Cigar Dojo has teamed with Camacho Cigars to introduce our most ambitious collaboration to date: Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged. For this, the Dojo’s seventh limited edition cigar project, we have aligned several moving parts in an effort to introduce the flavor-craving cigar fanatics to bold new territories.

SEE ALSO: Be the First to be Notified when Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged Becomes Available

The project began when Dylan Austin of Camacho Cigars suggested to Eric “Master Sensei” Guttormson of Cigar Dojo that the Dojo team search their surrounding area for beer barrels that could be used on a special collaborative project between the two companies. As Cigar Dojo is located in Denver, Colorado—among the largest craft beer meccas in the country—the choices were many. Ten FIDY Imperial Stout from Oskar Blues was the obvious selection, but the beer was not commonly offered in a barrel-aged variant at the time (2015). But as chance would have it, Oskar Blues had just finished their first “official” release of Ten FIDY Barrel Aged in “Stovepipe” cans when Cigar Dojo came to the brewery with the request of barrels. While Oskar Blues used thirty barrels from various origins, Cigar Dojo and Camacho only needed four; which were promptly shipped to Camacho’s home base in Danlí, Honduras.

From bourbon, to imperial stout, to tobacco fermentation, the four barrels began their third major undertaking. These barrels, formerly containing bourbon from Heaven Hill Distilleries in Bardstown, KY, housed Camacho’s famed Original Corojo tobaccos for a minimum of six months before finally being retired (if they’re lucky…). Absorbing nuances from the charred oak, bourbon, and imperial stout, the tobaccos took on completely unique characteristics in this stage. The leaves were then blended with maduro tobaccos of three other countries, offering an all-maduro blend with barrel-aged tobaccos at the cigar’s core.



The blend recipe is Camacho’s popular Triple Maduro, which has been tweaked to accommodate the barrel-aged tobaccos for this special project. The cigars were then rolled in a 6″ x 50 toro vitola, a format that has never before been seen on the Camacho Triple Maduro.

Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged Breakdown

  • Wrapper: San Andrés Maduro (Mexico)
  • Binder: Original Corojo Maduro (Honduras)
  • Filler: Barrel-Aged Original Corojo Maduro (Honduras) | Brazilian Maduro | Dominican Maduro
  • Factory: Diadema Cigars de Honduras, S.A. (Honduras)
  • Production: Limited Edition (400 bundles of 10 cigars)
  • Vitola: 6″ × 50 Toro
  • Price: $9.99

Profile

  • Flavor: Full
  • Strength: Medium-Full
  • Body: Full

Flavor Notes

  • White Pepper
  • Deep Chocolate
  • Pronounced Maltiness
  • Subtle Oak
  • Hoppy Aroma
  • Sweet Vanilla/Bourbon/Boozy Buzz in Retrohale

Tips

  • Smoke Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
  • Pairing Recommendation: Ten FIDY, Ten FIDY Barrel Aged, Bourbon
At Cigar Dojo, we do not review our own cigars, but that doesn’t stop us from showing them off! Therefore, this photo review does not include a final grade, but simply an in-depth look at the smoking experience and pairing with the beer from which this special project was born: Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Barrel Aged.

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  • trauma

    Eagerly awaiting the arrival of my bundle. If it’s on par with the bourbon barrel aged series, we’re in for a real treat. One question, though, Samruai: you recommend pairing this with the components that went into the making of the cigar, but given the strong lingering finishes of both imperial stout and bourbon, it seems to me the nuances of those components of the smoke would be indecipherable and effectively wash out of the flavor profile. Seems somewhat counterintuitive to pair it with competing elements, when a complimentary or neutral beverage (or none at all) would allow the essence of the cigar to shine. Thoughts?

    • That’s definitely one way to go. A clean beverage like water will pair with nearly every cigar, so I try to mention other drinks that will bring out certain flavors in the smoke. This blend is pretty full-bodied and can handle just about any stout you throw its way. The chocolates and malts from the beer (in my opinion) will help most smokers to more easily identify the types of flavors they should be looking for in the cigar. On top of that, it’s experimental. If you have the beer, it would be a shame not to pair these two in an attempt to see the direct results between the two.

      • To add onto that, sometimes the best pairing is the most obvious one. And similar profiles don’t always cancel each other out, but can compliment each other nicely. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is a good example.

        • trauma

          I had my first taste of this stick today, and it did not disappoint! I paired it with a local bourbon barrel aged imperial stout (Dark Hollow, from Blue Mountain Brewery) and they really did complement each other beautifully. The cigar itself was a nice upgrade from the triple maduro, which was a bit harsh by comparison. This stick was silky smooth and rich, as was the stout. Impeccable construction, razor sharp burn, solid ash and held the cherry all the way to the nub. I’ll be sorry to see the last one go. A+

      • trauma

        Thanks for the response. I guess the advantage to buying a bundle is that you get to try out all the possibilities and see which works best (and enjoy some excellent bourbon and stout along the way!). Today I discovered the totally unexpectedly perfect pairing of Habano and Coca Cola, which might just be the best combo since peanut butter and jelly.

        Thanks again. I’ll be sure to add my thoughts on this stick after a few weeks in the humidor. Cheers!

        • No doubt, good points – looking forward to hearing your smoking experience!

    • I like to mix it up. It’s fun to have a cigar that is similar to your drink pairing such as a Stout beer with a maduro cigar because they can compliment each other and it’s also fun to have something opposite such as a mojito which can clear your palette. I guess it depends on the mood you are in.

      B-Tamps on the Dojo app was saying he though the Imperial Stout cigar was better with bourbon as the Stout beer masked too much of the flavor of the cigar. So he switched to bourbon and said it was perfect for him.