1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

66 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 42
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BrewCrew2010 on 09-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of Soggy Loaf Rye Porter, Warmer Winter Winter Warmer, and Big Sound Scotch Ale.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 47
Photo of sendsilk
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Maybe because I have been wanting to try it for so long it had extra appeal to me, thanks for sharing Paul! I really enjoyed this beer!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Living on the edge that separates barleywine from Flemish-style red ale, Capricho Oscuro, Batch #4 highlights what's best about both of these styles, equipped with dark fruit, savory alcohol and wood spice.

As the dark burgundy ale blooms, it tantilizes the nose with high vinous notes while simultaneously seeps into the tastebuds with viscous molasses and toasted malt flavor. Its acute balance is evident even in its very first sip.

Unfolding flavors are rapid-fire upon the middle palate. Toffee and maple in one sip, then sherry and soy the next. Balsamic acidity wraps around rum-soaked black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant and red grape for a tangy and savory interplay.

Its strong brandy finish is spicy as flavors of fresh-cracked peppercorn, grapeseed and plumb skins offer a winey tannin-like balance to the persistent sweetness as the taste is slow to dissolve. Powerful, complex and elegant all at once.

Ideally suited for a stinging blue cheese- this strong ale could be grouped in with sour ale, barleywine, merlot, olde ale and a host of others. Its complexity builds in waves, pleasing the senses with new adventure in each sip. It's an incredible and unique ale, not built for the timid in taste.

Photo of jaasen64
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz brown-waxed bottle poured into a 18oz Funky Buddha snifter. Bottled about 3.5 years ago from this point. Thanks Michael (black13) for the hookup.

A- Cap comes off with a very nice hiss, pours a dark brown with a very thick 4-finger light mocha brown head, plenty of carbonation almost borderline over-carbonated.

S- Hints of lightly sweet baker's chocolate, sourdough bread, a bit of yeast in the background, touch of fruits, light rye, and a bit of oxidation. Not overly aromatic, lightly sweet, no one flavor dominates too much, not the best aroma in the world.

T- Baker's chocolate with a bit of bitterness, dark fruits, lightly spicy rye, hint of oak, brandy, and rum. Finishes with slightly tangy dark fruits, light rye, and creamy dark malts. The dark fruits clash with the beer and definitely taste a little bit off, thinking this may have become slightly infected at some point (definitely had much worse infected beers though).

M- Way over-carbonated accentuating the possible "infected" aspect of the beer, a bit on the light side.

O- This beer was a little bit of a let down, although I was kind of expecting it based on other reviews and it's age. Between the dark fruits and over-carbonation there is definitely what appears to be a slight infection going on, not sure if this was present when it was first bottled or developed over time. Whatever it is it definitely isn't worth seeking out at this point.

Edit- as it warmed up the "infection" aspect started going away, however it was still a mediocre beer at best.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A murky brown color with minimal head formation. Sweet vanilla and booze with dark fruit, a touch of wood and whiskey, and lots of caramel. Might even be a slight spiciness of nutmeg and/or cinnamon in there. The flavor is boozy and sweet, quite sticky and sugary, but enjoyable. Lots of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar to go with a fair amount of dark fruit.

Photo of billab914
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Rhettroactive. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head. It was a little murky looking as well.

The aroma immediately shows some funky and sour dark fruits to it. It's pretty apparent that something isn't right here. A little brown sugar and caramel malts are detectable, but it's mostly hidden behind the dominant infected sourness. Sour plums is what I keep thinking.

Taste isn't that bad, there is some slightly sour dark fruits to it but the maltiness comes through a little more with some caramel and toffee. The Sourness doesn't really seem to ruin the flavors as it has with other CC infections for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, it wasn't that bad for being infected. The taste had a decent balance of malty and funky actually. While not awful, it still wasn't a very good beer overall.

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.37/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From 12oz gold wax dipped bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/24/12
*From notes

A: American Porter brown in color. A generous pour yields a .5 finger off-white, almost tan head.

S: Infection.

T: A bit better - caramel, liquid corn syrup and lightly toasted malt. It's all wrapped in a thick layer of tang, making this rather off-putting.

M: As per most CCB brews, this is actually pretty thick stuff.

O: This beer is infected, and will only get more unpleasant with time. I recommend avoiding this.

Photo of craytonic
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown mahogany pour, enormous head that sticks around in a bad way
Smell: Slightly sour with chocolate, booze coffee and molasses
Taste: Slightly off, chocolate, booze, coffee, oak, bourbon and molasses
Mouthfeel: Very thick
Overall: Mine had a slight sour twang to it, and the glass, which I didn't finish, had about 1.5 inches of sediment in it the next day. Slightly sour or infected or something.

Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One in a series of thanks to moose3285, who has sent me virtually every great beer to come out of Florida, including several I've never heard of. 12 oz. bottle rescued from the back of the fridge & lined up against batch #3.

Golden wax parts reluctantly with the bottle; at least three feet thick, it resists various tools vigorously for a long, long, long time. Pours darker than the others, no red in this black stallion. Good-sized head. Figgy, sweet, prunish, along with a stomping of slightly sour cherry. Seems out of place?

Capricho Oscuro #4 seems ever-so-slightly touched in the head. Not quite right. Prunes are strong in this one, & the fruitiness carries a niggle of sour. Minimal vanilla, barrel in the carry-through. Big sweetness on the ending, almost syrupy. Thick. Not something I'd want much of, could have split this three or four ways.

Well, not in the same class as the others in the series. There's something a touch off in this one, & our experience isn't lining up with the better reviews. Not bad, but odd. Decent enough.

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz wax topped bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

Pours pitch black in the glass, topped with a thin and fizzy layer of burnt mocha colored head. This peters down pretty darn quickly, almost ending up looking like cola in the glass. This does respond to some swirling however, maintaining some richness on the edges when provoked and throwing up a moderately rich cascade of spotty froth and brown oils. Vinous smelling dark fruit jumps right out in the nose, which is then layered on top of notes of cocoa, toffee, roast, and vanilla, with some light barrel flavoring along the back. These complex flavors seem to shit in and out of each other upon every other sniff of this but I think that the fruit here is always the one constant.

The taste is quite rich and complex with chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and a strong and vinous feeling dark fruit character. Roasted coffee flavors come out across the back, leading into a dry finish of warm burnt wood, while fruit and sugars linger on the lips and tongue after each sip of this. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with sharp and prickly carbonation in the mouth that doesn’t lessen up a whole lot from that. You could call this a touch over carbonated, as it could probably use some more chewiness to work with all of those sweet and sticky flavors. I am pleased to report though that the alcohol here is well hid, with the only real sense of it being some light warmth that lingers on the breadth. This definitely more on the steady sipper side of things though.

This was a nicely done blend, maybe a little too sweet in spots, but overall pretty well balanced in the flavor department and I really liked the complexity of this with how the fruit, chocolate, and molasses all played off of each other. This was my first experience with one of the Capricho Oscuro blends and it impressed me enough to make me want to try and seek out others down the road.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Casey for this one. 12oz bottle out of my Long Trail Brewmaster glass.

A- Pretty much pitch black, with a mocha colored head. There is a lot of foamy head, but it does dissipate. There is a ton of lacing and reminance on the glass.

S- Smells of red wine, oak, and lactic sourness. I get some little hints of booziness and malt, but it is faint.

T- Quite a bit going on here. The initial flavor is very smooth and creamy, followed by a bit of sweetness. The flavor then transitions to an oaky/winey flavor that lingers. The after taste is vinous and oaky.

M- Nice body, carbonation, and mouthfeel. The initial flavor is a little light though based on the smell.

O- A pretty nice beer, and very different from your typical strong ale. I almost expected it to be sour from the smell, but it is actually nice a smooth. Not my favorite combination of flavors, but tasty.

-GFunk

Photo of Urbancaver
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with lots of nice lit brown head. Smells coffee heavy with some nice lactose notes. Boozy and strong on the nose and tongue. Smooth and malty. Vanilla and coffee on the tongue. Overall very very good especially compared to the infected bottle i had before!

Photo of trappistlover
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of al_b. Thanks Al!). Pours dark brown with a neat red hue and khaki head. Aroma was sour, funky, chocolate, and dark fruit. Taste has some roasty bitterness, some sweetness and some tartness. Thin to medium bodied with a sticky texture. Tart and roasty finish. The alcohol was quite noticeable. Interesting with the infection, but enjoyable still.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.61/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle graciously provided by jale at a Jackie O's tasting in May (thanks Jim!). He also had batch 1-3 which we tried later, in Vermont I think. Or maybe in New York. Somehow we drank a lot of beer out east.

This one was a light gusher, which I tool to mean infection based on some other stuff I've had from Cigar City. And after sniffing/tasting it is definitely a bit touched by something bad. It was tart, too tart, acidic in a way I didn't appreciate. This was the case later with at least one of the other bottles Jim provided, and I'm close to writing off new barrel aged releases from Cigar City.

On the positive side I could taste some nice wood flavors from the barrel. But this positive couldn't balance the tartness. Not recommended.

Photo of Avagadro
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Giant thanks to Bucwild for hooking me up with this gem at the Hunahpu release.

A: Will you brewers please take a note from the whiskey biz and put a pull string on waxed bottles!? After chiseling my way through the wax seal, I popped the cap with a very faint hiss. Its viscosity was evident upon the pour. It took a vigorous pour to rouse up a creamy head of the color mocha. CO#4 boasts a deep mahogany hue that is detectible despite its opacity. The head quickly falls to a thin film, and little lacing is evident.

S: Bouquet is well pronounced, with molasses, walnuts, and vanilla in the nose.

T: As with all of CCB's big beers, this one dances on the line between "sweet" and "cloying." Thankfully, this one passes for sweet, and is backed up by mounds of flavor. Sweet vanilla, caramel, and molasses in the front, with roasty coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted walnuts on the finish. Beautiful complexity.

M: Extremely full body, delightful velvety texture, and very little carbonation to scrub away the lingering flavors. The only con is that it is a touch on the sticky side.

O: A delicious offering to say the least. I am happy to see such execution in beer blending, as this is a blend of barrel aged Rye Porter, Warmer Winter Winter Warmer, and Big Sound Scotch Ale.

Photo of Mavajo
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

The cap pops off and...oh shit. A gusher. That's not a good sign. I hadn't done any research on this beer before opening, but the gushing has me instantly worried about the possibility of infection.

Pours a near-black with a big creamy eggshell/cream head. No lacing.

Aroma and taste are a medly of plum, cherry, wine, oak and port characeristics. Long aftertaste. I know that sounds kind of interesting, but it's not -- it's a medley that adds up to unintended awkwardness. I think it's safe to say this sucker is indeed infected. Either that, or it's Cigar City's attempt at Dark Lord Junior.

I'm not getting any of the bourbon and chocolate spoken of in some early reviews. If I had, this might have been quite the treat!

Mouthfeel is great at least. Creamy and smooth.

What a monstrous disappointment! I've been sitting on this since I first got it like 6 months ago, thrilled with the fact that I was fortunate enough to land a Cigar City one-off. I was stoked that I was finally opening it up today. Big, big bummer.

Photo of dstc
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque with an average brown head. Head falls to about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Smells of sweet fruits soaked in bourbon. Figs, cocoa, and slight hazelnut.

Taste is boozy and sweet, very sweet. Chocolate flavors with hints of coffee bean. Figs, cherries and sweet, dark fruits. Alcohol flavors and very mild bitterness in the finish.

Very thick and smooth in the mouth, almost chewy. Alcohol bite on the tongue in the finish.

Wow, interesting stuff. Very intense, sticky sweet and quite delicious.

Photo of brew3crew
2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Par of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and crew

A-medium brown body with barely tan head around the edges
S-little bit of wine and fruitiness
T-yeasty with wine barrels. Very sour with a strong wood flavordo not really like this at all
m-medium body and icky
O-possibly infected. No idea but this does not taste like a good beer

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bottles of this in a trade with fogdog. Popped the first one with my roommate (JustinA1) last night.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter (also from fogdog).

Appearance: Standard pour nets a pile of brown fizz, which quickly condenses to a thick, luscious crown. The head actually looks damn good: great color and retention, easily excitable, and deposits a fair amount of lacing. Body is black and essentially opaque; shades of appear at the glass horizons when directly back-lit.

Smell: Bourbon, cocoa, and vanilla jumped out right away. The second whiff revealed molasses, prunes, and jammy, dark fruits. Think Belgian dark ale meets bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Booze comes through more as it warms, but doesn't detract from the other aromas. Beautifully complex and interesting!

Taste: Overripe banana, chocolate creme, cola, dark fruits, bourbon, and vanilla. The taste follows the aroma very well, exuding nearly all of the subtleties I captured in the nose. Mild floral esters and earth add to the mix, combining with booze in a warm, comforting finish.

Mouthfeel: Robust and full-bodied, but deceptively light thanks to generous carbonation. Finishing mildly dry and warm; an enjoyable amount of heat even when warm. Lush.

Overall: Creative, complex, and very tasty. This was an absolute treat! Thanks Kevin!

Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle Paul!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. A thin, dark-tan head sits on top of a dark, dark brown, essentially black body. The head actually maintains well and leaves elegant lacing behind with each sip.

Dark roasted malts mixed with chocolate and ripe fruits rise up from the glass. Cherry, grape, caramel and vanilla fill the nose. Just a touch of booze and oak. Rich, fruity and dessert-like. Quite enjoyable.

Malty vinous flavors mingle with dark chocolate and creamy vanilla. Sweet, yet a nice layer of red grape acidity lingers throughout. Cherries and oak followed by more chocolate. Delicious.

The body is smooth and creamy with a light sour acidity from the middle until the end. Some warming alcohol on the finish. Carbonation is medium to low. Very smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I love the balance between the dark fruit notes and the chocolate. The barrels really smooth things out and add a nice level of complexity. Having just a touch of warming alcohol on the finish makes this damn drinkable. Really wish I had another bottle. Reminds me a little bit of Melange no. 1, but better. Not sure if the sour acidity was intentional, but it fits perfectly with the beer right now. Excellent job Cigar City! Definitely seek this one out.

Photo of abuliarose
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, revealing opaque black body under a thin layer of tan foam. Viscous-looking. Little bits of lacing. Smells very chocolaty and warm with a burnt caramel and acidic coffee-type maltiness underneath. More of an old ale than a barleywine-type nose for sure, and with lots of strong stout scents that I like.

Tastes hot and a little heavy with a thick sweetness that coats the palate first before being swept away by a fine carbonated acidity to a clean, slightly roasted and nutty aftertaste. Interesting finish for something that starts so thick. Lots of milk chocolate and fruity nibs on the tongue. Some dried Turkish fig. The barrel is lost on me, vanilla is omnipresent. Mouthfeel is heavier and a bit syrupy but not overbearing, though this brew is definitely a sipper and one that I'd enjoy after a meal or by the fire. Very sweet.

Overall I like this beer quite a bit. It's more heavy stout like than anything else, but it has a nice old ale twist. I would like another.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A steady, solid pour produces a two-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head that is very creamy in texture and quite persistent. The beer is a concentrated brown, approaching black color and is dark enough to be opaque. The aroma smells quite vinous; like an oaky red wine really; there are aromas of berries (tart-dry cherries, blackberry notes and even some blue berry like notes), a spicy oak backbone and aromas that make me think of tannic wood. There is also a definite Brettanomyces-like signature to the nose that contributes notes of subtle ripe cheese (this reminds me of a richly funky, farmhouse cheese note that subtly influences the aroma), a musty character and a light tartness (this is also contributed by the roast grain character). The base beer (including the barrel influence) is more subtle than the unintended infection, but it still contributes to the nose with aromas of roast / burnt grain (this somehow mixes with the cheesy notes), soft toasted coconut, vanillin, spicy pepper and tobacco notes, touches of cinnamon, woody black pepper, a solid oak woodiness and a rich nutty note. I am really enjoying the nose of this beer; the wild fruitiness and funk mixes so well with the barrel character and dark beer notes. This reminds me a lot of Barrel aged Poseidon; perhaps not in the specifics, but in the balance that it achieves between the barrel, dark roasted beer and funkiness).

The beer is quite a bit sweeter than I expected (which might spell doom for these long term as they could easily become bottle grenades as the infection continues to develop); this accentuates dark cocoa flavors, spicy wood notes, ample tobacco flavors, a bright fruitiness (blueberry and even some sweet acai like notes), vanilla, dark chocolate and in the finish there is an ample, burnt grain and French roast coffee complexity. There is also a lightly tart influence in the finish that is contributed by the roast grain and perhaps something else. The ample malt and sweetness really smooths out the roast character and oak / barrel influence. The fruit notes are not as big as they were in the nose, but are still here. There are some really interesting spice notes here (it somehow reminds me of a spiced rum); notes of cinnamon, vanilla, coconut (as a spice somehow), spicy pepper and tobacco and perhaps even some young ginger like character are all noticeable. The oak backbone contributes a tannic, slightly astringent note in the finish that doesn't really dry out the big, rich, malty sweetness, but keeps it from being overly cloying.

The flavor and aroma is so complex, so layered, though perhaps a bit too sweet, and I wasn't expecting the "off" notes to work so well here; I really like how the nose reminds me of Barrel Aged Poseidon and the flavor is so rich that the funk doesn't play nearly the role that it does in the nose. The barrel plays a supporting role to the rich malt by providing a spice and wood balance. Interestingly enough, I like the aroma best in this beer, despite it being the part where the infection is most noticeable. The flavor was completely different than I was expecting (in that it was so clean), but that was quite good to. Really an enjoyable beer that surprised me considering I knew it was likely a bit off going into it. Thanks for the bottle Ben, I really enjoyed it.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 03/15/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: DFH Tulip

Poured dark black in color w/ a big one and 1/2 finger tan head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas of cola, touch of acidity, burnt sugars, fruitiness, and maybe oddly enough banana. Nose was fantastic! The taste was of cola, dark chocolate, fruits, candied sugar, a touch of acidity in the middle, and a finish of mild hop bite and char. Extremely complex brew. Mouthfeel was spot on, full bodied and lush due to adequate carbonation. For what it's intended to be the drinkability is excellent.

A real pleasure to sample due to it's great unique flavors and complexity. Very odd brew in a good way!

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks George for the great extra! Pours a nice oily black, maybe a shade of brown in there. Nice tan head. Nose has bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark malts, chocolate, fruits and perhaps a bit of sourness. Taste also has some tartness to it. But otherwise a nice blend of flavors. Medium to full body abit thin and dry in the finish. A bit boozy as well. This bottle may be infected. But still a very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz wax-dipped bottle brought over by me to Jason's for a quick tick. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours black, tan/mocha-colored head, two fingers-worth of frothy head, nice lacing along the sides of the glass, thin cap on top to round things out.

S - Nice alcohol booze, some sweet chocolate, burnt sugars, lots of dark fruit. Overall, very sweet, but still has some decent roast and a touch of bitterness to keep from being one-dimensional.

T - Lots of plums, raisins, figs, milk chocolate, oak, nice alcohol booze. The sweetness of the dark fruits and chocolate go nicely together. The oak and booze compete the goodness for me. Quite a decent amount going on here, all working well together.

M - Medium to full, thick, rich, smooth, with light carbonation.

D - Really enjoyed this one. Not sure if I liked it more the Batch 2, but hey, they're different beers. Still have one bottle left, so I'll sit on it for a while and see what happens. Recommend!

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hybridization of two distinct experiences here. As this tick is from a backlog, I can say that I've experienced the intended brew on numerous occasions, and the affected brew twice.

A - The brew is brown-black, with an evil-looking head and a viscous, oily body. Unless you have a bottle that shows a thinner Porter-esque body with fizzy Belgian-style head.

S - Nice with or without the occasional acidity. In the best case, it is very richly aromatic, replete with buttery nuttiness, a lusciously rich booziness and earthen minerality. And, otherwise, it is like a nice blend of 90% of my description, and 10% JP Maracaibo Especial.

T - Again, the taste follows the nose. If the beer is totally as intended, it exhibits traits of aged J.W. Lees in terms of delectable richness and depth of flavor; if it is not, it becomes more like Odell's Saboteur, though quite a bit better than I recall Saboteur to be.

M - Again, either way, not too bad. Feel is not the strength here, anyhow.

D - Good either way. Wait, did I say that already?

to view more.
Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.