Tonight’s Tasting — Black Dog Ale and Rocky Patel Vintage 1999

Tonight’s selections for a break on the veranda are a Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 and a Black Dog Ale.  I thought the English Style Amber Ale would complement the light to medium cigar.

The Black Dog Ale, brewed by Spanish Peaks Brewing Company in Denver, is dark amber colored.  It has a distinctive nose consisting of malt, caramel and spice.  The taste is slightly sweet caramel malt, with a perfectly dry finish.  No unpleasant aftertaste.  Good drinkability, and a good choice if you are in the mood for a darker beer without being weighed down.

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 is rolled in Nicaragua with a Connecticut wrapper and aged seven years. It has Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers.   The cigar is tightly rolled, perhaps a little too tight because the draw was a touch too restricted.  It cut nicely with a guillotine.  Once lit, it produced a cloud of thick, flavorful smoke.  The cigar burned perfectly throughout, which was appreciated because my last cigar burned like a bent, green log.  The taste of the cigar is light to medium, with a taste that can only be described at buttery.  The taste is consistent throughout and does not get appreciably stronger near the end.

The paring was excellent and highly recommended.  On a scale of 1 to 10, remembering that there are no 10s and for a 9 the angels must sing:

Black Dog Ale – 7
Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 – 7.5

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