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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 2 - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 72
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of Big Sound Scotch Ale, 110k+OT Series #2, and Bolita Double Nut Brown, aged in Makers Mark Barrel.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 06-27-2009)
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Photo of Lledd
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2, 2009, bottle 298 of 450

Very dark appearance, not pitch black, but a nearly opaque brown with a quickly settling mocha head, with carbonation you can hear popping in the head.

Wow oh wow, this beer smells great. Up front there are notes of wine and hops. They are blended very nicely with a roasty and chocolatey malt profile. It smells complex and balanced.

Chocolate, coffee, wine. There is a slight booze flavor which is not unpleasant in the slightest. The slight tartness of the wine/grape flavor balances wonderfully with the malts. This is really special. The aftertaste has an authentic whiskey flavor, like you took a shot a couple hours ago.

The body is similar to a bcbs. It's thick but not heavy. The carbonation is small and course, but there isnt too much. There is just a hint of heat in the throat. It feels like it coats your tongue when sipping, but the carbonation keeps it refreshing.

Overall this beer is simply amazing. It has the complexity of a bcbs, but more balanced and refreshing, and with less heat. This is a must have.

Lledd, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cola brown with a very minimal trace of head. The nose is strong and has dark fruits, a hint of sweeter fruits, a strong maltiness and a bit of tannic and leather flavor. The taste is a really interesting, tame blend - those dark fruits and a bit of sweet fruit suggest almost Dr. Pepper blended into a stout (with chocolate flavors) and put in oak. Not as sweet as the description and comes together really nicely. This was split across several people and I wish I could have spent more time with more of the 12 oz bottle. Mouthfeel is bigger with medium-low carbonation. Very good beer that I would love to see replicated.

seeswo, Nov 08, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris! Been. Wanting to try this ;)
Pours a reddish brown. A touch murky. Sme nice light brown head. Looks pretty. Smells malty and rich. Some nice light roast. Tastes rich and malty. A bit boozy and harsh. Sptastes really strong. Sme roast. Maybe light fruits as well. Really enjoyable. :)

Urbancaver, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 2 Bottle 317 of 450 (2009)

My second and last bottle of this delicious brew. First one was shared at a great tasting with beerloco, callmemickey, and a handful of other great BA's last year.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep mahogany boardering on black with a 2 finger mocha crown that displays medium retention and lace.

Smell: Lots going on here indeed. I'm picking up on chocolate, roast malt, molasses, a dark fruit medley, loads of brown sugar, and a hint of caramelization.

Taste: Same as the nose with the dark fruits and the brown sugar getting buried a bit by the oak presence.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with active carbonation.

Overall: Such a solid and enjoyable beer!

koopa, Aug 28, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #226 - Reviewed from notes, tasted in May of 2011.

12oz bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Dark body, purple/brown with a black center. The head is a tiny layer of khaki foam that vanished rather quickly and left no lace behind.

The nose is vinous...dark fruits...roasted malts. Potent smelling...

Wow...this tastes nothing like the nose...coffee, figs, dark chocolate all mix together in harmony! The backbone is woody, oak-like. The finish brings out a nice, warming alcohol burn.

Medium-heavy mouth feel...oily but drying at the finish...lots of carbonation.

Damn fine beer...think Trappist quad meets BA imperial stout.

mgbickel, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I actually have two bottles of this brew, sent to me by my hands-down two favorite traders: uber-trader moose3285 & the superman that is beerisheaven. 12 oz. bottle, 26/450, split into two small servings for my wife & myself.

Pours one notch shy of mid-summer pavement black when the sun has been beating on it all day. Nose is leathery, oaky, vanilla, with a dash of distinctive Cigar City (yeast, water, or something that makes CC beers unique).

Capricho Oscura Batch 2 has held up well; I wish I'd have had it fresh to have a baseline, but beggars/choosers/etc. Leathery vanilla is the dominant feature of this dark landscape, & beneath are all sorts of subtle speckles. Bourbon is present but faded into the 'cycle jacket, dour cherries, dry, dusty, slightly fruity & vinous. The bourbon comes back around holding hands with a charred hunk of oak to make the back-end smooth & slick. This beer is reminding me of James Dean, & I'm wishing I had another six or twelves ounces to keep plumbing it's depths. After almost two years, this beer shows good carbonation, no signs of oxidation; well crafted.

First sip I wasn't sure, but this one grew on me fast; lands between damn good & excellent. Well worth seeking out, one more positive Cigar City notch for me.

maximum12, Apr 24, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with fogdog (awhile back). Thanks Kevin!

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Looks gorgeous off the pour: a quarter inch of light brown foam atop a deep black body. That head slowly descends and settles as a thin cap, and shows excellent retention from there on out. Blanket-like lacing and apparently solid carbonation, as displayed by a frothy bulls-eye on top. Brown shines through the body's edges when the beer's held to light.

Smell: Chocolate creme, caramel, coconut, and salted peanuts. A mild, boozy burn picks up strength as the beer warms, but never becomes offensive. A bit prickly/peppery, too.

Taste: Dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, earth, burnt sugars, and a good deal of booze. Not as intense as the first time I tried it (>1 year ago), but still bold.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, robust, dry, bitter, and warm. About as bold as it gets. Carbonation is fine; moderate in strength.

Overall: Bold and fairly complex, but the aroma and taste just don't do it for me. Interesting though.

ThreeWiseMen, Apr 15, 2011
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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 2 from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.