Welcome to another installment of my beer and cigar reviews where we take a look at some notable (and some not-so-notable) beers and cigars. We’ve got a couple of interesting products to take a look at today so we shall do that.
Karbach Love Street
Love street is a German style Kolsch hailing from Karbach Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. Though not the typical heavyweight beers I usually feature on this bit, it is consistent with the style at 4.9% ABV, 20 IBU and an original gravity of 1.050 (12.5 Plato).
Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Garland on 9/13 – it was their Hurricane Relief beer of the night (portion of the proceeds went to hurricane relief). Pours a pale yellow color similar to light lager. Aromas of yeasty pale malt and a hint of hop astringency. Flavor was malt-foward with pale and a hint of wheat malt. A little hint of a sweet spice comes in on the finish. Light body, sharp carbonation. Refreshing and easily drinkable.
This would be a microbrew for drinkers of American light lager. It would be a good stepping stone into the world of craft beer for those people. It’s also not a bad option for cookouts or a day at the races. Would go great with a Primos Classic Natural or Sumatran. Rating: 3.5/5.
Padron 1926 TAA #47 Natural
This box pressed 5.5″ x 50RG stick (Would that be Robusto plus or Toro minus? I guess either one works) is a special release in the Padron 1926 Series. As with all Padrons, this cigar is a nicaraguan puro featuring all sun-grown Nicaraguan tobacco.
First light reveals the trademark very loose Padron draw producing a huge volume of thick, creamy textured, chewy smoke. Full body out of the gate consisting of a huge black and red pepper blast on both the palate and retrohale. There’s also a woodiness on the retrohale. Hints of smooth leather and cocoa on the draw along with the typical Padron aged tobacco mustiness.
After the first light the initial pepper/spice blast calms down a bit allowing a sweet creamy vanilla to join the mix and the woody note morphs more toward a very distinct oak. The cocoa becomes more prominent and a coffee now enters the mix.
Getting into the 2nd third the pepper/spice and wood drop off completely and the body settles down somewhat to medium/full while the strength already ramps up to a medium. The smoke becomes sweeter and creamier and a fleeting hint of a toffee enters the mix.
We have another transition at the halfway point where the cream starts tapering off a bit and the coffee really ramping up and a metallic zing enters on the finish while the strength still holds at a medium.
The final third becomes very dark and heavy with the flavors shifting to a dark chocolate and espresso with a nutty finish and retrohale while a hint of red pepper joins back in and the strength ramps up to a medium/full. I ended the cigar at 1 hour 10 minutes where the smoke got hot and acrid; very respectable burn time for a relatively small stick.
Construction was excellent with a razor-sharp burn all the way down that required no touch ups. Once again though, this cigar features the trademark Padron single cap (why they insist on single caps I have no idea) though when cut with the Cuban Crafters Perfect Cutter enough of the cap was left to ensure it wouldn’t unravel.
Wow, what can I say? Bold and complex – this one is a real winner. I also have a couple of these in Maduro and I’m excited to try the Maduro version too. It’s hard to find fault with this cigar other than the single cap and that’s the only reason this is a 4.75/5 as opposed to a perfect score. Don’t pair this cigar with anything as it requires your full, undivided attention. Just enjoy it alone and savor all the complex flavors.