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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 - Cigar City Brewing

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4

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BA SCORE
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66 Ratings
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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.
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by bernardus1212:
Photo of bernardus1212
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WTF!?! A apple brandy aged winter with a burbon big sound, with a slice of rye porter... I have never had a beer this complex... layers of flavors and smells take this puppy for a ride. The first sip has the apple, then the dry porter, then the sweet and pungent combo of the winter and big sound I enjoyed this "Wonka" creation at the brewery, via the "sea bass'. oh yeah by the way sea bass has a Black Saison on tap and bottle right now., this is BETTER then the CAMPEDOR. I promise.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Amanda for sharing this bottle. 12 ounce bottle with copper-colored wax.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a brown head. This is an excellent looking beer, as I have come to expect from Cigar City.

The aroma is chocolate, alcohol, caramel and some brown sugar and molasses notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee with some alcohol. I also get some oaked notes, as well as a little bit of vanilla from the barrel aging.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a gentleman from FL - much obliged!

Pours an almost opaque brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of boozy caramel malts with hints of roastiness, light chocolate, and vanilla. Also present are slight amounts of dark fruits and butterscotch.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Thick caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by good amounts of light chocolate and vanilla. Midway through the sip hints of toffee work their way into things. Right before the end of the sip hints of roastiness and dark fruits make a brief appearance before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this blend but it barely passed the threshold of having too much going on. Still, a very interesting and tasty beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of ahatcher78
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I promised myself I'd hold out before I opened a bottle. It turns out I lie. 12oz bottle poured into my Holy Mackerel Goblet.

A: Black with a light brown 1/2 finger head. Maroon at the edges with no light passing through.

S: Malt and a lot of booziness. Brandy and Bourbon? Very complex.

T: It depends on the drink. What a complex beer. The flavors are just layered in. Caramel,chocolate,dark fruit,apple,brandy, bourbon, etc,etc etc...Hard to describe other than saying its just fantastic

M: Smooth. Carbonation is there, but the beer just coats your mouth.

D: Perfection as far as blends go. It's a sipper and very enjoyable. Glad they went with 12oz bottles instead of 750's.

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

Bottle from GOGRANDE. Absoutely delicious, rye edge and perfect somewhat sweet chocolate tangle in a porter aged in oak. Some woodiness there leving a drying finish. Good from the first drop to the last, so great drinkability. Pours dark chocolate colour with great foaming head. Perfumey, spicey chocolate and fresh rye. Thickish body.

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 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 thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured pitch black with a two and a half finger tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing througout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, and subtle tart apple. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, chocolate, and very slight sour apple. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Not sure if that tart flavor was supposed to be in there or not though. Just didn't seem to flow with the other flavors I experienced here. With that said, it did not kill the brew at all and was still quite enjoyable. It would however, be much better without that aspect though. Once the brew hit room temperature though, the flavor all but disappears as a hint for those who don't like the flavor. A must try from CCB even with this off-flavor.

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 mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i decided to crack this one to myself in the middle of my epic halloween tasting last night. poured into a pint glass and enjoyed during a very long walk around the neighborhood, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

near perfect pour as the dark brown liquid chugged into the glass. a towering head of dark chocolate colored foam then rose up from the bottom of the glass and took over the entire look. simply amazing looking at this point.

aroma is massively complex as the brandy hits you right away. warming, but not overpowering with hints of brown sugar, cocoa, nice warm vanilla and oak notes and a touch of cedar. really just marvelous. as i take the first sip, the silky smoothness of it coats the palate perfectly leaving every nook and cranny filled with a wonderful mixture of brandy, wood, and vanilla notes that just seemed to be neverending. warming it brings out some things that i simply cannot explain. a rich and warm flavor that i could not get enough of. tobacco and leather round it out and the overall feeling i am left with is outstanding.

one of the best things to come out of ccb in a while in my opinion.. this was a very welcome treat last night.

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 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 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 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 kfsv034
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shawn for this brew its a blend of Barrel Aged Rye Porter, Winter Warmer and Big Sound.

A - pours a deep dark brown with a creamy brown head

S - Smells of Chocolate, Oak, vanilla and some fruit maybe cherry

T - Taste is sweet fruit/cherry, wood/oak, vanilla and chocolate notes and some mild booze. The fruit/cherry flavor seems to be dominate the rest of the flavors.

M - As always Cigar City makes you feel like your drinking a meal of a beer. Full Bodied.

D - at 9% its not to bad I could have another

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Dosbeerigos for sending this my way a few months back. Served in a snifter.

Pours black with a pretty thick consistency. Tan head and some legs as it goes down the glass. The nose brings really nice notes of chocolate, barrel-aging, roast, and some molasses. A bit of dark fruit in the background. The taste really ups the complexity and integrates everything beautifully. Bourbon and chocolate meld completely with some brown sugar, mild vanilla, and a bit of oak. Really nice. Good, smooth body with only a hint of booze. Really quite tasty. I like Batch 2 better, but this was quite a treat. Thanks again, Phil!

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

A: slight redish dark brown with a very small head.

S: sweetness of the BA big sound with some mandrin orange from the Winter Warmer. Not getting much brandy on the nose though. Little boozy smelling. Not alot though. Definitely a unique nose.

T: layered affect from the blend. very nice. all the flavors from the beers are blending well. I get alot of the BA big sound in the middle. Reminds me of the big sound of nutts a little. I had the beer a few hours ago and this is a half ass review from memory so I apologize. I should have written this down :(

M: pretty silky. Nice medium feel. I was expecting something a little different. But this is good.

D: very drinkable. It def smells more boozy than it taste.

Thoughts: I have never had a bad CCB beer. I know I am a little bias because I am from FL, but I am just being honest. CCB is great. All the guys over there are very friendly and talented. Thanks CCB for constantly being a solid rep for Florida craft beer. You make me happy. :)

-Shawn

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 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?

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 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 headbucket
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that had been sitting in the fridge for a few months. Finally had a chance to split the bottle with my dad who graciously brought it back from his last trip to Florida. Let my half warm for almost an hour as I am writing this.

A: A dark cola/lighter black color. Opaque, non see though. A small head formed when poured. No real lacing left on the glass.

S: Fantastic. Reminds me of standing in the middle of a bourbon rack house. The sweet smell of bourbon and possibly brandy moving in and out of oak/wood and hanging in the air. THey should make air fresheners that smell like this, I would love my house to smell like it. The bourbon/oak smell dominates but there is a bit of dark/sweet fruit and malts in the back too.

T: Dark, sweet fruits like fig, plum, and maybe raisins. I hear that one of the parts of this blend was aged in apple brandy barrels and I get that too, like a (lighter than the other fruit flavors) green apple sweetness. A bit of oak/wood and alcohol on the end. A complex mix of flavors that is hard to discern and pick all of the elements out of but it is very nice. Dark fruits and sweetness dominate the finish with a bit of oak/wood mixed in.

M: Thick without being sludgy or syrupy, Fills the mouth nicely.

D: Very high, probably because I am so in love with the smell of the bourbon/barrels that I just want more of it. The sweetness detracts a bit, but it seems appropriate with the amount of fruit flavors in the beer. The abv is present, adding a little bit of heat to the middle of the beer, but it doesn't really detract.

A very tasty beer and my favorite blended beer that I have had to date. I have only had one of the three beers that went into this, the winter warmer, and I wasn't the biggest fan of that on its own. However the blends does a good job of cutting the overly sweet flavor of that beer that I was turned off by. As stated above,the smell is wonderful in that it reminds me very much of rackhouses where liquors are stored while barrel aging. I am very glad my Dad brought this bottle back with him, seeing that I asked him to pick up various other beers but looked over this one. Would happily pick up a few of these at $10/12oz bottle if I had the chance.

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 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 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

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