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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Photo of Jeffo
2.84/5  rDev -35.2%
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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3/5  rDev -31.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.9/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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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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