Friday, August 24, 2018

Rocky Patel - Sun Grown - Toro

 
Strength: medium - full
Origins: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuadorean Sumatra
Shape: straight
Length: 6.5”
Ring size: 52
Approx. cost: $9
Bdawg says:  A cocoa brown  colored wrapper with a reddish tint.  The draw is easy producing a gray ash.  The flavor is cedar, toasted almonds and a hint of sweet spice.  The draw is slow and even. 

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Kristoff - Criollo - Robusto

 
Strength:  medium full
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Habano Criollo
Shape:  straight with a pigtail cap
Length:  5.5”
Ring size:  54
Approx. cost:  $8
Bdawg says:  I am a big fan of Criollo wrappers and this cigar is a good example of why.  The wrapper is medium reddish brown and a little rustic in construction.  The draw is easy producing a powdery white ash.  The flavor is sweet spices, roasted cashews and light cedar.  The burn was slow and even.  Very nice! 

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Sinistro - Mr. Red - Toro

 
Strength:  full
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Mexican San Andres
Shape:  straight
Length:  6”
Ring size:  54
Approx. cost:  $8
Bdawg says:  This is a nice cigar.  The Sinistro cigar brand premiered in 2014.  The wrapper is dark brown, oily with some veining.  The draw is easy producing a powdery white ash.  The flavor is dark chocolate, coffee and roasted nuts.  The burn was slow and even. 

Sinistro - Mr. Black - Toro

 
Strength:  medium full
Origins:  Nicaragua
Wrapper:  Nicaraguan
Shape:  straight
Length:  6”
Ring size:  52
Approx. cost:  $9
Bdawg says:  The Sinistro cigar brand premiered in 2014.  The wrapper is medium reddish brown and rustically constructed.  The draw is easy producing a gray ash.  The flavor is complex dark chocolate, a strong burst of spice and then a mellow sweetness on the finish.  The burn was slow and even.

Trubble Brewing - Ft. Wayne, IN

 
Location:   2725 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Phone:   260-267-6082
Website:  http://www.trubblebrewing.com/
Hours:  Mon-Tues closed;  Wed-Thu 11am-10pm;  Fri-Sat 11am-12am;  Sun 10am-7pm  
Selection:  about 10 beers on tap
Food:  yes, pub food, Salads, sandwiches, tacos
Bdawg says:  A cool hip joint on the outskirts of Ft. Wayne.  Tap room has a vintage downtown  hangout vibe.  Large seating area near fountain. BTW Great Name for a Brewery!
Left to right:
Engineered by Aliens NE IPA
7.6%,  3 Hearts

Paper Man Smash IPA
5.6%,  3 Hearts

Draconian Scotch Ale
7.4%,  3 Hearts

Provocateur - Salted Chocolate Stout
7%,  3 Hearts

Inside the taproom

Dreaming Dog Brewery - Elk Grove, CA

 
Location:   2501 W Taron Ct, Elk Grove, CA 95757
Phone:   916-714-2735
Website:  http://dreamingdogbrewery.com/
Hours:  Mon,Thu 4pm-9pm; Tues-Wed closed; Fri 4pm-10pm; Sat 2pm-10pm; Sun 2pm-9pm
Selection:  about 12 beers on tap
Food:  no
Bdawg says:  Located in a very nice, but desolate, shopping center.  The inside is nice if not a little hokey.  The beer is ok.  
Left to right
Belgian Malinois Summer Saison
5.9%,  3 Hearts

American Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Pale Ale
5.1%,  2.5 Hearts

English Black Lab - Porter
5.7%,  3 Hearts

English Bulldog IPA
6.7%,  1.5 Hearts

Irish Wolf Hound - Extra Stout
6.3%,  3 Hearts

UNKNOWN BEER

American Straffordshire
Double Stout
8%,  3 Hearts

North Pier Brewing - Benton Harbor, MI

 
Location:  670 N Shore Dr, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone:   269-757-7163
Website:  http://northpierbrewing.com/
Hours:  Mon-Thur 12pm-10pm;  Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm;  Sun 12pm-8pm
Selection:  about 10 beers on tap
Food:  Small pub food
Bdawg says:  Located near Harbor Shores Golf Club, this brewery definitely has a bit of a sports bar, club house beer.  The beer is pretty good.


Top Left (Clockwise)
Norwegian Fizz Pale Ale
6%,  3.5 Hearts

Springtooth DIPA
9.1%,  3.5 Hearts

Scrappy Guy IPL
9.3%,  3 Hearts

Buckrider IPA
6.5%,  3 Hearts

Inside the tap room.

Alec Bradley- Post Embargo - Gordo

 
Strength:  medium
Origins:  Honduras
Wrapper:  Honduras
Shape:  box pressed
Length:  6”
Ring size:  60
Approx. cost:  $8.50
Bdawg says:  The wrapper is medium brown with some dark brown splotching.  It is nicely constructed.  The draw has quite a bit of resistance producing a salt and pepper ash.  The flavor is light cedar, leather and raisins.  The burn is slow and even.  

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La Palina - Red Label - Gordo

 
Strength:  mild medium
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Ecuadorean Habano
Shape:  straight
Length:  6”
Ring size:  60
Approx. cost:  $9.50
Bdawg says:  The wrapper is medium reddish brown, oily and bumpy.  The draw is easy producing an abundance of smoke and a dirty gray ash.  The flavor is Indian spice, cream and balsa wood.  The burn is slow and even.  Very nice!  

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Macanudo - Inspirado Red - Toro

 
Strength:  medium full
Origins:  Nicaragua
Wrapper:  Ecuadorean Habano
Shape:  straight
Length:  6”
Ring size:  50
Approx. cost:  $6.50
Bdawg says:  The wrapper is medium reddish brown, oily with some veining.  The draw is easy producing a good amount of smoke and a salt and pepper ash.  The flavor is spicy, red pepper flakes and leather.  The burn is slow and even.  

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