John McTavish

Personal Beer Review: Modern Times City Of The Dead Nitro

Personal Beer Review: Modern Times City Of The Dead Nitro

The Modern Times City Of The Dead Nitro sets a reliable benchmark for what a good nitro stout should be. Coffee, almonds, chocolate, salt, all balanced, along with an enjoyable sweet creamy mouthfeel that anchors everything together. This one is sure to be in my regular rotation.

Team Cigar Review: Providencia Hostage

Team Cigar Review: Providencia Hostage

The Providencia Hostage delivered a bold and at times, medium plus flavor experience that I found enjoyable. With notes of cedar, baking spices, leather, chocolate, earth, minerality and sweetness, there is a lot going on.

Personal Beer Review: Devil's Canyon California Sunshine Rye IPA

Personal Beer Review: Devil’s Canyon California Sunshine Rye IPA

The Devil's Canyon California Sunshine Rye IPA is a hop forward creamy IPA with enough sweetness to keep things balanced and interesting. Although a tall bottle is usually more than I'd want to have in a single session, the overall experience was good enough that I ended up finishing it.

Team Cigar Review: Partagas Legend Corona Extra Leyenda

Team Cigar Review: Partagas Legend Corona Extra Leyenda

The Partagas Legend Corona Extra Leyenda is an enjoyable smoking experience. With a complex flavor profile of cream, chocolate, leather, pepper, baking spices and loamy earth. I particularly enjoyed the vitola, and found the soft square press very comfortable.

Personal Beer Review: Outcast Last Minute Stout

Personal Beer Review: Outcast Last Minute Stout

The Outcast Last Minute Stout has a tasty Nutella flavor experience. Vanilla, hazelnuts, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, all with a creamy mouthfeel. This was an enjoyable stout experience that I will revisit in the future.

Personal Beer Review: Parallel 49 / Blindman Zombies Ate My Brewery!

Personal Beer Review: Parallel 49 / Blindman Zombies Ate My Brewery!

Usually when I see brewery collaborations like the Parallel 49 / Blindman Zombies Ate My Brewery!, I stay clear, as I haven't had enjoyable experiences in the past. This collaboration between Parallel 49 Brewing and Blindman Brewing hits all on some great high notes, satisfying my palate with great citrus complexity that doesn't become fatiguing.

Team Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto

The Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto brings the spiciness of the Black Market with nuances and flavor complexity that last all the way to the nub. Once the initial spice intensity fades, the cigar establishes a sweet and chocolate profile.

Personal Beer Review: Modern Times Fortunate Islands

Personal Beer Review: Modern Times Fortunate Islands

The Modern Times Fortunate Islands is a mash up of two different styles, and I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. I'm always eager to try new beers that push the style envelope, and this beer does a great job of it.

Personal Beer Review: Collective Arts Liquid Art Fest

Personal Beer Review: Collective Arts Liquid Art Fest

The Collective Arts Liquid Art Fest has a bold tropical fruit aroma, but ends up being very balanced. I found the flavor profile didn't do much for me in terms of complexity, but this could easily be a crushable session beer in the summer season.