Episode 110 – Robowar (1988), Archetype Sacred Scales cigar, Red Horse beer

Don't do a malt liquor episode they said, things will get crazy fast they said...

Don’t do a malt liquor episode they said, things will get crazy fast they said…

Tonight we ride the Red Horse suckas!!! Some say it’s a beer, some say it’s a malt liquor, we say it’s damn tasty and your favorite lovable crew of numbnuts drink a shitload of it this evening to aid us in our discussion of a movie called Robowar. What other podcast is taking risks like this, you may ask? NOT A SINGLE DAMN ONE. So click the links below and enjoy the insanity!


Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $11.49

The Archetype Chapter 3 Sacred Scales uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from Nicaragua. It’s offered in three sizes, this being the toro that we’re setting on fire here tonight. The cigar was blended by the legendary Ernesto Perez-Carrillo for Michael Giannini and Ventura Cigar Company. The Archetype line of cigars heralds “The Hero’s Journey” a common storytelling arc that has been shared across cultures and throughout time and, imagine that, we’ve got some real heroes in tonight’s film so Perfect Cigar/Movie Pairing complete!

The unusually thick San Andres wrapper features a sweetness of the cold draw that Tut describes as “fruitiness” while the rest of us mainly picked up on a very clean tobacco essence prior to lighting the cigar on fire. Upon torching the foot, there’s pure jalapeño spice on the nose joined by earthiness on the draw. That earthiness is joined by a nice mineral component about a inch in to the Sacred Scales and that profile continues to be the primary smoking experience throughout the remainder of the cigar.

A straight forward profile that is enjoyable from start to end. Smoke production is just off-the-fuckin-charts beautiful as thick grey smoke pours out of the head of the cigar and travels lazily up the body. Add in a damn near perfect burn line and smooth draw and the overall construction grade is very high. We dug it!



Tonight’s film was shot in the Philippines and this beer is the pride and joy of the Philippines so Perfect Beer/Movie Pairing complete! Damn we’re good.

I finally snuck a malt liquor on the show! Yay, me! The Red Horse has a nice crisp front end and the maltiness is joined by just a slight amount of bitterness to keep it from getting loring (that’s beer expert terminology for “lager boring”).


Robowar was written by Rosella Drudi and Claudio Fragasso (who would collaborate two years later on the “Worst Film Ever Made”, 1990’s Troll 2), and the movie is directed by the highly prolific Bruno Mattei (1983’s Women’s Prison Massacre, 1987’s Strike Commando (aka “Rambo 3” in Italy), 1988’s Zombie 3 (aka “Dawn Of The Dead 3” in Italy), and 1989’s Shocking Dark (aka “Terminator 2” in Italy). Essentially if you had Italian financing to rip off an American film franchise and film it in the Philippines – this was the guy you wanted behind the camera. Confused yet? Excited yet? Of course you are!

Our fearless commando leader knows how to dress to impress!

It’s so bizarre watching this film because we did our own Predator ripoff a few years ago (you can watch HIPSTER here!) but we did that as a PARODY. The purpose of it was to spoof Predator and here with Robowar they’re just flat-out copying it beat by beat, character by character, even the crazy musical score which features synthesizer and electric guitar solos and screeching monkeys is kind of familiar.

Who wore it better, the Robowar soldiers or the TNCC badasses? The answer is clear…

You remember how our episode on Death Kiss gave us a view into an alternative world where Charles Bronson is still alive today and kicking ass on the big screen? Well, this flick gives us an alternative view of what it would be like if the actual Predator had never been made and instead this fucking movie where everything is 99.9% less good than Predator was produced instead. It’s almost surreal in a way, and I think you can imagine the fun that we have diving deep into this one. So click the links below and join the party!!!


This might just be one of my favorite pairings in the show’s history. I just don’t know if we would have enjoyed the cigar as much, or the beer as much, without them being paired together. They simply balance each other beautifully! The maltiness and crispness from the beer just gave us what we were missing from the cigar. It’s the ol’ Reese’s Peanut Butter equation – you got your malt liquor in my earthy cigar, JACKPOT! On their own we had a good cigar, a good beer, and a great fucking time! What else could we ask for?

Sayonara motherfuckers!!!

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Below is tonight’s full episode for both your viewing and listening pleasure. Thank you for checking out The Tuesday Night Cigar Club and we’ll see you next time when we review another cigar, adult beverage, and film. May the wings of liberty never lose a feather…





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