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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 67
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 42
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 67
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.37/5  rDev -41%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.61/5  rDev -35.1%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
2.81/5  rDev -30.1%
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. (1,541 characters)

Photo of craytonic
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
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 (338 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (889 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a ton to my brother Andy for cracking this one. The body is dark brown with just a ring of thin tan lace. The aroma is a bit hot to begin. Followed by dates and other dark fruits and a bit of vanilla and spice. Really a lot going on this one, a little bit tough to pinpoint any one thing. Definitely a very boozy and reminds me of a good bourbon. The taste is complex much like the smell, dark fruits, a bit of toffee and vanilla and oak. This really does reminds me of some bourbons I've had. Certainly a sipper. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit thick with good carbonation. As previously stated, this is a sipper, but drinks really well for a nine percent beer. Certainly unique and worth giving a shot. (713 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of dstc
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Pitch black body with tiny carbonation running up the sides of the glass. I got 2 fingers of dark beige head. Oilly legs tend to pull lacing back into the depths of the brew. The retention is pretty solid.

The nose is spicy and oaky. Hints of dark chocolate and dark berries as well. Oak really take over the nose though.

Taste of spicy oak, blackberries/blueberries, dark chocolate, hints of bourbon, and some graham crackers as well. Tannins and vinous notes. Quite complex. Not really like anything I have tasted. Smokey aftertaste.

Fairly thick with really nice, smooth carbonation. Kind of dry and quite vinous.

A really interesting beer. I would only want 12 oz's though. (714 characters)

Photo of GOGRANDE
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 (1,008 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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? (1,038 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, neat beer.

Beer is dark brown and appears thick in the glass with a tan head, thin, some lacing.

Beer is a little bitter in the nose, liquor, sweetness, strong aroma.

Maybe my palate was shocked or something but this beer has an acidic twinge to it that I'm not finding in other reviews. It was super sweet and thick up front, gave way to some bourbon and some liquor in the midpalate and finishes with this tart fruitiness and acidity that I wasn't expecting, it was a good beer though. I enjoyed it. (519 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of cyrusthepup from BA. Pours a very dark brown color with a slightly tan head. Nice strong aroma of a mix caramel, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. The taste again is a nice blend of multiple flavors and it's somewhat hard to pick out specific flavors. The barrels really make an appearance as the glass warms. Some nice chocolate and dark fruit with a nice slight bitterness that lingers. Some booze evident but not overly so or in a bad way. Some sweetness as well. I wish I was more familiar with the CCB line up to be able to pick out the specific beers but nonetheless this is a really tasty beer. Medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation. (669 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought two wax-dipped 12-ounce bottles at the brewery for $10 each. I hope it was worth it.

Pours into my tulip glass totally black with a short brown head.

Super-complex aroma of brandy barrels, nuts, fruit and chocolate, plus more elements I can't identify. Suffice it to say it's good.

The taste is also complex. The brandy notes are quite apparent, but this isn't a boozy mess. Sweet malt notes of caramel, dried fruit and more help balance the alcohol flavors.

Creamy body, of course. Very nice.

Overall this is a very fine beer to sip and enjoy in moderation, which works with its price. (600 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my De Stuise glass, big thanks to Sean... A great looking dark shiny black body, a hint of amber in the light. A big light tan head, great retention and lacing... The aroma is light alcohol, molasses, dark fruits, a hint of bitter. Good... The taste is really good, tons of dark dark fruits, a hint of cocoa, alcohol is there but doesn't take away from drinkable. (387 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the generous folks at Cigar City. Poured into a chalice. Not a lot of head; just a bit of mocha foam that thinly covers the pitch black body.

Lots of great aromas on this one. At first whiff, it is a little boozy. Great combination of vanilla and licorice. Nice dark fruit smell as well. Probably most like dates.

This is very fruity. Any roasted character from blended stouts takes a back seat to the fruitiness. The chocolate and vanilla flavors add to the sweetness. As I nearly finish my glass, I notice a lot of grape flavor in the finish.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability for the style. Really glad to have had a chance to try this one. (658 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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! (962 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,914 characters)

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.