Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
3
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gtreid for this one. Bottle 52/480

Poured into flute glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark bark brown, near black.

Aroma: lots of whiskey and oak flavors. All of the brown ales are also present. Some nut flavors with big malt. Caramel notes as well. Some vanilla notes. Pretty decent for a brown ale.

Taste: Lots of barrel aged notes here. This was seems to be aged a decent amount of time. Big whiskey and oak flavors with vanilla. Lots of malts. Caramel and some chocolate. Pretty decent, but the barrels took this beer over.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warm. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty with a little heat.

Overall, this is a solid beer. A ton of barrel age notes. The scotch notes go well with the oak and whiskey flavors. I dig it.

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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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new one for me this evening. I had been wanting to try this one as well for what seemed liked forever. Big thanks for bringing this one. Consumed on 06/09/2010.



Nice dark brown pour, nearly opaque with a little bit of ruddy color shine through on the sides and the bottom on the glass. Nice lacing as it comes up to about a finger in height with a good amount hanging on the glass throughout the session.

Aroma is loaded with whiskey. Deep notes of roasted malts, light coffee, a hint of something spicy as well at first. Warming brings out oak, touches of vanilla and a hint of cocoa. Really full flavor though, this one really took me by surprise. Warm whiskey dominates the flavor, lots of spicy, oak like notes and hints of vanilla and cocoa as well. Smooth, ridiculously smooth with a good bit of coffee jumping up in the finish and a soft, vanilla laden taste left on the palate long after it was done.

Overall just a very, very solid ale here. Does not really fit the mold of any one style, but really just a great blend. Would love to have this one again any day, really just top notch stuff here.

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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting. Bottle 371/480.

a - Pours a murky brown color with no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and chocolate. Lots of bourbon.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, dark fruit,roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - I enjoyed this beer and thought it was much better than Batch 2, which we tried side by side. Would like to try again sometime.

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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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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to Gtreid for this bottle!

Bottle #38/480. The bottle is so mysterious...I wonder what's inside? It pours a darkly translucent garnet-brown topped by a minor ecru head. The nose comprises oak, very light wheat, walnuts, and a strongly alcoholic bourbon. The taste holds notes of oak, rye bread, walnuts, yeast, some slight bourbon, nutmeg, and butter cookies. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and smooth, slick feel. Overall, a tasty brew, but one I can't quite seem to peg.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jw347 for sending me this one. Figured I'd give it a try even with the somewhat negative buzz. Bottle #92 of 480. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with a late-rising finger of tan foam, with surprisingly good retention. It eventually settles to a thin cap, and then a thick ring, but it never goes away. Murky brown body with some red at the fringes - some visible sediment too. Dig the foam, not so impressed with the body.

S - Wow! It's sour! Not at all what I was expecting - it reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Lactic sourness, spicy wood and bourbon, some apples (calvados?), a bit of vegetal, and a brown ale backbone. The booze is there, but understated.

T - Wet wood, apple brandy(?), tannic, spice, lactic sourness, some vanilla and butterscotch as it warms up. Tastes a little like a less sour, younger, and slightly boozier version of Jolly Pumpkin Bière De Mars - Grand Reserve. Aftertaste is earthy, and then butterscotch pops up quite late.

M - Some carbonation bite, booze is present but somewhat muted. It's a bigger body, but since I don't know the ABV I'm not sure if it's quite enough - could use a bit more heft to correlate with the booze flavors. Very dry & tannic finish.

D - I drank my 6oz pretty quickly, and could easily have had the other half if I weren't sharing with my lovely wife. This was definitely not what I was expecting - but it was a pleasant surprise. I think I may try to trade for a couple more bottles to see how this ages down the road. Is there where all that infected Bolita ended up?

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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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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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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for being the middle man in my trade for this. Not sure which Florida BA sent this, but thanks a lot.

Pours dark brown with a white head. The aroma of brown sugar, oak, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is oak, bourbon and alcohol that is slightly warming. There is also quite a bit of caramel malt. Slightly watery mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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

Photo of corby112
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to tpd975 for bringing this to a recent get together on his recent trip to Philly. Thanks again man!

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with slight mahogany edges and a beige frothy head that slowly settles into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spotty lacing.

Earthy oaky aroma with a lot of oaky tannis, vanilla and a huge b ourbon presence. This beer has an amazing nose resulting from the time spent in the barrel. Lots of chocolate malt underneath the sweet bourbon character. I took in the aroma of this beer for several minutes before even taking a sip.

Lighter end of medium body with some very sweet chocolate malt presence with more sweet bourbon and alcohol. Lots of silky chocolate malt with hints of caramel and subtle tobacco. The bourbon presence is subtle and nowhere near as prominent as it is in the nose. Also a good bit of earthy oak tannis and vanilla but the flavors of the original base beers are not overpowered. Slightly watered down but still a complex, quaffale blend.

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3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerisheaven for this bottle, & one that has lingered in the back of the fridge for far too long. 12 oz. bottle popped with the #4 & split into a pair of small tasting glasses. Bottle 128/400, marked 2009.

Pours industrial plastic black, but really more brown with red highlights. Smell is more leather than I've ever felt coming off the dark surface of a brew. Vanilla & oak; this is a purebred bourbon-barrel reek.

Capricho Oscuro #3 is like a comfortable old baseball glove that's been worn in by plenty of hot-corner shots. Big notes of dusty leather dominate. Harsh notes of whiskey underneath feel a bit dated, faded. Sweet malts are subservient. Root & branch of the oak, probably cut from an Ent. Dry, a touch thin, the wood really sticks around on the palate. Six ounces doesn't seem enough to judge this one: good sign.

Middle-ground. Not as good as batch #2 but better than batch #4. Still a very good beer & a lesson in flashing leather.

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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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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue with shades of copper showing through. Rather thin small head that exhibited no real retention or lace.

S: Lot's of barrel in the noose. Vanilla just oozes from the glass. Nice notes of charred oak, and bourbon. Sweet notes hide beneath with some caramel, and brown sugar coming out as well.

T: Flavor is very similar to aroma. The barrel component is big in this beer not as big as the nose would lead you to believe though. Nice bourbon flavors with the vanilla once again leading the way. Some stewed dark fruits, and the sweetness of darkened brown sugar.

M: On the thinner side for the style.

D: Very drinkable. I liked the mix of this one. It is the lightest in body of all the capricho's, but still pretty darn tasty.

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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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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 from Cigar City Brewing
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