Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 | Cigar City Brewing

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5

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:
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.

Added by Lare453 on 03-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by CruisaC:
Photo of CruisaC
4.51/5  rDev +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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More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -0.9%
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 +2.3%
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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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tugg407
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of johnyb
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of AdamF625
3.42/5  rDev -21.9%
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 cacostaj
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Photekut
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Lucho
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -16%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5 from Cigar City Brewing
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