Welcome to another installment of my beer and cigar reviews where we take a look at some notable (& some not so notable) beers and cigars. Let’s just get right down to it shall we?
Rogue Fresh Roast Ale
From Rogue Brewing Company in Newport, Oregon comes “fresh roast ale,” an American Brown Ale that the company says uses “fresh roasted” malt, roasted in house. Consistent with the style, it weighs in at 5.7% ABV, 37 IBU and Rogue is kind enough to give the specific gravity of 15 degrees Plato (1.061 SG).
Pours a chestnut brown color with streaks of red. Frothy tan head that recedes fairly quickly. The nose is greeted with a balanced aroma of caramel and dark fruit with just a hint of roasted malt. The roasted malt is more prominent on the palate being supported by a backbone of caramel and toffee notes. The finish enters a nice balanced coffee with some sharp pine hop bite. Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, easily drinkable and sessionable.
Though not the wild beers we’ve come to expect from Rogue, this one was pleasing enough. Just wish it had a more prominent roasted note to match its name, but still good and very sessionable. Rating: 3.5/5.
Bold by Nish Patel
Nish Patel is the younger brother of the more well-known Rocky Patel but he seems to have learned from the best. Bold is a blend created by Nish and it features Nicaraguan long filler, dual binders consisting of Mexican San Andreas and Connecticut broad leaf under a Connecticut broadleaf Maduro wrapper. This is the Toro vitola measuring in at 6.5″ x 52RG. Let’s just say it did not disappoint.
The first light revealed a slightly loose draw putting off lots of thick, hearty smoke. Medium/full body flavors consisting of earthy tones and big pepper/spice blast. A little bit of leather comes through on the retrohale and a subtle note of cocoa joins the draw after the first few puffs. Getting into the first third the pepper/spice dials back a bit and the cocoa becomes more prominent and a touch sweeter/creamier. Getting into the 2nd third the earthiness and leather taper off and a bit of an umami enters into the finish and retrohale. The final third shifts completely to a heavy earth and dark roast coffee, dropping the pepper and cocoa notes completely. The smoke got hot and acrid at 1 hour and 35 minutes for a fantastic burn time. Medium nicotine strength.
Construction was excellent throughout. The burn wasn’t completely straight but only required one small correction at about the 2/3 mark. This is to be expected out of a Maduro cigar and totally expected with the double binder.
An excellent cigar in which Nish proves he can blend too. Rich but silky smooth flavors, thick smoke, complex and transitional without too much nicotine. A very well-balanced cigar that would go well with a number of drink pairings (and paired beautifully with the aforementioned beer). Bold is definitely a home run. Rating: 4.5/5.