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Cigar City Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahanís Whiskey Barrel-aged

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2306) - Tallahassee, Florida, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (1753) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9830) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9918) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3061) - 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

   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!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick and foamy tan head. Nose is mocha, wet wood and whiskey with deeper notes of licorice, burnt peanut and something funky. Medium body with a buzz and airy alcohol. Taste is potent bitter chocolate, coffee grounds and a lot of whiskey. Seems to have lost its milkiness to the barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2011
750mL pours mahogany with tan head. The aroma offers up lots of vanilla, wood, booze, a bit of earthiness and dark roasted malts. The taste is rich with loads of roasted malts, dark roasted malts, some earthiness and rich sweet tasty vanilla. Midway and into the finish the smooth sweet booziness comes to the surface with lingering swirls of vanilla goodness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
(750ml bottle that Dak hooked me up with. Thanks my man!). Pours pitch black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma has a beautiful whiskey note-the best Stranahan BA aroma that Iíve smelled yet-along with big vanilla, almost burnt caramel. Taste is sweet with some roast. Full bodied with a sticky/slick texture. Finish is super smooth with some alcohol warmth and a beautiful mix of vanilla, caramel and bourbon flavors. A memorable beer for sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Big Bottle picked up from the brewery. Great rich malty aroma, chocolate and licorice, molasses and coffee, oak and vanilla. Light winy acidity and a bit of carbonic gaseousness and mild hop notes. Dark black opaque with thin cocoa-brown lacing head. Medium heavy body, just shy of oily, with alcoholic warming and medium carbonation. Starts sweet with soy sauce and mild acidity. Molasses, chocolate, vanilla and oak, licorice and lots of sweetness. Not cloying, and actually finishes quite tart and bright. A very nice porter, fairly complex with nice taste profile. Smooth sweet after.

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