Great Beers from Europe and the United States are Leading a Renaissance of the Brewmaster's Art
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Style: Abbey Tripel
Color: Deep Gold
Notes: Sweet perfume, apple and pear nose, with anise and melon. Nicely bitter, yeasty and fresh on the palate, alcohol warming the long finish.
Cigar: Hoyo de Monterrey No. 55 (Honduras), Bolivar Corona (Cuba)
Chimay Grande Reserve
Style: Trappist Ale
Color: Caramel Brown
Notes: Dark fruit, nutmeg and black pepper in the nose, with a hint of apple peel. Full-bodied palate with complex earthy flavors of raisins and chocolate.
Cigar: Arturo Fuente Opus X No. 2 (Dom. Rep.), Montecristo No. 2 (Cuba)
Murphy's Irish Stout
Style: Irish Stout
Color: Very Dark Brown
Notes: Mild aroma of coffee and chocolate with a haylike whiff of hops. Surprisingly soft palate, light-bodied with espresso and chocolate flavors, brisk finish.
Cigar: Cohiba Lancero (Cuba), Padron Aniversario (Honduras)
Geary's London Porter
Color: Deep Brown
Notes: Coffee and chocolate aromas lead to a malty medium-bodied palate with well-defined roast character, smoky licorice finish.
Cigar: Davidoff Special "R" or Double "R" (Dom. Rep.), Savinelli ELR Churchill (Dom. Rep.)
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Style: Imperial Stout
Notes: Intense chocolate, coffee and malt aroma with licorice notes. Strong, full-bodied semi-sweet palate full of cocoa, anise and toffee, with a mile-long finish.
Cigar: Partagas No. 10 (Dom. Rep.), La Gloria Cubana Charlemagne (U.S.), Montecristo Churchill (Dom. Rep.)
Color: Dark Brown
Notes: Deep malt aroma, like baking brown bread. Pure toffeeish malt on the palate, with caramel sweetness and roast overtone, hops balancing.
Cigar: Puros Indios Piramide No. 1 (Honduras), Ramon Allones Specially Selected (Cuba)
Style: Saison (Farmhouse Ale)
Color: Hazy Gold
Notes: An aromatic blast of apples, yeast, grapefruit and coriander. Bracingly bitter with a lively, spicy dry palate, and a lingering finish of fresh earth.
Cigar: Diamond Crown Robusto No. 2 (Dom. Rep.), Macanudo Prince Philip (Jamaica)
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen
Color: Deep Amber
Notes: An aroma reminiscent of smoked German sausage and barbecue. The palate shows some smoke, but malt comes through nicely. Far better than it sounds.
Cigar: Thomas Hinds Churchill (Honduras), Avo No. 5 (Dom. Rep.)
Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock
Notes: Pure malt aroma with molasses and coffee notes. Semi-sweet, strong and smooth on the palate, with flavors of malt and fallen leaves.
Cigar: Partagas Lusitania (Cuba), Royal Jamaica Churchill (Dom. Rep.), Belinda Prime Minister (Honduras)
Thomas Hardy's Ale 1994 & 1986
Color: Deep Amber
Notes: Powerful aroma of deep, musty malt, molasses, maple syrup and fruit. The 1994 bottling had a sweet, unmarried fruity palate; the 1986 was a masterpiece of Madeira, honey, bread crust, chocolate, vanilla and plums--magical.
Cigar: Romeo y Julieta Churchill (Cuba), Santiago Cabana Torpedo (U.S.)
Color: Reddish pink
Notes: A fruit beer with an effusive raspberry aroma that encompasses leaves and wood. Sweet palate with a balancing sourness and complex earthy backdrop.
Cigar: Dunhill Valverdes (Dom. Rep.), Davidoff 4000 (Dom. Rep.)