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Man O’ War Side Project Phalanx Cigar Review

Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Cigar Reviews


Man O’ War Side Project Phalanx Cigar Review

This 6.5×56 stick features a very dark chocolate oily, smooth firm wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a few imperfections here and there, a sloppy double cap and very rich cocoa aroma. First light reveals a good draw with light minimal smoke showing smooth earthy flavor with a slight pepper and spice through the mild finish. The first third starts out ramping the body to a medium, showing a more complex body of a peppery chocolate, a bit of savory meat and bigger spice through the finish, which is still short and clean. Hitting the 1/2 way point 50 minutes in, the only flavor changes have been the savory meat dropping off and the finish going to a deeper smooth earth. Body is still at medium while the strength is ramping up already also at a medium by this point. Ending it early at 1:15 it’s all I could take, as the strength ramped up to almost full, making me dizzy, sweaty and a little nauseous at the last couple inches. For those of you who like nicotine powerhouses, this is a good choice! Thank you very much to viewer Greg Hayes for generously providing this sample for review!

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  1. stevenknisley says:

    well I have one of these sitting in my humidor glad I know what to expect now.
    why a spoonful of sugar?
    thanks again for another great review.

  2. BigMike says:


    Just wondering if you smoke cigars other than the ones you review? It seems like you have a new video posted every other day or so… Do you smoke from your own ‘stash’ or just what you video and review?


    • Bryan Glynn says:

      Mostly just what I review, simply because I don’t have much more time, but I do some my private stash slowly. I also give it away frequently locally lol

      • BigMike says:

        Thanks for the videos. I’ve enjoyed them and learned a great deal from them and the questions you’ve answered. If you ever make it up to TN give me a shout – be my pleasure to share a smoke and adult beverage with you…

  3. JJO says:

    This is probably my favorite of all the MOWs despite the size; certainly my favorite of the Side Projects. I don’t recall it being that strong, but it’s been a while since I had one.

  4. Satch says:

    Sounds like you should’ve had your dinner before you smoked this one, Bryan.

  5. marotajo says:

    Why would anyone ever smomke a cigar like this BEFORE dinner?

  6. demagnani says:

    I think this is one of the best review you ever made! I really enjoyed it! :D And congratulations for your 10.000 “fans”, I’m one of them from Europe! And good luck for your other project, but I hope you don’t consider yourself “fat”, here in Europe we say “you love your muscles so much that you want to protect them”…
    Just a question: why you said to take a spoonful of sugar to avoid the discomfort? It helps? Thank you for the answer!

  7. chico says:

    I got sick just watching the video.

  8. Greg Bellante says:

    Man O War cigars, most of them are pretty strong with the exception of the Virtue which is my favorite because it’s full of flavor and it won’t knock you into 2014

  9. NDO says:

    I found this cigar to be very smooth with sweet flavors but also strong. I could not get past the second third. This seems to be a trend AJ Fernandez cigars.

  10. undergroundboxr says:

    I must say I really enjoyed this video. I take that back I freaking loved it xD you had me chuckling especially towards the end. Loved it!

  11. hawk767 says:

    Glad I watched this review before smoking this stick. Not a fan of the heavier strength/low body cigars so I’ll save this for a trade some time.

  12. BBEJ4321 says:

    I will have to get this cigar. I like a cigar with a little kick. Good review

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  15. vscarpine says:

    I love the Man O’ War the Ruination is one of my favorite sticks. I will defiantly have to try this one

  16. danzig777 says:

    I like you don’t really like strength in my cigars, but sometimes I will have one that has some kick to it. This one seems pretty good and will have to try it some day.

  17. chc9470 says:

    Your facial expressions were priceless! Haha

  18. Orrza says:

    Tried it and loved it.
    I gotta say I love the design of the band on these.
    Thanks for the review :-)

  19. puffrey says:

    Ive been curious about these since they came out. Any AJ produced stick is an instant curiosity for me, I just like his stuff.
    Great review Bryan, the results have me searching for a deal right now! Thank you!

  20. vscarpine says:

    Has anyone here tried the new man o war skull crusher?? Love the line just wondering if anyone would recommend it

  21. Freddy62 says:

    I am very glad I watched this review, because I’m not a big fan of the buzz either Bryan. Thanks again for the great reviews!!

  22. Matt says:

    for a while i was quite a heavy cigarette smoker would that have any effect on my tolerance toward cigars such as this?

  23. Bpope31 says:

    After smoking a virtue I don’t think I could handle this one. Meat flavor sounds interesting but I will not be able to take the strength.

  24. playersrun1 says:

    i hate messy head

  25. Griff says:

    I really like the MOW PA but I have yet to try any of the side projects. I may have to pick a couple of these up.

  26. habanojoe says:

    I just tried my first Phalanx last night, after letting it rest in humi for over a month. Very tasty at first, but whoa did the strength really kick in after the 2nd third. I had to toss it at the band point, I prefer full cigars without the nausea :-)
    I purchased 2 man o war mega samplers and have the Phalanx with other blends.. Well at least I know which cigar Im tossing in the lottery. Cheers!

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