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EisPhyre | Capital Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 204
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to the label, this brew is akin to Capital's Autumnal Fire but has been "modified, manipulated, and concentrated". I think it loses something int the shift from dopplebock to eisbock; it has a dry finish which masks some of the typical maltiness.

Eisphyre pours a clear caramel brown with a low head. The scent is very subtle, especially for a 9.8 ABV beverage. The alcohol does not interfere with the taste either. The beer starts off with a subtle taste but becomes more pronounced as it warms, maintaining a smoothness throughout.

Autumnal Fire is a tough act to follow, but big beer lovers will enjoy this brew.

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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 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 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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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 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 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 DragYourBone
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After experimenting with the trappists ales from Belgium recently, I decided to take a break and look closer to home - 2 miles away as a matter of fact. I must say that this is by far my favorite Capital brew.

Served in a wine glass - my only other option was straight from the bottle, but I wanted to have a closer look at this specimen...

Appearance: beautful orange-amber hue. 1/4 inch of foam dissipated quickly from time of pour and settled into a narrow bubble film.

Smell: Subtle malts with touches of yeast, citrus. The scents become more pronounced as it warms to room temperature. I don't smell the 11%.

Taste: Velvety smooth. This draft is thick and rich without being chewy. There is no sharpness when it is served cold, and becomes an excellent sipper as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that is creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: A beer for all seasons, but definitely a ripper..I meant sipper.

I'll need to stock up on this one.

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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 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 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 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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EisPhyre from Capital Brewery
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