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

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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%
 
 
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6
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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 Jeffo
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one many moons ago from a trader I can no longer remember. If it was you, cheers for the brews!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, fizzy, off-white head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a ring only. A slightly hazy maroon red in color with no carbonation evident. A very slight ring remains, but it looks relatively flat by the end.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee, and lots of sugary aromas, especially brown sugar. A hint of red fruits as well. A light alcohol scent as well.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and some nice red fruits up front. Lots of berries and malty, sugary sweetness. Bold and lingering finish of sweet candy, red fruits, some light, bitter hop notes and a touch of alcohol. Flavorful stuff, and quite sweet.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of heat lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: This was a solid brew. More of a doppelbock than an Eisbock, as it really wasn't as boozy as most eisbocks might be, but that is beside the point. Flavorful, interesting and enjoyable, I'd recommend this to anyone. Cheers!

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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.

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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 whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of blackie
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour creates a low, light khaki head that soon disappears to leave just a few bubbles on the surface. The beer is a rich, amber cognac in color.

smell: Upfront I find a deep, rich sweet malty aroma that makes my mouth water. It smells wonderfully of buttery caramel and lightly toasted grains. Notes of mild tobacco and woody Tennessee whiskey are found. There are some hints of dark, sugary fruits. Just a touch of hop aroma and a nice tinge of ethanol sharpness in the nasal cavity.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body somewhat syrupy and on the lighter side of the heavy range.

taste: Rich malty flavors coat the tongue. The syrupy substance of the beer carries with it flavors of dark sugars, sweet tree fruits, and hardwood. Hints of tobacco and oaked bourbon are again found. A pretty sizeable hop flavor is evident, with a lighter bitterness providing the necessary balance. The ethanol is present on just the right level, adding to the character of the beverage rather than detracting from it. Complex and delicious.

drinkability: About as drinkable as can be expected for a beer of this weight.

taken from the fridge of dirtylou while he crunched numbers in a dark room somewhere

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle obtained from markgugs.

Cidery-copper body with a slight pulpy haze. Thick, creamy, dirty khaki head laces very nicely. Rich butterscotch and toffee notes greet the nose. Big butter rum, bread pudding, and brown sugar malts come out with warmth. Soft cooked vegetable twang in there as well.

Slight herbal bitterness up front. Butterscotch and cookie dough malt sweetness soon arrive and take over. Rum, fruit, and more butterscotch/caramel. Spicy, herbal hop bitterness settles in for the finish. Traces of vanilla, leather, and tobacco mingle with leftover sticky malt sweetness in the end. Full bodied and coats the mouth well. Delicious and very drinkable for its strength. Too bad this is retired!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/31/2010. Bottle thanks to Skyview. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, prunes, molasses, brown sugar. Flavor is also quite sweet with many of the same flavors -- molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet malt, plus some vegetal notes. Probably quite good for the style, but I am not a fan of the beer overall as it is much too sweet and heavy for my tastes.

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

12oz bottle acquired in multiple trades (Styles, footbalm & iowaherkeye).

Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, bready, nuts, caramel, and yeast. Tastes of toffee, caramel, dark fruits (plums, raisins and some dark cherries), and nuts. A touch of alcohol warmth in the finish, but no where near the 10%.

Notes from: 3/31/07

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Photo of Deuane
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this one!

A-Deep reddish hued copper with a thin tan film for head, no lace.

S-Super sweet caramel ,alt with a bit of alcohol heat and a nice subtle backing of plum, dried cherries and raisin. A bit of hop spiciness in the background.

T-Super sweet caramel, like a Brach's caramel candy cube melted down and carbonated! Notes of dark fruits, prunes and cherries, with a spicy hop bite. A bit of oak dryness in the end.

M-Medium bodied and SUPER smooth. At no point did this become cloying. Long lasting flavours and spicy hop bite.

D-A really nicely done malt bomb. At first I thought, "Oh, this is a bit too much, I wouldn't enjoy an entire bottle of this." Well, the longer I sipped the more intoxicating it became!
Seriously, I longed for more when I was done with my glass. Also, this is 11% ABV? I mean I knew it would be double digits but I never really though about it. This would make for a wonderful fireside sipper!

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

Bottle courtesy of jj21, thanks again!

I think this bottle is from 2006! Nice.

Pours a deep dark amber color with a very nice cream colored head.

Nose is really grainy, smells kind of like grape nuts, dark fruits, and some bready spices.

Taste is pretty boozy. Nice dry quality up front, spicy, and bready, with some faint sweetness. Finish is were the alcohol really kicks in, very warm, with a nice graininess.

Mouthfeel is quite good, this beer has very good body, really smooth, yet still crisp.

Overall, this is a nice beer. Really complex, and quite bold. I think this beer could easily age a few more years... This has legs to keep going.

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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 ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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 matjack85
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $3.29, so not a cheap beer. That comes to almost $20 a six pack if bought separately. No freshness date.

The beer poured a nearly clear bronze color, but only produced a ½-finger of light tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing at all.

Concentrated malt smell along with brown sugar and molasses.

This stuff is malty to the max. Roasted, almost burnt malt flavor, caramel, hard candy sugar, sweet brown sugar, dark fruits, and a good dose of alcohol make up the flavor profile. No hop flavor or bitterness at all.

This is thick and full bodied with medium carbonation.

I guess it fits the profile for an eisbock, but this being my first one, I have nothing to compare it to yet. Definitely a sipper to be enjoyed slowly and savored.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. This beer departs the bottle a very deep amber color, with a nice thick finger of head over top that really sticks around and runs up the side of the glass as a full coat of lace as it falls. The brew is exceptionally clear, with a nice bubbly carbonation cascading upwards on the sides and in the middle of my glass. An innitial sniff brings solid raisin and deep toasty notes, along with some almost grape-like fruityness. Not concord grape like is in jelly, but more of a red grape that might be made into a nice wine. I enjoy it. Sipping this one brings flavors of deep melanoidans riding over a base of semi-sweet raisin. It definately finishes with a major blast of toasty melanoidans, and a very mild, but noticable, clean hop bitterness that just stays light on the sides of my tongue towards the back of my mouth. The aftertaste is all about melanoidans as well. IT remids me of the crust of a nicely baked French bread. There is just the slightest tell of alcohol in it, but unless you know this one is 11% going into it, you would be surprised to find that out. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick, with a moderate carbonation that makes it a little mroe smooth that it would be with less bubble. This one is truely a nice beer. It has excellent toasty flavors that I like in dopplebocks and eisbocks, along with that nice undertone of dark fruit to give it a kiss of sweetness. The alcohol is barely perceived in the flavor and not present in the nose. This one is not going to last at all in my glass. This is a fantastic eisbock.

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Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

A lava colored, scarletesque, orange, firey, liquid pours from the bottle. Carbonation bubbles make their way up the sides of the Eku 28 snifter. Poured hard to little avail. Not much head at all and what was there disspated very quickly. No lacing prevelant.

Aromas of candied apple, burnt caramel, malty goodness, alcohol, various flowers, cinnamon,black cherry, brandy, blood oranges, and other various fruits. Very complex nose indeed.

Toffee sticks out like a sour thumb in the mouth, some cinnamon bread also, big caramel malt with a slight roasy quality in the finish. Dates, fig, and bing cherry also. Very complex and easy drinking. Not much alcohol comes through in the taste. RS is less than I expected and I like that.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thinner than expected but not in a bad way. The fact that you can't tell it's an 11%er makes this beer a little too drinkable. May find yourself in trouble after a 4 pack of these.

Thanks to nflmvp for the sample.

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

another wisconsin treat courtesy of EliteDigger. thanks scott!

12oz bottle sampled aug 8/2010.

pours crystal clear deep red, bright and fiery with highlights of garnet and orange. the very fine cream coloured head quickly retreats and leaves a bit of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is good. sweet caramel and toffee. rich dark fruit. date, raisin, plum. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. alcohol. hint of smoke.

taste is good. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. dark fruit. date, raisin, plum, bit of fig. caramel and toffee. hints of smoke and dark chocolate. lightly warming alcohol. woody and slightly earthy. medium-low bitterness level. hint of roast. not as sweet as i expected from the aroma.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium-low carbonation level. silky smooth.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced, hiding most of its alcohol with a bit of lingering sweetness as appropriate for the style. good stuff. i'd be curious to see this one after a little time in the cellar.

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Photo of bsp77
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.

Appearance: Reddish copper with thin light tan head.

Smell: Very toasty and fruity, with plum, cherry and light spiciness.

Taste: Pretty sweet, with layers of fruitiness (plum, cherry, and other stuff I can't place). There are some toast, biscuit and spicy hop qualities, which showcase the Marzen-like Autumnal Fire base, but the sweetness and fruits really dominate.

Feel: Pretty smooth, full body for a lager with a fairly clean taste. Just barely dry at the finish, as there is a decent level of residual sweetness.

Overall: Bigger version of Autumnal Fire, but not better, as this is sweeter, friuitier and not as balanced. Still, besting Autmnal Fire is near impossible in my eyes, so this is another great Doppelbock from Capital.

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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 seeswo
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from end 2009, early 2010 (aged around 1 year). Pours a medium reddish brown color with limited head. Oddly enough, I get big banana, along with other dark fruits, caramel, etc. Smells great. Flavor is huge Autumnal Fire, for sure. Big, aggressive malty doppelbock flavor. Tastes like the biggest doppelbock you have ever had. Surprisingly, the tiniest bit of hops poke through the whole process and help somewhat balance out the big sweetness. Carbonation still comes through in the body with a surprisingly reserved sugary mouthfeel (I.e., not as thick as I expected, possibly in a good way). I wouldn't call the beer super drinkable. It is an enjoyable sipper, that is great, but is missing something to be elite.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love that there's a relatively local brewery specializing in doppelbocks. Okay, so this one's not a doppelbock, but it was before they froze it. Bottled 18 Jan 2011, but this is a beer I'd expect to hold up over that time.

Pours a very coppery dark amber, clear despite the dark color. Even an aggressive pour can only coax a thin layer of foam out of it, and that's quickly gone. Nice lacing, though.

Smell is sweet and spicy. Loads of dark fruit (dates), coated in brown sugar, and topped with some chopped hazelnuts, a dollop of alcohol, and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Has that rich sweetness I expect from a doppelbock, just jacked up a little higher. There's a lot going on here, and I like it.

Taste is nuttier and less sweet, with the alcohol even more prominent. Starts out with some of the same malty character, but I don't get the brown sugar, and what fruit there is quickly gives way to a drying slightly bitter alcohol taste.

Medium-bodied, less sticky than I expected. A little on the flat side, though a nice wave of carbonation sweeps through late. Finish is surprisingly dry - perhaps the driest beer I've had at this high ABV.

Smell carries this beer a long way for me, but the flavor just isn't what I want it to be. I want more of the sugary, fruity sweetness to show up when the beer hits my mouth.

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