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Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
204
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 204
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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 lester619
2.91/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper reddish brown color. Thick head with good retention and lacing. The smell is very sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, malted milk, and chocolate covered rasins. There is also a strong wiff of alcohol. The taste is consistant with the smell. Very sweet up front with a warming boozey finish. Very thick substantial mouthfeel. The sweetness and the boozey aftertaste made this go down hard for me. I wasn't really won over by this one. The beer flavors didn't seem to hold up very well and in the end all I tasted was a hot alcohol flavor. If the ABV was a little lower I think it would be a better overall beer.

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Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 morimech
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper with a fiery tint in color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Sweet aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and fusel alcohol. The beer delivers what it claims by being a concentrated Autumnal Fire. Seems sweeter, maltier, with much more alcohol flavor than its sister beer. I did pick up some additional fruit hints that adds a level of complexity. Thick and viscous body. Really coats the mouth with a lot of malty sweetness. Maybe not as enjoyable as Autumnal Fire because of the booze and increased sweetness but this is a good example of a style that does not come along very often.

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Photo of berkey
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pokal glass. Reviewed 11/04/10.

A very large frothy light-tan head forms to cap off an amber brown body. Head settles in a hurry but coats the sides of the glass with a thick lacey film as it goes.

Caramel, bread, and straight up sugar on the aroma. Flavor profile follows suite and adds some ripe yellow apples notes. Eisbocks are always a little sugary in my opinion but the fruitiness and bread character helps this one stop just a few yards short of the 'cloying' line. Mild alcohol burn in the finish. Altogether a worthy example of the style and good fit for an Autumn night like this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a flute. It's not often we get to break those out; always love the eisbock or NG fruit beer occasion. Pours a moderate brown with not much of any head and what is there dies.pretty quickly. Nose is booze, dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, and a bit of caramel. Taste is more boozy with sugar and fruit. Alcohol in the feel though it's not too overpowering. Drinks fairly well and is a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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 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 russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired huh? Still holding up nicely, cheers to EchoCharlieEcho for this one...

Pours an effervescent orange/chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, cherries & dark fruit

T: Cherries, brown bread, leafy & slight herbal hops, plus a kiss of booze up front. General fruitcake flavors dominate as this warms, along with marmalade. Finishes dry, fruitty & with Hawaiian sweetbread notes, plus a bit of booze

MF: Chewy with semi-assertive carbonation & some stickyness to this

Drinks really easy for the ABV, but worthy of respect. I still like Autumnal Fire better, but would love to buy this come winter...

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

Bottled on the 301st day of 2009. Served in a snifter.

A: Copper/brown with an initial one-finger head that settles to a nice lace.

S: Raisin and caramel... at times the alcohol pierces the nostrils, but a swirl of the glass brings the sweet aroma back. Mmm!

T: What you would expect from the aroma. Big on the caramel and raisin, with subtle toasted notes on the aftertaste mixed in with a slight alcohol "phyre."

M: Wonderful, a nice balance between crisp and smooth. Almost a 5, only and 4.5 because I'm not entirely sure how this style should feel in my mouth...

D: Well I feel this, but I could definitely have another... or 4 more... yes, another 4-pack is in order!

Overall, exactly what you'd expect if you know it is an amped-up Autumnal Fire. I'll drink a lot of AF this fall, but will certainly treat myself to some Eisphyre on those especially cool nights!

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Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another wisconsin treat courtesy of EliteDigger. thanks scott!

12oz bottle sampled aug 8/2010.

pours crystal clear deep red, bright and fiery with highlights of garnet and orange. the very fine cream coloured head quickly retreats and leaves a bit of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is good. sweet caramel and toffee. rich dark fruit. date, raisin, plum. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. alcohol. hint of smoke.

taste is good. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. dark fruit. date, raisin, plum, bit of fig. caramel and toffee. hints of smoke and dark chocolate. lightly warming alcohol. woody and slightly earthy. medium-low bitterness level. hint of roast. not as sweet as i expected from the aroma.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium-low carbonation level. silky smooth.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced, hiding most of its alcohol with a bit of lingering sweetness as appropriate for the style. good stuff. i'd be curious to see this one after a little time in the cellar.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a mostly clear burnished red/amber, some bright orange highlights, does have a fire look to it, medium sized off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass and a thin layer, tons of lace spots stick around the glass.

Smell is nice, very sweet and malty, big toffee/caramel, biscuit, a bit of sweat sock, lots of dark fruit, bready, figs and raisins, a touch of booze, sherry, vanilla and wood, cognac, very intense aroma, but still quite clean.

Taste is similar, very malty, caramel, lots of biscuity malt, raisins and figs, quite fruity and boozy, mix of cognac and sherry, lightly woody, vanilla, sharp and minerally in the finish but still balanced, really lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit of heat going down. A pretty nice bock. Thanks Russ!

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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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Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

never been a huge fan of capitol, but this is suppose to be the beer that will win me over.

a - dark red color. low carbonation as expected. small head that dies down fast.

s - smells sweet. fruit and malts. alcohol

t - sweet malts is the biggest. dark fruit. very faint bitterness that i wasn't expecting. alcohol is much lower than it was in the nose.

m - medium body. good feel.

overall - well done capitol. I may have to try some more of their beers. 9.8% seems low for an eisbock, so i don't know how true it is, but either way its tasty.

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Photo of MithosYggdrasil
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capital never fails to disappoint. I first experienced Capital with their Maibock last Spring, then later their Autumnal Fire, Oktoberfest and Winter Skal. Time for the Captial EisPhyre..

Appearance: Very deep ruby color, not very opaque with a light, tanned head. Nice fluffy/foamy egg colored head.

Smell: Sweet malts, pears, with a bit of raisin and perhaps other dark fruits in both the aroma.

Taste: See the smell, with the addition of caramel. Nice alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and very carbonated.. very well balanced!

Drinkability: Fantastic. Goes down very smooth.. another successful beer from Capital Brewery.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz provided over the weekend by my buddy Ditmier... Thanks Eric.... I've been wanting to try the new vintage for a long time.

Pours clear orange/brown with a lite yellow head... doesn't stick around too long as expected.

Nose is fairly malty (but not as much as my mind's nostrils remember).. a bit bready with some caramel and hints of vanilla.

Flavor is about where such a big boned lager should be.. rich maltiness with an adequate toasty element.. lite caramel and only bits and pieces of some cocoa.. a bit of booze shows but isn't distracting at all .. I don't have a whole lot else to say.. very clean.. maybe some plum and fig. Body seems a tad thin from the EtOH and the carbonation seems a little too high.

Very nice take on a tough style to get right.... I would love a case of these.. hint hint hint.

Thanks again Eric.. I appreciate you holding this for me.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4

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Photo of turkob
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
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 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 robbyc1
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown look, with a nice off white head.

On the nose and palate, deep Bready malt, plums, raisins, figs, and the caramel tastes, kind of like a barley-wine without any hops, very well made. Finish is well balanced, not sweet nor sour nor hoppy bitterness, must have some though.

Nice medium to heavy body, weighty in the mouth, an easy drinker with well hidden alcohol, great for the style.

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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 Strix
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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 bruachan
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

no head really but the beer has a nice robust copper color

rich and clean malt aromas. plenty of that lovely munich scent!

tons of lagermalt caramelization in the flavor. nice range of granier flavors, as well. very rich and sweet, but in a totally appropriate, dessert kind of way. some simple hop flavor

body is robust but hardly chewy and there's very little heat. i like this beer

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/4/2010

Received as an extra from eyncognito, thanks! Appears transparent sorrel in the snifter.

The nose is of rich toffee, baked sweet bread, earthy hops, and toasted malt. A hint of dried dates is apparent.

In the flavor, notes of sweet sugary toffee and caramel blend nicely with freshly baked bread, dried figs and dates, toasted malt, and earthy hops. Alcohol is well hidden for near 10%. The sweet bready finish is long and complex. The mouthfeel is upper medium bodied with an upper low level of carbonation. A deliciously complex malt bomb. Recommended.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a Goose Island pint glass.

A: Bright and dark, ambery orange. Clear as day and topped with a loose and frothy sandy white head.

S: Smells more like a dopplebock than an eisbock. Tons and tons of sweet malt, apples, pears and caramel.

T/MF: About as malty as the nose would indicate. Thick rows of caramel, apple, pear and light touches of caramel. Feel is substantially less than nearly 10% would indicate. Really a well crafted beer in that respect in that there is nearly no indication of the amount of alcohol in this beer.

D: Not a bad beer. A solid lager, well hidden alcoholic content and a good introduction back to the eisbock after my last one from about two years ago.

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EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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