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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Photo of DersOne
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of archi348
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

12 oz. bottle obtained from markgugs.

Cidery-copper body with a slight pulpy haze. Thick, creamy, dirty khaki head laces very nicely. Rich butterscotch and toffee notes greet the nose. Big butter rum, bread pudding, and brown sugar malts come out with warmth. Soft cooked vegetable twang in there as well.

Slight herbal bitterness up front. Butterscotch and cookie dough malt sweetness soon arrive and take over. Rum, fruit, and more butterscotch/caramel. Spicy, herbal hop bitterness settles in for the finish. Traces of vanilla, leather, and tobacco mingle with leftover sticky malt sweetness in the end. Full bodied and coats the mouth well. Delicious and very drinkable for its strength. Too bad this is retired!

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

Pours out bright copper and sits a radiant garnet in the glass with a good sized beige head, fading to a fair skimming with minor lacings around the glass.

Smells rich and malty, big toffee and caramel tones coming out of a crisp, toasty core. Hints of nut and dates, spicy with wishs of alcohol.

Tastes full-on malty, mild caramel sweetness with deep, plunging raisins and dates. Peppery, spicy hops with drying alcoholic tinges across the mouth lead into the finish.

Clean in the mouth and silky smooth way underneath the initial hit of carbonation. Medium-full in body.

For its strength, this is very drinkable. I would have expected stronger, as Autumnal Fire is fairly strong in its own right. This tastes a lot like its smaller version and isn't nearly as sugary as I'd expect it to be. Either way, it is very well done and I wouldn't expect this to hang around on the shelves much longer. At $7 a 4 pack, this is a steal.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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 BeerTruth
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Beertracker
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Capital's EisPhyre pours up voluptuously with ample carbonation into a house logo snifter that creates a pillowy creamish white head that prominently sits atop a bright ochre-burnt umber body. The complex, aromatic nose has a rich melanoidin maltiness complimented by some toastiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked Tin Vienna bread. There's just a hint of fruitiness with some Noble hop spiciness and a definite alcohol presence, otherwise very clean & generous! The flavor is dominated by a rich, toasted melanoidin maltiness that is marked by just a touch of spicy bitterness. The rich, slightly chewy full-bodied finish is surprisingly smooth and expectedly warming with alcoholic complexity. EisPhyre is a fine example of brewing prowess from Kirby Nelson & crew and is good as of any of its continental counterparts. EisPhyre comes highly recommended to all malt lovers and is certainly worth tracking down before it dissapears completely into the great Autumnal Fire. Here's to Capital's 20th Anniversary!

PROST! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Many thanks to beerhandy for the bottle.

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Photo of Winter
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review # 500

Capital EisPhyre is an Eisbock version of Autumnal Fire. The later combines the styles of Oktoberfest and Doppelbock. It pours reddish amber in color with a khaki head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, and sweet malt. Nose is also brandy-like; alcohol laden. Soft, sticky medium-bodied mouthfeel. The taste is malty and strong in alcohol. Despite the quite noticeable alcohol it's sublime. There's an fruitiness to it (cherry). It's almost like a malty brandy. The finish is warming with some bitterness toward the back to cut the malt sweetness. Eisphyre is powerful and elegant at the same time. It's a great sipper to be enjoyed and savored.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz twist off bottle from the 2009 release. drank from an over sized snifter.

A- this one pours a beautiful looking clear ruby red colored body with a full finger of cream colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. i cant ask for anything more.

S- a strong odor of sweet caramel and bready malts is the first thing i notice, reminding me that this is a dopplebock on steroids. a little bit of cherry follows that. the last thing i smell is alcohol. were off to a great start here.

T- like the smell, this one is very heavy on the bready malts. theres also a strong dose of caramel. the alcohol is hidden amazingly well. i can sitll pick up just a hint of fruit or cherries.

M- full bodied and thick. almost chewy. moderate warming from the alcohol. a nice subdued level of carbonation that really adds to the experience.

D- very easy to finish, leaving me wanting more and quite pleasantly surprised. at first i was a little skeptical about concentrating an already relatively high ABV beer, however nothing about this is excessive. check it out if you get the chance. too bad this was made on such a limited run.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliantly clear dark copper with a creamy white head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, and hints of dark fruit.

Taste is rich caramel and toffee, along with generous dark fruit sweetness. Brown sugar has a stronger presence in the sweet boozy finish. Hops are subdued, but bring a pleasant earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and velvety soft.

Very smooth and flavorful. Alcohol is present, but adds flavor intensity instead of just harshness. This a flavorful and smooth malt bomb. Very tasty.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/amber tone. Thin beige head. Lace comes in moderately sized patches. Aroma is a really great melange of sweet goodies. Caramel and nougat and and that thick malt aroma that Capital dopples have. Flavor is nice. The malt flavor is quite nice. Smooth and caramelly. Nougat in the background. A little alcohol, but really not that noticeable. Medium bodied and velvety on the tongue. Nice tasting and quite easy to drink. Could be a dangerous one.

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Photo of bashiba
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the same crystal clear deep amber/red as autumnal fire, with a big thick white head, nice lacing and retention.

Big sweet malt and fruits dominate the nose with a bit of banana and cedar.

Very smooth and mellow for almost 10%. Subtle hints of brown sugar, banana nut bread, cedar, and dates all make and appearance, the finish is almost hopeless, yet not at all cloying or overly sweet. Very balanced.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy almost luscious.

Dangerously drinkable big bock, very nicely done as all Capitals doppels seem to be.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light brownish red. Appears opaque. Thin off white head with little persistence.

Smell - Rich maltiness. Prune or raisin and caramel.

Taste - Rich sweet malts. Mainly caramel and toast. Some raisin. A little hoppy bitterness in the finish. Noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium and smooth. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall - I like 'em strong and malty. This definitely fits the bill.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never saw this one coming my way that's for sure! I was thrilled when I found out I would be able to acquire a couple of these recently and just had to jump at the chance. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/22/2009.
The pour was nice, caramel colored brown with a nice off white head that reached a height of around an inch and a half and kind of hovered there for a good bit. Aroma of roasted nuts, caramel, earthy grains and a decent touch of hops trickled through. As it warms hints of light alcohol warmth and a nice touch of bready notes start to come into play. Rich, medium bodied feel with a nice carbonation really let the candied sugar notes stack up in the profile nicely before a nice touch of drying hops kicked in at the finish. Nice clean finish left on the tongue sealed the deal for me.
Overall this was a very, very solid ale. Nicely done I have to admit with a smooth even texture and a really well done balance of flavor, well hidden abv and a really just almost perfectly done flavor. Would go for this one again any day.

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Photo of DragYourBone
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After experimenting with the trappists ales from Belgium recently, I decided to take a break and look closer to home - 2 miles away as a matter of fact. I must say that this is by far my favorite Capital brew.

Served in a wine glass - my only other option was straight from the bottle, but I wanted to have a closer look at this specimen...

Appearance: beautful orange-amber hue. 1/4 inch of foam dissipated quickly from time of pour and settled into a narrow bubble film.

Smell: Subtle malts with touches of yeast, citrus. The scents become more pronounced as it warms to room temperature. I don't smell the 11%.

Taste: Velvety smooth. This draft is thick and rich without being chewy. There is no sharpness when it is served cold, and becomes an excellent sipper as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that is creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: A beer for all seasons, but definitely a ripper..I meant sipper.

I'll need to stock up on this one.

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Photo of carln26
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, very clear, and topped by a 1 inch off-white head. A deep, sweet caramel aroma wafts from the glass as I pour the beer. This is a real malt bomb, and I love it. The dark caramel is joined by dates, and a light touch of black cherry. Just the lightest touch of citrus hop. The flavor is more dark, sweet caramel, backed by blackberry. There is a more pronounced hop component, nice bitter backbone with a sweet orange character. The mouth feel is thick, robust. It’s not sticky at all. Wonderfully drinkable beer. I wish I had ready access to Capital’s full line of beers.

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Photo of Derek
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the sort of beer one should share... but hey, it's my birthday.

A: Copper-amber with a light tan head, slight retention & lace/leg.

S: Alcohol is upfront, floral, herbaceous, spicy, grassy, sherry, dark fruit, candied fruit, toffee... awesome.

T: This actually reminds of a fresh Salvator, vom fass, but a little bigger (alcohol is upfront, quite fruity & spicy). Plenty of breadyness from the malt, some toffee, candied fruit, dark fruit, slightly herbal, good bitterness.

M: Fairly well-attenuated with some residual sweetness, full body, drying alcohol finish.

D: Fairly drinkable for its strength.

Big thanks to DaPeculiarDane for trading this one!

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Photo of joerodiii
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-brown with a fluffy head that disappears rather quickly. Sweet, malty aroma. No noticeable hop aroma (appropriate), and no noticeable alcohol aroma (surprising).

Taste is right on for the style. No hop flavor; strong bready maltiness with slight alcohol finish. The bitterness is a bit high for an Eisbock, but it balances things out very nicely. The brewery's aging paid off as it is very smooth for a beer of this strength.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an eisbock, but overall it is pleasant.

This is an enjoyable beer. If I didn't know how strong it was, I'd be in trouble after putting away a few. Shame this is probably the only one I'll ever have.

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Photo of bound4er
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Crosling
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Capital for making an Eisbock. Few do. This rendition is really well balanced, which is what you would expect considering the base beer is Autumnal Fire, a superbly balanced beer. Good concentration and body, appropriate carbonation. Have to wonder if it would be better if more water would have been removed, but I shouldn’t be wondering. It’s good stuff.

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Rich malt, grapes. Appearance: a touch haze, has legs, deep gold. Flavor: Rich malt and alcohol which balances the malt. Slight toast and a little caramel. Medium low hop flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, medium low carbonation, alcohol warmth. Overall: a little low on the complexity and character.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with an off white intial one finger head. Dissipates quickly but retains a nice film on top. Nice lace.
S: Aromas of dark fruits and caramel dominate the nose with an ever so slight hop presence.
T & M: Dark fruit malt blast up front with a sweet caramel like backbone that hangs out in the mouth for awhile. Good sweet aftertaste. Nice silky smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Beer slowly crawls through the mouth sticking a bit. Pretty decent body and well balanced.
D: Definately a drinkable beer. The high abv is masked quite well--can't taste it at all.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to flyingbison for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some sticky lacing, but mostly some small islands to follow. The nose is malty, yeasty, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of yeast and spices, good dose of caramel. The a nice warming effect for the ABV, which is hidden pretty well. Medium body, a nice well rounded brew. Very drinkable, glad to have had a chance to try some of these Capital brew's, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Erish
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: reddish amber, tan head quickly falls into a minuscule cap, which then again quickly disappears completely, no lacing.

S: rich caramel and candied fruit (plums, cherries, apples), some spice (nutmeg, tinge of allspice?).

T: raisins, sugar plums, cherry pie, figs, then there is a blush of milk sugar, a vinous note, and sweet bread, the finish is sweet, with just enough grassy hops to refresh the palate.

M: thick, almost like cough-syrup, yet the carbonation seems to float on the tongue. In my mind the mouthfeel is the star of the show here.

D: This is tasting great now, though I might stash a couple of these away to see how they develop. This beer hides it's 9.8% ABV quite well.

Note: Perhaps I am being too hard on this beer because it lacks head retention and has no lacing to speak of. My critical eye for this sort of thing is pretty new, so is this what I can expect from an Eisbock?

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EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 204 ratings