Beer/Cigar Reviews: Bourbon Barrel Aged Chump Change and Rocky Patel Vintage 1992

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 jump right into it starting with today’s beer selection.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Chump Change

This hybrid beer (equal parts black ale and farmhouse ale) aged in bourbon casks hails from Oak Highlands Brewery in Dallas, TX. It weighs in somewhere around 11% ABV and an unspecified IBU and gravity rating.

Had on tap from Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House in Dallas, Texas. Pours pitch black with a thick cream colored head. Bourbon aroma present up front, supported by big blasts of dark and wild fruit. Flavors of black cherry, chocolate, caramel and apricot along with the signature farmhouse ale/saison tart bite. Bourbon very present on the finish and very warming on the way down. Thick in body with low carbonation, this one drinks way too easy for its ABV.

I can honestly say I’ve never had anything quite like it. Unique and complex, I must say I definitely enjoyed this one. Rating: 4.25/5.

And now for today’s cigar pick.

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992

This offering from Rocky Patel features and Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan long fillers. The vitola reviewed here is a 7″ x 48RG Box Pressed Churchill.

The first light revealed quite a snug draw and with only minimal smoke output. Mild/medium bodied flavors of sweet straight tobacco and a slight pepper on the retrohale.

Getting into the first third the draw opened up to perfection and now putting off big plumes of smoke. Still mild/medium body but very creamy and sweet with a nutty core. A slight pepper still remains on the nose. The flavor was consistent start to finish. I ended the cigar as it started to go warm at 1 hour 30 minutes in for an average burn time for a Churchill. No detectable nicotine strength was noted.

Excellent construction with a near razor-sharp burn. Ash holds on approximately 1/4 of the cigar at a time.

This one would make for a nice morning cigar with coffee or for someone who just prefers milder cigars. I will say, however, that it is quite pricy for a mild stick (varying from $7-10 depending on vitola). You’ll have to decide if that’s worth it to you but at that price point I’d definitely reach for something with more intensity and/or complexity. Rating: 3/5.

So that’s a wrap for today. What did you think? Have you had either offering? Let me know.

PS: Happy Robert Burns Day to all my Scottish readers/followers!!!

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