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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 - Cigar City Brewing

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 56
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 12-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale, Improv Oatmeal Rye India-style Brown Ale, and Big Sound Scotch Ale, aged in a Maker’s Mark bourbon barrel.
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Photo of alpinebryant
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle numbered 50/480

Pours a slightly murky brown with a small tan head around the edges.

I smelled raisins , bourbon, some butterscotch, brown sugar, and some other spices in this one. A great variety of smells, was not sure what to expect other than knowing it was an Old Ale.

Taste is very similar to the aromas. I like this one a lot. While not being too overpoweringly strong, the oatmeal raisin flavors are there which this is a blend of and there are definitely some butterscotch/caramelized sugar flavors from the scottish ale. Bourbon, Vanilla, butterscotch. The brown ale is hard to pick out of the lineup only because of the other stronger flavored beers from the blend. Bourbon rounds out all of the flavors and possibly with a little bit of sourness in the end there too, but I found the sour flavor completely enjoyable... Especially after drinking a Boon Geuze it was underwhelming and a great complexity layer.

Light carbonation, in line with a bourbon barrel aged lighter abv mix. Medium body.

A great beer for #200 review. I will be aging the other for some time to come. Thanks to Mullenite!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new one for me this evening. I had been wanting to try this one as well for what seemed liked forever. Big thanks for bringing this one. Consumed on 06/09/2010.

Nice dark brown pour, nearly opaque with a little bit of ruddy color shine through on the sides and the bottom on the glass. Nice lacing as it comes up to about a finger in height with a good amount hanging on the glass throughout the session.

Aroma is loaded with whiskey. Deep notes of roasted malts, light coffee, a hint of something spicy as well at first. Warming brings out oak, touches of vanilla and a hint of cocoa. Really full flavor though, this one really took me by surprise. Warm whiskey dominates the flavor, lots of spicy, oak like notes and hints of vanilla and cocoa as well. Smooth, ridiculously smooth with a good bit of coffee jumping up in the finish and a soft, vanilla laden taste left on the palate long after it was done.

Overall just a very, very solid ale here. Does not really fit the mold of any one style, but really just a great blend. Would love to have this one again any day, really just top notch stuff here.

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Photo of meatyard
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, murky brown with a 1-finger tan head that falls to a cover. No lacing.
The smell is of the bourbon, oak, chocolate (on the sweet side) and a bit of coffee. A very nice aroma to take in.
The taste is a lot like the aroma but I was surprised that the bourbon, oak and alcohol expected from the nose is toned down in the taste. I do get a bit of vanilla here though and an element of something like cooked prunes and/or dried, dark figs.
Mouthfeel is buttery smooth and on the thin side.
Drinkability is quite high for me. I wish that I had another to age for 6-12 months and another to drink in a few weeks. This beer is different from any one that I've had before and I like it.

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Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown bottle.

A: Pours deep dark brown. Decent head with some retention. Good lacing.

S: Lots going on. Good amount of rye but little oat. Barrel and bourbon but balanced. Good sweetness.

T/M: Very tasty nicely balanced barrel and bourbon complimentingthe brown ale and lightly spicy rye. Great medium sweetness with some coconut and light vanilla. Medium full body with smoothing carbonation.

D: Wish I had more :). Plenty of alcohol to slow ya down but a nice sipper.

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Photo of corby112
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to tpd975 for bringing this to a recent get together on his recent trip to Philly. Thanks again man!

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges and a beige frothy head that slowly settles into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spotty lacing.

Earthy oaky aroma with a lot of oaky tannis, vanilla and a huge b ourbon presence. This beer has an amazing nose resulting from the time spent in the barrel. Lots of chocolate malt underneath the sweet bourbon character. I took in the aroma of this beer for several minutes before even taking a sip.

Lighter end of medium body with some very sweet chocolate malt presence with more sweet bourbon and alcohol. Lots of silky chocolate malt with hints of caramel and subtle tobacco. The bourbon presence is subtle and nowhere near as prominent as it is in the nose. Also a good bit of earthy oak tannis and vanilla but the flavors of the original base beers are not overpowered. Slightly watered down but still a complex, quaffale blend.

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Photo of mullenite
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware - Over-sized brandy snifter.

Appearance - A very nice opaque dark brown color, very much the color of a chocolate bar. There is very little head, even after a vigorous pour but what is there is tan in color. There is a thin ring hanging around the side of the glass which leaves a nice, thick lacing. A little swirl brings up some more head, which is a good sign as far as carbonation goes.

Nose - Alcohol, dark fruit, chocolate... there is a lot going on here. When I first poured the beer the alcohol was the most dominant smell but now after letting it sit for about 10 minutes the other smells are starting to come around. Lots of fig, plum and cherry with nice dark chocolate to balance it out. The alcohol is still there but in a good way.

Taste - Lots of big chocolate flavors, dark fruits and alcohol. Starts off a bit muddled and confused but the flavors separate cleanly in to nice dark chocolate, followed by raisins, plums, cherries and alcohol and finishing with more dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Not as thin as others have mentioned, in my opinion anyway. Medium bodied brew with lots of nice prickly carbonation.

Overall - A nice beer, very complex flavors but it could use some more time for those flavors to mesh and for the alcohol to subside. If you have a bottle I would try one and see how you like it but I will be aging the remainder of mine for at least six more months.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gtreid for this one. Bottle 52/480

Poured into flute glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark bark brown, near black.

Aroma: lots of whiskey and oak flavors. All of the brown ales are also present. Some nut flavors with big malt. Caramel notes as well. Some vanilla notes. Pretty decent for a brown ale.

Taste: Lots of barrel aged notes here. This was seems to be aged a decent amount of time. Big whiskey and oak flavors with vanilla. Lots of malts. Caramel and some chocolate. Pretty decent, but the barrels took this beer over.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warm. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty with a little heat.

Overall, this is a solid beer. A ton of barrel age notes. The scotch notes go well with the oak and whiskey flavors. I dig it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jw347 for sending me this one. Figured I'd give it a try even with the somewhat negative buzz. Bottle #92 of 480. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with a late-rising finger of tan foam, with surprisingly good retention. It eventually settles to a thin cap, and then a thick ring, but it never goes away. Murky brown body with some red at the fringes - some visible sediment too. Dig the foam, not so impressed with the body.

S - Wow! It's sour! Not at all what I was expecting - it reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Lactic sourness, spicy wood and bourbon, some apples (calvados?), a bit of vegetal, and a brown ale backbone. The booze is there, but understated.

T - Wet wood, apple brandy(?), tannic, spice, lactic sourness, some vanilla and butterscotch as it warms up. Tastes a little like a less sour, younger, and slightly boozier version of Jolly Pumpkin Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve. Aftertaste is earthy, and then butterscotch pops up quite late.

M - Some carbonation bite, booze is present but somewhat muted. It's a bigger body, but since I don't know the ABV I'm not sure if it's quite enough - could use a bit more heft to correlate with the booze flavors. Very dry & tannic finish.

D - I drank my 6oz pretty quickly, and could easily have had the other half if I weren't sharing with my lovely wife. This was definitely not what I was expecting - but it was a pleasant surprise. I think I may try to trade for a couple more bottles to see how this ages down the road. Is there where all that infected Bolita ended up?

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting. Bottle 371/480.

a - Pours a murky brown color with no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and chocolate. Lots of bourbon.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, dark fruit,roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - I enjoyed this beer and thought it was much better than Batch 2, which we tried side by side. Would like to try again sometime.

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Photo of tpd975
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue with shades of copper showing through. Rather thin small head that exhibited no real retention or lace.

S: Lot's of barrel in the noose. Vanilla just oozes from the glass. Nice notes of charred oak, and bourbon. Sweet notes hide beneath with some caramel, and brown sugar coming out as well.

T: Flavor is very similar to aroma. The barrel component is big in this beer not as big as the nose would lead you to believe though. Nice bourbon flavors with the vanilla once again leading the way. Some stewed dark fruits, and the sweetness of darkened brown sugar.

M: On the thinner side for the style.

D: Very drinkable. I liked the mix of this one. It is the lightest in body of all the capricho's, but still pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for being the middle man in my trade for this. Not sure which Florida BA sent this, but thanks a lot.

Pours dark brown with a white head. The aroma of brown sugar, oak, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is oak, bourbon and alcohol that is slightly warming. There is also quite a bit of caramel malt. Slightly watery mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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Photo of kfsv034
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #265 of 480

A - pours a deep dark brown with a lite tan head that disipates leaving a thin film arounded the edge of the glass.

S - strong bourban, sour cherries, vanilla with a sort of leathery quality

T - follows the noise pretty well tastes of bourban, vanilla, toffee, coffee, wet wood/leather, dark fruits and a slight sour note. Reminds me of a sour brown

M - medium bodied

D - drank the 12oz bottle I had pretty quickly I definatley enjoyed it and would have liked another glass

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Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Mothman for sharing this bottle.

Pours a clear brown color, with a off-white head with decent retention. Leaves some spotty and sticky lacing, but nothing spectacular.

The nose comes out strong on the barrel notes, whiskey and oak. Sort of nutty and like an imperial brown ale of sorts.

The taste goes the other direction, while the whiskey and oak notes were strong in the nose, they take a back seat to the base brown ales, becoming more subtle and a more intricate part of the brew. A firm nuttiness with a smooth vanilla character makes this a very enjoyable brew.

About medium in body, with a soft carbonation and a smooth texture. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, I was a little skeptical because barrel aged brown ales can be really good or a little iffy. This one turned out very well. I wish I had tried the other batches to have something to compare this too, but this is a great brew.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my CCb tulip.

A: Deep brown color. The pour produced one finger of kahki head the recedes to a thin rim and leaves very little lace.

A: Nice burbon tones to go along with strong coffee and chocolate.

T: Really nice chocolate and coffeee tones with a pronounced burbon taste.

M: A little thin here, but I guess it's because this one's a brown and not an Imperial.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is very high here. I think this is the first barrel aged brown I have ever had. Not nearly as thick as an Impreial Stout, just different. I think I like it, it's just very original, and for that, I give it props. Skal.

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Photo of rye726
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty limited I guess. Only a couple hundred 12oz bottles.

Pours a dark woody brown, tints of mahogany. Lacy tan head. Nose has sweet candy malts, ripe fruits, vanilla, oak whiskey barrel and some Brett. Taste has plums, cherries, toffee, caramel, wood, vanilla and bourbon. Has alot going on, well balanced. But lacks a ton of complexity. Body a bit thin. But drinks well.

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Photo of maximum12
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerisheaven for this bottle, & one that has lingered in the back of the fridge for far too long. 12 oz. bottle popped with the #4 & split into a pair of small tasting glasses. Bottle 128/400, marked 2009.

Pours industrial plastic black, but really more brown with red highlights. Smell is more leather than I've ever felt coming off the dark surface of a brew. Vanilla & oak; this is a purebred bourbon-barrel reek.

Capricho Oscuro #3 is like a comfortable old baseball glove that's been worn in by plenty of hot-corner shots. Big notes of dusty leather dominate. Harsh notes of whiskey underneath feel a bit dated, faded. Sweet malts are subservient. Root & branch of the oak, probably cut from an Ent. Dry, a touch thin, the wood really sticks around on the palate. Six ounces doesn't seem enough to judge this one: good sign.

Middle-ground. Not as good as batch #2 but better than batch #4. Still a very good beer & a lesson in flashing leather.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to Gtreid for this bottle!

Bottle #38/480. The bottle is so mysterious...I wonder what's inside? It pours a darkly translucent garnet-brown topped by a minor ecru head. The nose comprises oak, very light wheat, walnuts, and a strongly alcoholic bourbon. The taste holds notes of oak, rye bread, walnuts, yeast, some slight bourbon, nutmeg, and butter cookies. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and smooth, slick feel. Overall, a tasty brew, but one I can't quite seem to peg.

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Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand bottle at a tasting thanks to illidurit.

Pours a cloudy, fairly dark brown color with a small off-white head and not too much lacing.

Aroma is caramel, roast, brown sugar, dark fruits, and bourbon. Nice.

Flavor is pretty good but not too balanced really. Bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, and vanilla. A little heavy on the bourbon. However it's still enjoyable, and I don't see how some people hated this that much.

Medium bodied, slick and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability is medium-high. Overall this is good, but I definitely enjoyed Batch 2 more.

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Photo of Beerinabelle
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The late rising foam almost looks like nitro (heard it was flat). The first thing that comes to mind is an infected bottle, but it does smell quite appealing! The head on this beer is a nice cream resembling a latte. The liquid, however murky, has a nice red tinge. A little lacing and a ring of foam persists.

Pepper, spice, and some slight funk combine nicely with the dark fruits. The smells continue to emerge...peach, floral notes. I am too interested in drinking this to write anymore about the smell.

This slightly sour concoction with loads of spice, pepper and plum, licorice overwhelms my palate in a way I was not expecting. It is an interesting and enticing plethora of flavours that makes you take sip after sip just to see what you will find next. Overall, a bit scattered, but generally yummy!

There is a nice amount of carbonation, full body, but a slight burn at the back of my throat. It does leave a lovely sweet aftertaste on my tongue.

The mystery percentage makes me wonder if I should drink a lot of this...I tend to be a very silly drunk. =) It is not too heavy and very interesting. I would drink more if I had another bottle!

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Photo of beavers
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Greg (tpd975) for this!

Bottle # 416/480

Cloudy medium brown with a light coffee & cream color ring around the edge...but no real head on this one.

Very aromatic...full of huge oaky bourbon, nuts, ____ root (that I can't identify), toffee, cola, alcohol.

Tastes of bourbon, toffee/caramel sweetness, strong nutty and oaky flavor...and even some faint cedar? Some tanginess, with some slightly acidic red apple. Flavor is big, but seems more muddled than layered. Barrel has given off more earthy wood flavor than vanilla.

Medium approaching full bodied, oily and decent carbonation.

This is definitely a tasty beer that I would enjoy again, but not in the same league as some of my other favorites in this style.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 Batch #3, bottle # 162/480

A - Pours a rich dark brown. Not black, but not see through either. Foamy brown head.

S - Chocolate and cherries. Bourbon, oak, sweet tobacco and leather. Lots of interesting smells going on here. No real definitive hop or malt presence. First whiff is slightly tart. The cherry flavor becomes more pronounced with a chocolate backbone. The subsequent whiffs reveal more flavors.

T - Lots of stuff going on there. Wow. All the things I smelled before, and a couple of new ones. Boozy alcohol burn ignites the cherry twang before becoming a sweeping rush of oak. Vanilla and bourbon flavors wash over the tongue with a dry chocolate finish. The aftertaste is semi sweet with leather and tobacco as well as more chocolate and vanilla.

M - A little thin and over carbonated. The body is not bad, but just not thick enough for a beer with so much going on. I'd like to chew on this more if I could. The carbonation is very active, a little over done if you ask me.

O - A tasty beer. Lots of things going on, but not necessarily working together. The flavors are nice, but I wish they were more well meshed. The tart cherry notes also get in the way. The beer would be better without that. I'm glad I got to try this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Gillard for the chance to try this beer. Poured a deep reddish brown like clay with only a slight head but that is to be expected with a barrel aged beer. The nose had notes of vanilla, oak and slight citrus. The tastes is more wood than beer, with no real distinguishable traits of any of the base beers. Light to medium body with a buttery quality similar to Firestone 11. Pretty drinkable now, but I expect/hope this beer to improve with time. Overall this is a pretty decent beer but not their best offering by far.

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Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #353/480, courtesy of AskDrTodd.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a small creamy tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a soapy swirl along the top.

The aroma is dominated by bourbon and oak. There's a bit of smoked malts and dark chocolate but it's all masked largely by the huge bourbon and wood.

The taste starts with a straight bourbon kick with the underlying smoky malts and sweet caramel just barely showing up. There is probably a little more of the underlying beers in the taste with some chocolate, nuts and tobacco. However, the finish is all wood with some sweet but hot bourbon.

The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied and dry with the charred wood drying out the palate. The bourbon is also dominant, leaving a sweet burn after each sip.

This is a good beer, but I think the bourbon is probably a little overdone for me as I'm a big fan of all three of the underlying beers, but I can hardly make them out underneath the barrel character.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to honuswagner for this beer. Fresh off the fedex truck and into the fridge it went.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brownwith red tints to it. About one finger of tan head forms amd slowly fades to leave a nice lace ring.

The aroma is sour cherries to start for sure. Then the cedar comes through along with heavy bourbon and what I can only describe as smarties. This a rather interesting nose to say the least.

The flavor is not as harsh as the nose would lead you to believe. Mild dark fruit and a lot of fresh cut grass stand out at first. Then the bourbon and cedar wash over the tastebuds. I maybe even get a hint of coffee in the finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Rather smooth.

Overall a very interesting beer. Not something I would want everyday but worth trying again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, WARNING THIS BEER IS A GUSHER. This made us nervous that it was infected, I don't think so, just a big malty beer with way way too much carbonation.

Beer is brown and hazy with a big tan head of small bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and strong, mostly malt.

Beer is medium in body and pretty sweet, a little prune, other stone fruits in there, not a very complicated beer but I enjoyed it. The finish was nice, I don't know if I would have it again but I don't regret having it.

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.