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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 2 - Cigar City Brewing

Capricho Oscuro - Batch 2Capricho Oscuro - Batch 2

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%


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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Lledd

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:28:47 | More by Lledd
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seeswo

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 12:49:50 | More by seeswo
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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. :)

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 17:41:52 | More by Urbancaver
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koopa

New Jersey

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 17:52:59 | More by koopa
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 20:39:58 | More by mgbickel
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maximum12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:39:38 | More by maximum12
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ThreeWiseMen

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 05:56:30 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, sent summer 2009 by Dstructo. White label on the neck: Batch #2 --- 2009 --- 339/450. Poured to a small La Chouffe tulip, right to the 250ml line.

It's chilly outside, it's Friday, and I just cleaned house for a few hours. This bottle has waited patiently in the fridge for many months; tonight, why not?

A: Dark charcoal/ebony, though not quite 'black'. Held to a strong light, there's a little tawny auburn tint and a dusting of fallout, but also loads of streaming carbonation. Decent head, a sandy beige that can't quite reach a finger high but holds as a skim with thickened edges. Sheeting lace in wide rings, drips like icicles.

S: Wafting aroma that's sweet and spicy, bourbon/barrel notes aplenty without being overbearing. Cocoa and brown sugar sweetness, candied raisins.

T: A strange and wonderful blend of sweet and slightly peaty/smoky scotch, cocoa and carob, dessert-like (dutch apple pie?).Vanilla and some char (thanks, Makers Mark!) and so much ground spice. The subtlest tartness in the finish, a pleasant citric tang.

M: Smooth and tightly-carbonated feel, not so heavy... let's call it a 'medium' body. A little chewier as the sipping continues, some malt stickiness , too.

D: Even two years ar so after bottling, still surprisingly 'hot' - about as boozy as an aged Goose Island Bourbon County although not nearly as sweet. No idea of the ABV here, but it certainly 'feels' STRONG (11-14%?), as such it's nothing beyond a sipper. Flavors are so good, though, that it's highly recommend for lovers of strong beers. Would love to have another, but as there were only 450 bottles produced two years ago, I'll bet there aren't many left.

Thanks, Ryan, for the chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:59:26 | More by msubulldog25
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blend of Big Sound Scotch Ale, 110k+OT Batch 2 (IRIS), and Bolita Brown. Aged in Makers Mark Barrel.

The appearance of this beer an phenominal. Very creamy head with lots of sticky brown lacing. Head rentention was low but it looks fantastic.The aromas of this beer from the start are great. Whiskey is definitly prevalent from the begining as well as vanilla and chocolate. The taste may be a little off. A tad sourness on the backend but nothing to mess the beer up. Great Chocolate, coffee, and bourbon flavors. A very easy drinking stout like blend

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 22:08:21 | More by CampusCrew
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate, fairly fresh bottle.

Bottle from Hopscotch. First beer I've had from this much talked about brewery. Pours a deep espresso with a nice soapy burnt sugar head. Nose is heavy on roasted espresso. Quite a bitter and roasty aroma, though inviting and nice. There's a rich, vinous element in there that reminds me of the best bottles of Worldwide Stout. Really thick and rich in the mouth. Large roasted coffee bean presence. Coffee cream. Not as burdensome as most imperial stouts, though similar in its bitter chocolate espresso heft. Bourbon is well-integrated and not as annoying as I thought it might be. This is really nice and this brewery definitely seems to do this style well. Not mind-blowing but very nice indeed. Drank from a small brandy snifter. Thanks dude!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 03:20:52 | More by JAXSON
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Courtesy of mothman. Pours a dark brown color with a nice frothy tan head that settles nicely. Holy bourbon/whiskey notes in the nose, pretty boozy smelling. The whiskey notes dance around throughout the entire drink of this beer along with dark roast, sherry, and hints of oak. Medium mouthfeel. Ends with a lingering boozy slightly sweet taste. As it warms the roast really comes through nicely. Pretty enoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:17:45 | More by kbutler1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2 409/450

Poured into CCB snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Decent retention with some splattered lace. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Whiskey all the way. Big malt profile. Toffee, caramel, chocolate, roast malts, vanilla, and some dark dried fruits. Pretty nice. Big warming whiskey flavor rocks.

Taste: Again, big whiskey flavor to start things out. Very oaky with vanilla, caramel, chocolate, roast malts, and dark dried fruits. Plums, molasses, and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with notes of whiskey.

Overall, a really nice whiskey bal aged beer. Very warming in a good way. It is fairly drinkbale as well. I am enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:16:34 | More by mothman
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mdfb79

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting. Bottle 2/450.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells a little bit funky, and has a lot of spice to it. Also some whiskey, oak, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of spices, whiskey, oak, and fruit.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

d - A decent beer but I personally preferred Batch 3. Either way I would try again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 21:56:51 | More by mdfb79
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 'kitchen sink' of beers. Every flavor imaginable is represented and in seamless fashion.

The beer pours a weighted and dark brown color and viscocity. Low levels of carbonation release a low-lying but dense head that forms a sheet across the beer and holds serve. Moderate lacing left behind. Basically opaque.

Complex aromas of licorice and red grapes give an estery start while toast and chocolate follow closely behind. Throw in the dates, cherries, figs, plumbs, prunes, and raisons and we have a lot of fruity variants. Light tones of sherry and soy give a mature and well-cellared impression to the scent.

Flavors of the sweet sorghum-like malts provide the perfect spring board for all of those esters and grain-diriven fruits. Toffee and slightly scorched sugars give a deep complextion to the aged melanoidin character of the beer. Rum-soakes stone fruits continue the estery on-slaught with emphasis on the grapes and plumbs. Blackberries also make an impact in the finish along with the sherry vinous character.

A weighted and full feel begins the beer because of richness of the beer and the low carbonation. Regardless, the beer fades quickly into a drying maltiness that eventually foregoes the toasty, powdery textures for a fleeting sweetness.

Absolutely delicious, Capricho Oscuto has a few of the intangibles that make Rochefort 10 so great, including the melanoidin and complex fruity notes.

Thanks RomaniIt!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 07:23:54 | More by BEERchitect
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rye726

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend of Big Sound, Bolita and 100K+OT #2 aged in a Members Mark whiskey barrel.

Pours a dark, muddy mahogany with a silky tan head. Excellent lace and retention.

Nose has whiskey, oak, vanilla, roasty malts, molasses, caramel and ripe pitted fruits.

Taste has candy malts, cocoa, espresso, bourbon, vanilla and wood.

Rich, velvety is delicately carbonated. Just a bit thin through the finish. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 02:24:53 | More by rye726
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one awhile back. Shared at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary.

A: The pour is a muddled brown color with with very little in terms of head.

S: There is a surprising amount of fruitiness to the nose, mostly of the stone variety. I also pick up plenty of barrel character in the form of vanilla, oak, and leather.

T: A nice balance of the whiskey component and caramel, vanilla, and the subtle, underlying fruit flavors (a lot of cherries). On top of all that, a bit of roast and perhaps even chocolate. A really complex flavor profile.

M: A medium bodied beer with a somewhat subtle carbonation that does prick the tongue a bit.

D: A really interesting beer from CCB and one that I enjoyed quite a bit. Lots of different flavors going on here and not too much in terms of detectable booze.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 17:46:05 | More by womencantsail
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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, near black pour with a thin tan head.

S - Vanilla & bourbon notes dominate the aroma. Hints of tobacco & leather.

T - Roasted malts, vanilla, & caramel. Leather and tobacco still present, but takes a back seat to the rich complex roasted malt character.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky.

D - Truly enjoyed this beer. Would like to try again with the whole bottle by myself.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 13:26:53 | More by muttyd
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and Heather at a recent tasting. Big thanks to ahatcher78 for the bottle.

A: Very dark brown with a nice tan head and pretty good lacing.

S: A good amount of bourbon alongside caramel, sweet brown malt, vanilla, and bits of dark fruit.

T: Very similar to the smell, with a bit of molasses sweetness coming through as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and not much of a hint of alcohol.

D: Quite drinkable. Not much of an alcohol presence and fairly complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:28:09 | More by Thorpe429
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bmanning

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe429 for including this in a tasting.
A: Pours dark dark brown with thin tan head
S: There is a lot of bourbon in the aroma - it's pretty harsh and earthy with lots of dark fruits, tobacco, and leather in the background.
T: Taste is better than the smell. The bourbon flavor isn't quite as strong, and the base beer (Big Sound I can definitely taste) comes through with a nice maltyness. What surprised me about this beer was the huge cherry flavor - where did THAT come from? It's not a cherry syrup, but rather a nice tart cherry that compliments the vanilla and oak from the barrels.
M: Good mouthfeel, but it's a bit on the thin side. Goes down smoothly though without much heat.
D: This is definitely a sipper and the 12oz bottle split 4 ways was plenty.
Overall I really like the flavors that were in this beer and it's another well made Cigar City beer - I don't think I've ever had a beer from them that I didn't like. Good job once again Cigar City!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 21:43:41 | More by bmanning
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beavers

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again Greg (tpd975)!

Pours a rich dark brown and produces a solid half inch khaki head that has great retention and leaves thick lacing all around.

Bourbon barrel aroma gives off subtle vanilla notes and an earthy woodiness that aligns nicely with some roasted nuttiness, dark chocolate, and caramelized brown sugar. Taste is really similar to the nose with chocolate, caramelized sugar sweetness, charcoal roastiness, smokey cedar flavor, and vanilla all rounded by well integrated bourbon notes. Big and balanced. A silky smooth medium/full body with a perfect carbonation level that lets the intense flavors open up with each sip. Bourbon flavor is definitely present, but there is no alcohol heat. The balance on this beer is really great and while it's a bigger beer, it's really easy to drink. I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 05:16:44 | More by beavers
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Both nickd717 and nick3 cracked bottles of this at our Cigar City tasting - thanks, guys.

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head that retains fairly well for a big barrel-aged beer. Nice lacing, generally a good-looking beer. The aroma is loaded with bourbon and roast, layers of spice, tobacco, vanilla and caramel beneath. It's similar on the palate; roast, dark chocolate, coffee and a balanced bourbon barrel character. Medium-bodied with a stout-like finish. Nothing mind-blowing or particularly unique, but pretty enjoyable. The flavors and aromas are somewhat muted.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 07:55:31 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to infestaxion for this one. Served in my FoBAB mini-pint glass.

A - A finger of dark tan foam with excellent retention and lacing. Dark, dark, brown body that's a hint lighter at the fringes. Eventually settles to a haze and a thick ring, and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Bourbon galore. It's an earthy sharp whiskey that seems like it's lower end (checked - it's Maker's Mark), but there's also some vanilla and butterscotch from the barrels. The blend seems dominated by Big Sound, as it's very much the scotch ale malts that cut through. Also notes of leather, tobacco, and maraschino cherry. I'd like it better if the whiskey didn't smell so dirty.

T - Taste is less sharp and more chocolaty, with some burnt sugar as well. It's actually quite a bit more mellow than I expected. Again, the scotch ale tends to dominate, with strong tendencies to vanilla, tobacco, and a light smokiness. Roasty bitter aftertaste that was well-attenuated.

M - Creamy, smooth, slight carbonation tingle. Medium-thick body, with a bit of residual warmth and stickiness.

D - I wrote that this got a touch boozy, but that's probably because it was the fifth beer of the evening. Otherwise it was very easy to drink, with a wonderfully complex flavor that kept me reaching for another sip. Wish this one came in 750ml bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:16:12 | More by MasterSki
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one from Alex (Masterski). Poured from 12oz bottle #149/450, into a FoBAB glass.

A - Pours black, light tan head, nice thick cap of head on top and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel/coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, hint of oak and alcohol.

T - I get a lot of the Scotch Ale out of this one, some bourbon, malts, caramel, molasses.

M - Medium, super smooth, creamy with light carbonation.

D - I want more...it's damn good. A winner from CCB!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 03:35:01 | More by Sean9689
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Kiefdog for hooking me up with a couple of these!

Pours black with a thin, quarter-finger head in which that rim lasts the duration.

Lots of bourbon, leather, nuts, vanilla, oak, and tobacco. Lots going on here but seems relatively balanced.

Wow! Lots of bourbon with roasted malt, nuts, tobacco, leather, cream cheese and sugar. You can tell this is a mega blend, but one that works.

Extremely smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation for the style. This is an incredible brew. A sipper for sure and 12oz is quite a task. Overall, CCB hits a grand salami with this concoction!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 00:46:21 | More by rudylaw
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MPLS

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just acquired a single 12 oz bottle this past week and I certainly suck at cellaring, so decided to throw this bottle (397/450) down thee ole gullet. American strong ales can be diverse, so I don't know what to expect.

A: Poured into my favorite snifter (Darkness) and watched what looked to be dark brown turn into an opaque off black shade. The head is almost ready to spill over the top of the snifter, leaving some left in the bottle. The head continued to retain itself, carbonation not visible in this one, but leaves lace like a slug on hot pavement. What's left in the bottle looks like liquid chocolate.

S: This has a bourbon-barrel oak nose, add smokey tobacco, Hawaiian bread, and a scrap of alcohol. Cannot guess the ABV from the nose, but this is justly complex from the barrel-aging. Good nose, but doesn't quite have the aroma to encapsulate all the senses.

T: Very woodsy, bourbon, cocoa, tobacco, and alcohol. The finish is dry with a somewhat earthy and alcoholic licorice taste to it. I was expecting more sweetness, cannot guess the ABV, but is a very drinkable beer. I am certainly a whiskey fan, so that element of the beer adds to it's enjoyment and numbing of my tongue. I feel like a lot of the RIS style comes through in this beer when I try and visualize the beers that make up this blend.

M: Medium bodies with low carbonation. Smooth and silky.

D: Not sure of the ABV on this dogger, but the alcohol is discernable, feeling some profound warmth in my gut as I type this. I haven't had a beer like this, a very unique taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 02:41:22 | More by MPLS
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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 2 from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.