Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 | Cigar City Brewing

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale, Improv Oatmeal Rye India-style Brown Ale, and Big Sound Scotch Ale, aged in a Maker’s Mark bourbon barrel.

Added by tpd975 on 12-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Another one leaves the cellar. The latest bottle, being Capricho Oscuro (Batch 3), spent nearly three years in my hand via fellow BA user kbm (Kevin). Thanks a lot! Being bottle # 311/480, you know I'm going to relish the moment. On to the beer:

Gusher! Bah, my carpet is ruined. Anyway, this beer forms a thick foamy head at first, and in a few minutes things start to calm down. A soft (and smaller) head sits on top a chestnut brown liquid. Swirling the beer around yields "foam legs" that briefly cling before sliding down the glass. The nose is sour, be scared. Oh, tell us about its other aromas. Well, there actually is a good dose of whiskey soaked oak, sweet and mellow at that. There is still quite an acidic edge to the nostrils, but it actually smells pretty good. Sweet and sour, a mistake that worked?

I'm no finding much of a malty base to this beer. It's a bland sourness with whiskey, and there's a big whiskey accent in this beer. Take out the sourness and I'd be drinking beer flavored whiskey. Bring the sour back into the equation and it's a whiskey beer with a distraction. Nothing complements. The alcohol is hidden well, and its medium (yet acidic) and well carbonated body are positives to pull from.

Not fun, and contrary to the introduction, not a moment I would like to relish. Terrible....

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Photo of jrallen34
2.62/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a boring watery dark brown with a light tan head that only rises about a finger then is gone right away.

The aroma is overpowering almost too strong with bourbon and to a lesser extent just regular grain alcohol, almost stinging the nostrils. A light oak finish.

The taste is just all bourbon and scotch and alcohol, way to strong and not appetizing at all.

The feel is light, this is a big time sipper.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a muddy brown color with some red highlights. We're not off to a good start...

S: The nose is sugary sweet with plenty of alcohol to the nose. There's a touch of solvent and metal (iron) as well, which was not pleasing.

T: The flavor doesn't improve at all from the nose. The alcohol heat is overwhelming with an cloying sweetness. There's a touch of fruit and a misplaced tartness here as well.

M: The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation, but the alcohol heat ruins it a bit.

D: This beer was just all over the place and really didn't make sense. Nor were any of the flavors very good, to be honest. I definitely would not try this one again.

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Photo of Lothore
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a deep brownish hue with a nice big, 2.5 finger head.

S- Almost all bourbon and caramel notes with a mettalic back end that is strange.

T- Smokey, bourbon, hints of cream, finishes sweet. Reminds me of going to a smokey bowling alley when I was a kid for some reason.

M- Thick with low carbonation.

D- This one just didn't appeal to me.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 2/3/2010. Rating #1600!! Bottle 200/480. Pours brown with just the tiniest of tiny rings of light tan head. Aroma of bourbon mostly, plus some oak, sweet malt, toffee, molasses. Flavor is less bourbony with more oakiness, woodsiness, and sweet malts (from the Scotch Ale I think) with an intense woodsy, bourbony finish. This just didn't do it for me -- bourbon dominated the other flavors and I didn't like the overall flavor profile.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to capra12 for bringing this one. Poured from a 12oz bottles with the label "2009, batch 3" stuck on it, into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 3 finger light brown semi-fine head with good retention. Brew itself is a cloudy dark brown, almost opaque. Lacing is stringy but thick and really lasts.

S: Nose is sharp cherry, oily, soy sauce, other semi-sweet red fruit, pine, and a tiny bit of alcohol.

T: Boozy and bready. Semi-sweet, like a low grade red fruit. An earthy spiciness is apparent. Also a bit woody and grassy at the finish.

M: Medium bodied, coarse, and carbonated. A bit oily in the mouth and finish is rather clean with no real strong aftertaste.

D: I can kind of see where CC was going with this but it didn't work for me. Not worth having again though the complexity was present and appreciated. All the flavors simply did not meld together in this one.

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Photo of illidurit
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is a vanilla coconut bourbon bomb that almost completely drowns out the caramel/dark bread base. Flavor is thin and unfocused. Bourbon, brown ale notes, lots of malt but not enough body. Lots of weird CCB experiments (wolfberries, cedar, scuppernong?) seem to work out well but this blend doesn't have any rhyme or reason to it. Definitely a miss.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle 103/480

Pours a rich brown stained leather color. Lots of bubbles cling to the glass but no head or lacing.

Aroma is the best part. Sort of oaky leathery and bourbony with a caramel malt backbone. Smells great.

Tastes similar but the flavor proportions are off. It's too oaky and has a weird roasty bitterness. Little bit of a tang in the finish too. Don't know if I really like this one.

Mouthfeel is actually more dry than I was expecting. This beer needs to be sweeter.

Overall I wouldn't trade for this or buy it off a shelf. I would try their other experimental batches though.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Jw347 for the bottle.

Pours a clear dark ruby blood red with a light tan head that rises with a good pour and retains pretty well leaving ok lacing.

Nose is, in a word, WIERD. Big dark fruits. Caramel. And a touch of vodka like hairspray.

Hmmm. Close to good. The dark fruits are there, but they are pretty overwhelmed by booze. This tastes like it was aged in vodka barrels, haha. Strong vanilla and tannins. Pretty hot.

Mouthfeel is nice and silky, viscous as a mofo, a touch slick, but good for the style.

Drinkability is pretty sketchy. This is a very boozy beer and is a little overdone, IMO. Alcohol is very noticeable, to the point of numbing the tongue.

Overall, a nice beer, but just way too hot and overdone. Its close to something quite nice, but there is just a sloppy akwardness about it. Potential is there, but this does not live up to the 2nd capricho release.

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Photo of Kelp
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vacax
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish brownish tan head with tight beading. Aroma of bourbon, chalk, berry, maple, and pomegranate. Tastes of cherry cough syrup, booze, and maple with a bitter herbal finish. Body is only moderately thick, thin for such a boozey beer and low to medium carbonation doesn't match. I was happy to try this one, but it is purely experimental. A small sample was enough.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #335/480 into snifter, big thanks to Greg (tpd975) for this one!

Pours a very murky brown, no head at all, just a small burst of carbonation that never even collects at the surface. Nice legs though.

Nose is kind of odd. Bourbon is huge, kind of weird - whiskey, big coconut, bit of corn, brown sugar, but mainly whiskey. Lots and lots of bourbon.

Taste is more big whiskey - corn, brown sugar, bourbon and boozey alcohol, kind of an oddly vegetal note as well, reminiscent of old coffee grounds. There just isn't much body to hold this one up or balance it at all, the bourbon jut runs out of control. This is more whiskey than beer at this point; not bad, but if I'm in the mood for bourbon, I'd pour a glass of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is slick, heavy, just a bit undercarbonated.

Drinkability isn't bad, but the heavy bourbon influence really hurts. It's hard to find the beer underneath the booze.

Kind of disappointing really. Really curious what the beer underneath was like before it was slammed with the whiskey.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of pittsburghkid66 a ways back. Thanks. Served in a snifter.

This one starts out as a gusher, quite a bit so. Only lost a ounce or so, but still impressive. After that, pours black with a huge off-white fizzy head that lasted for a long time before falling and leaving some spotty lacing.

It went downhill from there, with the nose being full of heavy whiskey along with a bit of roast. Faint oak and light tannin. Nothing too complex. Bourbon and oak in the flavor with just a bit of roast. Medium body with a thin overall texture and light carbonation. Decent enough, but nowhere near as good as the other blends.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rhinos00
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks boothbeer for opening this one up. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (#237/480) into a wine glass.

A- Pours a hazy, cloudy iced tea color. Very little head. Produced a thin white ring around the glass.

S- Lots of french oak (very similar to Southern Tier Cuvee 2). Also picked up on some vanilla, coconut, raisins. Interestingly enough I also noticed a hint of sourness in the background.

T- Talk about domination. Upfront, the french oak dominated the palate...lots of wood flavors with a touch of vanilla. The second half was much better. The initial flavors served as the base. Piled on was a nice combination of sweet, dark fruits (i.e. raisins and prunes).

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Left a semi-dry feel on the palate.

D- Fairly drinkable. Just a tad too much oak for me.

Overall, an okay beer. This is my first cigar city beer and not too impressed. Reminded a lot of Southern Tier's Cuvee 2, which I think I liked better. Way too much oak in this one.

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Photo of crossovert
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. 2009 Batch #3 Bottle # 290/480.

Pours into my snifter a deep, dark brown pretty much black. The head is off-white, creamy, and short-lived. You can still make out tiny floaties when you hold it to the light.

The smell reeks of bourbon, which is nice. There is also some oak that brings some vanilla notes. There seems to be a funky sour smell underneath it, I am in the dark on what this beer is supposed to be like so hopefully it is supposed to smell like that. It isn't bad. There is a mild reminiscence of hops.

The taste is smooth and bourbonny. It has nice wood flavor aswell. Underneath there is an inkling of hops and slight fruits.

I'm now thinking they wanted to make a bourbon flavored beer. That is what this is, straight up bourbon with maybe a bit of hops added.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for opening this Booty. 2009 Batch #3, 237/480. 12oz bottle into wine glass. Nice artwork on label.

A- Pours deep and murky brown surrounded by yellow and yet again by green edges. Almost zero head, even with a rough pour. No sign of carbonation, even after giving several swirls. Somehow, even without the head, the beer manages to throw a few strands of lace against the walls of the glass.

S- Dominated by fresh coconut and oak. Has a funky sourness that I like along with some bourbon and grassy aromatics. Interested combination that should make for an intriguing first sip.

T- The first touch gives the zing of a lemon, followed by the same coconut/oak from the aroma. The middle has some hay or grass and the aftertaste is consumed by carmel and alcohol. The alcohol seems to stick in the back of the throat.

M- Thick and big with little carbonation. Strange mouth feel for this type of beer, I can't decide wether it really works together.

D- With the way the alcohol sticks in the back of my throat, this would be a one pint or less beer. Less alcohol might leave me to explore and try and figure this one out.

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Photo of boothbeer
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Maltzilla for this one. Shared with pecorasc and rhinos00. Split into wine glasses. 2009 Batch 3 #237/480.

Pours a brownish/somewhat purple color with very little head. However, there is some lacing on the sides of the glass. Also had some thick brown sediment in the bottom of the glass.

Smells very oaky. Some bourbon and sour notes. Picking up dark fruit smells; mainly raisins.

Tastes- Lots of wood and oak flavors. Some prune and raisin flavor, but the oak flavor dominates this beer.

Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth up front, but finishes a little more dry.

Good drinkability. You better like oak flavor though.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, WARNING THIS BEER IS A GUSHER. This made us nervous that it was infected, I don't think so, just a big malty beer with way way too much carbonation.

Beer is brown and hazy with a big tan head of small bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and strong, mostly malt.

Beer is medium in body and pretty sweet, a little prune, other stone fruits in there, not a very complicated beer but I enjoyed it. The finish was nice, I don't know if I would have it again but I don't regret having it.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to honuswagner for this beer. Fresh off the fedex truck and into the fridge it went.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brownwith red tints to it. About one finger of tan head forms amd slowly fades to leave a nice lace ring.

The aroma is sour cherries to start for sure. Then the cedar comes through along with heavy bourbon and what I can only describe as smarties. This a rather interesting nose to say the least.

The flavor is not as harsh as the nose would lead you to believe. Mild dark fruit and a lot of fresh cut grass stand out at first. Then the bourbon and cedar wash over the tastebuds. I maybe even get a hint of coffee in the finish.

Medium body with light carbonation. Rather smooth.

Overall a very interesting beer. Not something I would want everyday but worth trying again.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Gillard for the chance to try this beer. Poured a deep reddish brown like clay with only a slight head but that is to be expected with a barrel aged beer. The nose had notes of vanilla, oak and slight citrus. The tastes is more wood than beer, with no real distinguishable traits of any of the base beers. Light to medium body with a buttery quality similar to Firestone 11. Pretty drinkable now, but I expect/hope this beer to improve with time. Overall this is a pretty decent beer but not their best offering by far.

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Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #353/480, courtesy of AskDrTodd.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a small creamy tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a soapy swirl along the top.

The aroma is dominated by bourbon and oak. There's a bit of smoked malts and dark chocolate but it's all masked largely by the huge bourbon and wood.

The taste starts with a straight bourbon kick with the underlying smoky malts and sweet caramel just barely showing up. There is probably a little more of the underlying beers in the taste with some chocolate, nuts and tobacco. However, the finish is all wood with some sweet but hot bourbon.

The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied and dry with the charred wood drying out the palate. The bourbon is also dominant, leaving a sweet burn after each sip.

This is a good beer, but I think the bourbon is probably a little overdone for me as I'm a big fan of all three of the underlying beers, but I can hardly make them out underneath the barrel character.

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