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Eternal Flame - Capital Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 10-05-2011)
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

02-04-2012 00:50:29 | More by kjkinsey
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 22:01:29 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 08:18:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-31-2014 08:32:11 | More by zestar
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 20:29:14 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-28-2011 22:42:32 | More by brandoman63
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 03:47:31 | More by Bighuge
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dirtylou

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:56:53 | More by dirtylou
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

08-05-2013 03:44:10 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-29-2012 18:41:50 | More by Duff27
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-04-2012 03:19:08 | More by bsuedekum
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 23:16:08 | More by drpimento
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the concept of this beer and its future, but I have to admit, the future batches for this beer are a bit confusing. Let's see how this "birth" batch is.

Pours a coppery color with a thin yet creamy head of foam that leaves some acceptable lacing.

A nice malty sweetness is present in the nose along some spiciness and earthy hops. A touch of a vegetal aroma in there too.

Mirrors the nose pretty well. Malty sweetness, brown sugar, a little maple syrup. Spice and earthiness from the hops. A little warm alcohol comes through also.

Very smooth with soft carbonation. Maybe just a tad under carbonated. Dry finishing with some warmth from the alcohol.

I enjoyed this one. Nice drinkability and an excellent cool weather beer. It will interesting to see how the future of this beer will turn out.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 22:11:57 | More by jera1350
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-11-2012 23:15:03 | More by seeswo
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

06-20-2012 01:52:45 | More by IrishColonial
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

04-24-2012 02:13:42 | More by egrace84
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TX-Badger

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

01-14-2013 19:31:06 | More by TX-Badger
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jsh420

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear burnt orange with a small 1/2 finger head that faded to a film and left no lacing

smells of boozy apples caramel toffee nutty malt

taste is just like the nose but the i think the booze is a little too much and over shines the malts that are not as rich as the other doppels capital makes - malts are less caramel and more bready

mouthfeel medium light body - over carb boozey bite without a dry finish is not smooth and not good

overall - big let down after from capital maybe 6months will help - good thing Autumnal Fire is still on the shelf and Blonde Doppelbock will be out soon enough

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 05:05:42 | More by jsh420
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-31-2012 23:32:45 | More by atone315
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bashiba

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:26:37 | More by bashiba
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2%

03-13-2013 04:58:45 | More by Zachtheporter
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 21:34:35 | More by falloutsnow
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-04-2013 15:21:03 | More by thebigredone
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beagle75

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 16:33:09 | More by beagle75
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bismarksays

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-14-2014 01:10:56 | More by bismarksays
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Eternal Flame from Capital Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.