tnkw01 (1858) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2015 Frank (4267) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Eisbock is one of the rarest beer styles due to the expense of producing them and there are only a few examples where you really get to taste the difference between the original beer and the iced version such as you do w/ Autumnal Fire and Eisphyre. Now, Autumnal Fire, is a very fine dopplebock. It’s not quite traditional but it is true to the style in spirit w/ very vibrant malty notes. I enjoy it anyway. Eisphyre is similarly good but if anything the icing is a lateral move rather than strictly an improvement. Nice browninsh read color, lasting white head of medium bubbles that leaves lace behind in patchy sheets. Fresh malty nose and flavor which is balanced and just slightly boozy. I am not sure if the malt character here doesn’t lose something in the icing process but, to be sure, the mouthfeel is absolutely wonderful, creamy w/ very fine carbonation. On the sweet side but not at all stick. Lovely malt-centric brew and an interesting experience.
Bottle. Hazy, amber color. Small head. Aroma fruit cake, dried fruit, raisin, malt.. Taste is fruity, slight sweet, very fuller body. Some alcohol after taste. TNT. nimbleprop (9059) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2015
12oz bottle pours a hazy, deep amber with some cloudy, white head. Nose has raisin, rum, a little cakey, malt, chestnut honey, apples and pears. Tastes very yeasty, poached pear, baked apple, candy sugar, some sumac. Full bodied, boozy finish. ibrubeer (435) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2014
12 oz bottle. Aroma is malty, and a little sweet. Cookie is orangish-red, cloudy, with very little head (off white, disappears fast). Flavor is very malty, a little bready, sweet. Very full bodied. Overall, a very good dopplebock! TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2014
This one was a little boozy for me, they didn’t hide it well. Very hot fresh. The alcohol has now calmed a bit. Sweet on the nose with some toffee. Bready and caramel on the palate, not much going in the way of the hop profile. MarinEvelyn (852) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Been aging in the ’cellar’ for a year.
Barely any head. Aroma is very sweet, malty, like fruit/floral, I’m not quite able to pick it out. A little sugar.
Flavor is similar, but definitely stronger malt/sweet taste. Smooth, just barely dry finish.
jjgmd (2316) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle from Archer Liquors, Chicago, pours a hazy orang color with no head. Nose is strong alcohol , malt and heavy caramel. Taste is sweet, with deep malt and caramel as well. Very drinkable and quite warming. Finish is sweet and moderately long. Nice, quaff score 8 / 10 DrewFace (970) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Pours a very hazy reddish light brown color with no head. Some sweet malt aroma with caramel. Flavor of caramel and red wine notes. Medium-heavy body with low carbonation. Homer321 (5270) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Pours with no head. A few large bubbles. Nose is strongly malt nor much else. Flavor is the same. No hop presence. Very flat mouthfeel. Not a fan. Overall lifeless and weak
---Rated via intercellular device islay (3299) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2013
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 2-27-13. Juicy aroma features red grape juice, plum/prune, caramel, and toffee scents. Pours a clear, brown-ish copper with a moderate amount of slow-rising bubbles. Produces a small to moderate amount of taupe head and good lacing. Sweet and boozy taste features pitted fruit bitterness. Prune, port, leather, caramel, and vanilla flavors. A hint of lemon sharpness. The taste improves upon multiple sips as I increasingly appreciate the complexities. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Moderate to heavy body. Thick, silky, and smooth in the palate. Overall, Eisphyre is a sophisticated brew. BelgianBeerGal (4304) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Traded bottle. Cool concept taking a doppel and "eising" it down. Definitely an lagery, eisbock nose with notes of caramel and a touch of booze. Pretty classic eisbock flavor too: tons of molasses and brown sugar and a boozy finish. Thanks for not taking the 10 ABV over the top too. Well done in an underrepresented category.