EisPhyre
Capital Brewery

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Style:
German Eisbock
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.98%
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
204
From:
Capital Brewery
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another random extra I picked up - I apologize to whomever sent this, as I can't remember who it was. Served in a champagne flute.

A - Pours with a finger of light tan foam that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and ring. Glass-coating lacing lingers indefinitely.Transparent light amber color with slow moving bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Great looking beer.

S - Fresh baked bread, light caramel and toffee, some sour rye character, a touch of dark fruitiness, some fruity esters. Clean lager yeast presence.

T - Sweet bready malt, light toffee, a touch of toasted sugar, some earthiness, and a light fruity ester presence. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Very clean finish with a touch of sour bread in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-full body, light carbonation tingle. Finish is actually a little dry, and surprisingly unsticky. Alcohol rears its head after a few ounces, but it's not out of place for the style.

D - This is very easy drinking - I had no problem polishing off a bottle on my own, and that's saying something for an Eisbock. I should grab some bottles for the cellar, as I can imagine this getting better over the next couple years as the heat dissipates a bit.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ian was kind enough to send me a couple of these. Thanks, Ian! I hear the first batch did really well with a couple of years on it, and now, I'll be able to find out for myself.

In my brandy snifter, this beer is just spectacularly gorgeous. Crystal clear copper with a dense off-white head that leaves some patchy lace, a steady, gentle carbonation is noted too.

This is supposed to be an iced version of the (very good) Autumnal Fire, and it shows. Rich caramel and dark fruit with a nice, bready character, this is quite like a marzen in some ways. The combination of raisin, toffee and bread makes this very hearty.

This full bodied beer opens with a combination of rich, bready character, some toffee and some dark fruit. Caramel is prominent. There's a mild hop bite in the back, a little earthy, but nowhere close to how high it is in the base beer. In fact, the hop character makes for a very interesting beer. Alcohol appears on the finish, along with some fruity sweetness and a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is quite sublime, soft and creamy, working very well with the full body. Quite a delight to drink, I'm really enjoying this. I'll hold onto my other bottle for a few years if I can, with a little oxidation, this should be quite epic.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes out to orfeu for this beauty. I've been trying to get my hands on this one for a while now and he was able to hook me up in a face-to-face trade at Ommegang.

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter and let it warm up a bit before tasting.

Pours a foggy dark ruby with a one finger off-white head that dies down to a nice thin layer that remains throughout. Stickiness is decent, spotty on the sides. Smell is a sweet caramel malt with a bit of a bready yeast. Some spices emerge; cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. I was really expecting a booze-like odor, but there isn't the slightest bit in the nose. Taste starts with a wheat bread like flavor with a bit of molasses. After that, mild dark fruits and brown sugar flavors. Finishing flavors are of smokey oak and caramel sweetness. Overall the flavor was a bit weaker than the smell, but still very complex. Mouthfeel is amazing, extremely smooth and creamy. Carbonation is subtle, but present. I have absolutely no clue where the 11% abv comes in. Unbelievable how well the alcohol is masked in this brew, it really is nowhere to be found. What an amazing beer. Maybe someday Capital will bring this one back, my fingers are crossed.

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Photo of bound4er
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber in appearance with a dense, two finger off-white head that has unreal retention. Settles to a half finger head after 5 minutes and just stays that way. Smells of caramelized sugars and malt with a faint perfumed floral note poking through. Tastes damn good - similar flavors as on the nose in a compact, crisp presentation with caramel malts taking center stage. The 9.8% ABV in totally hidden too. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. This stuff slides like a 5% ABV beer - it is just so easy to drink and my glass was empty before I realized what was happening.

Capital is a local brewery that I have by-in-large ignored over the years. Most of their beers have been fairly pedestrian tasting. Not this beer - this is a world class Eisbock and one that I will seek out each year.

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Photo of champ103
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color. A very small head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. No lace.
S: Malty sweet with some light fruity aromas. Lightly toasted.
T: Again, malty sweet that would be expected. Lightly toasted caramel. Some fruity flavors of pears and apples. Dank and musky.
M/D: A medium body that is a little thin for the style I think. The alcohol is not overwhelming, but it is noticeable. Something to sip on.

I am a little underwhelmed be this. It is not bad by any means, but just not that interesting. Worth a try if you can find it. I am glad I got to try this, but at the same time I won't be sad that I can't get this again.

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Photo of Strix
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange-red, little head.

Smells of sweet malt, toasted notes, and a spicelike hop note.

Sweet malt, toasted notes, spices, apple. Slight grain flavor and alcohol presence. Very malty and interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Surprisingly drinkable. My favorite so far from Capital.

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Photo of nickynick
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital Eisphyre poured a a nice deep amber/reddish color. Had a nice white head, and good lacing. The smell was a bit faint, some hints of hops, and caramel. Taste had a nice sweet brown sugar flavor, also a nice hop balance. Showed a warming alcohol effect as well. Mouthfeel was good for the style, not to think. Drinkability was good as well, went down well for the high ABV. Paired nice with some cave aged Gruyere. I was able to pick up a 4 pack of this while I was in Wisconsin, and I am glad I did. This brewery has seemed to figure out how to make great bocks and dopplebocks.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 301st day of '09. Poured @ cellar temperature into a GLBC Christmas Ale snifter, while exiled from the computer (wife loves her Hulu).

A- Two fingers of creamy orangish tan head rests upon a slightly darker than ruby body after a hardish pour. Little to no lacing, good head retention, and fantastic clarity in the body

S- Rich malty sweetness with toffee, black current, strawberry and bread notes piled on top. Even with the huge rich malt in the aroma, somehow delicate sulphur from the yeast is able to not only be present, but help fortify the overall experence.

T- Right off the bat the huge toffee and caramel flavours dominate the beer, slowly melting into a more focused sweet grain flavour. The rich cherry, black current & strawberry flavours mirror the aroma, and contend with the massive malt adequately. At the midpalate, a citrus/apricot flavor enters and helps prepare the mouth for the characteristic bock bite at the swallow. Like all the great Eisbocks I've enjoyed, the bite is assertive and warming with a mild burn without being overwhelming. Finish is surprisingly clean with mild alcohol and slight malt sweetness lingering.

M- Guess what, the body is rich too! Right amount of carbonation, big body without being too big. Same can be said for the prickly alcohol quality.

D- This is very well done. The first time I tried this, I expected more, and was actually let down. Upon further tasting and reflection, I've come to realise that Capital really nailed a fantastic balance with this beer. Bigger than Autumnal Fire, but not so big you can't finish it. It might not have struck me as the most complex beer, but a perfect choice for after dinner or as a nightcap. My only complaint is that this is my last one.

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Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper amberish color with a slightly off white head. The smell is of caramel malts. The taste is sweet with caramel malt and is balanced with hops. The mouthfeel is medium light with a good carbonation to it, and I would consider this a drinkable beer.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a rusty amber with crimson highlights. a half-finger cream-colored head fades to nothingness, leaving only a trace of lace.

aroma is fruity, sweet, and boozey... almost american barleywine-esque. apricot, caramel, raisins, rum, brandy. a bit of yeasty doughiness and more alcohol heat.

taste is strong, even for an eisbock. malty, bready. pumpernickle soaked in maple syrup and torched with rum. Interesting... dark cherries and brandy. hints of scotch from the intense malts. more sweet brown sugar on the finish.

mouth is smooth and full with a suitable amount of carbonation given the style and abv. pleasant.

All in all, an interesting Eisbock. The flavors aren't quite working together for me, making it a bit hot and a bit messy. boozy and confusing, not quite as unified or drinkable as others in the style. That being said, it's certainly a delicious brew and I wouldn't turn another one down.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a John Smith snifter

It pours a kind of murky cherry wood color with a tiny khaki head that dies quickly.

A nice malty nutty sweetness dominated the nose. I noticeable warming alcohol aroma is also present

The flavor is quite nice, very malty and bready. it's not a sweet as the nose would indicate which is a big plus. This thing is just a malt bomb. The body is pretty full with a lower carbonation level that lends a nice creaminess or silkiness. This beer is sipper for me, mostly for the full bodiedness, not for any alcohol presence. Overall a really nice beer and one of the better for the style I've had.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dropped by the terrific Sun Singer for a coldie and, despite the dud of an earlier experience with Imperial Dopplebock, decided to try Eisphyre, since it had received good reviews. As bad as Imperial Dopplebock was a call for me, Eisphyre was as good.

A finger of light tan froth atop a clear deep amber body; nice duration and lacing. Rich caramel, chocolate, and berry on the nose, and definitely in the taste. The taste in fact is rich with chocolate and berry, a wonderfully delicious eisbock. So much of Eisphyre's success--and Imperial Dopplebock's downfall--is a top-notch mouthfeel, creamy, rich, and so smooth. This was all-too easy to consume.

In so many ways, Capital Eisphyre was the antithesis of Imperial Dopplebock, just an excellent delicious bock. Capital should either revamp Imperial Dopplebock from top to bottom, or make Eisphyre much more readily available, for Eisphyre is has helped restore some of my faith in Capital.

Simply excellent.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a coppery head that reduces to a long lasting ring around the snifter. Some fine spotty lacing.

Brown sugar, lightly spicy with toffee and caramel notes and a hint of apple.

Brown sugar and honey sweetness along with some spice and fruit. Getting a caramel spiced apple pie flavor that kind of sums up the taste. Very much like Autumnal Fire, but with a little boost. Very well hidden alcohol here.

Medium to full body that is lightly syrupy and smooth. Dry finish.

Like mentioned earlier, the alcohol is extremely well hidden and allows for a nice level of drinkability. A bigger version of Fire and very, very good. This is a highly recommended brew.

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Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours ruby brown with a 1 finger off white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell - what can i say but not much here - malt little booze

taste - might not be any nose to this beer but the flavor is great - rich carmel/toffee malts that are somewhat toasted also has a little dark fruit flavors in there to

mouthfeel - thick full body and oh so smooth and creamy

drinkability - while it might not be a session beer - it is a nice sipper for those cold winter nights

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of notCreative - thanks! Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: A pretty average orange amber, perhaps a rusty mahogany, with a surprisingly large amount of large carbonation for an eisbock, moving a little too quickly for an eisbock. A half finger of lightly tanned, almost eggshell-hued head rises quickly after a vigorous pour, but fizzes and sizzles itself in to oblivion inside 20 or 30 seconds, leaving absolutely no trace of its existence - no ring of roam, no surface dusting, no lacing, no nothing. This is one still, lifeless looking beer, apart from the carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, syrupy dried fruits, sweet but not too sweet, dominate a landscape otherwise characterized by bready malts and a dry, herbal underpinning. Dried pineapple, toffee, and grassy tobacco dance around amidst telltale chemical esters and alcohols, not unnatural or solvent-like but definitely noticeable.

Taste: Lighter and maltier than many, but still with those distinctive dried, concentrated fruit overtones that characterize all good eisbocks. But they are a little fainter than in many varieties of the species, replaced instead by a strong malt undertone, very bready and grainy, almost a New Glarus-esque cereal grain note. Whole grain bread - complete with crusts - and caramel/toffee overtones mingle with dried apricots, cherries, and maybe even dried pears, not soaked in rum, but maybe - maybe, perhaps - gently tossed in rum. A subtle herbal, earthy undertone compliments this interesting, light, menagerie of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light, dry, and well-carbonated for an eisbock, which I would imagine to be thicker, messier, hotter. It works well enough with the flavors, however. It's almost a little overly carbonated, as if this one's gotten dryer and thinner with age while the carbonation has built. And though it's relatively even, it's overcarbonated enough that there's a hint of unevenness.

Drinkability: It's good, but it's not the most eisbock-ish eisbock. I guess that's not really fair, as I haven't had too many eisbocks, but most that I have had have been on the darker side of things - the Aventinus Eisbock, for instance. This one was very light, very springy, and very malty, though the definite telltale dried fruit signature was most certainly present. I'd rate this one as worth trying, though not an eisbock to go out of your way for.

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Photo of nmann08
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of darklordlager
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a small 1/4" head that recedes to a mere thin layer in under a minute. Color is a clear, dark ruby/amber.

S-An intense bubblegum smell wafts out as it is agitated. Sweet dark fruit, caramel, creme. A bit of underlying alcohol. Interesting....

T-Layers of sweet caramel malt, hint of spice, dark fruit, some bitterness lingers in the background as well. Not incredibly complex, yet very flavourful.

Mouthfeel is syrupy caramel. Huge body with just enough carbonation to make it move along.

Still some of that "crunchy" malt character that the Autumnal Fire has to it, but much more caramel and dark fruit. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but is pleasantly warming.
A nice beer from Capital--great now, probably phenomenal with a year or two of age on it.

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Photo of turkob
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A little half-finger head that diminshes quickly. A nice red color.

S: I get almost nothing. At first I get a hint of prunes and raisins, but the harder I sniffed the less I got.

T: Kind of bland for an eisbock. This style should have robust flavors and this just kind of leaves the palate quickly. Where are the malts?

M: A little thin for such a big beer. I get some heat from the alcohol but not coating the mouth.

D: Eh, I don't see it with this beer. Understated all around.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with one and a half fingers of a short lived creamy white head.

Scent of rich caramel, some dark fruit, tobacco, a bit of earth and sugars. I couldn't detect the 9.8% of alcohol that the bottle suggested.

Taste of sugars, caramel, sweet dark fruit, toacco and some earth. This beer has a very nice complexity with a sweet and full flavor while hiding the alcohol perfectly.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a good strong bite of carbonation.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/31/2010. Bottle thanks to Skyview. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, prunes, molasses, brown sugar. Flavor is also quite sweet with many of the same flavors -- molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet malt, plus some vegetal notes. Probably quite good for the style, but I am not a fan of the beer overall as it is much too sweet and heavy for my tastes.

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Photo of beertooth
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to acme for giving me this three year old bottle. I poured it into a small snifter.

A very nice faded amber colored body with a thin collar of off white head. There is some spotty lacing as well.

The nose consists of burnt sugar, very sweet caramel malts, vanilla, there's also a tiny hit of dried cherry, raisins, and prunes. It doesn't smell dusty or oxidized at all which is awesome for a three year old bottle with a twist off cap.

The first sip gives me a huge caramel hit, burnt sugar or molasses. Some vanilla sneaks in along with prunes, dates, and other dried fruits and some bitter burnt malt. There is no trace of the avb% and it's not as cloying as I thought it would be from the nose. Pretty tasty stuff, although now that it's warming up I can detect some alcohol and dustiness.

Mouthfeel is rich and full with medium to low carbonation.

This is an extremely tasty beer, but the alcohol is catching up to me fast. I'll be nursing this bottle for the next couple of hours and then call it a night.

Thanks again, Aaron!

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Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.

Appearance: Reddish copper with thin light tan head.

Smell: Very toasty and fruity, with plum, cherry and light spiciness.

Taste: Pretty sweet, with layers of fruitiness (plum, cherry, and other stuff I can't place). There are some toast, biscuit and spicy hop qualities, which showcase the Marzen-like Autumnal Fire base, but the sweetness and fruits really dominate.

Feel: Pretty smooth, full body for a lager with a fairly clean taste. Just barely dry at the finish, as there is a decent level of residual sweetness.

Overall: Bigger version of Autumnal Fire, but not better, as this is sweeter, friuitier and not as balanced. Still, besting Autmnal Fire is near impossible in my eyes, so this is another great Doppelbock from Capital.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 204 ratings