Capricho Oscuro Batch 6
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 4.86%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
46
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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Capricho Oscuro Batch 6Capricho Oscuro Batch 6
Notes: When Cigar City's dark whim, or Capricho Oscuro gets the best of us, we select our favorite barrel aged beers to blend into a giant Gordian knot of liquid complexity. Capricho Oscuro #6 is a blend of bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, a bourbon barrel aged belgian-style dark ale, a brandy barrel aged double nut brown ale, and a bourbon barrel aged baltic porter.
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Reviews by deebo:
Photo of deebo
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$15 for a 12 oz bottle at the brewery, this one takes the cake for most expensive beer I've gotten at retail.
A-Poured into a pint glass, this brew had a thin layer of tan head atop a midnight black brew.
S-Smell is powerful, can get wafts of barrel from feet away. So what comes out strongest given this hodpodge...I get an oaky vanilla barrel aroma. A belgian-y raisin dark fruitiness. Some dark chocolate stout maltiness.
T-Where to start. This is interesting. So much going on here. But like the aroma the tastes that dominate here are the same. Lots of woody barrel characteristics, vanilla, bourbon, oak. A nice dark fruit quality that bumps up nicely with the dark roasted malts.
M-Thick bodied. A bit more carbonation than I expected. Lingering booziness. Substantial. Definitely a beer that hangs on and sticks with you.
O-An interesting beer. Definitely worth a suck but I don't think I'd buy a ton at the hefty price tag. The blend gets a bit too busy at times. The individual components might be better than the composite...but who knows. Either way I'm enjoying sipping on it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cjgator3
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Opaque and very dark brown, with a thin light tan head that fades. A low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, dark roasted malts, chocolate and cacao, and vanilla. Oak and tannins, tobacco and dark candied fruits. Mild barrel char. The chocolate and bourbon dominate though. Nice and complex.

T: Dark chocolate and bourbon, oak and vanilla. Brandy and a good bit of oak tannins with the dark roasted malts. Cacao nibs, chocolate-covered brandy-soaked raisins. Mild brown sugar and toasted molasses. A mild hop and roast bitterness with more sticky sweet chocolatey malts in the finish.

M: A heavy sticky body but not syrupy. The alcohol stays surprisingly well integrated, and carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: An excellent beer. It’s not quite as good as I remember Batch 5 being, but this is solid. The bourbon and barrel are quite present but not overbearing. Chocolatey and vanilla-y, but not cloying.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my lovely wife for bringing two bottles of this back from the CC taproom. And as revenge for going without me, I’m drinking one alone. Don’t tell her. 12 oz. bottle released in 2016.

The pour is dark brown blending into light black with an eighty year old’s white fringe around the edges of the glass. A swirl brings bourbon, strong shot of brandy, molasses infused with brown sugar, & a rich sweetness reminiscent of Belgian chocolate. Nice start.

Capricho Oscura #6 is a Botticelli of barrels. As usual, the introduction of any brandy means that taste is at the top of the pile, underlined by cool, smooth bourbon, blended together with a bare minimum of alcohol heat. The lush sweetness of the base(s) come next, with accents of caramelized brown sugar, maple syrup, hint of smokiness, chocolate, & ends with a bit of spicing that sticks around (cinnamon? Naughty?). Hits the ‘feels just right. Would be better in a 27 oz. stein.

Hey Cigar City, do some of this wild blending magic for El Cat, wouldya? This series has varied wildly, but this is the best of the bunch to date. Excellent beer.

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Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from rutger a couple years back. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Blend #6
Vintage: 2016
Blend of Bourbon BA imperial stout, Baltic porter and Belgian style dark ale, and Brandy BA double nut brown ale

APPEARANCE: Syrupy clear black pour yields a small, thin tan head with lousy retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Only a slight ring remains to the end but leaves no lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak and milk chocolate on the nose. Vanilla, coconut, toffee and dark, smoky chocolate as well. Bold and definitely barrel laced.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak and milk chocolate with roasted flavors up front. Lots of barrel and some alcohol at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate and bitter chocolate as well. Roasted undertones the whole way through. Flavorful, roasted and barrel heavy.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy for sure, a bit lighter perhaps, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch and finishes a bit sticky on the palate. Creamy and smooth for the style. Nice.

OVERALL: Delicious stuff overall. CBC comes through in the clutch again. This one is quite barrel heavy, which isn’t a surprise given the blend, but it’s got lots of nuances and plenty going on. Really enjoyable. Worth diving into if you get the chance. Thanks again, rutger!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with CCB logo pressure cap.

Blend #6 released 2016.

poured into Speigelau tulip glass.

Appearance: black body with thick medium brown cap. Drops down to thin cap and head leaves plenty of lacing all over the glass. Booze legs are also present on the side of the glass.

Smell: Fantastic nose. Lots of barrel notes. Tons of oak. Tobacco notes. Nice brandy aromas. Spicy bourbon. Chocolate, cocoa nibs, and dark fruits. Slight hint of cardboard oxidation in the nose. Hint of black licorice.

Taste: Starts off sweet and finishes with a light lingering bitterness of bakers cocoa, oak, and black licorice. The dark fruits are the prominent malt sweetness profile from this beer blend layered throughout this beer. Light toasted and nutty quality which is where you finally taste a hint of bourbon. The brandy is the stronger tasting spirit from the barrels, but the brandy is abundant in the right amount. Some chocolate from the stout. Some light ashen smokiness from the Baltic porter. As this beer nears room temperature, some soy sauce and black olives do show up joining the onslaught of big flavors present in this beer. Different flavor combinations with each sip the beer is dynamic sip after sip. CBB should have named this beer: "Barrel Aged Umami Blend".

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer. Low and adequate carbonation. Body is sticky and thick. Creamy carbonation. The texture of the beer is amazing at cellar temp, but the beer thins out substantially as it nears room temperature.

Overall: This beer is a really nice blend. I like that you can get some of each of the elements of this beer from all the blended beers in the flavor profile. Its savory and extremely rich, but not necessarily in a sweet kind of way. About a 6oz pour is what I found to be just right for one sitting; drinking the whole bottle gets to be a chore. Especially when you are drinking the last 4 oz of this 12oz serving. This reminds me a little bit of HotD barrel aged beers; almost like a blend of Cherry Adam from the Wood and Matt nicely blended together.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours black with almost no head. Smells of strong brandy and oak. Lots of fudgy chocolate. A little nutty. Tastes of chocolate. Bourbon. Brandy is still present and pretty strong in the back end, but not as dominant as it is in the nose. Woody with a lot of brandy in the finish. Heavy. Pretty good.

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Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFC21
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/19/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, bourbon, brandy, toasted oak, brown bread, and nuttiness; with light smoke, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, licorice, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon/brandy barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, bourbon, brandy, toasted oak, brown bread, and nuttiness; with light smoke, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, licorice, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light roast bitterness and bourbon/brandy/oak spice on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, fudge, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, bourbon, brandy, toasted oak, brown bread, nuttiness, light dark fruit/smoke, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon/brandy barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, fairly grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming alcohol for 12.2%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged blended strong ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon/brandy barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV. Amazing integration and balance of the barrels and the 4 style flavors. All have distinct presence in the finished beer. Great barrel presence without being boozy or overly tannic/drying. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GTJayG
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elvisdoc
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMart
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopkrid
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slack
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016
12 oz
$15

Deep deep brown in the middle to a lighter shade on the edges where a bit of clarity comes through. Minor minor head. Nice lacing on a sip.

Nose is dark fruits, licorice, bourbon / brandy, malt, oak, and a bit of toffee.

Taste is bourbon accented by brandy. Notes of raisins and plums, char, toffee, minor booze, and lots of oak.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and smooth. Carbonation is low. Finish is semi sweet.

Hard to characterize this as a strong ale as no discernible hops come through. This could be an old ale, very much a sipper and reminiscent of a port. The dark fruits and sweetness are balanced by the bourbon/brandy and oak. Very very drinkable over the course of an hour or so. Booze is pretty well hidden. The price is the biggest drawback here...I would grab a taster of this if available and be hesitant to buy.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Capricho Oscuro Batch 6 from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 46 ratings