Beer/Cigar Reviews – Avery Bourbon Barrel Coconut Porter & Padron 3000 Natural

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 shall we?

Today’s beer selection is:

Bourbon Barrel Coconut Porter

This offering comes to us from Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. It is, as the name suggests, a coconut porter aged in bourbon barrels. It weighs in at 10.4% ABV and an unspecified IBU and gravity rating.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin ring of tan head. Coconut and bourbon very up front on the nose supported by a roasted malt backbone and a hint of dark chocolate. Flavors follow the nose precisely with the coconut and dark chocolate up front (I’ve used this descriptor before but it’s apt – like a Mounds candy bar). The finish consists of a roasted malt and coffee finish under a distinct bourbon burn. Alcohol is well-hidden. Thick body with medium carbonation, this drinks way too easily and smoothly for its ABV.

Rich and dessert-like; this would go well with a variety of desserts. It paired very well with today’s cigar selection. Rating: 4.5/5.

And now for today’s cigar selection:

Padron 3000 Natural

I’ve reviewed a lot of the anniversary line Padrons but I don’t recall doing many, if any, of the lower-end series. That’s my fault entirely as the low-end Padrons are still great cigars that, while not as complex and transitional, still give you the prototypical Padron experience in a much more affordable package. As with all Padrons, this stick is a Nicaraguan Puro featuring all sun-grown tobacco and measures in at a 5.5″ x 52RG “Robusto-Plus” vitola.

First light revealed the typical open Padron draw producing plumes of medium-full bodied smoke. Earthy and peppery flavors out of the gate with a touch of aged tobacco mustiness.

Getting into the first third the pepper settles down a fair bit dialing the body down slightly to a solid medium. Flavors of a rich semi-sweet cocoa and a creamy coffee on the draw with a touch of the earthiness and pepper still on the retrohale. Consistent start to finish with the flavors melding together more throughout the cigar. Ending at 1 hour in for a solid burn time for the size and the strength matches the body at medium.

As is expected, the impeccable Padron construction with an absolutely razor-sharp burn and ash which holds on in solid 1/3 chunks. As mentioned before, though, I can’t get over these silly single caps (I’ve never had a problem flat cutting them but you do take a bit of a risk if stored less than optimally).

Though not the typical high-priced affair Padron is often associated with, this would be a good daily smoker at about $6.50/stick. I’ve smoked a lot of these but never done a review on it so I figured it was due time. A versatile cigar that’s easy to please and would pair well with a dark beer, red wine or a nice rum. Rating: 4/5.

That’s a wrap for today. Have you had either of today’s offerings? Let me know what you thought!

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