EisPhyre | Capital Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
capitalbrewery.com

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by heyitsbyron on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
204
pDev:
9.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
6
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Ratings: 204 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes on 12/30/2011.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: reddish brown bodied beer with a small cap of white head. spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Super malty sweet with some fruit and spiciness.

Taste: Lots of malts the caramel and toffee character of the malt profile. It tastes like a pretty standard dopplebock, but the finish is bitter and I really dislike the bitter aftertaste / finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Sticky and a little bit rough around the edges.

Overall: It a really strong beer and just not my thing. I have never been a huge fan of capitol brewery, but a friend told me this beer is a game changer. I gave it a shot and still feel that same about capitol brewery beers. Maybe some age will do this beer a whole lot of good.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to tulip glass.

Pours clear, light amber with a half finger of stone colored head, good retention and some lacing. Really love the color. Smells like raisin, malts, caramel, and some red dried fruit and spice. Taste is bready and caramel malt, off dry and a tad flabby, with a slightly bitter finish. Medium body, medium-light carbonation. The alcohol is quite well hidden. Overall, a pretty good beer, though not something I really find myself wanting to drink a lot of.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of sgoro
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JRdaSconnie
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Poured into a chalice. No foam to speak of. Not even a ring. Small formation of bubbles in the middle of the glass. Cloudy reddish brown in color. Smell is candied fruit and some malt. Taste is also fruity and sweet wth a little alcohol at the end. It changes a little as it warms. Still fruity but less sweet more malt. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. Almost still.

Overall a very good beer. Be not had much eisbock so it was enjoyable. Very complex. I might not have a palate capable of appreciating it. Definitely something I recommend trying.

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Photo of mhabas
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of wallrock
5/5  rDev +22%

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 kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- pours a murky amber with a 1 finger off-white head. Little lacing that remains on the glass.

S- sweet malts, some dark fruits, vanilla, oak

T- first thing that came to mine was acidic. Sweet malts, oak, some cherry in there. Bitter and slightly astringent finish.

M- medium body but very easy drinking for the abv. Again has a slight acidity to it.

O- good dopplebock but not amazing by any stretch. Think I like the autumnal fire better actually.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Coppery orange, slight off white head, very little lacing

S - Getting caramel and toffee and some bready scents.

T - Nicely balanced, starts out with some sweetness and caramel moves to a bread taste, followed by a slight hint of spice finishing off with a dry toasty flavor.

M - Medium bodied, creamy and medium carbonation.

D - Nicely balanced brew, good flavor profile, like the dry finish

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Big thanks to MetsFanVI for bringing this back from Sconnie.

A: Aggressive pour yields a translucent, medium copper color with two fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Very good retention but not much lace, lovely carbonation.

S: Nice caramel and a little hay.

T: Rich caramel, a little spice on the finish. Alcohol very well hidden. As the beer warms, the spice identifies itself as mint.

M: Smooth, a little cream and oil. Nice stuff.

O: A truly delicious beer, must get more. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out in a light orange or red coloring. Leave a fairly nice head, but receded quickly.

S - Smells of caramel and sweetness, but is very light and easy.

T - Tastes of caramel with some spiciness after the initial mouthful. It leaves a warm deliciousness which is reminiscent of fall.

M - The carbonation is certainly detectable, but it isn't overwhelming. It is moderately smooth.

O - This is a delicious bock - the kind that leaves you feeling nostalgic like sitting around a fire on a cool night in the late summer or fall.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out pretty thick looking and a deep amber color. The head was thin and didn't last very long. The lacing very minimal. The smell of the beer was a little boozy with some sweetness on the nose also. The taste was sweet and a little earthy, the flavors of dark fruits popped in and mixed well with the malt. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as it looked with it was being poured out. This beer still has a solid body to it and is rather smooth. Overall I can't this was my favorite Eisbock but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear reddish orange body topped by a one finger beige head. The head quickly dissipated with a crackly snapping sound, akin to soda head dissipating. Not very good head retention, but at this ABV it wasn't really expected.

S - Sweet caramel malt, buttery toffee notes and bread in the nose. Not overly aromatic, but smells tasty. Smells like a Bock.

T & M - Caramel malt leads the way, followed by some dark fruit and a bit of some unrecognizable spice. Seems a bit shy of medium bodied and the carbonation is very recognizable. I thought with the relatively high ABV, that the alcohol would be more pronounced, but it seems pretty well hidden in my opinion. This almost reminds me of a fine wine.

D - A very nice Bock. I have some fabulous friends, for sharing this with me. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like Autumnal Fire so this was my first foray into what Capital markets as a stronger, more intense version of their annual autumn beer.

The apperance was of a dark copper color. It had the look of having more body than most beers but nothing overly impressive.

The smell was that of a pretty typical bock-malty and a little sweet.

The taste is what won me over on this beer. It has a malty, bready, fruity, boozy taste. Also, there is a little bit of bitterness/hoppiness. The bittnerness is barely noticable but it takes some of the edge off of the sweetness which for me, seperated from Capital's Blonde Dopplebock which I am not as big a fan of.

It had a pretty average mouthfeel, a little bit of carbonation, not much else.

Overall, I rate this beer very high. If I find a fairly high alcohol beer that tastes decent, I am won over. I still look forward to Autumnal Fire coming out in about a month but this is a good offshoot of that beer.

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

Appearance: Pours deep bronze color with a slight tint of red. Semi-opaque. Light brown head dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Very sweet, with slight alcohol undertones.

Taste: A nice combination of sweetness and maltiness. Hints of caramel with a little bit of an alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick body but goes down easily.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It compare's favorably to the Autumnal Fire, with all the great taste and a slight extra kick.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

My nightcap tonight. Hopefully it'll get me closer to slumber. It pours a clear rusty copper (can copper rust?) topped by a finger of rich cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, Belgian candi sugar, light maple syrup, figs, light rye bread, and a kiss of cocoa. The taste holds notes of toffee, rye bread, light maple syrup, red apple skin, red grapes, white bread, and a touch of orange zest. I feel the maltiness, baby! The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda chewy feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable eisbock, one that is easily enjoyed in the penetrating darkness of night. Get some.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep copper/amber body, trace body, very little lacing

S: big sweet malt, ripe fruits (dates/figs)

T: ripe date/figs, big sweet malt, sweet biscuit, hint of alcohol warmth

M: med body, slight oily/sticky body

O: Capital continues to make mighty fine bocks!
This is real summer treat, almost think it should be
for the brutal Winter months. This is
Autumnal Fire's wild twin brother. Sip this treat.

AMAZING, WORTH HAVING!

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

I got 8 12oz bottles date stamped 4/20/11 for the cellar to observe how they change over time...even though I suspect there is no live yeast at all left in the bottle, my curiosity won't take that for an excuse. For Science!!

"Baseline" review on 6/7/11 (I've been busy, sorry)
Remarkably clear copper color, decent carbonation, 1 finger cream colored head which doesn't stick around long. Smells of chewy caramel candies and slightly toasted fig newtons. Tastes and feels like a really nice sticky-toffee barleywine with barely any hops at all. However, it does not have anywhere near the complexity of malt profile that something like an Ayinger Celebrator has. Taste is more raisin-caramel sticky sweet but avoids the pitfalls of alcohol hotness or cloying sweetness rather nicely. Finish is long, drawn out, and rather much drier, here is where the alcohol is found, but only as a drying aftertaste. I've got to wonder if I've already aged out all the booziness in just the 2 months that this sat until I could get to it for the baseline! Time will tell, I'll add on to this review next time I sample. (overall 4.0)

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