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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 109
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is a blend of at least five different beers, including Hot Blooded Foreign Stout, Puppy's Breath Robust Porter, and several vintages of Warmer Winter Winter Warmer. These beers were aged in some cognac and brandy barrels before being blended together. This will be a tasting room exclusive.

(Beer added by: Lare453 on 03-02-2013)
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Reviews by BobZ:
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to dachshunddude86 for this treat.

Appearance: Dark brown with little to no head that instantly remains only as a ring.

Smell: Port wine like over dark fruit, with a finishing whiff of alcohol.

Taste: So much rich flavor, again vinous over caramel malts with alcoholic warmth. Dark fruit in abundance plum, raisin, and fig, all layered on top of each other. CCB creates a beer that manages to be complex, unique, and delicious. Like caramel wrapped raisins aged in a port barrel. The warmth makes the alcohol noticeable but not harshly so.

Mouthfeel: Holding on to smooth, the palate is cleansed by the alcohol.

Overall: Unique to say the least, but very, very, tasty. Glad to have enjoyed this one.

06-30-2013 02:15:29 | More by BobZ
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Massachusetts

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AdamF625

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -22.2%

A- This beer appears muddy brown with reddish hues. It has a thin khaki head and no lacing.
S- oak, figs, and other dark fruits.
T- dark fruits, figs, dates, raisin, oak, and a lot of booze.
M- thin, flat, and dry.
O- alcohol forward. It masks some of the nice malty and sweet fruit flavors.

09-15-2013 00:33:19 | More by AdamF625
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cacostaj

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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Florida

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance: Pours a light black that is only transparent at the rim. Foams up just enough to let you know it isn't flat then fades fast with a few little bubbles floating around the middle.

Smell: WOW! Barrels, lots of Barrels. Brandy and maybe some Cognac. Keep smelling and there are some fruits. Little bit of Brandy soaked apples, figs, raisins, and maybe dates.

Taste: WOW again! There are lots of Barrels that hit you first with the Brandy. There is some burn from the booze but I feel that this will settle down in time. Once the barrels subside then some fruit notes come out like there were on the nose. Some Brandy soaked green apples, figs, and raisins, then dates at the end. The aftertaste is mostly coffee which has to be present from one of the base beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. There is a nice sticky resinous quality that remains around the rim of your mouth after each sip. Yummy!

Overall: This is a barrel monster with some great qualities. I think that in time things will change and I hope that they change for the better.

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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.69/5  rDev -16.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - A few wisps on a deep caramel head. Thin collar. Reddish flecks.

Smell - Lots of cognac and brandy. Smells like apple brandy, but the description doesn't say that. Caramel.

Taste - Lots of liquor. Very strong. Nondescript caramel and some roast. Very hot brandy finish. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Very hot. Low carbonation. Alcohol overwhelms all the other flavors.

Overall - I blame the brandy barrels. More cognac, less brandy. The blend of beers is very muddled.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Traded for a couple bottles with Dachshunddude86, thanks Matt!

Pours a dark cola with minimal head. There are some bubbles and a ring that forms so you know it's not flat.

Nose is great; brandy-soaked raisins, very port like. Clearly his beer spent time in a barrel(s).

Taste follows the nose at first with cognac/brandy soaked dark fruit. The next wave of flavor is roasted coffee with some cocoa. Reminded me of JW Lees but not as sweet and more coffee. Good stuff.

Smooth on the palate with just a hit of booze going down. I'd imagine this would be mitigated with any food pairing. Maybe 10-11%?

Certainly a sipper, but a very tasty offering from Cigar City. After being impressed with MZ then let down a bit by Hunaphus it's nice to have another barrel aged beer to gauge them by. I may have to track down some more bottles.

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7clutch

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Atomicskis5

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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BuckTuckian

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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jegross2

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%

Reviewing the Capricho Oscuro (Batch 5) from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida. According to Cigar City: This beer is a blend of at least five different beers, including Hot Blooded Foreign Stout, Puppy's Breath Robust Porter, and several vintages of Warmer Winter Winter Warmer. These beers were aged in some cognac and brandy barrels before being blended together. This will be a tasting room exclusive.

Score: 91

2012 vintage bottle served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 04/23/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark, distinctively brown color with just a whisper of head that quickly and totally dissipates. No lacing or retention; this beer just leaves behind a clear, oily coating on the side of the glass that slowly oozes back into the beer. 3/5

Smell: Huge notes of toffee, raisins, figs and sweet maple. I can smell the dried dark fruit notes at least a foot from the glass. Vanilla, brown sugar, caramel and more raisin. This beer is an absolute raisin bomb. Big, bold and decadent in aroma. This beer smells sweet, but it does not quite get to the point of sugary sweet. The aroma gets sweeter as it warms up and airates; this made me downgrade the aroma score a quarter step. 4.25/5

Taste: Upfront is sweet brown sugar, maple, sugary vanilla and raisin. There's a bit of booziness thereafter, but not in an overly intense cringe-inducing sort of way -- more just in the warming sensation and bold accompanying flavor. Toffee, caramel, leather, brown sugar and maple in the finish. Tons of dried dark fruit throughout. A little oak as it warms up. This tastes a sweeter than the nose and is a bit sugary, though not "Dark Lord sweet." 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium, maybe slightly sub-medium, bodied with low carbonation. Sweet overall. I was expecting a little more fullness and a little less sweetness, but this does not fall so short of the mark to hurt this brew. 3.5/5

Overall: This beer has some awesome qualities going for it. The flavor profile is reminisce of Melange 3 and Fruet. Alas, the sugary-sweetness and lesser bodied restrains this one from true greatness. If you love your sweet raisin-forward beers, this one is calling your name.

Cost: $10 for a 12 oz bottle.

04-24-2013 00:30:47 | More by jegross2
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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 from Cigar City Brewing
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