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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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Reviews by Lledd:
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
More User Reviews:
Photo of boatshoes
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer courtesy of my second trade with Bucwild. Thanks for the opportunity to try this great brew! Bottle number 284/450.

Appearance- Pours a nice shade of black with a thin covering of about a quarter finger of tan head. Nice level of carbonation for a BA beer and lots of sticky lacing left on the side of the glass as I drank.

Smell- Mmm, mmm, can really tell this one has gone through the barrels. Huge notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and maybe even a touch of tobacco. Very complex and very evident that lots of care went into crafting this one.

Taste- Again, the BA really shines through on this one. Lots of bourbon up front that is layered through with all of the flavor profiles picked up in the nose and then some. Vanilla, oak, tobacco, roasted malt, and brown sugar all come through to varying degrees. There is almost no bitterness to this one and no rough edges. Very complex.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was silky smooth, velvety, and creamy. Carbonation levels were spot on and there was no alcohol burn. These factors, along with the complexity of the beer, made it a sipper but one that I wanted to keep drinking.

Overall, an excellent beer which I was glad to have the opportunity to have tried. I have yet to meet a Cigar City beer I don't like.

boatshoes, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
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!

rudylaw, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -29.1%

acurtis, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +18.2%

jh1982, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photekut, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #123/450

This beer poured as black as death. Minimal head, but none was really expected. The beer leaves wonderful lacing.

I smell the bourbon and some of the malts. Nice.

I taste a lot of the bourbon with a little beer finish then back to the bourbon. Sweet finish that surprisingly reminds me of a vinegarette. Don't ask how, it just does. The taste of the alcohol is fairly well hidden, but can be tasted in the bourbon notes.

The beer feels thick, creamy, and has jst enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

This beer would be drinkable if not for the ABV and rarity. I can't wait to see what my other bottle does in a year.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two bottles shared at a tasting. One contributed by Nick3 on BA, and one contributed by none other than myself, courtesy of Sebletitje via trade.

Pours a hazy darkest brown color with a nice frothy beige head and some lacing.

Aroma is milk, chocolate, roastiness, slight tartness, caramel, bourbon, and wood.

Flavor is caramel malt, nuts, chocolate, toffee, vanilla bourbon, and lots of oak barrel on the finish. Bourbon is a little more well integrated relative to Campeador - Fergus Mor, which is a similar blend. Some slightly tart black cherries also make their way into the flavor.

Very balanced and smooth on the palate with medium-full body and a good creaminess.

Really drinkable. This is a great beer overall.

nickd717, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of heliosphann
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle. #334 out of 450 . Served in an oversized Tulip. Big thanks for my friend and fellow BA Infestaxion for sharing this!

A: Little or no head. Deep black, with some brown around the fringe. Nice lacing.

S: Smells like bourbony chocolate covered raisins. A little bit of alcohol, vanilla and some dark fruits are also in the mix.

T: Barrel and bourbon right up front. Just like the smell, raisins and dark fruits abound. Vanilla and earthy hops are also present along with one of the bases The I.R.I.S., which comes through the most in the blend. Finishes a little sweet with some roasted coffee. The complexity definitely improved as the beer warmed, but I felt it was still a little messy.

M: Medium bodied. Feels thin and thick at different points, but overall very creamy and smooth Not a whole lot of carbonation, but for this style it fits it perfectly.

D: Excellent. I'm not sure of the ABV, but it's not really a factor. The warmer the beer got, the faster I consumed it. I would have loved the whole 12oz myself...

Yet another very impressive offering from CCB. A little young in my opinion and I think this beer will improve greatly with some age. The complexity will skyrocket, and all the favors will mesh better. Look forward to trying a bottle again in a few years.

heliosphann, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is fantastic. Hands down just a wonderful, wonderful beer. Served chilled at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 09/05/2009.

First off I akin this one do a really good barrel aged old ale, it just did it like that for me. The pour was black death. Dark, still with minimal head and lacing. Like a black abyss to which no light can escape. So you lean in for a small, a whiff some might say, hoping to be able to get in and out quick, but this is not going to happen here. You fall in, like Alice into the rabbit hole. Deep vanilla and bourbon notes wrap their mits around your senses, you could almost suffocate on the delicate goodness that exudes from this thick beverage. Hints of figs, prunes maybe picking up, molasses and almost peat like aromas now starting to pull it together, what is this I ask?

An answer does not come easy, so I lean in to take a sip, hoping that the sweet nectar will roll across my tongue and provide an answer. Soo smooth and complex, flavors of oak and vanilla just awash on tongue. Lots of earth tones are to follow, there is that peat again with sweet notes of caramel and molasses behind it, woody and vinous at times as well. Letting it warm almost brings out that toffee flavor but there is a definite touch of chocolate in there. Intense is personified here. Silky feel to it really lets the flavor settle in with a thump and the well hidden ABV, who knows how strong it was but when it was done, lets just say I was feeling nice.

This was one of the best strong ale/old ale/ BA/ expierences I have had in a while. Comes close at times to my beloved fourth dementia. A wonderful, simply top notch expeirence here. Something I will cherish. Glad I got another bottle :)

mikesgroove, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

bespin15, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of MPLS
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.

MPLS, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a centimeter of tan head. Nice looking, but with strange splotches of darker brown that pocked the surface of the head, like liver spots or brown chicken pox. I'm guessing it was some kind of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
S: Bourbon barrel heat, vanilla, roasty malts.
T: Bourbon, lots of chocolate, vanilla, oak, charred malts, some bitterness, not overly sweet. In fact, a tad dry compared to many bourbon BA brews.
M: Medium/heavy body and carbonation.
D: Overall delicious brew. I look forward to trying more CC beers.

waltonc, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, May 25, 2010
Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +18.2%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of beavers
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.

beavers, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of infestaxion
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown with a nice mocha head. Lots of yeasties floating around in there. This beer is going to age very nicely.

S - A big blast of bourbon up front. It's hard to get much beyond the bourbon. Some subtle malt tones.

T - This thing is a bourbon bomb. The Big Sound is distinguishable up front. Everything else blends together so well that it's hard to pick anything else out. There are some nice caramel notes and a great chocolate finish.

M - Great body and near perfect carbonation.

D - Definitely a sipper but not hard to drink at all.

This is a big beer. It would go very well with a nice cigar. If you like bourbon bombs like BCS you are going to love this. And, by the way, I'm one of those people that loves the bombs.

infestaxion, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of brystmar
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

brystmar, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! I never thought I'd try this, thanks Dave!

Black with brown highlights. Thin tan head that recedes to a disk rather quick. The nose is complex, with smoke, roast, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel and toffee. Rich and decadent, this has some dark chocolate and a faint acrid character from the 110K+OT #2 The flavors are great, opening big and roasty with BA 110K character - vanilla, bourbon, burnt sugar, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate and a touch of acridity. Finishing mildly sweet with mild roast, chocolate and coffee, this medium bodied beer is thoroughly enjoyable. The mild carbonation works really well too, and the finish is quite excellent.

DefenCorps, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
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!

BEERchitect, May 28, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

InspectorBob, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of mgbickel
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
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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 2 from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.