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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 | Cigar City Brewing

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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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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
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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Photo of kfsv034
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #265 of 480

A - pours a deep dark brown with a lite tan head that disipates leaving a thin film arounded the edge of the glass.

S - strong bourban, sour cherries, vanilla with a sort of leathery quality

T - follows the noise pretty well tastes of bourban, vanilla, toffee, coffee, wet wood/leather, dark fruits and a slight sour note. Reminds me of a sour brown

M - medium bodied

D - drank the 12oz bottle I had pretty quickly I definatley enjoyed it and would have liked another glass

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Photo of crossovert
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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 jrallen34
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
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 beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 vacax
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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 MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of Beerinabelle
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The late rising foam almost looks like nitro (heard it was flat). The first thing that comes to mind is an infected bottle, but it does smell quite appealing! The head on this beer is a nice cream resembling a latte. The liquid, however murky, has a nice red tinge. A little lacing and a ring of foam persists.

Pepper, spice, and some slight funk combine nicely with the dark fruits. The smells continue to emerge...peach, floral notes. I am too interested in drinking this to write anymore about the smell.

This slightly sour concoction with loads of spice, pepper and plum, licorice overwhelms my palate in a way I was not expecting. It is an interesting and enticing plethora of flavours that makes you take sip after sip just to see what you will find next. Overall, a bit scattered, but generally yummy!

There is a nice amount of carbonation, full body, but a slight burn at the back of my throat. It does leave a lovely sweet aftertaste on my tongue.

The mystery percentage makes me wonder if I should drink a lot of this...I tend to be a very silly drunk. =) It is not too heavy and very interesting. I would drink more if I had another bottle!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of alpinebryant
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle numbered 50/480

Pours a slightly murky brown with a small tan head around the edges.

I smelled raisins , bourbon, some butterscotch, brown sugar, and some other spices in this one. A great variety of smells, was not sure what to expect other than knowing it was an Old Ale.

Taste is very similar to the aromas. I like this one a lot. While not being too overpoweringly strong, the oatmeal raisin flavors are there which this is a blend of and there are definitely some butterscotch/caramelized sugar flavors from the scottish ale. Bourbon, Vanilla, butterscotch. The brown ale is hard to pick out of the lineup only because of the other stronger flavored beers from the blend. Bourbon rounds out all of the flavors and possibly with a little bit of sourness in the end there too, but I found the sour flavor completely enjoyable... Especially after drinking a Boon Geuze it was underwhelming and a great complexity layer.

Light carbonation, in line with a bourbon barrel aged lighter abv mix. Medium body.

A great beer for #200 review. I will be aging the other for some time to come. Thanks to Mullenite!

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Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Mothman for sharing this bottle.

Pours a clear brown color, with a off-white head with decent retention. Leaves some spotty and sticky lacing, but nothing spectacular.

The nose comes out strong on the barrel notes, whiskey and oak. Sort of nutty and like an imperial brown ale of sorts.

The taste goes the other direction, while the whiskey and oak notes were strong in the nose, they take a back seat to the base brown ales, becoming more subtle and a more intricate part of the brew. A firm nuttiness with a smooth vanilla character makes this a very enjoyable brew.

About medium in body, with a soft carbonation and a smooth texture. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, I was a little skeptical because barrel aged brown ales can be really good or a little iffy. This one turned out very well. I wish I had tried the other batches to have something to compare this too, but this is a great brew.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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 AKBelgianBeast
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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 womencantsail
2.66/5  rDev -28.3%
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 beavers
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -7%
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%
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 -17.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.9%
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 -5.1%
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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4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +16.4%
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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3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
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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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 3 from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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