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Eternal Flame - Capital Brewery

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very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

PStriedl, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Rand_ale_Thor, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

derkfromwi, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bacasnax, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Zachtheporter, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Lurkerson
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Lurkerson, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +2.3%

TX-Badger, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of NickBus
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Chokobo, Jan 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

TonyTalon, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

archi348, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

twbeecher, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

raffy313, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

cfh64, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BrownAleMale, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

boogercrack, Aug 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Duff27, Jun 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

polishkaz, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

IrishColonial, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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
Eternal Flame from Capital Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.