I can't imagine being able to taste any beer while smoking a cigar.
You should know by now that I really don't care what the "heavy hitters" say. I trust my own experience, as everyone should.
I'm the same way except when my experience matches up with theirs. I actually have a beer I brew that is meant to pair with a cigar and I dry hop it cold because I get moro herbal character. To be, the flavor is so much cleaner when dry hopped at 60-70.
Well, that's kind of the point. Cigars kill the flavor of a beer. The key was to brew a beer that the flavor of the cigar melded and changed the flavor of the beer to an interesting flavor. The beer is pretty good by itself, but it is extremely parable with a cigar.
The cold hop extraction gives the beer a more "herbal-like" (to my tastes) character. The first time I brewed it I used whole Amarillo, Columbus and Willamette hops (and a few other hops blended in as well). I found the whole hops to be more herbal and veg like and actually prefer them with the beer but whole hops are more of a challenge for me to work with right now so all pellets now.
The beer is called "Tobacco Road" (the brewery Yellowhammer Brewing) if you are interested in searching.
Not to derail the thread too much, but FYI - I don't know if you've ever tried Summer hops, but I'd imagine that they'd be excellent in a beer meant to be paired with a cigar. I get a lot of cedar, leather, tobacco, etc. from it.