Cigars & Beer

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by damngoode, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Hopheadjnr

    Hopheadjnr Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012

    I love to pair cigars and beer. My friends and I tend to go big ipa's with stogies, mostly maduros.
    I am looking forward tonight to a Camacho triple maduro paired with Stone Smoked Porter. Hoping this will be a match made in Heaven.
  2. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,286) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Those triple maduros are incredible. Enjoy. I gotta try one with a Smoked beer, what a great idea.
  3. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (473) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    pretty sure that's one of those Republica Dominicana, versions, likely out of "glass top" packaging.

    very true, the key though or challenge is coming up with two beaters that don't cancel one or both/each other out completely.
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  4. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Hitting a Romeo bully now with an Old Rasputin, pouring Ten Fidy next.
    All good with this cigar blend!
  5. joepais

    joepais Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2007 Maine

    I go with a barleywine. I love that stick and paired it well with a few older barleywine in the past. The sweeter the better…. Also do a V cut on that stick it was meant for it. it will pull the smoke further down the tongue and really opens up a ton of more flavors on the stick
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  6. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,070) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    I'm with you, I would usually pair a good bourbon with a cigar. But, I've also done it with beers and they've usually been a big, bold stout and something I've had before and really enjoyed. I think the cigar does wreak some havoc on the taste of the beer(I also like my cigars really mild) which is why I won't pair it with maybe a really good beer sitting in my cellar that I've never had before and only have one bottle of.
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  7. dcloeren

    dcloeren Defender (629) Sep 15, 2010 Texas
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    Great call. I didn't see this in time to go with the V cut but I paired it with a bottle of FW Sucaba and it was amazing! Rich cigar, billowing white smoke, I think I had an inch and a half of ash at one point... Paired perfectly with the rich, sweet bourbon barrel aged goodness that is Sucaba. I highly recommend this pairing.
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  8. Gatch

    Gatch Meyvn (1,253) Nov 29, 2006 Massachusetts

    Genius. Rauchbier is the perfect pairing of cigar and beer. In my opinion, the only way to go as I've tried a few other styles and they just can't match it. Schlenkerla Urbock is the ultimate pairing.

  9. Ant7780

    Ant7780 Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Michigan

    Title says it all: what do you think of this? Do you have any particular favorite combos?

    A general rule for me is that the more potent the Cigar the more potent the beer - only a good IPA/DIPA, RIS, scotch ale or barelywine can really stand up to a good CAO or Man O' War.

    Specifically last summer I took a few Gurkha Titans and 12 Shorts Huma-lupa-licious up north. Being out by the bonfire with some fine cigars and IPA's was a sublime experience for my palate and my buzz.

    Any thoughts?
  10. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

  11. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,286) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    While there is nothing like a Bourbon Barleywine and a MUWAT or a Bueso Genesis, I really enjoyed this combo recently, just perfect.
  12. lester619

    lester619 Zealot (525) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin
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    I'm planing on lighting up the 5 Vegas limitada 2010 i've been saving, and finishing off the rest of my Celebration this afternoon.
  13. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,032) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I looked once for a Maker's Mark cigar to have with a BBA beer from my cellar but my local cigar store had run out of this particular cigar and I haven't been back since then to check again. Has anyone tried this combo? (It's a bit cold to sit on the back porch at this time of the year.) Would the bourbon from the cigar and the beer be a bit too much of that flavor?
  14. atxdelivery

    atxdelivery Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2010 Texas
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    Great topic, last night I shared a Melange 3 and had Rocky Patel 1992 and it was an amazing combo.
  15. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    All I remember from cigars is that the taste completely overpowers everything.
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  16. weatherdog

    weatherdog Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2007 Illinois

    Liga Privada and any big rich BA stout/barleywine. Actually the beer is optional, just give me the Liga Privada.
  17. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    I like to pair most cigars with something dark and/or heavy, or if I do a standard bourbon and cigar, I'll go with something light as a chaser.
  18. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    Maker's cigars are pretty plentiful around here since the distillery is in my backyard, I'll check for you the next time I'm out, if you're interested.

    I had one of these last year, it was real nice:
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  19. lester619

    lester619 Zealot (525) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin
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    Bourbon and just about any cigar is fantastic together. This is one of those times when it's best to just jump in and not overthink it.
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  20. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (473) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    i'm sort of the opposite, but to each their own. i've had enough tug o' wars trying to pit strength against strength - often the results for me have been either the cigar becomes the better tasting item or the beer, but less so both complimenting each other. & if the contrast grows too drastic, i'll end up discontinuing the least appealing of the 2. for this reason i tend to (usually) look for medium body cigars or less to pit against imperial stouts. in all honesty, common Belgians (Chimay Blue, Duvel, Tremens) etc., if you like those at all, are pretty safe with a broad range of cigars imho.

    any rate great thread. i saw this early this morning when ironically i was taking a break from rotating & checking humidity etc. i managed to snap a shot before putting em' back:


    not today, these are a couple of prior pairings - i think i may have posted 1 or both before:

    while the Partagas LE stick above is a bit over my personal description of "medium body", it's LE maduro wrapper gives it a sweetness over the more typical, spicier Partagas blends.

  21. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    I have not done much experimenting, but in my experience the two don't really compliment each other. I'll stick with whiskey if I'm enjoying a cigar, and leave the beer for another time. Although this thread has me curious again...
  22. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    I don't smoke cigars, but as long as we're on the topic of tobacco....


    this is what I love, my pipe, some quality tobacco, and a nice Imperial Stout.
  23. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Best cigar I've ever had...


    Goes better with some 12/18 year scotch than a beer.
  24. wvsabbath

    wvsabbath Meyvn (1,396) Apr 29, 2010 West Virginia
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    KBS or Doris the destroyer + Arturo Fuente Corona Imperial Maduro = my fav combo
  25. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Meyvn (1,130) Feb 13, 2010 Illinois

    Like some others here, I generally enjoy bourbon better with a cigar. However, a Drew Estates Java cigar does go nicely with most Imperial Stouts.
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  26. Irishize75

    Irishize75 Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2012 California

    Love that glass!
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  27. Ant7780

    Ant7780 Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2012 Michigan

    Loving all the pics here. Also I would agree that a cigar is well complimented by a scotch or bourbon (would never turn one down), but for me there's something about sipping on one or two beers for the length of a cigar that really brings out my enjoyment of both. Not to mention the buzz...
  28. ggwheeler

    ggwheeler Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 California

    Pipe smokers unite!!!!!!
  29. patm1986

    patm1986 Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2010 New Jersey
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    anything rolled by don jose pepin garcia and an IRS, BA Stout, or a DIPA.
    Particularly the "My Father" cigars and Parabola.
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  30. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    I do like those "My Father" cigars! My go to cigar is either a Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary or a Vintage. Pair it with a Black Note (or BB4D) in the cold months and a DIPA in the warm months
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  31. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    I have a few handfuls of those in my humidor. I love Blanton's!! My goto bourbon
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  32. sfsean28

    sfsean28 Disciple (356) Dec 17, 2008 New Jersey

    a good cigar and KBS,Brooklyn Black Ops,Black Chocolate Stout. Bourbons I like are Woodford reserve and Maker's 46. A good portalso goes very well with a quality cigar.
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  33. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,286) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Yeah, I really dug this cigar all by itself as well. One of the best I've enjoyed, mmmmm.

    My tasting group are big cigar aficionados, and we generally take a break out to the fire ring to smoke cigars.

    Often they pair well, but just as often they don't pair at all well with beers. It's nice to find a combo that works, where beer and cigar make each other seem even better.
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  34. Hermthegerm

    Hermthegerm Aspirant (264) Oct 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Those cigars rock!
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  35. patm1986

    patm1986 Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2010 New Jersey
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    BROLLIANT. patel 1992 is a beast.
  36. philly224

    philly224 Aspirant (216) Jan 30, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I usually go with a stout with I am smoking a cigar. I just got into cigars this fall so I have not had a lot of chances to pair them with beer. Once the weather warms up I will be doing it quite often.

    If not a beer I will go with a scotch or bourbon.
  37. dipalova

    dipalova Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2013 Connecticut

    everyone has there own prefence...(for me it"s a nice dfh brown ale and a perdomo lot 23) but really when it comes down to it most of us would sit out back with a pbr and a backwoods
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  38. PeterJ

    PeterJ Initiate (69) Dec 5, 2012 California

    You have great taste in cigars, Scotch and beer!

    Those Epicure 2 are some of m favorites. In the last pic, is that the 2010 Monte EL? One of my favorite cigars to date.
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  39. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Poo-Bah (6,421) Dec 25, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Just had barrel aged BORIS with a Gurkha Black Dragon and found it to get a pretty good pairing.
  40. DennyCrane

    DennyCrane Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2011 Illinois
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    Romeo and Juliet Habana Reserve or a Vegas 5 with a BCBS or any other bourbon barrel aged stout. If I'm going with straight bourbon, I'll go with an Eagle Rare 10 year single barrel.
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