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 Doodler
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extra in a great trade - Thank to Brian23456 for sharing this one!

A - Deep reddish brown / almost copper with a thin tan film for head, very little lace.

S - Malty caramel with a bit of sweetness & hops in the aroma.

T - Nicely carbonated with a sweet molasses / caramel flavor. Light notes of raisins and cherries, with a mild hop overtone. Finishes just slightly dry.

M - Nice body and flavor. Not too heavy, with lingering spice and flavor.

D - A well balanced reddish Eisboch / Doppelboch. Great malts. I enjoyed the bottle from start to finish! The 9.8 ABVs are subtle but let you know they are there by the bottom of the glass.

A terrific winter beer. Thanks again Brian - Salud!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Bottle dated 3019

A: Pours a rich, russet brown color with one finger of light brown head. No lace.

S: Spicy nose that consists merely of dark chocolate and caramel...delicious caramel.

T: See above with a suggestion of mild spicing.

M: Thick, smooth, and creamy with an awesome balancing dose of spicy dryness.

D: Excellent! Hard to improve upon Autumnal Fire, but they did!

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a medium amber with modest head that sticks very well for it's size. Clarity is good like a lager, carbonation bubbles actively climb the glass.

Aroma is dark roasted malt. Dark fruit and yeast. The aroma is raisin and date with a splash of booze. Fusel alcohol smacks of leather and tangy, puckering dark dates.

Flavor is dark roast malt with raisins, dates, and a hefty amount of vanilla. Roasted coffee and lightly toasted wheat. Brown sugar and molasses with a hint of prune juice. The flavor barely hints at hop, and I think they are just there for balance. Finishes earthy and dank, like a dirty sweet corn cob thats been left in the sun. Alcohol is apparent, but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is thick and lush, but not sticky. Carbonation is perfect and the carb brings the sweetness to a decent level. Thick and viscous, but not sticky.

Awesome Eisbock, very drinkable for a beer reaching 10%.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 3 finger moderately fine orange creme head with OK retention. Beer is an spectacularly clear, carbonated red. I've never seen anything remotely close to this color... simply stunning looking brew. Lacing is a downward cascading waterfall. Appearance on this one is simply perfect.

S: Nose is slightly boozy, citrus, cherries, a subtle spiciness, all over a deep malt backbone.

T: Opens slightly malty, fruity, spicy, a bit chewy, cinnamon becomes more apparent as it wamrs, brown sugar, sugar cookies. Malt profile never backs off though and there is no semblence of hops whatsoever. Finishes sticky and sweet to the point of the slightest bit sour.

M: Medium to full bodied and surprisingly smooth
given its initial appearance. Mouth is even a bit oily though not like an imperial stout. Finishes messy and the malt lingers. This also gets stickier and stickier.

D: A massive beer that I really wasn't prepared for. This one demonstrates that it doesn't take an "Imperial" anything to be full bodied, full flavored, and intensely delicious. I'll seek this one out again for sure. The most amazing looking beer I've ever come across with a flavor profile to match.

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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 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 billyzoom666
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. It pours a nice brassy red color. Some lacing, but no head to speak of. This has a very pleasant sweet smell, with just a hint of a wine odor. It's a strong smell, but not overpowering. This jumps off of the tongue at first sip. Sweet malty flavor. Sort of like the Autumnal, but not as "in your face". You can taste the potency in this. This is a great sipping beer. I couldn't drink more than one or two, but this is something that would be great to drink in front of the fireplace.

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Photo of champ103
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color. A very small head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. No lace.
S: Malty sweet with some light fruity aromas. Lightly toasted.
T: Again, malty sweet that would be expected. Lightly toasted caramel. Some fruity flavors of pears and apples. Dank and musky.
M/D: A medium body that is a little thin for the style I think. The alcohol is not overwhelming, but it is noticeable. Something to sip on.

I am a little underwhelmed be this. It is not bad by any means, but just not that interesting. Worth a try if you can find it. I am glad I got to try this, but at the same time I won't be sad that I can't get this again.

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Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours ruby brown with a 1 finger off white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell - what can i say but not much here - malt little booze

taste - might not be any nose to this beer but the flavor is great - rich carmel/toffee malts that are somewhat toasted also has a little dark fruit flavors in there to

mouthfeel - thick full body and oh so smooth and creamy

drinkability - while it might not be a session beer - it is a nice sipper for those cold winter nights

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Photo of oakbluff
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear garnite hue with a slightly off white head and fine lacing. Nose- sweet breads and dark fruit. Taste- very delicate flavours, malt is nutty and sweet. No initial alcohol heat detectable until it slides down the throat. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Thinner bodied than expected with lower carbonation. A great sipper for christmas and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle provided by and shared with Beerwolf77. Poured 6 oz into a Sprecher snifter. 9.8% ABV, no date.

Thanks for sharing this Todd!

A - The color is a beautiful clear honeyed bronze color. No head on the pour although a swirl released a cream-colored, one-finger head. Poor retention leads to a quick ring around the edges. No lace.

S - There is almost noting to the aroma but what's there is an icy smelling, lightly toasted malt nose with a bit of funk to it. Nothing serious funk-wise, but just a bit weird. Not as concentrated an aroma as I had hoped for. Very mild.

T - Toasty malts flood the palate with a very bready taste and consistency. It's concentrated from the ice removal process but not overwhelming. A slight funkiness comes out but it's almost all malt. Despite the high alcohol it doesn't come out.

M - Thick and smooth. Very rich with a lightly dry finish. Definitely smooth.

D - A bit overwhelming and/or cloying for a whole bottle but it's a good sipper. A fine "winter warming brew" but beyond that I'd rather just have some Autumnal Fire.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with BeerFMAndy.

Pours a tawny brown hue with a light beige head. The head rise amybe a half in a leaves just a smattering of lace.

The aroma has a great sweet malty funk going on. Toffee, apples, candied dark fruit and a hint of roasted nuts. Traces of booze can be picked out as well.

The flavor sweet roast malt is the dominant force in this beer. Caramel, sugary dark fruits, tart cherries, and a trace of nutiness are all present after some warming. The booze comes out at this point too. Although not too heavy.

Medium body with very light carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer. Life changing? No. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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

A: Copper/Amber color, slightly foggy. Pours a thick off-white head. Fair retention with nice lacing along the glass.

S: Burnt caramel, slight bready smell. Note of brown sugar and honey.

T: Sweet caramel and dark fruit (figs, dates) up front. Leaves a hoppy bitterness on the tongue.

M: Med to full bodied, somehat chewy feel. Warming with a note of alcohol.

D: Quite drinkable for such a high ABV.

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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 alcstradamus
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely stunning crystal clear, deep red color with a billowing three fingers of head that leaves some lacing behind.

Smell is floral hops, sweet caramel malts, a mild alcohol burn, some grape skin, and perhaps even a bit of spiciness.

The taste is crisp, clean, and smooth. There is a bit of a sharp bitterness and some pine resin, but it is balanced very well by a mildly sweet malt profile. Clove, apple skin, and spices round out a subtly complex yet flavorful brew.

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation, this one is definitely a sipper and a pretty solid one at that. Perhaps a few months to mellow out the tiny bit of rubbing alcohol heat will really make this one a keeper.

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Photo of Soneast
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eisphyre pours crystal clear, with just an amazing color, dark copper with amber and reddish hues. It develops about a 2 finger thick, light brown colored head, that recedes fairly rapidly, but doesn't truly disappear, rather it condenses to a dense layer of tiny bubbles, leaving large sheets of lace on the glass. Truly one of the better looking beers I've seen.

The aroma consists of a heavy malt character, with brown sugars and caramel notes predominating as well as a sweet, almost vanilla-like presence and welcome booziness towards the finish.

The flavor is rich and complex, like the aroma brown sugar and caramel notes really shine through with a touch of some dark fruits. Someone mentioned a tobacco flavor in an earlier review....I wouldn't have believed it, but it truly is there. Like a big sweet chaw of cured tobacco leaf. Eisphyre is earthy and sweet, finishing with a very mild bitterness, which really only serves to balance the amazing malt complexities and little, to no, alcohol presence save for a mild warming effect.

Creamy smooth texture, mild carbonation makes for a wonderful sipping after-dinner beverage. The fairly high ABV and associated warming effect makes for a great winter drink as well. Overall I quite pleased with this beer, Capitol's Autumnal Fire has always been a favorite of mine and now their Eisphyre will earn a permanent place on my "must purchase seasonals" list as well.

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Photo of nickynick
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capital Eisphyre poured a a nice deep amber/reddish color. Had a nice white head, and good lacing. The smell was a bit faint, some hints of hops, and caramel. Taste had a nice sweet brown sugar flavor, also a nice hop balance. Showed a warming alcohol effect as well. Mouthfeel was good for the style, not to think. Drinkability was good as well, went down well for the high ABV. Paired nice with some cave aged Gruyere. I was able to pick up a 4 pack of this while I was in Wisconsin, and I am glad I did. This brewery has seemed to figure out how to make great bocks and dopplebocks.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

in a trade from TPatuto, thanks again Tom

A - light brown with a thin lacy head, moderate amounts of visible carbonation, quietly unassuming its 11% ABV

T - malts hit first, followed by a sweet vanilla note, distinctively nutty with some confectioners sugar

M - the roasted malts are of course dominant, they create a explicit nutty aroma, so sharp as to be able to pick out the light sweetness of macadamia nuts or almonds, complineted by some sweet vanilla, a great malty taste

M&D - the 11% isnt obvious, but isn't obfuscated either, the quality malt flavors mellow some of the alcohol heat, not easily drinkable for all, but it is a great flavor

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with one and a half fingers of a short lived creamy white head.

Scent of rich caramel, some dark fruit, tobacco, a bit of earth and sugars. I couldn't detect the 9.8% of alcohol that the bottle suggested.

Taste of sugars, caramel, sweet dark fruit, toacco and some earth. This beer has a very nice complexity with a sweet and full flavor while hiding the alcohol perfectly.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a good strong bite of carbonation.

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

The beer is poured a deep copper/ruby colour with a nice off white head. The nose is filled with a bready maltiness. It's pretty standard. The flavour of the beer has more caramel than I'd expect. There is a great maltiness, but the beer is a bit too thin compared to what I'd way. The one problem I have with Capital lagers is that their lager character isn't very clean. It really bugs me. The flavour is good, but it just seems like it's missing the HUGE maltiness like most doppelbocks.

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Photo of arkurzynski
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome back Eisphyre! Pours deep amber brown. Extremely clear, with thin creamy,tan head. Aroma is deep and malty. Mild spiciness. Taste to match. Definately a little more depth and mouthfeel than the Autumnal Fire. Subtle differences. Residual alcohol warmth.

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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 darklordlager
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter a small 1/4" head that recedes to a mere thin layer in under a minute. Color is a clear, dark ruby/amber.

S-An intense bubblegum smell wafts out as it is agitated. Sweet dark fruit, caramel, creme. A bit of underlying alcohol. Interesting....

T-Layers of sweet caramel malt, hint of spice, dark fruit, some bitterness lingers in the background as well. Not incredibly complex, yet very flavourful.

Mouthfeel is syrupy caramel. Huge body with just enough carbonation to make it move along.

Still some of that "crunchy" malt character that the Autumnal Fire has to it, but much more caramel and dark fruit. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but is pleasantly warming.
A nice beer from Capital--great now, probably phenomenal with a year or two of age on it.

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Photo of beertooth
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to acme for giving me this three year old bottle. I poured it into a small snifter.

A very nice faded amber colored body with a thin collar of off white head. There is some spotty lacing as well.

The nose consists of burnt sugar, very sweet caramel malts, vanilla, there's also a tiny hit of dried cherry, raisins, and prunes. It doesn't smell dusty or oxidized at all which is awesome for a three year old bottle with a twist off cap.

The first sip gives me a huge caramel hit, burnt sugar or molasses. Some vanilla sneaks in along with prunes, dates, and other dried fruits and some bitter burnt malt. There is no trace of the avb% and it's not as cloying as I thought it would be from the nose. Pretty tasty stuff, although now that it's warming up I can detect some alcohol and dustiness.

Mouthfeel is rich and full with medium to low carbonation.

This is an extremely tasty beer, but the alcohol is catching up to me fast. I'll be nursing this bottle for the next couple of hours and then call it a night.

Thanks again, Aaron!

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Photo of wcudwight
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jj21.
Mixture of amber and tawny red in color. Nice thick lasting head that is butter colored. Sticky lace in spots.
Huge malty aroma with hint of alcohol. This is one big beer. I'm not sure of the age but there seems to be a hint of oxidation in the aroma. This doesn't detract from it though.
Big sweet and caramel malt flavors. Lot's of fruitness. Grapes, rasins, dates, figs, just a hint of green apple. Alcohol is quite noticable but not overbearing. Alcohol lingers in the finish and becomes more intense as the beer warms.
Nice thick rich mouthfeel.
This is a good beer. I like it. After awhile though, it becomes a bit too big for my britches.

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