Beer and Cigar Reviews: Revolver Bock and Oliva Serie G Torpedo

Yes folks, I’m bringing you a two-for (well, I guess in a way a three-for) today! We’re doing  both beer and cigar reviews today. Let’s start with the beer review.

Revolver Bock comes to us From Revolver Brewing in Granbury, Texas. Though the label says ale a true bock is a strong lager so I don’t know what to make of it as far as style classification but it weighs in at 6.5% ABV and 25 IBU and is a real taste treat.

Pours a lovely dark amber color with an off-white soapy head that recedes to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Sweet, syrupy aroma up front with a hint of dark fruit. Assertive flavors of sweet caramel and roasted malt with a substantial but not overbearing tea-like hop bitterness and a slight fruity tartness. Medium in body and in carbonation and easily poundable.

Despite being unsure of how this beer really should be classified it was a tasty beer and one I really enjoyed so I’m not complaining. Rating: 4/5.

Alright, now time for the cigar review (well, kind of two reviews but it’s the same cigar but with different wrappers (natural and maduro).

                        

The Oliva Serie G is almost like Oliva’s “budget” line if you could call it that. These are very reasonably priced cigars featuring Nicaraguan long filler and African Cameroon (natural) or Connecticut Broadleaf (maduro) wrappers. The Torpedo vitola is a box-pressed 6.5″ x 52 ring gauge stick.

First off, the similarities between the two: both featured a nice open draw (after taking a nice deep cut as I prefer to do with Figurado vitolas) and produced plentiful medium-bodied smoke. Both had near razor-sharp burns (this really surprised me with the maduro) that required no touch-ups and an approximately 55 minute burn time before the first hot draw marking my ending point; a bit fast but to be expected at the price point. Both featured an initial pepper blast that quickly tapered off into smoother flavors and both featured transitions from a sweet dessert-like flavor to a woodiness roughly the halfway point. Finally, both versions had only a modest amount of nicotine kick that I’ll call a mild/medium.

Here’s where we get into the differences. The first half of the natural featured a distinct milk chocolate taste that gradually morphed into a pleasantly sweet, aromatic cedar. The retrohale didn’t much enhance the flavors in the first half but brought the cedar out more in the second. On the other hand, the maduro featured more of a semi-sweet coffee on the first half morphing into what I am calling a dry oakiness in the 2nd half. The retrohale brought out a subtle smooth earth in the first half and enhanced the oak in the second.

I would venture to say this probably is just a wrapper change but it is worth nothing how something as simple as that can change the nuances in the flavor. I definitely preferred the natural (as I do in most cigars that come in both varieties) but I didn’t totally dislike the maduro either. One way or another, for a budget smoke you could hardly do better. Ratings of 4/5 for the natural and 3/5 for the maduro.

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