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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 - Cigar City Brewing

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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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3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

jegross2, Apr 24, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz sent by BREWSnTATTOOS. Thanks bud.

A: Pretty much straight black with some very dark mahogany hues. A bit of a light cardboard-colored head dies down quickly.

S: The brandy and cognac are pretty heavy in the nose. Thick notes of strong wine, restrained cocoa, figs, raisins, maple, toffee. Strong yet somewhat delicate.

T: The taste first brings lightly fusel alcohol and moderately sweet notes of dark dried fruits from the Warmer Winter portion of the blend, the barrels, and the mild oxidation. Dry charred grain and dark chocolate notes come in from the stouts, as well as some tannic vanilla and caramel and mildly bitter oak. Ghost of roasted malt and oak in the finish.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation. Dryish tannic feel on the tongue.

O: Normally I'm not a huge fan of barleywine/stout blends, but I think the barrels made them work pretty well together here.

Etan, Apr 08, 2013
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to dachshunddude86 for hooking this one up! enjoyed from a ccb snifter.

a - pried the wax and opened the bottle, filled my snifter. brew poured a fairly muddy brownish purple that settled into the glass as a dark purple brown. the head was minimal and fizzled away quickly. some visible carbonation can be seen near the surface around the glass.

s - oh joy! what a fantastic juicy dark fruit smell. big figs and raisins...grapes. booze. just really fantastic.

t - taste is spot on as well. matches the nose, big booze tickling a basket of ripe dark fruit. figs. really has an almost sangria quality to it.

m - big and boozy. tingly. coats the mouth.

o - overall, i am a big fan of american strong ales. i know a lot of people consider this as a catch all style, but i find there to be a specific style and this one really hits it...much like Bell's 9K. big bold dark fruit and nuts and figs. BAM...capricho oscuro. would have again.

cosmicevan, Apr 08, 2013
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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.