Beer/Cigar Reviews – The Barista and RoMa Craft Neanderthal

Welcome to another edition of my beer and cigar reviews! We’ve got a great lineup for you today so we shall just dive right in!

Today’s beer selection is:

The Barista

This offering from Clown Shoes Brewing Company in Ipswich, Massachusetts is an Imperial Brown Ale brewed with espresso, oatmeal and lactose. It weighs in at 8.5% ABV and an unspecified IBU and gravity rating.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a thin ring of tan head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit and coffee. Flavors of plum, black cherry, caramel, oats and dark chocolate. Lactose sweetness is present on the finish along with a deep, dark, bitter espresso. Medium in both body and carbonation and drinks very smoothly.

Overall a well-balanced yet bold brew while not being overly alcoholic so it’s sessionable. Rating: 4.5/5.

And now for today’s cigar pick:

Neanderthal

This offering from RoMa Craft cigars features a Mexican San Andreas wrapper over a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan long fillers. This cigar comes only in one size – a 5″ x 56RG Robusto vitola.

First light reveals a loose draw with plumes of thick, chewy smoke. Full body out of the gate with a big blast of pepper and spice over and earthy draw with a hint of walnut going into the finish.

Getting into the first third the flavors retain their intensity while the draw morphs more toward a distinct leather note. A hint of espresso enters the draw along with a tinge of sweet cedar. The pepper and spice is joined by a hint of a heavy, aromatic oak on the retrohale.

Entering the 2nd third the pepper and spice fade while the body dials down slightly to medium/full and allowing a slightly sweet cocoa to enter the draw. The final third goes very heavy earthy on the draw with a cinnamon on the retrohale. Finishing at 1 hour and 15 minutes for a great burn time for a Robusto vitola and bringing in a medium nicotine strength.

Construction was impeccable with a razor sharp burn. The ash holds on about 1/2 the cigar at a time.

If you’re into fuller bodied cigars this is definitely one to check out. Bold and complex, this one left me wanting another puff. For best results, pair with a nice bourbon or a heavy, peaty Scotch. Rating: 4.75/5.

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

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