Eternal Flame | Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has some real fruit elements to the nose, plum to cherry, some spice, malt is much further back. Pours brilliant red tinted amber under a dense, pure white finely bubbled, persistent 2” white foam cap. The palate is very malty with toffee to caramel, raisin, leather, plum, and a suspicion of port. It is chewy, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agreed with other assessment - this is not the "dobblebock" I expected. Granted, when I asked for a taste if it (before buying a full snifter of it), I was td by the bartender that it is a habanero stout. That being said, this is a great beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of chocolate and sweet, nutty, lightly roasted malt in the aroma. Flavor is roasty and chocolatey, with a kick of heat at the back of the throat. Was billed as a dopplebock, so the chilis were a surprise. Fairly spicy, but the malt character is very pleasant. I really wish I could try the base beer without the spice. It's a touch hot for my palate. And it's really not a dopplebock.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in Duvel tulip glass.

Leave it to modern humans to take a cool metaphor and turn it into a comparatively meek concrete expression of remembrance. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sienna-topaz topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted rye bread, maple syrup, candied orange peel, mild booze, a hint of fennel, and what seems like a pinch of clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more fennel, a more darkly-toasted bread component, some mild notes of red apple skin, and an increased feel of booze, which nearly comes off as too much for its own good. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a mostly solid d-bock, though a bit too boozy for my tastes.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Thanks Tom.

The beer is murky amber with a thin, off white head. The aroma offers fruits, sweet malt, alcohol. Plums and booze in the flavor. Medium bodied and a bit harsh in the finish. Needs some refinement and could be gentler on the palate.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Capital Eternal Flame. Capital Brewery Company, Middleton, WI.

Clear, crimson coloring, very small head.

Aroma: sweet and malty, a little woody, some oak? Very mellow and balanced, while still sweet, just a little fruity.

Taste: Plump and juicy malt flavor. Sweet and succulent. Raisins and figs and apple. Just plain ol' yummy-yum. Good balance, but leaning heavy on the sweet malty side. And the booze comes rolling in. 9% won't stay quiet.

Let's take a break and read the label, shall we?
"Capital Square Series. Welcome to generation two of the evolving flame concept. In addition to Autumnal/Imperial Fire blend, we've added a BIG, smoldering delight, christened Jacked Maibock. Join us for a walk on the intensely malty side."

I like the name, I love the art on the bottle. That's a crazy looking bird! And the beer is quite nice, as well. Big, fat and malty, sweet and full, molasses and raisins, dark rum, and other delights. Tasty stuff. A lovely nightcap.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 big bottle

A: very nice copper-brown color, very little head when poured, clear
S: sweetish, rounded, chocolate, very moreish
T: I really like this beer, it's a classic doppelbock with a few % in ABV added, rounded roast malt, the right amount of hops, some caramelized malt, and a bit of hotness to round out the swallow
M: rounded, very drinkable, a beer that could really catch you by surprise

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Photo of NickBus
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma - Medium-high peat aroma with lots of dark fruit notes. (Raisins, plums.) High AVB evident. Medium to medium-high caramel, toffee and bready malt aroma. Low earthy hop aroma comes out more as it warms to room temperature.

Appearance - Amber with ruby highlights. Almost no head except for a tiny ring of bubbles in the center. High clarity.

Flavor - Caramel and toffee hit you first, then dark fruits. Bready with some toasty notes as well. Nice rich, complex malt profile. Surprisingly little alcohol warming. Sweet, but not overly sweet or cloying. Not much there in the way of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, bordering on medium-high. Very smooth, with moderately low carbonation.

Overall - Not much to complain about. I actually wouldn't mind a slightly fuller body and even a little darker malt, but overall this is an outstanding doppelbock.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass, the appearance was a murky brown color with a slight off-white head crowning the beer. A smooth malty aroma radiated from the beer with a hint of discrete smokiness. The eternal flame name seems appropriate. The initial taste was a delicious combination of sweet fruit with a pleasant level of booziness. Notes of toffee, biscuit, and brown sugar are also detectable. Even with a 9.1 ABV, the alcohol is well masked. This beer goes down easy. In the aftertaste, the fruit and alcohol seems to grow sweeter as it warms the throat. The thickness of the beer allows it to linger nicely at the back of the throat. Doppelbock are among my favorites styles. Capital has been solid in producing their line of Doppelbocks.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet glass.

Appearance- Dark orange with a small amount of white head the dissipates into a very thin layer.

Smell- Lots of sweet fruit and a big boozy note.

Taste- Big bready doppelbock. You get a sweet boozy finish but not harsh at all.

Mouthfeel- On the heavier side of medium with great carbonation that makes for a good mouthfeel.

Overall- A well done doppelbock that has lots of bready and boozy notes. A pretty easy drinker for a doppelbock also.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single.

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, hazy copper-amber body, 1/3" beige cream head with light lace

smell: huge malty nose - caramel, bread, dough, toffee, butterscotch

taste: Capital is a strange brewery that has degraded somewhat in consistency in the past few years. If there's one thing that they consistently knock out of the park, its the doppelbock. Eternal Flame is a cool story, but in a lot of ways its just another variation of autumnal fire. That said, this is a very good beer - a silky smooth malt bomb - caramel, toffee, dough, toasted bread, brown sugar, maple.

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, on the light end of medium

overall: solid stuff

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

The Eternal Flame is a fairly massive doppelbock from Capital, bringing the caramel and rich brown bread flavors to, perhaps, their zenith. The drawback of such a rich beer with high ethanol is that the head retention is poor, and somehow the body came out needing a bit more carbonation to propel the aroma and beer in the palate. That being said, this is an interesting concept of blending doppelbocks, and I'm curious to see what future installments are like.

Pours a 0.75cm head of small, off-white bubbles that lasts a few minutes before settling to a thin ring around the glass and a few large islands of residual foam atop the body. The descending head leaves no lacing. Body is a transparent caramel-amber color, giving off a reddish-orange hue when held to the light. Some carbonation is visible, slowly making its way to the top of the glass.

Aroma appears after some strong agitation of my glass (without the agitation to stir up the carbonation/head, the beer is rather lacking in aroma). The beer gives off fairly intense caramel and dense, sweet bread aromas with a bit of ethanol in the back.

Opens with flavors of sweet caramel malts, some very rich sweet bread, and esters of dried fruits (in particular Calimyrna figs and dates). Mid-palate reinforces the taste of deep layers of caramel malts, which really expand to the heights of the style here. Added to the caramel are flavors of brown sugar and dried brown figs. Closes out with continued sweetness, a slight hint of noble hope bitterness, and a small note of ethanol. Aftertaste is expectedly sweet and has traces of caramel.

The beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with fairly subtle carbonation throughout. A bit more carbonation would be useful to help this move along the palate; as it stands, it's a bit sluggish in that regard. Pleasant close with just a gasp of ethanol, the 9% is barely noticeable on the throat and nostrils. Finishes with a dry and sticky mouthfeel, from the residual sugars.

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Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Clear, medium amber color with a peripheral crescent moon of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains and sheets of fine bubbles rise along the walls of the glass.

S: Spirituous toffee from the large malt contribution is further enriched by the lofty bready backbone. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins fairly sweet, with soft syrupy caramel that is refined to the point of understatement. Acidity is mild into the middle where dynamic spirituous qualities begin to take shape. Flavors turn boozy in the finish, but not off-putting.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate where alcohol warmth is appropriate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Refinement seeps from the pores of this beer, its simultaneous smoothness and heady alcohol qualities make it effortless to slowly sip. If anything it becomes too subdued, although such a comment seems a little unfair for a lager, even if it is a strong lager.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bright auburn with just skiff of head and that dies almost immediately.

What aroma there is is fine but there just isn't much there. What I can make out is sweet and caramely but that's about all I can say about it.

The flavor is drier than I expected but that's not a bad thing. Some caramel or toffee in there along with some bitter orange. Mostly, though, it's a little watery and non-descript - odd considering its parentage.

The mouthfeel is very nice. If there were more flavor the carbonation would cut through it just fine. The alcohol does a little drying but not badly.

Overall, nothing special. Certainly nothing as nice as Autumnal Fire! I'd pass on this one if it were offered again.

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Photo of jsh420
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear burnt orange with a small 1/2 finger head that faded to a film and left no lacing

smells of boozy apples caramel toffee nutty malt

taste is just like the nose but the i think the booze is a little too much and over shines the malts that are not as rich as the other doppels capital makes - malts are less caramel and more bready

mouthfeel medium light body - over carb boozey bite without a dry finish is not smooth and not good

overall - big let down after from capital maybe 6months will help - good thing Autumnal Fire is still on the shelf and Blonde Doppelbock will be out soon enough

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Photo of scaliasux
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Medium copper-amber. Opaque. Thin just off-white head.

Smell - Very rich malt. Caramel and dark fruit, prunes or raisins. A hint of alcohol.

Taste - Sweet rich malt. Fruity - prune or raisin character quite prominent - and some brown sugar or molasses. Clearly quite a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Smooth.

Overall - Fantastic, a perfect beer for slow sipping on a late autumn evening.

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Photo of steveh
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't sure I'd find this south of the Cheddar Curtain, but there it was -- in an out-of-the-way store -- just hadda.

A -- A clear, copper-amber color with a very dense, firm, light tan head.

S -- Bready, yeastiness up front with some light caramel back and some peppery alcohol peeking through. Even some light earthiness back. Even some mild spicy hops back.

T -- Rich, sweet, almost buttery - without being diacetyl, character up front. Mildly spicy hops in the end, and very, very peppery alcohol in the finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a full body and very dry finish.

O -- Okay, I really want to like this beer, but it's almost over-attenuated to the point that all the flavor is fleeting and you're left with a very dry finish that is sort of flat and characterless. I may have to try another (on a different night) and possibly revisit my review, but I honestly think I like the regular Autumnal Fire best.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fiery scarlet red hue to this one. Thin beige head. Minimal lace. Huge rich malty nose. Caramel and toffee explode in rich wafts of beer goodnes. Smooth velvety mouthfeel with rich flavors of malt....crystal/caramel based malts....double decocted malt goodness. Similar to the Autumnal Fire, but different in a way. Hard to place a finger on it but to try maybe a little more candy like presence in the sweetness. Very good dopplbock. Looking forward to future creations from this base beer. Alcohol is barely perceptible.

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Photo of Strix
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear orange, decent head, but didn't stay long.

Smells sweet and malty, big Oktoberfest-type smell, I'm also getting pumpkin pie for whatever reason.

Huge sweet malt flavor, with caramel, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, wood, and mint. Complex and tasty.

Medium-thin mouthfeel, but it works nicely here.

This was very drinkable (wouldn't have guessed 9%) and very flavorful. All Capital's big bocks blur together in my mind, but they are all quite tasty. It will be interesting to see what this series produces down the road.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the concept of this beer and its future, but I have to admit, the future batches for this beer are a bit confusing. Let's see how this "birth" batch is.

Pours a coppery color with a thin yet creamy head of foam that leaves some acceptable lacing.

A nice malty sweetness is present in the nose along some spiciness and earthy hops. A touch of a vegetal aroma in there too.

Mirrors the nose pretty well. Malty sweetness, brown sugar, a little maple syrup. Spice and earthiness from the hops. A little warm alcohol comes through also.

Very smooth with soft carbonation. Maybe just a tad under carbonated. Dry finishing with some warmth from the alcohol.

I enjoyed this one. Nice drinkability and an excellent cool weather beer. It will interesting to see how the future of this beer will turn out.

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Photo of drpimento
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. With an aggressive pour I got a small off white head that quickly settled down to a ring and no lace. Color is a very lovely, clear, red orange amber with a couple of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is great upon opening with an immediate whiff of sweet malt. Out of the glass are also caramel, toffee, fruit, and a very slight hint of butterscotch. Flavor is similar to nose with an excellent balancing effect from carbonic tang and bittering hops. Body and carbonation are decent. Finish is like flavor with also a little banana, of good length, and some alcohol at the very end.

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Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clean and clear deep amber/red with a thin ring of off white head.

The smell is very bready and sweet with a big hit of brown sugar and molasses.

The flavors are sweet and malty with a bit of sourdough, toffee, and brown sugar all making appearances. Has a bit of a light minty bit of earthy hops in the finish, almost enough to bring back a little balance, but not quite.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily.

A decent doppelbock, maybe a bit syrupy and sweet, and not and improvement on the great autumnal fire, hopefully the future iterations are more interesting.

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Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys love to make Doppelbocks. I think this is three kinds I have had.

I poured this and found it to have a nice clear auburn body with a very light tan head.

Immediately, I was overwhelmed with a really strong candy and syrup smell. Things calmed down a little and now it is a caramel and roasted malt nose. The head has left a little lace and a good ring around the side.

This is about 45F and about right. Taste is very strong with roasted malts and caramel and brandy. I also notice some fruits like apricot. This is a pretty sweet beer with an almost sticky mouth feel. As with the smell, things seemed to calm down a little after a few minutes in the glass. It ends up being a very balanced flavor and the mouth feel also improves. Somehow, the mouth feel turns out a little dry after all that up front sweetness in the beginning. I don't notice any alcohol up front. This is a pretty good representative of the style but one at a time is enough for me. A couple German examples make it difficult for me to put this in the same league, but it is still a good offering.

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Photo of adman08
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear copper color with a very small amount of head that fades quickly.
S-The aromas are fairly strong and complex. The initial smells were very sweet and fruity but as the beer gets some air a very strong aroma of vanilla is apparent. There is still some slight cherry aroma and some alcohol.
T-Initial flavor is very sweet and fruity but as with the aroma this changes quickly to flavors of primarily vanilla with some cherry sweetness, strong alcohol, slight toasted malt and finishes with just a hint of bitterness and caramel.
M-Thick with very light carbonation, slightly sticky. Starts very sweet and finishes slightly dry.
Overall, I really enjoy this beer. I love the sweetness, I love the smooth vanilla flavor and aroma. I think it's a very good dopplebock and possibly the best beer I've ever had from Capital, Eisphyre being my other favorite.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I think if I had to rank them in order of best to worst it would be...1. Autumnal Fire 2. Eternal Flame 3. Eisphyre since they are all similar beers and Capital even markets the fact that they are. We will see if my scores reflect that once this one is plugged into my profile.

On a side note, some of my buddies criticize Capital for all of the beers tasting basically the same. I can see some validity in what they say as I do have a hard time differentiating between some of their beers but I like the taste of most of them and like I said above, in this case, they market the fact that the three in the "fire" series are all similar. I fully plan on cellaring at least one of these to compare from year to year as Capital releases a new version of Eternal Flame every year.

When I poured the brew into my glass, it reminded me more of Eisphyre than Autumnal Fire. It was a clear/copper/reddish pour but it didn't look like it had much body.

The smell wasn't much when I first poured it but as it warmed, it smelled malty and boozy.

The only other review on BA right now talked about how the alcohol slowly crept in at the backend of a sip. I totally agree with that. I first tasted a harsh maltiness and not much else and then the alcohol hit me pretty hardcore.

I don't think I liked this as much as I hoped and I didn't like it as much as Autumnal Fire BUT it was still a pretty substantial beer and I really look forward to sampling the future versions....

EDIT: Well it looks like my scores reflect the fact that I actually still prefer Eisphyre over this offering BUT I still think in the future I will purchase more EF than Eisphyre because of the whole evolution process from year to year....ah marketing...

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Eternal Flame from Capital Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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