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Cigar City Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrel-aged

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Porter
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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. It’s good.

   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 (3604) - Media, 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 (7661) - 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 (2207) - 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 I’ve 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 (1963) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown with a mid-sized, frothy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is a mélange of coconut, caramel, milk chocolate, toasted nuts and big-time Stranahan’s whiskey. Medium to full-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor mirrors the bouquet in that it is a luscious marriage of caramel, coconut and milk chocolate with a splash of whiskey. Warming, chocolaty, nutty, Stranahan’s finish. World class treatment of a solid milk porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (6659) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 Bottle split with pat and vin. Pours a deep brown body with nice lacing. Other notes to be added...Whiskey. Light wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1004) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle thank to burg. Dark brown, just about black pour with a decent brown head, faded in quick fashion to a collar around the glass. Aroma was big sweet bourbon up front, melted candy bar, vanilla and a light roast. Reminded me a bit of Older Viscosity in the nose. Flavors were big big big. Bourbon, lots of milk sugar, cocoa powder, hint of roast, sweet finish. Mouthfeel was a bit creamy, carbonation light. Almost like a more drinkable Older Viscosity. Not nearly as sweet and viscous. Quite boozy and hot in the finish. Damn good but definitely a bottle to be shared.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2803) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
750ml bottle shared by drowland at pre-GTMW 2011 tasting, pours a very dark brown with a thin tannish head, aroma has hints of chocolate, toffee, coffee and a hint of booze, the flavor is sweet with a decent amount of wood and chocolate in the finish, thanks for sharing Danny!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
750ml bottle shared at a tasting - thanks to whoever brought this one. Very dark brown, near black, in color with a small light tan head. The aroma has big Stranahan’s whiskey, caramel, roast, sugar, and chocolate. The flavor has a great caramel and toffee malt base with minimal flashiness, just some ash and a great balanced whiskey presence. Some oak barrel. Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation and not too much booziness. Solid -bal aged porter, very well done.

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