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
Ratings:
204
Reviews:
162
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
6
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Brunite
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 Oboogie
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DersOne
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Harvey98
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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 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 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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 emyers
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy, beautiful copper-orange color with a thin white head which dissipates quickly.

Smell: Rich malt profile, with sweet caramel malt and bready aromas. Slight earthy hop presence.

Taste: Similar to the smell, with very rich caramel malt and bready characteristics, with hints of dark fruit. Fairly sweet finish, but not overwhelmingly so. Very subtle alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, appropriately low carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: Excellent doppelbock. Not the most complex, but the flavors are developed very well.

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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 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 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 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 mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 03/21/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a brown/reddish mahoghany in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that left medium amounts of lacing. Aromas of sweet toffee, caramel, and breadiness. The flavors were of toffee and caramel up front, followed by biscuit/breadiness, and finishing w/ a touch of booze and candied sugar. Thin to somewhat medium bodied and left clean. I finished my 12oz. bottle w/ ease due to the well hidden ABV.

Overall, this high-test iced version of Autumnal Fire was very impressive! A tremendous American take on a classic German style.

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

Thanks to autumnaldave for the four pack!

Appearance: Clear brown beer with a small bubbled tan head that left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet bread and caramel. The sweet smell of cake seems to be enhanced by what might be vanilla and spicing.

Taste: The upfront flavors are sweet with a finish that dries and leaves hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Caramel is prominent and the hops seem to go along with the sweetness, subtly enhancing it until they are allowed to show their full grace in the finish. The mouthfeel is pleasantly full and the balance here seems very nice. While the beer seems to taste like it contains a good amount of alchol, that still does not overpower the rest of the beer. The balance here between the sweetness and the hop makes this one very drinkable.

Notes: Probably my favorite Capital beer to date. I am impressed by this one. It's very drinkable. I hope they brew this one again in the future.

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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christening my Dogfish Head signature glass tonight! Bottle courtesy of czoch85 - thanks Clint!

A: Somewhat dull, but not without luster ruby body. Lovely two-finger custard-colored head that stays around for awhile, and absolutely fantastic legs.

S: Not too strong. Dark fruit - prunes and raisins.

T: Starts off with some banana, then moves into dark fruit. At the end there's a splash of strawberries. Frankly, I can barely taste any alcohol, and I had to concentrate on finding it to get anything.

M: Velvety and smooth, full without being overwhelming.

D: Quite high. Fairly smooth yet flavorful.

This is a swell brew, though not quite what I expected. I would have liked less of the dark fruit and some more toffee, a flavor I associate with malt complexity. Nonetheless, I am delighted to have tried this, and look forward to seeing how it ages.

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