Eternal Flame - Capital Brewery
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District of Columbia
3.09/5 rDev -21.2%
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Thanks Tom.
The beer is murky amber with a thin, off white head. The aroma offers fruits, sweet malt, alcohol. Plums and booze in the flavor. Medium bodied and a bit harsh in the finish. Needs some refinement and could be gentler on the palate.
05-11-2013 20:29:14 | More by Huhzubendah
3.3/5 rDev -15.8%
Bright auburn with just skiff of head and that dies almost immediately.
What aroma there is is fine but there just isn't much there. What I can make out is sweet and caramely but that's about all I can say about it.
The flavor is drier than I expected but that's not a bad thing. Some caramel or toffee in there along with some bitter orange. Mostly, though, it's a little watery and non-descript - odd considering its parentage.
The mouthfeel is very nice. If there were more flavor the carbonation would cut through it just fine. The alcohol does a little drying but not badly.
Overall, nothing special. Certainly nothing as nice as Autumnal Fire! I'd pass on this one if it were offered again.
01-01-2012 21:32:37 | More by mariposafan
3.45/5 rDev -12%
Poured a nice clean and clear deep amber/red with a thin ring of off white head.
The smell is very bready and sweet with a big hit of brown sugar and molasses.
The flavors are sweet and malty with a bit of sourdough, toffee, and brown sugar all making appearances. Has a bit of a light minty bit of earthy hops in the finish, almost enough to bring back a little balance, but not quite.
The mouthfeel is thick and oily.
A decent doppelbock, maybe a bit syrupy and sweet, and not and improvement on the great autumnal fire, hopefully the future iterations are more interesting.
10-16-2011 00:26:37 | More by bashiba
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
Served in Duvel tulip glass.
Leave it to modern humans to take a cool metaphor and turn it into a comparatively meek concrete expression of remembrance. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sienna-topaz topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted rye bread, maple syrup, candied orange peel, mild booze, a hint of fennel, and what seems like a pinch of clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more fennel, a more darkly-toasted bread component, some mild notes of red apple skin, and an increased feel of booze, which nearly comes off as too much for its own good. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a mostly solid d-bock, though a bit too boozy for my tastes.
09-13-2013 22:01:29 | More by TMoney2591
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a half-pint chalice.
A: Clear, medium amber color with a peripheral crescent moon of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains and sheets of fine bubbles rise along the walls of the glass.
S: Spirituous toffee from the large malt contribution is further enriched by the lofty bready backbone. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins fairly sweet, with soft syrupy caramel that is refined to the point of understatement. Acidity is mild into the middle where dynamic spirituous qualities begin to take shape. Flavors turn boozy in the finish, but not off-putting.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate where alcohol warmth is appropriate, with low carbonation.
D/O: Refinement seeps from the pores of this beer, its simultaneous smoothness and heady alcohol qualities make it effortless to slowly sip. If anything it becomes too subdued, although such a comment seems a little unfair for a lager, even if it is a strong lager.
03-08-2012 16:33:09 | More by beagle75
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet glass.
Appearance- Dark orange with a small amount of white head the dissipates into a very thin layer.
Smell- Lots of sweet fruit and a big boozy note.
Taste- Big bready doppelbock. You get a sweet boozy finish but not harsh at all.
Mouthfeel- On the heavier side of medium with great carbonation that makes for a good mouthfeel.
Overall- A well done doppelbock that has lots of bready and boozy notes. A pretty easy drinker for a doppelbock also.
10-07-2012 19:36:31 | More by BrownAleMale
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
So I think if I had to rank them in order of best to worst it would be...1. Autumnal Fire 2. Eternal Flame 3. Eisphyre since they are all similar beers and Capital even markets the fact that they are. We will see if my scores reflect that once this one is plugged into my profile.
On a side note, some of my buddies criticize Capital for all of the beers tasting basically the same. I can see some validity in what they say as I do have a hard time differentiating between some of their beers but I like the taste of most of them and like I said above, in this case, they market the fact that the three in the "fire" series are all similar. I fully plan on cellaring at least one of these to compare from year to year as Capital releases a new version of Eternal Flame every year.
When I poured the brew into my glass, it reminded me more of Eisphyre than Autumnal Fire. It was a clear/copper/reddish pour but it didn't look like it had much body.
The smell wasn't much when I first poured it but as it warmed, it smelled malty and boozy.
The only other review on BA right now talked about how the alcohol slowly crept in at the backend of a sip. I totally agree with that. I first tasted a harsh maltiness and not much else and then the alcohol hit me pretty hardcore.
I don't think I liked this as much as I hoped and I didn't like it as much as Autumnal Fire BUT it was still a pretty substantial beer and I really look forward to sampling the future versions....
EDIT: Well it looks like my scores reflect the fact that I actually still prefer Eisphyre over this offering BUT I still think in the future I will purchase more EF than Eisphyre because of the whole evolution process from year to year....ah marketing...
10-10-2011 02:06:34 | More by mjpolzin
Eternal Flame from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.