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 in, shall we?
As always, we’ll start with today’s beer selection:
Settle Down Brown
This American Brown Ale hails from O’Dell Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. It weighs in at 6.5% ABV, 50 IBUs and an unspecified IBU rating.
Pours a clear, rich brown color with some streaks of red. A frothy tan head tops the beer that lasts a long time and leaves ample lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee and piney hops tickle the nose. Flavors follow almost exactly with a caramel blast up front supported by some toffee and red apple notes. The back end features a balanced grapefruit and pine hop bittterness and a tinge of light roast coffee. Medium in both body and carbonation, this beer drinks easily and is satisfying yet sessionable.
A great session beer that would be great to have a few with friends or to pair with food. Not overly alcoholic and smooth. A pleasing brew. Rating: 4/5.
And now for today’s cigar selection:
My Father Le Bijou 1922
This offering from My Father cigars features a Habano Oscuro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and long fillers as well as a very attractive, artistic band. The vitola reviewed here is a 6″ x 52RG Toro sized stick.
The first light revealed a perfect draw producing ample thick, chewy medium-bodied smoke with notes of a slightly sweet earth and a dark coffee. There was a substantial, but not overbearing, pepper note on the retrohale. There was also a hint of creamy leather on the draw.
The first third is largely the same as the earth and sweetness morph together into a dark chocolate retaining all the other flavors. There is also a dark fruit on the draw akin to a plum or raisin. The body also intensifies slightly to a medium/full.
The 2nd third sees a slight transition with the dark fruity notes changing into more of a caramel and dropping the pepper bite almost completely. Entering into the final third we see another change – all the flavors are still there but the balance shifts as the coffee becomes the dominant flavor. I ended the cigar as the smoke started going warm at 1 hour and 20 minutes for a respectable burn time and bringing in a medium nicotine strength.
In typical My Father fashion, the cigar featured excellent construction with a near razor-sharp burn. The ash holds on a solid half the cigar at a time.
This was a great cigar all around – plenty of flavor and complexity. It paired nicely with an Australian Shiraz but would pair nicely with just about any red wine, a nice coffee or a nice dram of Single-malt. I would definitely smoke this one again. Rating: 4.5/5.
And that’s a wrap for today. Have you had either of today’s offerings? Let me know what you thought!