Today I have both a beer and a cigar to review, so tune in for some good (or maybe not-so-good?) stuff to check out.
Loup Garou Stout
This American Stout brewed with natural flavors and aged in wooden barrels comes to us from Bayou Teche Brewing Company in Arnaudville, LA. It weighs in at 8% ABV and an unspecified IBU or gravity rating.
Pours dark brown with a thin ring of tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas of dark chocolate and plum on the nose with a slight smoke and oaky undertone. Flavors follow the nose almost exactly to the T – dark chocolate, lum, smoke, oak. A bit of a coffee note on the back end of the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation.
A good beer, but it did leave me wanting some more substance and complexity. It would be a great imperial stout if the ABV was kicked up a bit. Rating: 3.5/5.
This offering from Tatuaje Cigars features an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and long fillers. The size reviewed here is the Miami J21 – a 5″ x 50RG Robusto vitola.
First light reveals a perfect draw producing plumes of medium/full bodied smoke. Straight tobacco core with substantial pepper and spice on the nose.
The first third is more of the same but bringing in a smooth earth tone into the draw. Fairly consistent start to finish with the only change being the pepper dropping out almost entirely and a slight sweetness entering. Ending at 45 minutes for an average time for a Robusto sized stick. Strength is a medium at the end.
Construction was excellent. Burn line was straight enough and ash held on well.
Though well constructed the flavors were rather uninspiring. Pretty plain and boring really. At the price point (approx. $10-12/stick) I really expected more. If you’re a fan of Cuban-esque blends this might be to your liking but the plainness just reminds me why I think Cubans are way overrated. I had bought two singles with my last haul and I smoked both in one sitting just to burn them out. Not one I’ll smoke again. Rating: 2.5/5.
Have you had either of today’s offerings? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!