First came the stout – a bolder version of that classic dark beer style, the porter. Then brewers decided to make the stout even more intense in flavor – as well as in alcohol – and the “Imperial Stout” style was born. More recently, looking to kick everything up another notch, breweries began to age their Imperial Stouts in bourbon barrels, creating super-boozy whiskey-tinged monsters. Hell, what’s next: Wrapping the whole thing in a cigar so you can smoke it? Apparently, yes.
This week, social cigar app Cigar Dojo and cigar brand Camacho have announced “an entirely unique smoking experience for craft fanatics” – an “Imperial Stout Barrel Aged” cigar flavored with none other than the acclaimed craft beer stalwart, Oskar Blues Ten FIDY.
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For Camacho, this new product isn’t the first time they’ve used the hot concept of barrel-aging in a cigar. In 2015, the brand barrel-aged tobacco in American whiskey barrels to create their “American Barrel-Aged” cigar. For this new collaboration, the Colorado-based Cigar Dojo was able to secure four barrels of Barrel Aged Ten FIDY from the popular Colorado brewery Oskar Blues. These barrels were sent to a facility in Danlí, Honduras, “where Camacho’s prized Original Corojo tobaccos were meticulously aged and rotated within the beer and whiskey-soaked barrels for a minimum of six months,” according to a press release. The result is a cigar that “kicks off with a punchy spice, which is later rounded out by loads of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of sweet vanilla/bourbon buzz in the retrohale.”