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Personal Beer Review: Grizzly Paw Barley Wine 2016 Vintage Edition

Personal Beer Review: Grizzly Paw Barley Wine 2016 Vintage Edition

The Grizzly Paw Barley Wine 2016 Vintage Edition was an enjoyable and satisfying beer in the barley wine category. Even though it packed a high ABV, and some in your face boozy character go with it, it never seemed to overwhelm the flavor complexity.

Team Cigar Review: Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto

The Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto is a powerful cigar and possibly the strongest Davidoff release I have smoked. It is a complex and multi-national blend which really delivers the flavors of all the tobacco involved. The transitioning between each third was fantastic and the flavors present from start to finish were stunning.

Personal Beer Review: Parallel 49 / Tool Shed The Dangerous Wolfman

Personal Beer Review: Parallel 49 / Tool Shed The Dangerous Wolfman

I think I understood what they were going for on the Parallel 49 / Tool Shed The Dangerous Wolfman collaboration, but the saison funkiness is too much flavor for the rest of the beer, and throws the balance off. This was an interesting tasting experience, and I'm happy to have tried it out.

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo Dantés Edición Limitada 2016

Team Cigar Review: Montecristo Dantés Edición Limitada 2016

The Montecristo Dantés Edición Limitada 2016 is not a Habanos I would gravitate to more often than not, I prefer regular production Montecristo offerings to this, but a very solid release. I would recommend this Habanos to those who have the opportunity to purchase some, and I think many would find that they smoke well in a couple years. I look forward to see how it smokes in years to come.

Personal Beer Review: 4 Mile Rice Pudding Porter

Personal Beer Review: 4 Mile Rice Pudding Porter

The 4 Mile Rice Pudding Porter is an enjoyable porter style beer with elements of complexity. Even though the balance and aromas were average, it is one of the better porters I've had through 2018 and 2019.

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas El General

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas El General

Like the Diademas reviewed in 2018, the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas El General is also a good cigar. Compared to the Diademas, I found the El General isn't as balanced within providing sweetness, earth and spice. But nonetheless, this is a great cigar in which I will be visiting time and time again.

Team Cigar Review: La Palina Bronze Label Robusto

Team Cigar Review: La Palina Bronze Label Robusto

In the instance of the La Palina Bronze Label Robusto, I was surprised especially by the minerals. In general, the flavors of minerals, dry red peppers, natural sweet creaminess off dried nuts was range I didn't expect and worked well. The only let down was the subpar burn in which I hope it is a one off situation. I'll gladly smoke it again even if I have to fight the burn.

Team Cigar Review: H. Upmann Connecticut by Grupo de Maestros Toro

Team Cigar Review: H. Upmann Connecticut by Grupo de Maestros Toro

The H. Upmann Connecticut by Grupo de Maestros Toro carried a fairly traditional Connecticut shade profile with a slightly amped up strength level. While the flavor profile is pretty typical of many other Connecticut shade cigars, the price point for the vitola is attractive.