It’s been awhile since I’ve done a beer and cigar review so I figured it was time. Due to my recent absence from blogging it’s been difficult to be able to do these types of posts so here we go now. We’ll start with our featured beer as always and then take a look at this week’s featured cigar.
KBS is an Imperial Stout brewed by Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It weighs in at a potent 11.8% ABV with an unspecified IBU rating or gravity and one 12 ounce serving has rib-sticking 336 calories. The description on the site says this beer is brewed over cocoa and coffee beans and aged in oak bourbon barrels. With a 100 rating on both RateBeer and BeerAdvocate I went into it with super high expectations and it delivered.
Draft pour at Flying Saucer in Garland; pour is jet black in color with a frothy tan head that retains and laces the glass like crazy. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and alcohol with a touch of the bourbon. The oakiness and bourbon notes take a front-seat on the palate supported by a complex backbone of flavors consisting of vanilla, chocolate, caramel and roasted malt as well as a hint of raisin. Finish consists of a smooth coffee and delicate hop bitterness but with a huge alcohol burn down the throat. Very thick, syrupy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation – this one is definitely a slow sipper. It took me almost 45 minutes to finish the 12 ounce draft pour.
I don’t think anything more needs to be said about this. Another incredible brew from Founders (already a favorite brewery of mine) and a must-try for all beer lovers. Rating: 5/5.
Padron 4000 Maduro
Though not the high-end anniversary lines Padron is so well-known for, the regular Padron x000 series bring the aged Nicaraguan Puro long-filler experience to a lower price point for the working man. The 4000 is a 6.5″ x 54RG Toro-plus sized soft box pressed stick featuring all Nicaraguan binder/filler over a sun-grown Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper.
First light reveals the signature loose (but not uncontrollably lose) Padron draw producing copious mouthfuls of creamy textured smoke. Medium/full bodied flavors consisting of an earthy dark chocolate core and a substantial pepper/spice on the finish and retrohale. Getting into the first third the initial big pepper blast dies off somewhat and the earthiness and chocolate take on a slightly sweeter, creamier tone. Getting into the 2nd third the pepper subsides further allowing a nice dark roast coffee to join the mix. This remained consistent until the final about 15 minutes or so which went very earthy and nutty. Ending at 1 hour 15 minutes just above the band there were no further changes. Medium nicotine strength.
Construction was excellent featuring a razor-sharp burn throughout that did not require touchups and held an ash for about 1/3 of the cigar at a time. As with all parejo-shaped Padrons, however, I will ding it on construction due to those silly single caps they insist on using. You’d think they’d have toredors capable of rolling a double or triple cap (in fact I know they do – the incredibly overpriced, mild, Connecticut-wrapped Damaso line features triple caps) so why they don’t use them I don’t know.
Overall, a solid cigar. Though not as many big transitions as the higher-end lines, the x000 series still delivers the great Padron package but at a much reduced cost. This 4000 Maduro is definitely a winner in my book. Rating: 4.25/5.