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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 - Cigar City Brewing

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.