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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 67
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 43
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kristina for sharing this at our impromptu tasting at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving half-finger of foam that settles to a thick ring and light haze on top. A few spots of lace are left behind. Black body with a hint of reddish-brown transparency.

S - Big aromas of chocolate, wet barrel, sharp oak, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. There's some defintie cherry cordial and dark fruit character as well. The sweetness emerges more as it warms and starts to overtake the barrel notes.

T - Lots of tannic oak and spicy wood in the flavor. Vanilla and malted chocolate. Surprisingly well-hidden alcohol, and an oaky finish.

M - Low soft carbonation, smooth as chocolate. Medium-full body, very easy to drink for the style.

D - This is quite good. Not as good as the #2, but definitely much better than the #3.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for cracking this one!

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours a 1/2 finger of light tan head. Color is fairly black.

Aroma: I get a lot of warming brandy and oak here. Some vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, lightly roasted malts. I don't get too much rye here. The brandy covers up a lot of the bourbon. It also has some dark fruits, molasses, and syrup flavors.

Taste: Sweet brandy flavors with a nice amount of oak and spice. The bourbon shows a little more as it warms. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, and roasted malts all blend together well here. More plums, dried apples, molasses, and syrup flavors shows. It is warming, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, creamy, and silky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with warming barrel notes, a bit dry.

Overall, a really nice offering from CCB. The brandy shows a lot here and I really like it. I didn't get alot of the rye, but I am sure it was in there somewhere adding a nice layer. A very nice beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
3.1/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.37/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.61/5  rDev -36%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2x12oz bottles shared by me at an epic tasting at beerloco's last night.

Appearance: Pours black, opaque, and displaying a 1 finger khaki crown. Retention and lace are moderate to medium.

Smell: Slight mint note from the rye, dark roast malt, and a hint of peaty malt.

Taste: Same as nose but more vibrant and complimentary. These flavors play off each other quite well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with nice soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down fairly easy for an American Strong Ale.

The group enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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?

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
2.81/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

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