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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 | Cigar City Brewing

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3

Brewed by:
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 beavers
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Greg (tpd975) for this!

Bottle # 416/480

Cloudy medium brown with a light coffee & cream color ring around the edge...but no real head on this one.

Very aromatic...full of huge oaky bourbon, nuts, ____ root (that I can't identify), toffee, cola, alcohol.

Tastes of bourbon, toffee/caramel sweetness, strong nutty and oaky flavor...and even some faint cedar? Some tanginess, with some slightly acidic red apple. Flavor is big, but seems more muddled than layered. Barrel has given off more earthy wood flavor than vanilla.

Medium approaching full bodied, oily and decent carbonation.

This is definitely a tasty beer that I would enjoy again, but not in the same league as some of my other favorites in this style.

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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 nickd717
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hand bottle at a tasting thanks to illidurit.

Pours a cloudy, fairly dark brown color with a small off-white head and not too much lacing.

Aroma is caramel, roast, brown sugar, dark fruits, and bourbon. Nice.

Flavor is pretty good but not too balanced really. Bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, and vanilla. A little heavy on the bourbon. However it's still enjoyable, and I don't see how some people hated this that much.

Medium bodied, slick and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability is medium-high. Overall this is good, but I definitely enjoyed Batch 2 more.

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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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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 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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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 mullenite
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware - Over-sized brandy snifter.

Appearance - A very nice opaque dark brown color, very much the color of a chocolate bar. There is very little head, even after a vigorous pour but what is there is tan in color. There is a thin ring hanging around the side of the glass which leaves a nice, thick lacing. A little swirl brings up some more head, which is a good sign as far as carbonation goes.

Nose - Alcohol, dark fruit, chocolate... there is a lot going on here. When I first poured the beer the alcohol was the most dominant smell but now after letting it sit for about 10 minutes the other smells are starting to come around. Lots of fig, plum and cherry with nice dark chocolate to balance it out. The alcohol is still there but in a good way.

Taste - Lots of big chocolate flavors, dark fruits and alcohol. Starts off a bit muddled and confused but the flavors separate cleanly in to nice dark chocolate, followed by raisins, plums, cherries and alcohol and finishing with more dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Not as thin as others have mentioned, in my opinion anyway. Medium bodied brew with lots of nice prickly carbonation.

Overall - A nice beer, very complex flavors but it could use some more time for those flavors to mesh and for the alcohol to subside. If you have a bottle I would try one and see how you like it but I will be aging the remainder of mine for at least six more months.

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4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, murky brown with a 1-finger tan head that falls to a cover. No lacing.
The smell is of the bourbon, oak, chocolate (on the sweet side) and a bit of coffee. A very nice aroma to take in.
The taste is a lot like the aroma but I was surprised that the bourbon, oak and alcohol expected from the nose is toned down in the taste. I do get a bit of vanilla here though and an element of something like cooked prunes and/or dried, dark figs.
Mouthfeel is buttery smooth and on the thin side.
Drinkability is quite high for me. I wish that I had another to age for 6-12 months and another to drink in a few weeks. This beer is different from any one that I've had before and I like it.

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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 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 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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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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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my CCb tulip.

A: Deep brown color. The pour produced one finger of kahki head the recedes to a thin rim and leaves very little lace.

A: Nice burbon tones to go along with strong coffee and chocolate.

T: Really nice chocolate and coffeee tones with a pronounced burbon taste.

M: A little thin here, but I guess it's because this one's a brown and not an Imperial.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is very high here. I think this is the first barrel aged brown I have ever had. Not nearly as thick as an Impreial Stout, just different. I think I like it, it's just very original, and for that, I give it props. Skal.

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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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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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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 from Cigar City Brewing
3.7 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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