really though about it. This would make for a wonderful fireside sipper!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A warm, humid day in early June - unseasonable weather here in Portland. What better beer to crack open than...an eisbock?!? This one was hand-delivered by a fine BA, DaPeculierDane on his recent Portland visit. A 12 oz. screwcap bottle (stamped "1456 07") poured to a snifter.

A: Gorgeous color - the clearest, richest & warmest red-orange; a robust fire-y (or "phyre-y") glow when held to light. Plenty of tiny carbonation rising constantly to a creamy light tan ring. Initially a 3/4" head that faded rather quickly; many spotty beads of lace.

S: Loads of sweetly spiced malts, rum raisins, cherry syrup. Intoxicating smell which hints at the potency of this beer.

T: Reduced cane sugar, almost molasses syrup. A bit of smoke, lots of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon stick). Fruitiness of cherries and ripe plums, juicy raisins. Nice flavors; seems to waver between sticky sweetness and tingly spiciness. I suppose it's well-balanced that way, but it's a flavor profile I'm having trouble defining for myself. Finishes more bitter and is where the dry spiciness & smokiness come through the most.

M: Thick, full syrupiness - the kind that latches on and refuses to let go. Tingly fusel warmth on the lips and cheeks, I'm feeling the alcohol in this one. Texture is laden with carbonation, giving it a zippy, active mouthfeel.

D: This is a hard call; it's a very likable & rich sipper. Though its abv is quite high, it's the type of beer you generally don't want to have multiples of at a time and one you want to sit and savor. That said, I'd love to have this beer again - well-crafted flavor & aroma, nicely complex, a pleasure all-around. Thanks again, Eric, for giving me a chance to try.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one many moons ago from a trader I can no longer remember. If it was you, cheers for the brews!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, fizzy, off-white head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a ring only. A slightly hazy maroon red in color with no carbonation evident. A very slight ring remains, but it looks relatively flat by the end.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee, and lots of sugary aromas, especially brown sugar. A hint of red fruits as well. A light alcohol scent as well.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and some nice red fruits up front. Lots of berries and malty, sugary sweetness. Bold and lingering finish of sweet candy, red fruits, some light, bitter hop notes and a touch of alcohol. Flavorful stuff, and quite sweet.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of heat lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: This was a solid brew. More of a doppelbock than an Eisbock, as it really wasn't as boozy as most eisbocks might be, but that is beside the point. Flavorful, interesting and enjoyable, I'd recommend this to anyone. Cheers!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottle dated 3019

A: Pours a rich, russet brown color with one finger of light brown head. No lace.

S: Spicy nose that consists merely of dark chocolate and caramel...delicious caramel.

T: See above with a suggestion of mild spicing.

M: Thick, smooth, and creamy with an awesome balancing dose of spicy dryness.

D: Excellent! Hard to improve upon Autumnal Fire, but they did!

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