Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5
Cigar City Brewing

Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5Capricho Oscuro - Batch 5
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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
not listed
Score:
94
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 8.84%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
173
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
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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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Reviews by MarcWP:
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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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