Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5
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American Strong Ale
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4.41 | pDev: 8.84%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5
Notes: This beer is a blend of at least five different beers, including Hot Blooded Foreign Stout, Puppy's Breath Robust Porter, and several vintages of Warmer Winter Winter Warmer. These beers were aged in some cognac and brandy barrels before being blended together. This will be a tasting room exclusive.
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Photo of stakem
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dipped in yellow wax poured into a matching CCB snifter. The brew appears dark brown in color with a thin tanned cap that holds in a ring around the glass.

Aroma is rich with toasted coconut and woody elements blending to caramel and vanilla sweetness. Lots of complex sugary appeal going on here.

Taste is sweet with layers of malt contrasted by booze and barrel nuance. Vanilla, caramel and some fruity suggestions upfront taper off to alcohol and dryer barrel character leaving a tannic woody feel in the aftertaste.

This is a rich brew, moderate to heavier in the feel with low but ample carbonation. A delicious sipper that id love to have again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from wax-sealed 12 oz. bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter glass.

A: Pours a very deep, dark bronze to brown, quite hazy, with a thin off-white head and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Sticky sweet malts, burnt caramel, booze and brandy, brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses and toffee. Fairly sweet but not cloying.

T: Sweet and sticky malts, molasses and brown sugar, and the restrained bourbon and cognac that adds to the flavors but doesn't dominate. Some ethanol sweetness, sticky toffee, rum raisins, and a touch of roasted malt bitterness adds a contrast near the finish.

M: Alcohol presence noticeable, but despite the barrels it doesn't seem "hot". Low carbonation sensation. Full-bodied, but not like stouts from Cigar City.

O: This was really quite good, though with the sweetness level I don't think I'd ever want more than 12 ounces at once - so they picked a good sized bottle to package the beer in. As the beer warms during the drink, it does open up and improve for sure - don't be in a hurry with this one.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 poured into snifter.

Pours a dark brown with small fizzy tan head that disappears just as quickly as it forms.

Aroma on this is huge dark dried fruit. Old fig, date, caramelized raisin, oak, brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, horse saddle, and a spirit character leaning towards whiskey but with a rum and port like presence as well.

The palate shows a complexity similar to that of barrel aged Old Ales. More of that brown sugar, tobacco, molasses, fig jam, raisin, earthy leather, and prune come out. Plenty of barrel character as well with oak tannins, Brandy, and Rum. I believe part of the blend did use bourbon barrels but the taste doesn't really express it.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I think it should be but good nonetheless. It's expected with some barrel aged beers.

Overall, I'm very impressed by this. Very much a la FW Anniversary style with the blending and it results in a tasty concoction. Blurs the line between Old Ale, Barleywine, and American Strong. Wish they produced these on a large scale!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours an opaque color of darkness with a tiny tan head that evaporates like the rain in an August Orlando. Aromas of heavy brown sugar and lots of vanilla with hints of oak and dark dried fruits. Lightly vinous with hints of caramel, toffee, licorice, and chocolate. I could smell this beer forever. Sweet brown sugar with vanilla up front. A vinous alcohol flavor with a hint of heat comes in next. Light pitted fruits with caramelized sugars and hints of molasses and soy. Finishes with a lingering alcoholic sugary sweetness. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Big thick sweet beer that I thoroughly enjoyed sipping on for half the night.

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Photo of AdamF625
3.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer appears muddy brown with reddish hues. It has a thin khaki head and no lacing.
S- oak, figs, and other dark fruits.
T- dark fruits, figs, dates, raisin, oak, and a lot of booze.
M- thin, flat, and dry.
O- alcohol forward. It masks some of the nice malty and sweet fruit flavors.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one given to me by LiquidDegenerate...thanks Jim!

Poured into CC snifter

Pour: I'd call it almost black. I see some lighter dark brown tones along the edges creating the almost black. There was no head and carbonation is not noticed. A very still typical looking beer of the style.

Smell: Oh yeah!! I love the nose on these beers. I get a huge, huge cognac/brandy soaked dark fruit with fig, dates, prunes, and raisins. A wonderful brown sugar type sweetness come through along with caramel. This is an awesome smelling beer!

Taste: Oh yeah again!! The taste follows the nose almost to perfection. The raisins, figs, dates, prunes seem as though they were soaked in the cognac/brandy barrels forever. Vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, dark tart cherries, and a last minute touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full and sticky sweetness all over the palate. Smooth and creamy with a lack of carbonation.

Overall: This is one of my personal favorite styles along with old ales because they blur the line with english style barleywines and I find both to be phenomenally enjoyable styles. This beer hits on all aspects of what it should be and find it near perfection.

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Photo of shand
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Capricho Oscuro Batch 5 is basically a brandy party in my mouth. The brandy and wood flavors work phenomenally with the extremely sweet toffee, dark fruit, and malt flavors of the Warmer Winter Winter Warmer that composes most of this blend. The other stouts seem to primarily add a malt complexity that is absent from WWWW. The barrels really elevate the whole deal, providing a tempering, slightly boozy presence. Very tasty barrel aged beer.

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Photo of BobZ
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to dachshunddude86 for this treat.

Appearance: Dark brown with little to no head that instantly remains only as a ring.

Smell: Port wine like over dark fruit, with a finishing whiff of alcohol.

Taste: So much rich flavor, again vinous over caramel malts with alcoholic warmth. Dark fruit in abundance plum, raisin, and fig, all layered on top of each other. CCB creates a beer that manages to be complex, unique, and delicious. Like caramel wrapped raisins aged in a port barrel. The warmth makes the alcohol noticeable but not harshly so.

Mouthfeel: Holding on to smooth, the palate is cleansed by the alcohol.

Overall: Unique to say the least, but very, very, tasty. Glad to have enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.84/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one from urwithdave a while back. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a 1 finger, looser looking, fizzy, light tan head with lousy retention. Quite noisy and fizzes down to a half wisp and ring. Black body with no real carbonation evident. A slight wisp remains but no real lacing down the glass. Looks fine, but this is one obnoxious, lazy head.

SMELL: Lots of caramel with plenty of bourbon and alcohol on the nose. Some milk chocolate and vanilla, but mostly cherry and lots of alcohol.

TASTE: Bourbon and boozy start to this one with vanilla, milk chocolate and booze soaked cherries at the swallow. Wood, bourbon, cherries and chocolate linger in the bold and acohol laced aftertaste. A touch too boozy perhaps, but still quite complex and interesting.

PALATE: Thinner, lighter body and medium levels of carbonation. Somewhat fizzy and rough on the palate, goes down with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: There's no ABV listed here, but I can imagine it's a big one. Very boozy with a lousy look and a thinner, harsh feel make this one more of a chore than an enjoyable drink. Felt like I was more going through the motions on this one. If they could tone down the ABV and keep the complex taste profile, they'd have a really good one here. I'm a big CCB fan, but this one didn't really do it for me. Thanks again for the box urwithdave. Great box of FL happy juice.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a landmark among traders, moose3285, for this bottle. He seems to know that I want everything Cigar City releases, & lo! it shows up on my doorstep. I've long suspected him of being Santa Claus. 12 oz. yellow-waxed bottle.

Pour is quick & quiet, & I leave a touch in the bottle to avoid the tailings (which I slurp up independently, of course). Dark brown straying towards light black. Nose isn't the frontal assault that I'm used to from the brewery, soft notes of the barrel, vanilla, flying buttress of sweetness. Fairly tame.

Capricho Oscuro #5 is another in a run of liquers that I seem to have run into. It has that typical Cigar City feel, coating the mouth like river mud. Taste runs to a dark fruit salad that's been laying prone in a liquor/cognac bath for several months, then taken out for a ribald romp. Hot & boozy & smooth as a silk brocade. Big licorice knock arrives after the barrels, with little brothers of fig, brown sugar. End is smooth liquor. Carbonation vanishes quickly after the pour, & it turns still & heavy.

Perhaps my expectations were too high, but the fifth installment of the series didn't wow me like some of the others. A pretty good beer, but without the tasty complexity that's the hallmark of Cigar City.

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Photo of xraided81
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Jcartdamg for this love you bro!

a:Pours a dark brown black pour:
S: toasted almond, toasted coconut, milk chocolate, bourbon, dark spirits
T: all of the above in the smell, cocoa, coconut, dried figs, dark fruit, a bit of alcohol booze in the back
M: a bit light in mouthfeel, light carbonation, assuults the palate with all the aforementioned characteristics
O: a great beer one of the most complex beers I've ever had so much going on an assuults on the palate a must try for any fan of barrel aged beer like myself

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with no head on a muddy, dark brown body.

S - Lots of caramel, toffee, red apple, vanilla, licorice, and whiskey.

T - Sweet toffee malt and caramel covered apples up front. Some more caramel and brown sugar notes in the middle and a finish of warming alcohol, brandy, and vanilla.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a very sweet finish.

D - Nice, with a great barrel and toffee character, but somehow lacking in the finish. The aroma is amazing, the flavor is a bit less so, while the drinkability and appearance are lacking. A touch of roast or just a bit more bitterness was needed to balance out the significant sweetness. As it is, the beer finishes a touch on the flabby side with a cloying sweetness that makes this one to share with friends as it seems like drinking too much of it would diminish the experience.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Opened at 4/20 tasting.

Pours a dark murky brown, little head, looks imposing and malty.

Intense malty aroma as expected, caramel and vanilla and chocolate and lots of pure sweet sugar. Smells insane.

Taste is an explosion of caramel, then some vanilla and chocolate, some sweet booze, then some more caramel. Yum.

Kinda hot and boozy, pretty thick, excellent beer but not too high on drinkability.


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Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Capricho Oscuro (Batch 5) from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida. According to Cigar City: This beer is a blend of at least five different beers, including Hot Blooded Foreign Stout, Puppy's Breath Robust Porter, and several vintages of Warmer Winter Winter Warmer. These beers were aged in some cognac and brandy barrels before being blended together. This will be a tasting room exclusive.

Score: 91

2012 vintage bottle served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 04/23/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark, distinctively brown color with just a whisper of head that quickly and totally dissipates. No lacing or retention; this beer just leaves behind a clear, oily coating on the side of the glass that slowly oozes back into the beer. 3/5

Smell: Huge notes of toffee, raisins, figs and sweet maple. I can smell the dried dark fruit notes at least a foot from the glass. Vanilla, brown sugar, caramel and more raisin. This beer is an absolute raisin bomb. Big, bold and decadent in aroma. This beer smells sweet, but it does not quite get to the point of sugary sweet. The aroma gets sweeter as it warms up and airates; this made me downgrade the aroma score a quarter step. 4.25/5

Taste: Upfront is sweet brown sugar, maple, sugary vanilla and raisin. There's a bit of booziness thereafter, but not in an overly intense cringe-inducing sort of way -- more just in the warming sensation and bold accompanying flavor. Toffee, caramel, leather, brown sugar and maple in the finish. Tons of dried dark fruit throughout. A little oak as it warms up. This tastes a sweeter than the nose and is a bit sugary, though not "Dark Lord sweet." 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium, maybe slightly sub-medium, bodied with low carbonation. Sweet overall. I was expecting a little more fullness and a little less sweetness, but this does not fall so short of the mark to hurt this brew. 3.5/5

Overall: This beer has some awesome qualities going for it. The flavor profile is reminisce of Melange 3 and Fruet. Alas, the sugary-sweetness and lesser bodied restrains this one from true greatness. If you love your sweet raisin-forward beers, this one is calling your name.

Cost: $10 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Etan
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz sent by BREWSnTATTOOS. Thanks bud.

A: Pretty much straight black with some very dark mahogany hues. A bit of a light cardboard-colored head dies down quickly.

S: The brandy and cognac are pretty heavy in the nose. Thick notes of strong wine, restrained cocoa, figs, raisins, maple, toffee. Strong yet somewhat delicate.

T: The taste first brings lightly fusel alcohol and moderately sweet notes of dark dried fruits from the Warmer Winter portion of the blend, the barrels, and the mild oxidation. Dry charred grain and dark chocolate notes come in from the stouts, as well as some tannic vanilla and caramel and mildly bitter oak. Ghost of roasted malt and oak in the finish.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation. Dryish tannic feel on the tongue.

O: Normally I'm not a huge fan of barleywine/stout blends, but I think the barrels made them work pretty well together here.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to dachshunddude86 for hooking this one up! enjoyed from a ccb snifter.

a - pried the wax and opened the bottle, filled my snifter. brew poured a fairly muddy brownish purple that settled into the glass as a dark purple brown. the head was minimal and fizzled away quickly. some visible carbonation can be seen near the surface around the glass.

s - oh joy! what a fantastic juicy dark fruit smell. big figs and raisins...grapes. booze. just really fantastic.

t - taste is spot on as well. matches the nose, big booze tickling a basket of ripe dark fruit. figs. really has an almost sangria quality to it.

m - big and boozy. tingly. coats the mouth.

o - overall, i am a big fan of american strong ales. i know a lot of people consider this as a catch all style, but i find there to be a specific style and this one really hits it...much like Bell's 9K. big bold dark fruit and nuts and figs. BAM...capricho oscuro. would have again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma offers roast, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Just ridiculously smooth. Wow. Alcohol heat is there in the finish, but even so, rather mild and delicate. Teeming with flavor. Chocolate and roast with prominent bourbon throughout. Medium bodied and silky smooth on the palate. Fabulous.

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Photo of Lucho
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light black that is only transparent at the rim. Foams up just enough to let you know it isn't flat then fades fast with a few little bubbles floating around the middle.

Smell: WOW! Barrels, lots of Barrels. Brandy and maybe some Cognac. Keep smelling and there are some fruits. Little bit of Brandy soaked apples, figs, raisins, and maybe dates.

Taste: WOW again! There are lots of Barrels that hit you first with the Brandy. There is some burn from the booze but I feel that this will settle down in time. Once the barrels subside then some fruit notes come out like there were on the nose. Some Brandy soaked green apples, figs, and raisins, then dates at the end. The aftertaste is mostly coffee which has to be present from one of the base beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. There is a nice sticky resinous quality that remains around the rim of your mouth after each sip. Yummy!

Overall: This is a barrel monster with some great qualities. I think that in time things will change and I hope that they change for the better.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - A few wisps on a deep caramel head. Thin collar. Reddish flecks.

Smell - Lots of cognac and brandy. Smells like apple brandy, but the description doesn't say that. Caramel.

Taste - Lots of liquor. Very strong. Nondescript caramel and some roast. Very hot brandy finish. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Very hot. Low carbonation. Alcohol overwhelms all the other flavors.

Overall - I blame the brandy barrels. More cognac, less brandy. The blend of beers is very muddled.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Traded for a couple bottles with Dachshunddude86, thanks Matt!

Pours a dark cola with minimal head. There are some bubbles and a ring that forms so you know it's not flat.

Nose is great; brandy-soaked raisins, very port like. Clearly his beer spent time in a barrel(s).

Taste follows the nose at first with cognac/brandy soaked dark fruit. The next wave of flavor is roasted coffee with some cocoa. Reminded me of JW Lees but not as sweet and more coffee. Good stuff.

Smooth on the palate with just a hit of booze going down. I'd imagine this would be mitigated with any food pairing. Maybe 10-11%?

Certainly a sipper, but a very tasty offering from Cigar City. After being impressed with MZ then let down a bit by Hunaphus it's nice to have another barrel aged beer to gauge them by. I may have to track down some more bottles.

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Photo of Nicolay3535
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle in to a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Holy bat shit Batman, this is the bomb!

A- I'm color blind but it looks pretty black to me with almost no head and very little carbonation climbing up the glass.

S- Cognac/Brandy soaked prunes, sweet grape must almost port like, dried mission figs, medjool dates, brown sugar, have I died and gone to heaven?!?

T- Much like the nose the first sip gave me dried fruits soaked in cognac and brandy, a lot of that dried stone fruit. I also get a chocolate milk with cherries type of thing going on, this is an extremely complex drink for sure.

M- This is the only category in which i can't give Capricho #5 a perfect score, and thats only because I've become accustomed to the motor oil thickness of CCB stouts, but none the less this beer is full bodied and silky smooth.

O- Probably the the best CCB beer I've had to date, thanks CCB for showing my palate who It's daddy really is.

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Photo of Lare453
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz into a riedel snifter

A dark cola brown, little to no head, nice crown of bubbles, scattered islands, very pretty

S lovely, big cognac, vanilla, dark dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, licorice, lemon peel, oak, bitters, cherry, other berries... Tis beer is super complex! There are several flavors I can't identify.

T phenomenal. This is very very cognac and brandy forward. Lots of licorice, vanilla, coca, big dark cherries, brandy and cognac oak, lite powdered sugar, light coffee, sweet malt, brown sugar, cane sugar, Cabernet grapes, several other flavors that I cannot identify. A lot of cherry.

M thick and full bodied, very light carbonation, smooth

O this beer is phenomenal, I dare to say its as good as Leon, sweet stout and other ba beers from ccb. I may have to say its the best ba beer from ccb yet. Exceptional. Another unbelievable drink from ccb.

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 173 ratings