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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Added by WastingFreetime on 10-05-2011

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Hoolie5
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of scaliasux
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
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 PlacementSix
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of NickBus
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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 mkaili
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strix
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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 wisrarebeer
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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 danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 jdkitchi
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 adman08
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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 dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 WastingFreetime
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most of the info I gleaned about this one comes from their official webpage on the beer, but the synopsis on this one is as follows:

This is their 25th anniversary celebration beer, more specifically the first rendition (2011 vintage) of it, because the future plans are to set aside about 60 barrels worth of this brew each year for blending with a new, different doppelbock recipe and than bottling, releasing to the market but also setting aside 60 barrels worth of the new blend, re-lagering, and repeating the process yearly. I vaguely recall such a thing might be called "vertical brewing"...

So basically, this will be a vintage beer, theoretically each year being a mutation based off the previous year. And so now we come to the "birth beer" as they have christened it over at Capitol is a blend of Autumnal Fire and something new they called "Imperial Fire" that was ramped up with candi sugar.

Pours out jewel-clear red-tinged amber with perky carbonation, a two finger fluffy white head that dissolved in about three minutes but did not leave behind any lacing... The body seems slightly thinner than the Autumnal Fire, and in retrospect is the most off-putting aspect of the brew that I could nitpick at...but only as a minor nitpick, mind you. Smells of faint plums floating over the top of a swaggering flurry of brown and candi sugared oktoberfest malt scent that doesn't smell as alcoholic as you think it would, what with being 9.1% ABV and all. No, instead, I just get that ABV dealt to me as a slowly rising lingering warmth in the back end of the sip, just how I like my high ABV brews to treat their boozey aspects! And speaking of taste, this is a rather well crafted malt bomb, it comes across to the palate as sort of a 'streamlined / deconstructed Autumnal Fire' in which (by objective comparison to my memory of Autumnal Fire) the bready flavors are muted but the aspects of vinous / sherry notes are amplified, with an exciting leathery accent that I fervently hope will amplify with cellaring. (One can only hope.)

Now realize that one year from now, the next mutated vintage will have been released. Let's try to keep all our reviews of this one as it changes underneath this entry so that we can keep the database nice and clean and tidy, OK? (Just mention what year its from in the future reviews)

We are going to be lucky enough to witness beer-volution as it happens, and I for one am excited to see what will come out of this delicious experiment.

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Eternal Flame from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 89 ratings