EisPhyre | Capital Brewery

204 Ratings

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by heyitsbyron on 03-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Thanks to JJ21 for the trade!

Appearance: Deep dark amber and very cloudy. You get a finger of tan head that quickly drops to a thin layer that sticks around for about half the glass.

Smell: Spicy and slightly sweet with a good malty smell mixed in.

Taste: Starts with a nice sweet malty flavor that gives way to the spiciness that was present in the nose. Nice flavor but not as bold as I would like, especially given the 11%.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit syrupy. Pretty much what I expected if not slightly light.

Drinkability: Good beer that feels lighter than it's 11% ABV. Worth a try but not the best Eisbock out there. Needs a bit fuller taste and character but definitely good.

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

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a reddish tinged, deep amber color and shows a brilliantly clear, bright cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma has an immensely rich, concentrated malt aroma to it that seems just characteristic of a Bock. Bready malt notes, sweetly complex grain, green raisins, ample biscuit notes and huge, caramelized, toffee-like malt notes. The alcohol notes are hidden quite well. As the beer warms up the nose starts to suggest at the age of this beer; lightly oxidized with some Sherry notes noticed if you dig around for them.

Sweet tasting, but amply rich enough that it is not cloying. Thick, viscous, chewy, this beer is a meal in a glass; the beer coats the mouth and palate with a velvety texture that is just lightly offset by a medium-full carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable at times in the finish, yet it is pretty darn smooth for such a big beer. The rich, clean malt character is big enough that it evokes thoughts of fruit, despite this being a clean lager, hints of cherries, green raisins and maybe something like dried figs. There is a noticeable hop character here as well with a soft herbal note that runs through the middle and lingers on in the finish for quite some time with a soft hop-bitterness. The hop character is actually pretty pronounced for a Bock / Eisbock, but adds a nice dimension and balance to the dominant malt character. As the beer warms up it picks up suggestions of vanilla, flavors of toffee and a bit more of a vinous quality.

Quite a tasty brew and most definitely a fitting way to close out the night. Not one of those beers that wows me with its greatness, but this is a very good beer; a mellow beer that is just about perfect for those cold, slow nights spent in front of the fire with a good book.

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from JeffKrenner as part of BC2. Thanks!
Poured a deep red, fairly clear, with a short beige cap. Great head retention with plenty of lacing. The aroma was very malty, lots of caramel and toffee with toasty, fresh grain notes. Also a bit of faint alcohol and mild dried fruit. Low bitterness and very malty flavour. Plenty of caramel and dried fruit, a kiss of hops, and vinous alcohol in the finish. Pleasant warmth, medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation made for a good texture. Highly recommended. This is a warm, malty beer - perfect for winter.

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Photo of barrelman
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you DaPeculiarDane for this trade! Opened the package and poured this out into 3 tulips to share with the brewhouse staff. Thank you also cold, December weather for making this possible! At least 1.5 years in the bottle. Maybe someone else can glean a bottling date.

Appearance is constructed of perfect amber hues with a generous amount of head considering the triple pour and high ABV.Great lacing as I get down.

Aroma has me floored (You might have to take anticipation into account). What I first thought was some butterscotch (not my favorite) soon developed into complex caramel maltiness. Caramel, toffee, and dates swirl together with an underlying tone of stollen from my childhood Christmas brunches. Let's hear it for fruit cake!

After thinking that there is no way that the taste can live up to the aroma, I find myself to be correct, but not by much. What I taste is a straightforward punch of malts with no diversion from rich, sweet, textures. Amazing. A slight nip of alcohol burn accentuates the profile and makes the experience even more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is great.

Drinkablility is exceptional. After 1/3 of a bottle, and no lunch, I'm flying. This is an amazing brew from my hometown brewery. It is good to get reacquainted with them. I will save my remaining bottle until the birth of my first child or the birth of the second child of a dear friend.

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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 cokes
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 release hit the shelves recently, and I'm giving it a bit of a vertical test against the first (07) batch.

The striking thing is how shallow the 09 is in comparision. The 07 has continued to grow malty nuance and is even more deeply wrinkled than the notes below. Right now, I'd push the 07 up with some of the best I've had.
The 09 is another story. Simply and caramelly sweet, with a touch of toastiness. It tastes like a thick oktoberfest next to its older brother. I wish I had an Autumnal Fire handy for reference, because it seems simpler even than my memories construction of than.
At first glance, I think the recipe may have changed a great deal between the two versions, but I also remember that it took some time for the 07 to congeal into something special. I hope that happens again, but I have my doubts.

I'm actually increasing my overall rating based solely on the progress of the 07. The 09 is (hopefully) a work in progress, and its rating is pending a long nap. Scored as it is, the 09 gets: 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5...or about a 3.6 overall.

2007 release.
Clear dark amber with a surprisingly healthy and durable off-white cap.
Scented of rum-soaked pears, chewy caramel candies, grain, almond paste, and Cognac.
Into the mouth it flashes a coarse graininess. This is swiftly enveloped by a stewed pear, golden raisin, and date frutiness. Caramel, toffee, and burnt brown sugar seep in and cover everything. Alcohol builds as it progresses, flashing oak-barreled brandy and dark spiced rum heat.
It dons a medium-plus body that presents thinner due to the drying alcohol and sporty, subtle carbonation. It's far too drinkable for its strength, when given the mood for something malty.
I tried this fresh and was somewhat nonplussed. Things have turned for the better. And still, I don't think it has yet totally grown into its shoes. But it's rapidly developing, and another 6 months might find an eisbock that rivals any. If you're hoarding some, crack one open to see how far it has come.

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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 bennetj17
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany colour, hazy with a thin tan head that holds for a moment then fades leaving a nice ring. Very fine carbonation visible throughout. The smell is a mix of rich dark fruit. Plum, apple, and raisin, with a slight floral character and mild spiciness in the background. The alcohol does not appear toos trong here which is nice.

The flavor is strong on caramel, candy-like sweetness, but some nice bitterness serves to balance things out, keeping it from becoming too cloying. Light dryness, only mild astringency as the alcohol again is pretty well kept in check helping along the overall drinkablility. The mouthfeel is moderately thick, and only slightly syrpy. The carbonation is very fine but potent.

I enjoy when big, strong beers maintain some much needed balance. I expected this to be an sugary, alcoholic monster but I was suprised how well it went down. Highly recommended...

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in BIF 49.

This one pours a slightly cloudy apple cider and cinnamon color in my Duvel tulip with just smattering of irregular head.

Smells subtly of over-ripe plumbs and peaches, golden raisins, a slightly sour caramel barley and a distant remnant of cheese burger. There’s also a dry cranberry and ginger Christmas spice sitting atop the aroma. 11%? You’ve got to be kidding me! There’s a masterful job of masking that quantity of booze here.

The flavor is based on a gooey barley that caries with it notes of dry prunes, oak and birch bark. There is then a dry bark and mushroom on top that nestles into sour pin-pricks of CO2. Finishes delicately smooth, dry and neat. Again, the 11% seems to be a joke.

Feels clean but dense with a nice thickening brought on by the carbonation.

Seriously, 11%? I really have to look for it to sniff/taste it out. Well done! This is a terrifically easy to sip take on the style with a clever dryness that adds a lot of balance.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this puppy into my Celebrator glass. Pours a viscous dark tan with a reddish tint. Head rises a bit around half an inch and then settles gently. Aromas are a delicate balance of syrupy sweet, hoppy love and dried plums soaked in brandy.

This brew hits the mouth thick and creamy with a a bit of carbonation. Sweetness rolls down the tongue ushering lots of bold flavors - brandy and tamarind, molasses and dark rum, slow roasted poblanos. Just a hint of alcohol in there and some nice hoppy finish to the end still manages to dry the palate and encourage another sip.

This is one fantastic beer and very drinkable. I cannot believe how tasty this is and drank this way to fast. Wish I had another.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A warm, humid day in early June - unseasonable weather here in Portland. What better beer to crack open than...an eisbock?!? This one was hand-delivered by a fine BA, DaPeculierDane on his recent Portland visit. A 12 oz. screwcap bottle (stamped "1456 07") poured to a snifter.

A: Gorgeous color - the clearest, richest & warmest red-orange; a robust fire-y (or "phyre-y") glow when held to light. Plenty of tiny carbonation rising constantly to a creamy light tan ring. Initially a 3/4" head that faded rather quickly; many spotty beads of lace.

S: Loads of sweetly spiced malts, rum raisins, cherry syrup. Intoxicating smell which hints at the potency of this beer.

T: Reduced cane sugar, almost molasses syrup. A bit of smoke, lots of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon stick). Fruitiness of cherries and ripe plums, juicy raisins. Nice flavors; seems to waver between sticky sweetness and tingly spiciness. I suppose it's well-balanced that way, but it's a flavor profile I'm having trouble defining for myself. Finishes more bitter and is where the dry spiciness & smokiness come through the most.

M: Thick, full syrupiness - the kind that latches on and refuses to let go. Tingly fusel warmth on the lips and cheeks, I'm feeling the alcohol in this one. Texture is laden with carbonation, giving it a zippy, active mouthfeel.

D: This is a hard call; it's a very likable & rich sipper. Though its abv is quite high, it's the type of beer you generally don't want to have multiples of at a time and one you want to sit and savor. That said, I'd love to have this beer again - well-crafted flavor & aroma, nicely complex, a pleasure all-around. Thanks again, Eric, for giving me a chance to try.

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

Thanks to Flyingbison for the trade!

This pours an absolutely gorgeous hue of flame colored orange. Head rises like a crescendo of applause and fades just the same. It's cream colored and leaves behind sheets of lace even though it's long since departed.

Nose is a mass of syrupy rich brown sugar. It smells very nice but isn't all that complex.

Wow, the 11% ABV is totally masked. You can feel a bit of heat as you swallow but other than that, there's zero hint of alcohol in the taste. Very nicely done. Imagine dried fruit wedges glazed with brown sugar and that sums up the taste ... but if you pay attention you'll probably catch a hint of smoke in the finish. There's also just the smallest hint of citrusy lemon there as well.

Heavy whipping cream is the only thing I can think of where the mouth is concerned. It coats the mouth pleasantly and lingers on the tongue long after you've swallowed.

What a delicious beer. I'm so glad I have more!

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

12oz bottle received in a trade this fall, thanks to malthead. No bottle date so age is ?

My first Eisbock, this seems like an interesting and uniquely crafted style. Poured into a pint glass, it pours a clear copper brown with a tall two and a hlaf finger head that falls to a cap of foam.

Smell is of dark fruits along with notable woodiness and fairly strong alcohol. Not a huge aroma but it is nice. Rather vinous.

Taste is rather woody as well, accompanied by a nice fruitiness. Some definite notes of alcohol but its rather well masked. As it warms the alcohol comes more to the front, but it compliments the malty, dark fruitiness nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and warming.

Drinkability is good, this is a tricky beer, though the high ABV will catch up to you. A tasty beer for an icy cold night.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fiery orange-ish red pour with two fingers of airy, bulbous foam. stray bubbles are observed in ascention.. clusters of oval chunkiness cling to the walls of the glass as the head quickly evaporates. i can hear the snap, crackle, and pop of the carbon dioxide fleeing the crisp topper.

sweet malt blast in the aroma.. luxurious.. caramelly with carrot cake and cream cheese frosting accents. hints of black cherry essence swirled into a dulce de leche custard. slightest off hint of baby food, but overall a sensory blast into the sweet oblivion of dessert beer pleasure.

silky body with some carbonation, sips more like a 9er than a 11ish.

sips almost like a belgian quad. layer upon layer of dark fruits, fermented malt madness and residual alcohol blast sweetness. decomposing vegetables meet candied fruits in a battle to the palate death. hints of brown sugar and a brief butter note are welcome factors in the flavor stability. this beer is insanely complex and easily one of the best eisbocks available today. this beer, while experimental, seems completely planned to the 't'. capital struck gold by eis'ing this dopplebock, and hopefully the tradition here will continue for years. i will certainly continue to sell my testicles for 12oz'ers.. although i probably only have one more year left of that before i need to switch up organs.

highly fffing recommended

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Photo of mntlover
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper/amber color mix with a big khaki head feed by small bubbles rising. The head falls slowly and laces well.

Aroma is nice fruity malts mingled with toffee, molasses rich malty big smelling. Figs and cherries mingle with some soft spice and light alcohol notes.

Taste is nice sweet but not over done malts mingled with brwon sugars and fruit cherries, dates fig ect.. Finish is nice and soft light spices mixing in with malty fruit.

Mouthfeel is a big medium about full carbonation is mellow and so smooth.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable brew, not really an eisbock or atleast not like the other two I have had. Seems more like a big kick ass doppel bock with just a touch more malts. What ever it is I want to thank dirtylou for sending it my way, wishing I had a few more to enjoy.

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

Pours an impressive deep amber...incredible nose of sweet vanilla, toffee, caramel, and sweet berries.

Taste nowhere close to being as impressive as the aroma. Malty but not richly sweet....a little sweet berry flavor...mild vanilla and toffee and a good hit of alcohol...

Body is on the light side of full...realitvely creamy and smooth and the alcohol contributes a tight spiciness on the finish.

Overall I expected great things after smelling this but am slightly let down....it's decent enough but not the special beer the nose led me to expect...

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

Courtesy of someone awesome! The aroma is a melange of spiced sweet fruits, perfumey alcohol, pepper and dark cigar wrappers. The body is a lusterous orange red and holds a lasting, thumb thick creamy off white head. The fore has a hard candy kind of flavor to it, but hard candy made from malts and candied oranges. Some light fruit notes appear through the middle and further enforce that hard candy flavor/feel. it’s like those last bits of flavor when you have sucked the candy down to nothingness, but you still have a strong candy concentration. The perfumy alcohol notes appear in the finish and bring a mild alcohol heat. Quite tasty and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy amber with a scant khaki collar in a wide tulip.

Scents become tad boozy with a sweet red candy like Swedish Red fish. Looks like I am in for a treat!

First swigs: Lolipop & cherry instantly front the flavor. Some sweet thick sugar syrup and cherry juice, a touch of NyQuil awl-kee-hawl.Malts are lost a tad, but an eisbock begins to appear.

Feel is buttery oily smooth, with a tad of cloying sugary aftertaste. Dryness is along the lines of a vermouth.

Last swigs: Lolipop eisbock! Hmmm. A tad boozy, even for an eis-er! Megga thanks to BIF DT!!!

Beer is good. Happy eisbock beering.

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

12oz brown bottle, 1456 07 inkjetted on the bottle just above the front label, and I’m not sure if this a date code or something else.

Deep, sparkling coppered amber. Quick fading short, fizzy loose head of soft tan bubbles leaves no lace and just a thin dusting of . A handful of slow shooting carbonation streams are visible. Aromas of toasted malt, spicy dark fruit, mincemeat, and a nudge of alcohol are obvious. A medium-full body filled with toasted malt and a healthy dose of spiced dark fruits, plums and raisins, finishes with a full load of spicy hops melded around a slightly medicinal alcohol edge. The finish is long on the alcohol while being slightly dry. This is amply hopped which compliments the initial fruit sweetness. Starting on the sweet side and finishing dry and crisp. The carbonation is minimal, and it has a sandy-oily mouthfeel. Easily drinkable, and not as full bodied or slick as other eisbocks, but still nice.

Thanks to Stonecrusher for the opportunity.

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

Pleasant eisbock sent in by jpm30 and by flyingbison. Above averge for the style maltiness most pronounced, and the alcohol hidden. Suitable carbonated and easily and dangerously drinkable.

I had a fresh bottle 5 years later, and fruitiness right here. Decent eisbock.ABove average mouthfeel.

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

Very dark and beautiful amber color, with a white head that left very nice lacing. Smell is of burnt caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of toffee. Taste was similar to the smell, but not as good. Nice, thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pretty good, and certainly worth a try. I'll see what some age does to my remaining bottles.

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eisphyre pours a semi-transparent garnet, with one finger of foam that settles to a bubbly skim with some lacing. Mainly a mild caramel malt in the nose.

First quality that's noticeable is it's strength, but not in a bad way. This is a big damn beer, not one to be taken lightly. Silky mouthfeel, the alcohol is present, but well integrated. This tops the Autumnal Fire, by it's sheer power, moreso than by taste.

Taste is caramel malt, fruity in the first sip, but not after that. A bit of grainy hops. Not really any roastiness, or subtlety. It gets points for hiding the alcohol though.

One 12 oz. was enough for me, going to put the other one in the cellar for awhile...

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