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Cigar City Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahanís Whiskey Barrel-aged

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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So, what you have here is a high gravity porter brewed with lactose and aged in whiskey barrels. It tastes like catching your favorite song on the radio with hints of the parking meter expiring, but not getting a ticket. Itís good.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle from the brewery. The color is a very dark brown that pretty much looks black once poured. A nice tan head develops before fading off to the sides. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass. The aroma is really quite nice; lots of whiskey and barrel notes, along with some chocolate, licorice, and rum cake. Perhaps a touch of dark fruit in there too. This drinks pretty smooth, with carbonation that seems about right. A touch prickly in the finish. This has a charred woody flavor with vanilla, light caramel, and of course, whiskey. The whiskey seems slightly toned down from the aroma but still at the forefront. Overall not quite as much depth as the aroma had me thinking though, but still very good. Iím picking up the lactose more in the flavor, at least at first, but itís still not all that noticeable. At 9% this isnít quite as full-bodied and potent as many other barrel-aged brews Iíve tried, but I kind of like that fact. This is a really good beer, one that I enjoyed more as I drank it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of bmanning at last Sundayís tasting. Boy oh boy do I love it being football season. Thereís nothing like 11 hours of football and casual tasting. Served in a snifter. Pours black with a quickly-diminishing off-white head. Sparse lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings forward chocolate and coffee and just a bit of oak and vanilla behind a fairly-heavy whiskey presence. The flavor isnít quite as whiskey heavy, but itís certainly the dominant component. Medium body with light sweetness and a chewy texture. Not their best stout, but quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4698) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2011
This poured a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of dark fruit and bourbon, some acidic notes and chocolate too. Tastes was very sweet, like chocolate covered rapsberries, light bourbon and cognac, interesting but a bit thin and underwhelming.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4550) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Bottle many thanks to 50belair. Deep dark brown pour, almost black, with a nice creamy tan head. Milk chocolate, lots of roast, medium-sweet malts, more chocolate, vanilla-bourbon, and light oak notes. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. A tasty brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
750ml bottle from the brewery - brought up by wilkes and lynn (thanks!). Big roasty chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Taste is milky sweet toffee, vanilla, fudge, caramel and coffee. Silky medium texture. Nice sipper - though a little sweet for my tastes.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (1982) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle from Paul Unwin. Thanks dude! Shared with Leighton. Pours jet black with thin head. Nose is potent sweet bourbon whiskey, lactic and vanilla. Taste is very sweet and sour. Sweet whiskey and sour lactic and raw choc, prune and coffee bitterness. Earthy and something quite raw and alcoholic on the finish. All too overpowering for me and doesnít work on the palate for me. Too much of a hot burn on the finish. I should say Iím not a big fan of whiskey barrel flavoured beers.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11865) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2011
Bottle at CPK, shared with EdKing and Paul Unwin. Just a huge thanks to Paul - what a legend. Pours brown with a beige head. Big whiskey aroma, lots of booze-soaked, dark fruits. Flavor has a slight tang to it, with medium sweetness, some peat, hard alcohol. Full bodied with fine carbonation and warmth. Mild (just mild) heat in the finish, a bit of brown sugar, some dark and tangy fruits, mild booze. Dark raspberries, maybe some bourbon. Pretty nice balance overall. Nice barrel incorporation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11554) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a bit more than a finger of khaki colored head. S: Opens up with a fairly heavy roasted malt note. A nice oak aroma as well as a mild sweetness of vanilla. Definitely some whiskey and a bit of dark chocolate. Not as sweet as Iíd expect for a milk porter/stout. T: Like the nose, a pretty heavy dose of roasted malt. Some whiskey flavor as well as oak and vanilla. Again, only a moderate sweetness, maybe some toffee. Itís actually somewhat dry. M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. O: Strangely, I would have actually liked a little more sweetness to this. But, it was enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3346) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2011
Thanks to DS for this CC ale very dark porter opaque black pour tan head some retention of note only mild carbonation forward note of whiskey that highland touch some liquorice caramel rich maltiness and dark fruit with flavours vanilla the dark fruit strong maltiness whiskey influence sweetness is close to perfection in balance mildbitter the finish smooth vanilla highland whiskey influence not overdone light dryness bitter aftertaste dark fruit pleasurable beer on the palate

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
big thanks to the friendliest officer of tampa that I know for sending me this gem. poured near black with a tan head and some spotted lacing. aroma was fudge, chocolate, raisin, and whiskey. flavor was fudge, chocolate, whiskey, oak, raisin, and alcohol. body was was heavy with a soft carbonation. absolutely stunning!!


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