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 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 uwmgdman
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say I really enjoyed this beer. Exceptional clarity and just enough of an off white head. Sweet and dougy taste at first, leaves with just a hint of alcohol. When I first drank it I was quite surprised to see ABV at 11%, incredible drinkability at such ABV. It probably would be even better in winter.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a copper/amber red with a 2 finger off white head that quickly dissipates to tight bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel, dark fruit (dates or raisins), hint of bready yeast.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel and dark fruits up front, hint of alcohol in the middle and then a hint of bitterness on the very dry finish. Not really any hop flavor but it does finish very dry. Not as sweet as a lot of Eisbocks. Very nicely balance. The dark fruits become more apparent as it warms.

M - Medium bodied but thick and chewy feeling. The slight hint of alcohol in the taste is felt by a numbing of the tongue and a warming of the body. I have only felt this tongue numbing from strong bourbons.

D - Very deceptive. This one drinks like a much lower ABV beer and will sneak up on you in a hurry if you are not careful.

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Photo of beerinator
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to autumnaldave for the four pack!

Appearance: Clear brown beer with a small bubbled tan head that left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet bread and caramel. The sweet smell of cake seems to be enhanced by what might be vanilla and spicing.

Taste: The upfront flavors are sweet with a finish that dries and leaves hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Caramel is prominent and the hops seem to go along with the sweetness, subtly enhancing it until they are allowed to show their full grace in the finish. The mouthfeel is pleasantly full and the balance here seems very nice. While the beer seems to taste like it contains a good amount of alchol, that still does not overpower the rest of the beer. The balance here between the sweetness and the hop makes this one very drinkable.

Notes: Probably my favorite Capital beer to date. I am impressed by this one. It's very drinkable. I hope they brew this one again in the future.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i had heard about the recent release of this beer so i was happy to find a bottle in Madison on a trip two weeks ago. Brought it back and shared with another BA friend in town here.

Pours deep red color with a whitish head that doesn't last long. Sour strawberry and malt odor with a bit of ethanol smell too. Taste is heavily malty with tart fruity flavors and hops and a ton of not-very-well-hidden alcohol (i see that others dont agree, but i felt it dominated the flavor). Not a great taste experience, probably would taste better if it was a bit less strong (which is apparantly what Autumnal Fire is). Overload of alcohol makes it a bit hard to drink really. Don't want to have another.

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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 Golden2wenty1
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few 4-packs at Riley's here in Madison.

Following the name, pours a fiery orange-red-amber with streams of carbonation and a short, foamy tan head in my vintage Schlitz goblet that vaporizes in mere seconds. Nose is subdued - bready malts with a metallic undertone, backed by some light fruit and alcoholic vapors. Taste jumps out from behind that meek nose with loads of doughy malt, sweet caramel, tropical fruits and an alcoholic kick that boxes you right on the temples. To know that Autumnaldave drank two 44oz mugs of this in succession at the brewery boggles my mind; a bottle under my belt and I am surely feeling the effects - though the drinability remains deceptively high and the mouthfeel is velvety and luxurious. Predictably, this is Autumnal Fire on steroids - but only the most refined and dignified prescription. A truly Wisconsin-made lager here, enough to make a Madison-born boy proud.

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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 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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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 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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Photo of heyitsbyron
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My brother took a Capital Brewery tour yesterday and picked up a growler of this brewery-only special. I poured the first taste into a wine glass.

A deep garnet that looks somewhat syrupy. There is almost no head, just a few bubbles dancing around the top.

Smells sharp and boozy. It just reeks of malt, in a good way. Has a slight winey smell too.

Tastes quite a bit like a Maibock. It's certainly sweet right away, but there's a definite bitterness at the end. A bit of carmel too. Who am I kidding though? This is a just a malt bomb, with a strong boozy finish.

It feels very thin at first, but then gets heavier and smoother. Compared with other beers with the same ABV, this is quite drinkable. Very low carbonation adds smoothness, but it's still slightly bubbly.

Eh, 11%? It's drinkable, but it's too much to have more than a pint at a time. It's almost scary how smooth it is, but on the other hand the booze creeps up on you.

The word on the street is that is an eis-ed out version of the Autumnal Fire doppelbock. It reminds me more of their Maibock, but I suggest anyone who's into high gravity, malty beers swing by the brewery and give this a try. It won't ever be bottled, I don't think.

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