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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
82 88 76 3 22 26
EisPhyre by Capital Brewery
Eisbock
9.80 % ABV


 
Review by tavernjef on 11/10/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
Firey dark orange. Big frothy top of fluffy tannish foam thats unlasting to the point of a mere minute, if that. Keeps a solid collar present and laces the glass in thick stings and some spots.

Aroma is super plump and inviting with a malt display that equals most of Capital's bigger bock beers. Ample red apple, some soaking dark cherry, mild melon, toffee, and berries. All swirling about with a rich dullness like that of fruit salad spritz with a bit of ethonalic heat.

Mild taste without as much complexity as the nose but has lasting malt flavors sinking in slowly as it tends to get deeper and richer towards the finish. Among the maltyness is some favorable toffee soaked breadyness mixed with dark fruityness of cherry, molasses, dates, and a touch of nuttyness and rounded off candied melon in the close.

Feel is bold, big, and malty. Rich tones of malt grabbing smoothness with a sliding little thick stickyness to its girth. Alcohol is hardly evident as it glides right down with ease. Just a pinch of carbonation on the tongue towards the front end and mellows from there with the malts making their way across the palate.

A solid effort by Capital; right up there with most of their other big bock beers.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 15 4 8 2006
12oz bottle
2006 Vintage

This is yet another beer that hoppymeal managed to knock off my "wants" list, thanks Derek! Eisphyre is a dense liquid with the rusty tones of an apple cider. The body glows ruby when backlit and shows there's a little haziness throughout. A somewhat aggressive pour yields a finger's worth of yellowed head that fades to a swirling with a thick collar. The collar is small but leaves behind some impressive drink lines after each sip.

The nose shows a lot of fruit with a big bold caramel background. Cherries, plums, dried pineapple, slightly under ripe peppery banana and a random mix of other fruits make the nose big and complex. Caramel and honey is big and bad offering up big sweetness to the aroma but a fairly clean somewhat fruity alcohol cuts the sweetness to keep it in line. When this beer nears room temperature it picks up a clean raw graininess.

The flavor brings even deeper complexities than the aroma suggested. The clean graininess is the first thing to pop on the tongue before the big caramel sweetness takes over. The concentrated caramel maltiness leads the way front to back while all the fruit mentioned in the aroma show up one after the other. The cherry sweetness makes the biggest impact of the bunch.

The carbonation is lively enough to create and airy feel on the tip of the tongue but quickly fades out and lets the oozingly thick body coat the tongue. The swallow brings clean alcohol that seems to cut through some of the sweetness and makes for a nice body.

For the sheer size and density of this beer the drinkability is good. The sweetness could be a little much if venturing beyond one bottle but never catches up with only one.

This beer has been on my "wants" list since day one and I finally got the chance to give it a go. The sweetness is big but the fruitiness and depth more then make up for it. Thanks for the bottle Derek!

Reviewed: 11/6/08

Served In: Pilsner Glass

Review by Digger on 11/19/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 8 19 5 9 2009
Think Autumnal Fire concentrate...basically what it is. Nice huge malty characteristics...and smooooth as a baby's bottom for how big the ABV is. Definitely buying more of this...

Price: $3.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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