Beer/Cigar Reviews – Salvator and La Hacienda

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 this week’s reviews, starting with tonight’s beer selection:


This offering from Paulaner Brauerei in Munich, Germany is a Doppelbock style lager. It weighs in at 7.9% ABV and an unspecified IBU and gravity rating.

Pour is a hazy red-orange color with a frothy white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving just a thin ring behind. Aromas of yeasty bread, toffee and a slight roasted character tickle the nose. Sweet, malty flavors consisting of a variety of malts from caramel to roasted over a bready core. A slight hint of coffee toward the back of the palate and finishing off with a faint hint of pineapple. Medium in body and low in carbonation, this beer drinks super smooth.

A solid doppelbock for sure, easy to please yet not too alcoholic so you can have a few. Rating: 4/5.

And now for today’s cigar review:

La Hacienda

This offering from Warped cigars is a Nicarguan puro. The vitola reviewed is the 5.5″ x 52RG Gran Robusto.

The first light revealed a fairly firm draw but producing a decent amount of medium-bodied smoke. A slightly sweet leather presented on the draw and a slight pepper on the retrohale.

Getting into the first third the pepper drops off while a bright floral note takes its place. The draw also sees the addition of dried pineapples. The 2nd third sees a slight transition with the leather shifts into notes of almonds. I ended the cigar with a third to go as burn issues made it a pain to smoke.

Construction was average at best and featured quite a wavy burn from the get-go. I touched it up about halfway and after that it was very difficult to keep lit. It went out at the 2/3s mark – beyond the point of no return and not worth re-lighting at that point.

Maybe I just got a bad example but while the flavors were okay the construction just did not work for me between the draw and burn issues. It just missed the mark for me I’m afraid. Rating: 2.5/5.

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

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