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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 - Cigar City Brewing

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 43
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of Soggy Loaf Rye Porter, Warmer Winter Winter Warmer, and Big Sound Scotch Ale.

(Beer added by: BrewCrew2010 on 09-27-2010)
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 18:23:25 | More by Kegatron
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 18:53:10 | More by Gfunk720
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +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!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 00:16:58 | More by Urbancaver
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trappistlover

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 03:30:48 | More by trappistlover
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:42:38 | More by TurdFurgison
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:24:14 | More by Avagadro
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Mavajo

Georgia

3/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:23:28 | More by Mavajo
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dstc

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 12:58:31 | More by dstc
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brew3crew

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 16:47:30 | More by brew3crew
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ThreeWiseMen

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:40:18 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 01:41:34 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 01:37:31 | More by abuliarose
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:11:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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mikeyv35

New York

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:50:52 | More by mikeyv35
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rye726

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:36:33 | More by rye726
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 14:53:11 | More by Sean9689
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 05:44:50 | More by ktrillionaire
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:18:12 | More by jrallen34
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 15:36:54 | More by drabmuh
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 05:06:44 | More by Sammy
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 20:33:54 | More by Thorpe429
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 15:59:14 | More by thagr81us
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headbucket

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:15:03 | More by headbucket
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koopa

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 15:20:19 | More by koopa
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

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