EisPhyre | Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by heyitsbyron on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. This beer departs the bottle a very deep amber color, with a nice thick finger of head over top that really sticks around and runs up the side of the glass as a full coat of lace as it falls. The brew is exceptionally clear, with a nice bubbly carbonation cascading upwards on the sides and in the middle of my glass. An innitial sniff brings solid raisin and deep toasty notes, along with some almost grape-like fruityness. Not concord grape like is in jelly, but more of a red grape that might be made into a nice wine. I enjoy it. Sipping this one brings flavors of deep melanoidans riding over a base of semi-sweet raisin. It definately finishes with a major blast of toasty melanoidans, and a very mild, but noticable, clean hop bitterness that just stays light on the sides of my tongue towards the back of my mouth. The aftertaste is all about melanoidans as well. IT remids me of the crust of a nicely baked French bread. There is just the slightest tell of alcohol in it, but unless you know this one is 11% going into it, you would be surprised to find that out. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick, with a moderate carbonation that makes it a little mroe smooth that it would be with less bubble. This one is truely a nice beer. It has excellent toasty flavors that I like in dopplebocks and eisbocks, along with that nice undertone of dark fruit to give it a kiss of sweetness. The alcohol is barely perceived in the flavor and not present in the nose. This one is not going to last at all in my glass. This is a fantastic eisbock.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An iced version of the Autumnal Fire? I thought this beer was a myth! Sampled from a growler purchased at the brewery. The Eisphyre pours out a deep ruby color with a very small head. The aroma is nuts and caramel with alcohol esters. Very similar in aroma to the regular Fire. Huge malty flavor with hazlenut and a complex frutiness. Somehow this beer is as bitter as it is sweet. I expected this beer to be syrupy, but it was not at all. Low carbonation. Alcohol is present, but the drinkability is incredible. I could have consumed the entire growler in a single sitting, but I decided to pace myself, and I'll finish the second half tomorrow. I highly recommend this beer, especially for any fan of the Autumnal Fire (who isn't?).

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of expatsteve
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to open a bottle after 3 months in the cellar along side some aged Autumnal Fire. As this was much better this time around, I felt I should review it again.

Appearance: Ruby with orange and tan hues, contributing to a tobacco-burst appearance. Good visibility. Pours a brief 1/2 inch head, with minimal lacing left afterwards. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Caramel malts, raisins, faint boozy notes. SOme booze and molasses developments as it warms. Solid and balanced.

Taste: Burnt caramel, raisins, faint breads, and a little booze bristle in the finish. Honey, butter, bread and booze developments as it warms. The vegetal finish I noted in the first bottle I tried at home has subsided to a slightly dry cleansing finish. Not as complex as Autumnal Fire, but achieves a balance and ease of drinking that more than compensates.

Mouthfeel: Good body - not too heavy, and perfect for the style. Carries the booze and the malts well. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely more drinkable than I remember it, and impressive both in flavor and finish. I'll definitely be picking more of this up before it runs out.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear burnished copper brew. Head fades slowly, with plenty of sticky lace, both impressive for the style and abv. Aroma is deeply sweet, with light fruitiness and strong alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet up from, ample fruitiness in the middle, and a long warming feel on the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, and drinkability is just insane for the abv. Beyond the aroma and warmth, the only indication of the higher abv when I drank it was the burning of my chapped lips. Try this one, they've done well here.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the release party. Followed up by several bottles.

Appearance: EisPhyre looks like it’s name. It’s an orange-red flame color with copper hues. Pours a two inch head that settles into a creamy and chunky ¼ inch beige film. Mild carbonation streams die after a few minutes. Little to no lace on the glass.

Nose: Sweet caramel, sweet apples, light alcohol notes. Potent.

Taste: BIG-HUGE sweet caramels followed by a lingering bitter/minute carbonation bite. Awesome! Almost no alcohol taste. Very impressive. Booze soaked dark fruits, mostly dates, a few chestnuts, and some bread.

Mouthfeel: Numbing. Huge, chewy, warming…no, strike warming… blazing. This puppy is a heater. Medium bodied.

Bellyfeel: I’m on fire.

Drinkability: On tap is slightly average but considering the style and strength very good. Bottled is insane. This is very drinkable. If you let it get to room temp, you’ll get a hell of a lot of malt flavor but also a whole ton of booze so be careful.

Notes: 11.00% and drinkable as if it were a simple bock. Wow this is a cool beer. I hope it ages well because assuming they never make it again, (which is what the brewer told me), I’ll be hoarding cases for the next ten years. Wha, ha, ha…

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obtained by trade with first Shbobdb, and then Flyingbison. Thanks so much for this one guys. you could not have picked a better brew to double up on

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass that was so unworthy. The liquid is a dark Carmel color, great carbonation, semi cloudy and thick looking. the head is stupendous 2 fingers plus creamy smooth and tan to off white looking. It faded very slowly and left a nice lace.

The smell, Wow, big carmeled malts, wonderful hops to balance and a sweet scene of alcohol

The taste is fabulous, what a great beer this is, a huge big time carmely malt with an equally bold hops too balance. What is not to like, the alcohol taste comes through just enough to let you know what you are in for. Take one of the best Maibock Munchen has to offer chill it and sift off the ice and Bam! this is what they came up with in Wisconsin, Pure Genius.

The mouthfeel is right on this is not a beer you want to put down, mine was gone way to fast. At 11% ABV you would not last long taking them down at that rate. The best carbonation I have ever had in and ice brew, and a killer full body. Hey guys PLEASE put a few more of these aside for the next trade.

The drinkability, gosh gee what else can I say. This beer rocks it has it all +++. Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of jj21
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy balls is this good!!! But not for the faint-of-heart. This packs a punch.
On tap in the Horse & Plow in Kohler, WI.
Poured into a snifter a dark copper body with a great tan head that quickly disappears leaving a good lacing. Sweet malty nose. Great alcohol aromas loft with malty sweetness of dark fruits and spices. Almost smells like a Barley wine. Taste is phenomenal. Maltiness and alcohol is very present at the first sip. Not overpoweringly sweet like I was afraid it might have been. The true character of the Autumnal Fire is not lost in this offspring. Thick and chewy mouth feel. It coats your mouth like a cough medicine would- but in a good way. Slight alcohol burn down the throat, but mild for an 11% beer. One serving of this is plenty. Great beer to finish the night on. Very impressed, especially since I was afraid it would be too sweet. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of barrelman
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you DaPeculiarDane for this trade! Opened the package and poured this out into 3 tulips to share with the brewhouse staff. Thank you also cold, December weather for making this possible! At least 1.5 years in the bottle. Maybe someone else can glean a bottling date.

Appearance is constructed of perfect amber hues with a generous amount of head considering the triple pour and high ABV.Great lacing as I get down.

Aroma has me floored (You might have to take anticipation into account). What I first thought was some butterscotch (not my favorite) soon developed into complex caramel maltiness. Caramel, toffee, and dates swirl together with an underlying tone of stollen from my childhood Christmas brunches. Let's hear it for fruit cake!

After thinking that there is no way that the taste can live up to the aroma, I find myself to be correct, but not by much. What I taste is a straightforward punch of malts with no diversion from rich, sweet, textures. Amazing. A slight nip of alcohol burn accentuates the profile and makes the experience even more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is great.

Drinkablility is exceptional. After 1/3 of a bottle, and no lunch, I'm flying. This is an amazing brew from my hometown brewery. It is good to get reacquainted with them. I will save my remaining bottle until the birth of my first child or the birth of the second child of a dear friend.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this puppy into my Celebrator glass. Pours a viscous dark tan with a reddish tint. Head rises a bit around half an inch and then settles gently. Aromas are a delicate balance of syrupy sweet, hoppy love and dried plums soaked in brandy.

This brew hits the mouth thick and creamy with a a bit of carbonation. Sweetness rolls down the tongue ushering lots of bold flavors - brandy and tamarind, molasses and dark rum, slow roasted poblanos. Just a hint of alcohol in there and some nice hoppy finish to the end still manages to dry the palate and encourage another sip.

This is one fantastic beer and very drinkable. I cannot believe how tasty this is and drank this way to fast. Wish I had another.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fiery orange-ish red pour with two fingers of airy, bulbous foam. stray bubbles are observed in ascention.. clusters of oval chunkiness cling to the walls of the glass as the head quickly evaporates. i can hear the snap, crackle, and pop of the carbon dioxide fleeing the crisp topper.

sweet malt blast in the aroma.. luxurious.. caramelly with carrot cake and cream cheese frosting accents. hints of black cherry essence swirled into a dulce de leche custard. slightest off hint of baby food, but overall a sensory blast into the sweet oblivion of dessert beer pleasure.

silky body with some carbonation, sips more like a 9er than a 11ish.

sips almost like a belgian quad. layer upon layer of dark fruits, fermented malt madness and residual alcohol blast sweetness. decomposing vegetables meet candied fruits in a battle to the palate death. hints of brown sugar and a brief butter note are welcome factors in the flavor stability. this beer is insanely complex and easily one of the best eisbocks available today. this beer, while experimental, seems completely planned to the 't'. capital struck gold by eis'ing this dopplebock, and hopefully the tradition here will continue for years. i will certainly continue to sell my testicles for 12oz'ers.. although i probably only have one more year left of that before i need to switch up organs.

highly fffing recommended

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Photo of fropones
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice amber brown with a light khaki head.

S - Bready malt, plums, figs, biscuits, toffee.

T- More dark fruits, bread, alcohol very nicely hidden. Very delicious.

M - Nice creaminess and carbonation, somewhat slick.

D - Drinks very nicely. Will probably seek this out again.

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Photo of blackie
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour creates a low, light khaki head that soon disappears to leave just a few bubbles on the surface. The beer is a rich, amber cognac in color.

smell: Upfront I find a deep, rich sweet malty aroma that makes my mouth water. It smells wonderfully of buttery caramel and lightly toasted grains. Notes of mild tobacco and woody Tennessee whiskey are found. There are some hints of dark, sugary fruits. Just a touch of hop aroma and a nice tinge of ethanol sharpness in the nasal cavity.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body somewhat syrupy and on the lighter side of the heavy range.

taste: Rich malty flavors coat the tongue. The syrupy substance of the beer carries with it flavors of dark sugars, sweet tree fruits, and hardwood. Hints of tobacco and oaked bourbon are again found. A pretty sizeable hop flavor is evident, with a lighter bitterness providing the necessary balance. The ethanol is present on just the right level, adding to the character of the beverage rather than detracting from it. Complex and delicious.

drinkability: About as drinkable as can be expected for a beer of this weight.

taken from the fridge of dirtylou while he crunched numbers in a dark room somewhere

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 release hit the shelves recently, and I'm giving it a bit of a vertical test against the first (07) batch.

The striking thing is how shallow the 09 is in comparision. The 07 has continued to grow malty nuance and is even more deeply wrinkled than the notes below. Right now, I'd push the 07 up with some of the best I've had.
The 09 is another story. Simply and caramelly sweet, with a touch of toastiness. It tastes like a thick oktoberfest next to its older brother. I wish I had an Autumnal Fire handy for reference, because it seems simpler even than my memories construction of than.
At first glance, I think the recipe may have changed a great deal between the two versions, but I also remember that it took some time for the 07 to congeal into something special. I hope that happens again, but I have my doubts.

I'm actually increasing my overall rating based solely on the progress of the 07. The 09 is (hopefully) a work in progress, and its rating is pending a long nap. Scored as it is, the 09 gets: 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5...or about a 3.6 overall.

2007 release.
Clear dark amber with a surprisingly healthy and durable off-white cap.
Scented of rum-soaked pears, chewy caramel candies, grain, almond paste, and Cognac.
Into the mouth it flashes a coarse graininess. This is swiftly enveloped by a stewed pear, golden raisin, and date frutiness. Caramel, toffee, and burnt brown sugar seep in and cover everything. Alcohol builds as it progresses, flashing oak-barreled brandy and dark spiced rum heat.
It dons a medium-plus body that presents thinner due to the drying alcohol and sporty, subtle carbonation. It's far too drinkable for its strength, when given the mood for something malty.
I tried this fresh and was somewhat nonplussed. Things have turned for the better. And still, I don't think it has yet totally grown into its shoes. But it's rapidly developing, and another 6 months might find an eisbock that rivals any. If you're hoarding some, crack one open to see how far it has come.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, bought a 4pack at Steve's - University for 7.99

appearance: pours a glowing bright amber into a chalice, 1/4" foamy beige head forms immediately and leaves a slightly frothy lace, sparkling full body...very nice appearance

smell: very reminiscent of Autumna Fire...super sweet apple, very bready, thick malt structure, light alcohol comes through, caramel, alcohol soaked dark fruit...potent and inviting

taste: big big bock, thick and heavy sweet malt, a jacked up autumnal fire with a big alcohol bite that is amazingly smooth and pleasant. lots of dark fruit flavours highlighted by red apple, plum, raisin...caramel covered apple, nutty.

mouthfeel: big and chewy, smooth, warming alcohol sensation, medium-full body

drinkability: very smooth but dangerously powerful

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