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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
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world-class

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 109
Gots: 37 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Thorpe429, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

acurtis, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with no head on a muddy, dark brown body.

S - Lots of caramel, toffee, red apple, vanilla, licorice, and whiskey.

T - Sweet toffee malt and caramel covered apples up front. Some more caramel and brown sugar notes in the middle and a finish of warming alcohol, brandy, and vanilla.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a very sweet finish.

D - Nice, with a great barrel and toffee character, but somehow lacking in the finish. The aroma is amazing, the flavor is a bit less so, while the drinkability and appearance are lacking. A touch of roast or just a bit more bitterness was needed to balance out the significant sweetness. As it is, the beer finishes a touch on the flabby side with a cloying sweetness that makes this one to share with friends as it seems like drinking too much of it would diminish the experience.

nickfl, May 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

oline73, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

mendvicdog, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

beernads, Mar 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

imperialking, May 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

yourefragile, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

duceswild, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

BARFLYB, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma offers roast, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Just ridiculously smooth. Wow. Alcohol heat is there in the finish, but even so, rather mild and delicate. Teeming with flavor. Chocolate and roast with prominent bourbon throughout. Medium bodied and silky smooth on the palate. Fabulous.

Huhzubendah, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Gonzoillini, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Zaphog, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

ShanePB, May 29, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

johnnnniee, Oct 22, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -32%

drummermattie02, Feb 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

chippo33, Aug 20, 2013
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4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz into a riedel snifter

A dark cola brown, little to no head, nice crown of bubbles, scattered islands, very pretty

S lovely, big cognac, vanilla, dark dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, licorice, lemon peel, oak, bitters, cherry, other berries... Tis beer is super complex! There are several flavors I can't identify.

T phenomenal. This is very very cognac and brandy forward. Lots of licorice, vanilla, coca, big dark cherries, brandy and cognac oak, lite powdered sugar, light coffee, sweet malt, brown sugar, cane sugar, Cabernet grapes, several other flavors that I cannot identify. A lot of cherry.

M thick and full bodied, very light carbonation, smooth

O this beer is phenomenal, I dare to say its as good as Leon, sweet stout and other ba beers from ccb. I may have to say its the best ba beer from ccb yet. Exceptional. Another unbelievable drink from ccb.

Lare453, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

maximum12, Jun 13, 2013
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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.