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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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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.85/5  rDev -35.4%

Got this one from urwithdave a while back. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a 1 finger, looser looking, fizzy, light tan head with lousy retention. Quite noisy and fizzes down to a half wisp and ring. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A slight wisp remains but no real lacing down the glass. Looks fine, but this is one obnoxious, lazy head.

SMELL: Lots of caramel with plenty of bourbon and alcohol on the nose. Some milk chocolate and vanilla, but mostly cherry and lots of alcohol.

TASTE: Bourbon and boozy start to this one with vanilla, milk chocolate and booze soaked cherries at the swallow. Wood, bourbon, cherries and chocolate linger in the bold and acohol laced aftertaste. A touch too boozy perhaps, but still quite complex and interesting.

PALATE: Thinner, lighter body and medium levels of carbonation. Somewhat fizzy and rough on the palate, goes down with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: There's no ABV listed here, but I can imagine it's a big one. Very boozy with a lousy look and a thinner, harsh feel make this one more of a chore than an enjoyable drink. Felt like I was more going through the motions on this one. If they could tone down the ABV and keep the complex taste profile, they'd have a really good one here. I'm a big CCB fan, but this one didn't really do it for me. Thanks again for the box urwithdave. Great box of FL happy juice.

06-19-2013 20:30:19 | More by Jeffo
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -32%

02-19-2014 03:18:05 | More by drummermattie02
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Jhfinn


3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

07-19-2014 19:20:19 | More by Jhfinn
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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

08-20-2013 23:06:23 | More by chippo33
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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-19-2014 19:15:28 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

06-08-2013 02:55:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Thanks to a landmark among traders, moose3285, for this bottle. He seems to know that I want everything Cigar City releases, & lo! it shows up on my doorstep. I've long suspected him of being Santa Claus. 12 oz. yellow-waxed bottle.

Pour is quick & quiet, & I leave a touch in the bottle to avoid the tailings (which I slurp up independently, of course). Dark brown straying towards light black. Nose isn't the frontal assault that I'm used to from the brewery, soft notes of the barrel, vanilla, flying buttress of sweetness. Fairly tame.

Capricho Oscuro #5 is another in a run of liquers that I seem to have run into. It has that typical Cigar City feel, coating the mouth like river mud. Taste runs to a dark fruit salad that's been laying prone in a liquor/cognac bath for several months, then taken out for a ribald romp. Hot & boozy & smooth as a silk brocade. Big licorice knock arrives after the barrels, with little brothers of fig, brown sugar. End is smooth liquor. Carbonation vanishes quickly after the pour, & it turns still & heavy.

Perhaps my expectations were too high, but the fifth installment of the series didn't wow me like some of the others. A pretty good beer, but without the tasty complexity that's the hallmark of Cigar City.

06-13-2013 02:37:24 | More by maximum12
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

04-22-2013 05:36:10 | More by kscaldef
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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.

03-12-2013 02:29:41 | More by Alieniloquium
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -15%

07-05-2013 03:27:54 | More by BarrytheBear
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Quackus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -15%

02-18-2014 14:49:22 | More by Quackus
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -15%

03-23-2013 13:59:07 | More by thegerm87
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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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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-28-2014 22:59:06 | More by warnerry
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-11-2013 00:56:53 | More by Atomicskis5
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-19-2014 23:56:51 | More by Tyrawlings
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.3%

05-31-2014 21:54:23 | More by Dave_Treat
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DustinSWB

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.3%

05-04-2014 23:09:20 | More by DustinSWB
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nharres

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

12-30-2013 23:48:01 | More by nharres
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -9.3%

09-30-2013 15:26:10 | More by ThePorterSorter
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-03-2014 17:41:50 | More by BMart
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THATGUY_BIGMIKE

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.3%

06-24-2013 20:04:15 | More by THATGUY_BIGMIKE
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Lucho

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.

03-13-2013 05:38:43 | More by Lucho
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev -5%

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours an opaque color of darkness with a tiny tan head that evaporates like the rain in an August Orlando. Aromas of heavy brown sugar and lots of vanilla with hints of oak and dark dried fruits. Lightly vinous with hints of caramel, toffee, licorice, and chocolate. I could smell this beer forever. Sweet brown sugar with vanilla up front. A vinous alcohol flavor with a hint of heat comes in next. Light pitted fruits with caramelized sugars and hints of molasses and soy. Finishes with a lingering alcoholic sugary sweetness. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Big thick sweet beer that I thoroughly enjoyed sipping on for half the night.

10-22-2013 23:36:39 | More by johnnnniee
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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.