Eternal Flame (Third Installment) | Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The third installment of Eternal Flame has gone unexpectedly dark! But don't fret, it burns hotter than ever. This Imperial Stout is brewed with 6 different malts and is infused with roasted cocoa nibs and habanero peppers to give it additional layers of complexity. It is certain to warm your tastebuds.

Added by vette2006c5r on 12-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown with maybe a little red. Appears opaque. Medium tall light brown head with good retention.

Smell - Dark malts, though not as rich as I was expecting. Coffee and raisin.

Taste - Rich dark malt and a good dose of pepper. Dark coffe, chocolate, burnt toast, a little raisin and bright hot pepper. A little alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and full. Heat from the peppers and the alcohol.

Overall - Different from what I understood the Eternal Flame project to be about, but I like it nonetheless. I like pepper in my beer and I think it pairs unexpectedly well with this imperial stout. Your take will undoubtedly depend greatly on your pepper preferences.

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was looking forward to trying the latest Eternal Flame installment, but was disappointed. Interesting idea, but the execution... just not there. And I do love me some chili-and-chocolate beer.

Poured dark brown, with little head, which quickly dissipated; little if any lacing.

Nose surprisingly dominated by what I'd have to call cacao and chili pepper refracted through a lens of vinegar. Strange. I'd expected more malt.

Taste follows suit. Chocolate sweetness (with just hints of malt, really) when it first hits the tongue, followed by sourness with a tinge of acid. I'd chalk that up to the chili peppers, but they're most prominent in the finish; not so much the flavor, but the tingle on the tongue. The malt finally, finally comes through at the end of the finish; it's what really lingers on my tongue, along with residuals of the chocolate.

Decent carbonation (more than I'd expected) but thin, very thin, for an imperial. Not unpleasant, but nothing special.

In the end, despite really wanting to like this beer, I wound up not finishing the bottle. My decision to review was pushed by the disappointment relative to previous Eternal Flame editions, and the relatively low number of reviews... I want Capital to succeed, and I want people to drink their beers (hey, I live in Madison, and the more local breweries making great beer and good money, the better).

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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Habanero? Really? Great job by the Capital brewmasters pulling this together. The beer is a solid, well rounded stout. A little slick on the finish. There is a very subtle chocolate and spicy peppery finish with habanero. It is a good.... no. Great winter warmer.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

This pours a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma has a good amount of chocolate malt with a hint of hot spice.

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3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a Snifter glass at the Capital Tap Haus on State Street in Madison.

This is a stout, so very dark in appearance, and had an excellent, full finger, tannish/mocha head that lasted for a bit and provided decent lacing as the brew went down.

I believe this was billed as Chocolate Habenero Stout. I just wasn't getting much out of the nose. Chocolate notes, but that's about it - but very minimal. Roasty malt scent not apparent. Looking for a little more, but not the end of the world.

Medium to full-bodied beer, and could taste the chocolate in the front-end, a little sweet, but the finish was where the Habenero made its appearance. Not overwhelming by any means. Just enough to let you know this is a pepper-beer. Very complimentary to the beer and paired up nicely with the stout. This reminds me of what Chocolate Chili Brownies would taste like in liquid form. Nicely done.

It's nice to see Capital branching out and experimenting with these new and different flavors and offerings since the new brewmaster took over. I'm expecting to see, and taste, more great things from Capital.

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2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Dark brown. Surprising clarity on the pour. Weak head with minimal retention and vurtually no lacing.

Odd aroma of sour lactose.

Hint of roasted malt. Weak for any style of stout. Mild maple sweetness. Just the slightest touch of pepper heat. I would like to add that so far the flavors are well balanced in their weakness. Strange lactose flavor is present in the finish.

Medium body. Weak carbonation. Little texture. Leaves my mouth slick and dry begging for more body and texture.

In a word, subpar. I don't think I'll be trying any more beers from capital brewing.

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Eternal Flame (Third Installment) from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 32 ratings