Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 | Cigar City Brewing

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Soggy Loaf Rye Porter, Warmer Winter Winter Warmer, and Big Sound Scotch Ale.

Added by BrewCrew2010 on 09-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Avagadro
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Giant thanks to Bucwild for hooking me up with this gem at the Hunahpu release.

A: Will you brewers please take a note from the whiskey biz and put a pull string on waxed bottles!? After chiseling my way through the wax seal, I popped the cap with a very faint hiss. Its viscosity was evident upon the pour. It took a vigorous pour to rouse up a creamy head of the color mocha. CO#4 boasts a deep mahogany hue that is detectible despite its opacity. The head quickly falls to a thin film, and little lacing is evident.

S: Bouquet is well pronounced, with molasses, walnuts, and vanilla in the nose.

T: As with all of CCB's big beers, this one dances on the line between "sweet" and "cloying." Thankfully, this one passes for sweet, and is backed up by mounds of flavor. Sweet vanilla, caramel, and molasses in the front, with roasty coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted walnuts on the finish. Beautiful complexity.

M: Extremely full body, delightful velvety texture, and very little carbonation to scrub away the lingering flavors. The only con is that it is a touch on the sticky side.

O: A delicious offering to say the least. I am happy to see such execution in beer blending, as this is a blend of barrel aged Rye Porter, Warmer Winter Winter Warmer, and Big Sound Scotch Ale.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a thick, syrupy, black body with about 1/2 finger brown head. Very creamy texture that quickly diminishes. I also noticed a lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Put that aside, loved the bottle.

S: A strong malt aroma with dark fruit notes. A little booze can be picked up that reminds me of a port. Other smells are vanilla from the oak, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of roasted coffee in the background.

T: Wow-zaa's! A unique beer that has an amazing flavor that changes so rapidly it's hard to decided what you just tasted and where you should start this review. Smooth chocolate malt upfront, followed with a bitter-sweet dark fruits and caramel, and ends with a milk chocolate and roasted epresso finish. Great dry aftertaste that's mildly bitter and boozey warm from the high ABV. Other heavenly flavors include molasses, spices, and vanilla (from the oak barrels).

M: A creamy and thick texture that has a full body with light carbonation.

D: Love love love this beer. Got it at the Fruit in the Room event & really bummed they only had 800 bottles. Definitely a sipping beer and would love to have this again, but for $10 for a 12oz, I only got 6 and will save these for special holidays.

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Photo of ahatcher78
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I promised myself I'd hold out before I opened a bottle. It turns out I lie. 12oz bottle poured into my Holy Mackerel Goblet.

A: Black with a light brown 1/2 finger head. Maroon at the edges with no light passing through.

S: Malt and a lot of booziness. Brandy and Bourbon? Very complex.

T: It depends on the drink. What a complex beer. The flavors are just layered in. Caramel,chocolate,dark fruit,apple,brandy, bourbon, etc,etc etc...Hard to describe other than saying its just fantastic

M: Smooth. Carbonation is there, but the beer just coats your mouth.

D: Perfection as far as blends go. It's a sipper and very enjoyable. Glad they went with 12oz bottles instead of 750's.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i decided to crack this one to myself in the middle of my epic halloween tasting last night. poured into a pint glass and enjoyed during a very long walk around the neighborhood, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

near perfect pour as the dark brown liquid chugged into the glass. a towering head of dark chocolate colored foam then rose up from the bottom of the glass and took over the entire look. simply amazing looking at this point.

aroma is massively complex as the brandy hits you right away. warming, but not overpowering with hints of brown sugar, cocoa, nice warm vanilla and oak notes and a touch of cedar. really just marvelous. as i take the first sip, the silky smoothness of it coats the palate perfectly leaving every nook and cranny filled with a wonderful mixture of brandy, wood, and vanilla notes that just seemed to be neverending. warming it brings out some things that i simply cannot explain. a rich and warm flavor that i could not get enough of. tobacco and leather round it out and the overall feeling i am left with is outstanding.

one of the best things to come out of ccb in a while in my opinion.. this was a very welcome treat last night.

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Photo of bernardus1212
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WTF!?! A apple brandy aged winter with a burbon big sound, with a slice of rye porter... I have never had a beer this complex... layers of flavors and smells take this puppy for a ride. The first sip has the apple, then the dry porter, then the sweet and pungent combo of the winter and big sound I enjoyed this "Wonka" creation at the brewery, via the "sea bass'. oh yeah by the way sea bass has a Black Saison on tap and bottle right now., this is BETTER then the CAMPEDOR. I promise.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, revealing opaque black body under a thin layer of tan foam. Viscous-looking. Little bits of lacing. Smells very chocolaty and warm with a burnt caramel and acidic coffee-type maltiness underneath. More of an old ale than a barleywine-type nose for sure, and with lots of strong stout scents that I like.

Tastes hot and a little heavy with a thick sweetness that coats the palate first before being swept away by a fine carbonated acidity to a clean, slightly roasted and nutty aftertaste. Interesting finish for something that starts so thick. Lots of milk chocolate and fruity nibs on the tongue. Some dried Turkish fig. The barrel is lost on me, vanilla is omnipresent. Mouthfeel is heavier and a bit syrupy but not overbearing, though this brew is definitely a sipper and one that I'd enjoy after a meal or by the fire. Very sweet.

Overall I like this beer quite a bit. It's more heavy stout like than anything else, but it has a nice old ale twist. I would like another.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 03/15/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: DFH Tulip

Poured dark black in color w/ a big one and 1/2 finger tan head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas of cola, touch of acidity, burnt sugars, fruitiness, and maybe oddly enough banana. Nose was fantastic! The taste was of cola, dark chocolate, fruits, candied sugar, a touch of acidity in the middle, and a finish of mild hop bite and char. Extremely complex brew. Mouthfeel was spot on, full bodied and lush due to adequate carbonation. For what it's intended to be the drinkability is excellent.

A real pleasure to sample due to it's great unique flavors and complexity. Very odd brew in a good way!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks George for the great extra! Pours a nice oily black, maybe a shade of brown in there. Nice tan head. Nose has bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark malts, chocolate, fruits and perhaps a bit of sourness. Taste also has some tartness to it. But otherwise a nice blend of flavors. Medium to full body abit thin and dry in the finish. A bit boozy as well. This bottle may be infected. But still a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle Paul!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. A thin, dark-tan head sits on top of a dark, dark brown, essentially black body. The head actually maintains well and leaves elegant lacing behind with each sip.

Dark roasted malts mixed with chocolate and ripe fruits rise up from the glass. Cherry, grape, caramel and vanilla fill the nose. Just a touch of booze and oak. Rich, fruity and dessert-like. Quite enjoyable.

Malty vinous flavors mingle with dark chocolate and creamy vanilla. Sweet, yet a nice layer of red grape acidity lingers throughout. Cherries and oak followed by more chocolate. Delicious.

The body is smooth and creamy with a light sour acidity from the middle until the end. Some warming alcohol on the finish. Carbonation is medium to low. Very smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I love the balance between the dark fruit notes and the chocolate. The barrels really smooth things out and add a nice level of complexity. Having just a touch of warming alcohol on the finish makes this damn drinkable. Really wish I had another bottle. Reminds me a little bit of Melange no. 1, but better. Not sure if the sour acidity was intentional, but it fits perfectly with the beer right now. Excellent job Cigar City! Definitely seek this one out.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bottles of this in a trade with fogdog. Popped the first one with my roommate (JustinA1) last night.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter (also from fogdog).

Appearance: Standard pour nets a pile of brown fizz, which quickly condenses to a thick, luscious crown. The head actually looks damn good: great color and retention, easily excitable, and deposits a fair amount of lacing. Body is black and essentially opaque; shades of appear at the glass horizons when directly back-lit.

Smell: Bourbon, cocoa, and vanilla jumped out right away. The second whiff revealed molasses, prunes, and jammy, dark fruits. Think Belgian dark ale meets bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Booze comes through more as it warms, but doesn't detract from the other aromas. Beautifully complex and interesting!

Taste: Overripe banana, chocolate creme, cola, dark fruits, bourbon, and vanilla. The taste follows the aroma very well, exuding nearly all of the subtleties I captured in the nose. Mild floral esters and earth add to the mix, combining with booze in a warm, comforting finish.

Mouthfeel: Robust and full-bodied, but deceptively light thanks to generous carbonation. Finishing mildly dry and warm; an enjoyable amount of heat even when warm. Lush.

Overall: Creative, complex, and very tasty. This was an absolute treat! Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from GOGRANDE. Absoutely delicious, rye edge and perfect somewhat sweet chocolate tangle in a porter aged in oak. Some woodiness there leving a drying finish. Good from the first drop to the last, so great drinkability. Pours dark chocolate colour with great foaming head. Perfumey, spicey chocolate and fresh rye. Thickish body.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with lots of nice lit brown head. Smells coffee heavy with some nice lactose notes. Boozy and strong on the nose and tongue. Smooth and malty. Vanilla and coffee on the tongue. Overall very very good especially compared to the infected bottle i had before!

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a gentleman from FL - much obliged!

Pours an almost opaque brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of boozy caramel malts with hints of roastiness, light chocolate, and vanilla. Also present are slight amounts of dark fruits and butterscotch.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Thick caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by good amounts of light chocolate and vanilla. Midway through the sip hints of toffee work their way into things. Right before the end of the sip hints of roastiness and dark fruits make a brief appearance before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this blend but it barely passed the threshold of having too much going on. Still, a very interesting and tasty beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Dosbeerigos for sending this my way a few months back. Served in a snifter.

Pours black with a pretty thick consistency. Tan head and some legs as it goes down the glass. The nose brings really nice notes of chocolate, barrel-aging, roast, and some molasses. A bit of dark fruit in the background. The taste really ups the complexity and integrates everything beautifully. Bourbon and chocolate meld completely with some brown sugar, mild vanilla, and a bit of oak. Really nice. Good, smooth body with only a hint of booze. Really quite tasty. I like Batch 2 better, but this was quite a treat. Thanks again, Phil!

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Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for cracking this one!

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter.

Pours a 1/2 finger of light tan head. Color is fairly black.

Aroma: I get a lot of warming brandy and oak here. Some vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, lightly roasted malts. I don't get too much rye here. The brandy covers up a lot of the bourbon. It also has some dark fruits, molasses, and syrup flavors.

Taste: Sweet brandy flavors with a nice amount of oak and spice. The bourbon shows a little more as it warms. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, and roasted malts all blend together well here. More plums, dried apples, molasses, and syrup flavors shows. It is warming, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, creamy, and silky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with warming barrel notes, a bit dry.

Overall, a really nice offering from CCB. The brandy shows a lot here and I really like it. I didn't get alot of the rye, but I am sure it was in there somewhere adding a nice layer. A very nice beer. Very drinkable.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Living on the edge that separates barleywine from Flemish-style red ale, Capricho Oscuro, Batch #4 highlights what's best about both of these styles, equipped with dark fruit, savory alcohol and wood spice.

As the dark burgundy ale blooms, it tantilizes the nose with high vinous notes while simultaneously seeps into the tastebuds with viscous molasses and toasted malt flavor. Its acute balance is evident even in its very first sip.

Unfolding flavors are rapid-fire upon the middle palate. Toffee and maple in one sip, then sherry and soy the next. Balsamic acidity wraps around rum-soaked black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant and red grape for a tangy and savory interplay.

Its strong brandy finish is spicy as flavors of fresh-cracked peppercorn, grapeseed and plumb skins offer a winey tannin-like balance to the persistent sweetness as the taste is slow to dissolve. Powerful, complex and elegant all at once.

Ideally suited for a stinging blue cheese- this strong ale could be grouped in with sour ale, barleywine, merlot, olde ale and a host of others. Its complexity builds in waves, pleasing the senses with new adventure in each sip. It's an incredible and unique ale, not built for the timid in taste.

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Photo of headbucket
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that had been sitting in the fridge for a few months. Finally had a chance to split the bottle with my dad who graciously brought it back from his last trip to Florida. Let my half warm for almost an hour as I am writing this.

A: A dark cola/lighter black color. Opaque, non see though. A small head formed when poured. No real lacing left on the glass.

S: Fantastic. Reminds me of standing in the middle of a bourbon rack house. The sweet smell of bourbon and possibly brandy moving in and out of oak/wood and hanging in the air. THey should make air fresheners that smell like this, I would love my house to smell like it. The bourbon/oak smell dominates but there is a bit of dark/sweet fruit and malts in the back too.

T: Dark, sweet fruits like fig, plum, and maybe raisins. I hear that one of the parts of this blend was aged in apple brandy barrels and I get that too, like a (lighter than the other fruit flavors) green apple sweetness. A bit of oak/wood and alcohol on the end. A complex mix of flavors that is hard to discern and pick all of the elements out of but it is very nice. Dark fruits and sweetness dominate the finish with a bit of oak/wood mixed in.

M: Thick without being sludgy or syrupy, Fills the mouth nicely.

D: Very high, probably because I am so in love with the smell of the bourbon/barrels that I just want more of it. The sweetness detracts a bit, but it seems appropriate with the amount of fruit flavors in the beer. The abv is present, adding a little bit of heat to the middle of the beer, but it doesn't really detract.

A very tasty beer and my favorite blended beer that I have had to date. I have only had one of the three beers that went into this, the winter warmer, and I wasn't the biggest fan of that on its own. However the blends does a good job of cutting the overly sweet flavor of that beer that I was turned off by. As stated above,the smell is wonderful in that it reminds me very much of rackhouses where liquors are stored while barrel aging. I am very glad my Dad brought this bottle back with him, seeing that I asked him to pick up various other beers but looked over this one. Would happily pick up a few of these at $10/12oz bottle if I had the chance.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kristina for sharing this at our impromptu tasting at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving half-finger of foam that settles to a thick ring and light haze on top. A few spots of lace are left behind. Black body with a hint of reddish-brown transparency.

S - Big aromas of chocolate, wet barrel, sharp oak, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. There's some defintie cherry cordial and dark fruit character as well. The sweetness emerges more as it warms and starts to overtake the barrel notes.

T - Lots of tannic oak and spicy wood in the flavor. Vanilla and malted chocolate. Surprisingly well-hidden alcohol, and an oaky finish.

M - Low soft carbonation, smooth as chocolate. Medium-full body, very easy to drink for the style.

D - This is quite good. Not as good as the #2, but definitely much better than the #3.

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 from Cigar City Brewing
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