EisPhyre - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: heyitsbyron on 03-13-2006)
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of kmpitz2
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. This beer departs the bottle a very deep amber color, with a nice thick finger of head over top that really sticks around and runs up the side of the glass as a full coat of lace as it falls. The brew is exceptionally clear, with a nice bubbly carbonation cascading upwards on the sides and in the middle of my glass. An innitial sniff brings solid raisin and deep toasty notes, along with some almost grape-like fruityness. Not concord grape like is in jelly, but more of a red grape that might be made into a nice wine. I enjoy it. Sipping this one brings flavors of deep melanoidans riding over a base of semi-sweet raisin. It definately finishes with a major blast of toasty melanoidans, and a very mild, but noticable, clean hop bitterness that just stays light on the sides of my tongue towards the back of my mouth. The aftertaste is all about melanoidans as well. IT remids me of the crust of a nicely baked French bread. There is just the slightest tell of alcohol in it, but unless you know this one is 11% going into it, you would be surprised to find that out. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick, with a moderate carbonation that makes it a little mroe smooth that it would be with less bubble. This one is truely a nice beer. It has excellent toasty flavors that I like in dopplebocks and eisbocks, along with that nice undertone of dark fruit to give it a kiss of sweetness. The alcohol is barely perceived in the flavor and not present in the nose. This one is not going to last at all in my glass. This is a fantastic eisbock.

Photo of Jeffo
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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!

Photo of mcallister
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lava colored, scarletesque, orange, firey, liquid pours from the bottle. Carbonation bubbles make their way up the sides of the Eku 28 snifter. Poured hard to little avail. Not much head at all and what was there disspated very quickly. No lacing prevelant.

Aromas of candied apple, burnt caramel, malty goodness, alcohol, various flowers, cinnamon,black cherry, brandy, blood oranges, and other various fruits. Very complex nose indeed.

Toffee sticks out like a sour thumb in the mouth, some cinnamon bread also, big caramel malt with a slight roasy quality in the finish. Dates, fig, and bing cherry also. Very complex and easy drinking. Not much alcohol comes through in the taste. RS is less than I expected and I like that.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thinner than expected but not in a bad way. The fact that you can't tell it's an 11%er makes this beer a little too drinkable. May find yourself in trouble after a 4 pack of these.

Thanks to nflmvp for the sample.

Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Capital for making an Eisbock. Few do. This rendition is really well balanced, which is what you would expect considering the base beer is Autumnal Fire, a superbly balanced beer. Good concentration and body, appropriate carbonation. Have to wonder if it would be better if more water would have been removed, but I shouldn’t be wondering. It’s good stuff.

Photo of matjack85
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $3.29, so not a cheap beer. That comes to almost $20 a six pack if bought separately. No freshness date.

The beer poured a nearly clear bronze color, but only produced a ½-finger of light tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing at all.

Concentrated malt smell along with brown sugar and molasses.

This stuff is malty to the max. Roasted, almost burnt malt flavor, caramel, hard candy sugar, sweet brown sugar, dark fruits, and a good dose of alcohol make up the flavor profile. No hop flavor or bitterness at all.

This is thick and full bodied with medium carbonation.

I guess it fits the profile for an eisbock, but this being my first one, I have nothing to compare it to yet. Definitely a sipper to be enjoyed slowly and savored.

Photo of seeswo
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep copper/amber body, trace body, very little lacing

S: big sweet malt, ripe fruits (dates/figs)

T: ripe date/figs, big sweet malt, sweet biscuit, hint of alcohol warmth

M: med body, slight oily/sticky body

O: Capital continues to make mighty fine bocks!
This is real summer treat, almost think it should be
for the brutal Winter months. This is
Autumnal Fire's wild twin brother. Sip this treat.

AMAZING, WORTH HAVING!

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy amber with a scant khaki collar in a wide tulip.

Scents become tad boozy with a sweet red candy like Swedish Red fish. Looks like I am in for a treat!

First swigs: Lolipop & cherry instantly front the flavor. Some sweet thick sugar syrup and cherry juice, a touch of NyQuil awl-kee-hawl.Malts are lost a tad, but an eisbock begins to appear.

Feel is buttery oily smooth, with a tad of cloying sugary aftertaste. Dryness is along the lines of a vermouth.

Last swigs: Lolipop eisbock! Hmmm. A tad boozy, even for an eis-er! Megga thanks to BIF DT!!!

Beer is good. Happy eisbock beering.

Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  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.

Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage twist off 12 ounce bottle with some generic packaging.

Pours into my German dimpled mug a light brown/orange/red with bubbly quicly dissipating white head.

Smell is metallic, fruity, malty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy. Te flavor is like a normal bock, not even a double bock, certainly not an eisbock. It is the beginner's Eisbock. There isn't much going on, the alcohol is the only flavor really with a pinch of malt.

I did a tasting with 4 eisbocks, Kuhnhenn Raspberry, Aventinus, and Kulmbacher, this one fell behind. It just doesn't do much unfortunately. I might be extra critical because this is my favorite style but I would compare this to a Salvator-light with no depth of flavor and a bit more alcohol.

Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 3 finger moderately fine orange creme head with OK retention. Beer is an spectacularly clear, carbonated red. I've never seen anything remotely close to this color... simply stunning looking brew. Lacing is a downward cascading waterfall. Appearance on this one is simply perfect.

S: Nose is slightly boozy, citrus, cherries, a subtle spiciness, all over a deep malt backbone.

T: Opens slightly malty, fruity, spicy, a bit chewy, cinnamon becomes more apparent as it wamrs, brown sugar, sugar cookies. Malt profile never backs off though and there is no semblence of hops whatsoever. Finishes sticky and sweet to the point of the slightest bit sour.

M: Medium to full bodied and surprisingly smooth
given its initial appearance. Mouth is even a bit oily though not like an imperial stout. Finishes messy and the malt lingers. This also gets stickier and stickier.

D: A massive beer that I really wasn't prepared for. This one demonstrates that it doesn't take an "Imperial" anything to be full bodied, full flavored, and intensely delicious. I'll seek this one out again for sure. The most amazing looking beer I've ever come across with a flavor profile to match.

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

This is yet another beer that hoppymeal managed to knock off my "wants" list, thanks Derek! Eisphyre is a dense liquid with the rusty tones of an apple cider. The body glows ruby when backlit and shows there's a little haziness throughout. A somewhat aggressive pour yields a finger's worth of yellowed head that fades to a swirling with a thick collar. The collar is small but leaves behind some impressive drink lines after each sip.

The nose shows a lot of fruit with a big bold caramel background. Cherries, plums, dried pineapple, slightly under ripe peppery banana and a random mix of other fruits make the nose big and complex. Caramel and honey is big and bad offering up big sweetness to the aroma but a fairly clean somewhat fruity alcohol cuts the sweetness to keep it in line. When this beer nears room temperature it picks up a clean raw graininess.

The flavor brings even deeper complexities than the aroma suggested. The clean graininess is the first thing to pop on the tongue before the big caramel sweetness takes over. The concentrated caramel maltiness leads the way front to back while all the fruit mentioned in the aroma show up one after the other. The cherry sweetness makes the biggest impact of the bunch.

The carbonation is lively enough to create and airy feel on the tip of the tongue but quickly fades out and lets the oozingly thick body coat the tongue. The swallow brings clean alcohol that seems to cut through some of the sweetness and makes for a nice body.

For the sheer size and density of this beer the drinkability is good. The sweetness could be a little much if venturing beyond one bottle but never catches up with only one.

This beer has been on my "wants" list since day one and I finally got the chance to give it a go. The sweetness is big but the fruitiness and depth more then make up for it. Thanks for the bottle Derek!

EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.