Welcome to another edition of my beer and cigar reviews where we take a look at some notable (and some not-so-notable) beers and cigars. Let’s just get right down to it and as always start with today’s beer selection:
This winter ale from Alaskan Brewing Company is an Old English Ale brewed on Spruce tips. It weighs in at 6.4% ABV, 22 IBU and Alaskan is nice enough to give us the original gravity of 1.066 (16.25 Plato).
Pours a rich golden color with a thin ring of head that recedes fairly quickly. Sharp, floral aroma greets the nose (from the spruce tips) supported by fruity esters and caramel. Flavors of a thick caramel malty backbone supporting a yeasty bread quality and a subtle floral hop bitterness on the back. Medium in body and carbonation; easily sessionable.
If there ever was a “session” winter beer this is it. It’s still got lots of flavor but it’s low enough in alcohol and body that you can kill several and not really feel it. It went well with today’s cigar selection. Rating: 4.25/5.
And now for today’s cigar selection:
This offering from Marrero features an Ecuadorian Rosado Habano wrapper over Dominican binder and Costa Rican long fillers. The size reviewed is a 6.5″ x 54RG Torpedo vitola.
After two cuts with the Cuban Crafters Perfect Cutter, the draw was absolutely perfect putting off ample medium-bodied smoke. Creamy unsalted nuts dominated the draw while a sweet, spicy retrohale consisting of cinnamon and nutmeg filled the nasal cavity.
Getting into the first third the same flavors retained with an addition of a pleasant sweetness mixing into the draw and a heavy, substantial oak joins in on the nose. Entering the 2nd third the spice takes a back seat and takes on more of a metallic twang. No further changes were noted. I ended the cigar at 1:10:00 for a solid burn time for a Toro-sized stick and bringing in a subtle mild/medium nicotine strength.
Good construction throughout with a fairly straight burn that required no corrections. Ash holds on for a third of the cigar at a time.
All in all, a solid cigar in my book. Maybe not my favorite Marrero but solid nonetheless. It paired really well with the beer but would also be a good companion for coffee, hard cider or rum. Rating: 3.75/5.
And that’s a wrap for today’s reviews. Have you had either? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!