Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 | Cigar City Brewing

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.37/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From 12oz gold wax dipped bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/24/12
*From notes

A: American Porter brown in color. A generous pour yields a .5 finger off-white, almost tan head.

S: Infection.

T: A bit better - caramel, liquid corn syrup and lightly toasted malt. It's all wrapped in a thick layer of tang, making this rather off-putting.

M: As per most CCB brews, this is actually pretty thick stuff.

O: This beer is infected, and will only get more unpleasant with time. I recommend avoiding this.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.61/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle graciously provided by jale at a Jackie O's tasting in May (thanks Jim!). He also had batch 1-3 which we tried later, in Vermont I think. Or maybe in New York. Somehow we drank a lot of beer out east.

This one was a light gusher, which I tool to mean infection based on some other stuff I've had from Cigar City. And after sniffing/tasting it is definitely a bit touched by something bad. It was tart, too tart, acidic in a way I didn't appreciate. This was the case later with at least one of the other bottles Jim provided, and I'm close to writing off new barrel aged releases from Cigar City.

On the positive side I could taste some nice wood flavors from the barrel. But this positive couldn't balance the tartness. Not recommended.

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Photo of jaasen64
2.81/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz brown-waxed bottle poured into a 18oz Funky Buddha snifter. Bottled about 3.5 years ago from this point. Thanks Michael (black13) for the hookup.

A- Cap comes off with a very nice hiss, pours a dark brown with a very thick 4-finger light mocha brown head, plenty of carbonation almost borderline over-carbonated.

S- Hints of lightly sweet baker's chocolate, sourdough bread, a bit of yeast in the background, touch of fruits, light rye, and a bit of oxidation. Not overly aromatic, lightly sweet, no one flavor dominates too much, not the best aroma in the world.

T- Baker's chocolate with a bit of bitterness, dark fruits, lightly spicy rye, hint of oak, brandy, and rum. Finishes with slightly tangy dark fruits, light rye, and creamy dark malts. The dark fruits clash with the beer and definitely taste a little bit off, thinking this may have become slightly infected at some point (definitely had much worse infected beers though).

M- Way over-carbonated accentuating the possible "infected" aspect of the beer, a bit on the light side.

O- This beer was a little bit of a let down, although I was kind of expecting it based on other reviews and it's age. Between the dark fruits and over-carbonation there is definitely what appears to be a slight infection going on, not sure if this was present when it was first bottled or developed over time. Whatever it is it definitely isn't worth seeking out at this point.

Edit- as it warmed up the "infection" aspect started going away, however it was still a mediocre beer at best.

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Photo of craytonic
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown mahogany pour, enormous head that sticks around in a bad way
Smell: Slightly sour with chocolate, booze coffee and molasses
Taste: Slightly off, chocolate, booze, coffee, oak, bourbon and molasses
Mouthfeel: Very thick
Overall: Mine had a slight sour twang to it, and the glass, which I didn't finish, had about 1.5 inches of sediment in it the next day. Slightly sour or infected or something.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Par of the epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and crew

A-medium brown body with barely tan head around the edges
S-little bit of wine and fruitiness
T-yeasty with wine barrels. Very sour with a strong wood flavordo not really like this at all
m-medium body and icky
O-possibly infected. No idea but this does not taste like a good beer

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Photo of Mavajo
3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

The cap pops off and...oh shit. A gusher. That's not a good sign. I hadn't done any research on this beer before opening, but the gushing has me instantly worried about the possibility of infection.

Pours a near-black with a big creamy eggshell/cream head. No lacing.

Aroma and taste are a medly of plum, cherry, wine, oak and port characeristics. Long aftertaste. I know that sounds kind of interesting, but it's not -- it's a medley that adds up to unintended awkwardness. I think it's safe to say this sucker is indeed infected. Either that, or it's Cigar City's attempt at Dark Lord Junior.

I'm not getting any of the bourbon and chocolate spoken of in some early reviews. If I had, this might have been quite the treat!

Mouthfeel is great at least. Creamy and smooth.

What a monstrous disappointment! I've been sitting on this since I first got it like 6 months ago, thrilled with the fact that I was fortunate enough to land a Cigar City one-off. I was stoked that I was finally opening it up today. Big, big bummer.

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Photo of billab914
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Rhettroactive. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin tan head. It was a little murky looking as well.

The aroma immediately shows some funky and sour dark fruits to it. It's pretty apparent that something isn't right here. A little brown sugar and caramel malts are detectable, but it's mostly hidden behind the dominant infected sourness. Sour plums is what I keep thinking.

Taste isn't that bad, there is some slightly sour dark fruits to it but the maltiness comes through a little more with some caramel and toffee. The Sourness doesn't really seem to ruin the flavors as it has with other CC infections for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, it wasn't that bad for being infected. The taste had a decent balance of malty and funky actually. While not awful, it still wasn't a very good beer overall.

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One in a series of thanks to moose3285, who has sent me virtually every great beer to come out of Florida, including several I've never heard of. 12 oz. bottle rescued from the back of the fridge & lined up against batch #3.

Golden wax parts reluctantly with the bottle; at least three feet thick, it resists various tools vigorously for a long, long, long time. Pours darker than the others, no red in this black stallion. Good-sized head. Figgy, sweet, prunish, along with a stomping of slightly sour cherry. Seems out of place?

Capricho Oscuro #4 seems ever-so-slightly touched in the head. Not quite right. Prunes are strong in this one, & the fruitiness carries a niggle of sour. Minimal vanilla, barrel in the carry-through. Big sweetness on the ending, almost syrupy. Thick. Not something I'd want much of, could have split this three or four ways.

Well, not in the same class as the others in the series. There's something a touch off in this one, & our experience isn't lining up with the better reviews. Not bad, but odd. Decent enough.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A murky brown color with minimal head formation. Sweet vanilla and booze with dark fruit, a touch of wood and whiskey, and lots of caramel. Might even be a slight spiciness of nutmeg and/or cinnamon in there. The flavor is boozy and sweet, quite sticky and sugary, but enjoyable. Lots of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar to go with a fair amount of dark fruit.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of al_b. Thanks Al!). Pours dark brown with a neat red hue and khaki head. Aroma was sour, funky, chocolate, and dark fruit. Taste has some roasty bitterness, some sweetness and some tartness. Thin to medium bodied with a sticky texture. Tart and roasty finish. The alcohol was quite noticeable. Interesting with the infection, but enjoyable still.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Gfunk720
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Casey for this one. 12oz bottle out of my Long Trail Brewmaster glass.

A- Pretty much pitch black, with a mocha colored head. There is a lot of foamy head, but it does dissipate. There is a ton of lacing and reminance on the glass.

S- Smells of red wine, oak, and lactic sourness. I get some little hints of booziness and malt, but it is faint.

T- Quite a bit going on here. The initial flavor is very smooth and creamy, followed by a bit of sweetness. The flavor then transitions to an oaky/winey flavor that lingers. The after taste is vinous and oaky.

M- Nice body, carbonation, and mouthfeel. The initial flavor is a little light though based on the smell.

O- A pretty nice beer, and very different from your typical strong ale. I almost expected it to be sour from the smell, but it is actually nice a smooth. Not my favorite combination of flavors, but tasty.

-GFunk

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a ton to my brother Andy for cracking this one. The body is dark brown with just a ring of thin tan lace. The aroma is a bit hot to begin. Followed by dates and other dark fruits and a bit of vanilla and spice. Really a lot going on this one, a little bit tough to pinpoint any one thing. Definitely a very boozy and reminds me of a good bourbon. The taste is complex much like the smell, dark fruits, a bit of toffee and vanilla and oak. This really does reminds me of some bourbons I've had. Certainly a sipper. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit thick with good carbonation. As previously stated, this is a sipper, but drinks really well for a nine percent beer. Certainly unique and worth giving a shot.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Amanda for sharing this bottle. 12 ounce bottle with copper-colored wax.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a brown head. This is an excellent looking beer, as I have come to expect from Cigar City.

The aroma is chocolate, alcohol, caramel and some brown sugar and molasses notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee with some alcohol. I also get some oaked notes, as well as a little bit of vanilla from the barrel aging.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured pitch black with a two and a half finger tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing througout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, and subtle tart apple. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, chocolate, and very slight sour apple. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Not sure if that tart flavor was supposed to be in there or not though. Just didn't seem to flow with the other flavors I experienced here. With that said, it did not kill the brew at all and was still quite enjoyable. It would however, be much better without that aspect though. Once the brew hit room temperature though, the flavor all but disappears as a hint for those who don't like the flavor. A must try from CCB even with this off-flavor.

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Photo of dstc
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque with an average brown head. Head falls to about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Smells of sweet fruits soaked in bourbon. Figs, cocoa, and slight hazelnut.

Taste is boozy and sweet, very sweet. Chocolate flavors with hints of coffee bean. Figs, cherries and sweet, dark fruits. Alcohol flavors and very mild bitterness in the finish.

Very thick and smooth in the mouth, almost chewy. Alcohol bite on the tongue in the finish.

Wow, interesting stuff. Very intense, sticky sweet and quite delicious.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Pitch black body with tiny carbonation running up the sides of the glass. I got 2 fingers of dark beige head. Oilly legs tend to pull lacing back into the depths of the brew. The retention is pretty solid.

The nose is spicy and oaky. Hints of dark chocolate and dark berries as well. Oak really take over the nose though.

Taste of spicy oak, blackberries/blueberries, dark chocolate, hints of bourbon, and some graham crackers as well. Tannins and vinous notes. Quite complex. Not really like anything I have tasted. Smokey aftertaste.

Fairly thick with really nice, smooth carbonation. Kind of dry and quite vinous.

A really interesting beer. I would only want 12 oz's though.

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 4 from Cigar City Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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