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Eternal Flame - Capital Brewery

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87
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 10-05-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Hoolie5, May 16, 2013
Photo of scaliasux
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Medium copper-amber. Opaque. Thin just off-white head.

Smell - Very rich malt. Caramel and dark fruit, prunes or raisins. A hint of alcohol.

Taste - Sweet rich malt. Fruity - prune or raisin character quite prominent - and some brown sugar or molasses. Clearly quite a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Smooth.

Overall - Fantastic, a perfect beer for slow sipping on a late autumn evening.

scaliasux, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fiery scarlet red hue to this one. Thin beige head. Minimal lace. Huge rich malty nose. Caramel and toffee explode in rich wafts of beer goodnes. Smooth velvety mouthfeel with rich flavors of malt....crystal/caramel based malts....double decocted malt goodness. Similar to the Autumnal Fire, but different in a way. Hard to place a finger on it but to try maybe a little more candy like presence in the sweetness. Very good dopplbock. Looking forward to future creations from this base beer. Alcohol is barely perceptible.

Bighuge, Nov 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Beefytits4, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of NickBus
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma - Medium-high peat aroma with lots of dark fruit notes. (Raisins, plums.) High AVB evident. Medium to medium-high caramel, toffee and bready malt aroma. Low earthy hop aroma comes out more as it warms to room temperature.

Appearance - Amber with ruby highlights. Almost no head except for a tiny ring of bubbles in the center. High clarity.

Flavor - Caramel and toffee hit you first, then dark fruits. Bready with some toasty notes as well. Nice rich, complex malt profile. Surprisingly little alcohol warming. Sweet, but not overly sweet or cloying. Not much there in the way of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, bordering on medium-high. Very smooth, with moderately low carbonation.

Overall - Not much to complain about. I actually wouldn't mind a slightly fuller body and even a little darker malt, but overall this is an outstanding doppelbock.

NickBus, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Strix
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear orange, decent head, but didn't stay long.

Smells sweet and malty, big Oktoberfest-type smell, I'm also getting pumpkin pie for whatever reason.

Huge sweet malt flavor, with caramel, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and mint. Complex and tasty.

Medium-thin mouthfeel, but it works nicely here.

This was very drinkable (wouldn't have guessed 9%) and very flavorful. All Capital's big bocks blur together in my mind, but they are all quite tasty. It will be interesting to see what this series produces down the road.

Strix, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 big bottle

A: very nice copper-brown color, very little head when poured, clear
S: sweetish, rounded, chocolate, very moreish
T: I really like this beer, it's a classic doppelbock with a few % in ABV added, rounded roast malt, the right amount of hops, some caramelized malt, and a bit of hotness to round out the swallow
M: rounded, very drinkable, a beer that could really catch you by surprise

wisrarebeer, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

jdkitchi, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

bismarksays, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

atone315, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

elec, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

archi348, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

tgraven, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass, the appearance was a murky brown color with a slight off-white head crowning the beer. A smooth malty aroma radiated from the beer with a hint of discrete smokiness. The eternal flame name seems appropriate. The initial taste was a delicious combination of sweet fruit with a pleasant level of booziness. Notes of toffee, biscuit, and brown sugar are also detectable. Even with a 9.1 ABV, the alcohol is well masked. This beer goes down easy. In the aftertaste, the fruit and alcohol seems to grow sweeter as it warms the throat. The thickness of the beer allows it to linger nicely at the back of the throat. Doppelbock are among my favorites styles. Capital has been solid in producing their line of Doppelbocks.

JohnnyHopps, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of adman08
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear copper color with a very small amount of head that fades quickly.
S-The aromas are fairly strong and complex. The initial smells were very sweet and fruity but as the beer gets some air a very strong aroma of vanilla is apparent. There is still some slight cherry aroma and some alcohol.
T-Initial flavor is very sweet and fruity but as with the aroma this changes quickly to flavors of primarily vanilla with some cherry sweetness, strong alcohol, slight toasted malt and finishes with just a hint of bitterness and caramel.
M-Thick with very light carbonation, slightly sticky. Starts very sweet and finishes slightly dry.
Overall, I really enjoy this beer. I love the sweetness, I love the smooth vanilla flavor and aroma. I think it's a very good dopplebock and possibly the best beer I've ever had from Capital, Eisphyre being my other favorite.

adman08, Oct 13, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most of the info I gleaned about this one comes from their official webpage on the beer, but the synopsis on this one is as follows:

This is their 25th anniversary celebration beer, more specifically the first rendition (2011 vintage) of it, because the future plans are to set aside about 60 barrels worth of this brew each year for blending with a new, different doppelbock recipe and than bottling, releasing to the market but also setting aside 60 barrels worth of the new blend, re-lagering, and repeating the process yearly. I vaguely recall such a thing might be called "vertical brewing"...

So basically, this will be a vintage beer, theoretically each year being a mutation based off the previous year. And so now we come to the "birth beer" as they have christened it over at Capitol Brewery...it is a blend of Autumnal Fire and something new they called "Imperial Fire" that was ramped up with candi sugar.

Pours out jewel-clear red-tinged amber with perky carbonation, a two finger fluffy white head that dissolved in about three minutes but did not leave behind any lacing... The body seems slightly thinner than the Autumnal Fire, and in retrospect is the most off-putting aspect of the brew that I could nitpick at...but only as a minor nitpick, mind you. Smells of faint plums floating over the top of a swaggering flurry of brown and candi sugared oktoberfest malt scent that doesn't smell as alcoholic as you think it would, what with being 9.1% ABV and all. No, instead, I just get that ABV dealt to me as a slowly rising lingering warmth in the back end of the sip, just how I like my high ABV brews to treat their boozey aspects! And speaking of taste, this is a rather well crafted malt bomb, it comes across to the palate as sort of a 'streamlined / deconstructed Autumnal Fire' in which (by objective comparison to my memory of Autumnal Fire) the bready flavors are muted but the aspects of vinous / sherry notes are amplified, with an exciting leathery accent that I fervently hope will amplify with cellaring. (One can only hope.)

Now realize that one year from now, the next mutated vintage will have been released. Let's try to keep all our reviews of this one as it changes underneath this entry so that we can keep the database nice and clean and tidy, OK? (Just mention what year its from in the future reviews)

We are going to be lucky enough to witness beer-volution as it happens, and I for one am excited to see what will come out of this delicious experiment.

WastingFreetime, Oct 05, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. With an aggressive pour I got a small off white head that quickly settled down to a ring and no lace. Color is a very lovely, clear, red orange amber with a couple of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is great upon opening with an immediate whiff of sweet malt. Out of the glass are also caramel, toffee, fruit, and a very slight hint of butterscotch. Flavor is similar to nose with an excellent balancing effect from carbonic tang and bittering hops. Body and carbonation are decent. Finish is like flavor with also a little banana, of good length, and some alcohol at the very end.

drpimento, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

The Eternal Flame is a fairly massive doppelbock from Capital, bringing the caramel and rich brown bread flavors to, perhaps, their zenith. The drawback of such a rich beer with high ethanol is that the head retention is poor, and somehow the body came out needing a bit more carbonation to propel the aroma and beer in the palate. That being said, this is an interesting concept of blending doppelbocks, and I'm curious to see what future installments are like.

Pours a 0.75cm head of small, off-white bubbles that lasts a few minutes before settling to a thin ring around the glass and a few large islands of residual foam atop the body. The descending head leaves no lacing. Body is a transparent caramel-amber color, giving off a reddish-orange hue when held to the light. Some carbonation is visible, slowly making its way to the top of the glass.

Aroma appears after some strong agitation of my glass (without the agitation to stir up the carbonation/head, the beer is rather lacking in aroma). The beer gives off fairly intense caramel and dense, sweet bread aromas with a bit of ethanol in the back.

Opens with flavors of sweet caramel malts, some very rich sweet bread, and esters of dried fruits (in particular Calimyrna figs and dates). Mid-palate reinforces the taste of deep layers of caramel malts, which really expand to the heights of the style here. Added to the caramel are flavors of brown sugar and dried brown figs. Closes out with continued sweetness, a slight hint of noble hope bitterness, and a small note of ethanol. Aftertaste is expectedly sweet and has traces of caramel.

The beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with fairly subtle carbonation throughout. A bit more carbonation would be useful to help this move along the palate; as it stands, it's a bit sluggish in that regard. Pleasant close with just a gasp of ethanol, the 9% is barely noticeable on the throat and nostrils. Finishes with a dry and sticky mouthfeel, from the residual sugars.

falloutsnow, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single.

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, hazy copper-amber body, 1/3" beige cream head with light lace

smell: huge malty nose - caramel, bread, dough, toffee, butterscotch

taste: Capital is a strange brewery that has degraded somewhat in consistency in the past few years. If there's one thing that they consistently knock out of the park, its the doppelbock. Eternal Flame is a cool story, but in a lot of ways its just another variation of autumnal fire. That said, this is a very good beer - a silky smooth malt bomb - caramel, toffee, dough, toasted bread, brown sugar, maple.

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, on the light end of medium

overall: solid stuff

dirtylou, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys love to make Doppelbocks. I think this is three kinds I have had.

I poured this and found it to have a nice clear auburn body with a very light tan head.

Immediately, I was overwhelmed with a really strong candy and syrup smell. Things calmed down a little and now it is a caramel and roasted malt nose. The head has left a little lace and a good ring around the side.

This is about 45F and about right. Taste is very strong with roasted malts and caramel and brandy. I also notice some fruits like apricot. This is a pretty sweet beer with an almost sticky mouth feel. As with the smell, things seemed to calm down a little after a few minutes in the glass. It ends up being a very balanced flavor and the mouth feel also improves. Somehow, the mouth feel turns out a little dry after all that up front sweetness in the beginning. I don't notice any alcohol up front. This is a pretty good representative of the style but one at a time is enough for me. A couple German examples make it difficult for me to put this in the same league, but it is still a good offering.

daledeee, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Capital Eternal Flame. Capital Brewery Company, Middleton, WI.

Clear, crimson coloring, very small head.

Aroma: sweet and malty, a little woody, some oak? Very mellow and balanced, while still sweet, just a little fruity.

Taste: Plump and juicy malt flavor. Sweet and succulent. Raisins and figs and apple. Just plain ol' yummy-yum. Good balance, but leaning heavy on the sweet malty side. And the booze comes rolling in. 9% won't stay quiet.

Let's take a break and read the label, shall we?
"Capital Square Series. Welcome to generation two of the evolving flame concept. In addition to Autumnal/Imperial Fire blend, we've added a BIG, smoldering delight, christened Jacked Maibock. Join us for a walk on the intensely malty side."

I like the name, I love the art on the bottle. That's a crazy looking bird! And the beer is quite nice, as well. Big, fat and malty, sweet and full, molasses and raisins, dark rum, and other delights. Tasty stuff. A lovely nightcap.

feloniousmonk, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

sjstraub, Dec 19, 2011
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Eternal Flame from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.