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Cigar City Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahanís Whiskey Barrel-aged

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RATINGS: 120   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5998) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2011
8/12/11. 750mL bottle. Subtle barrel aroma with oak and vanilla if you search for it, on top of sweet stout and a bit of roast. Sweet milk stout taste with a touch of barrel - pretty subtle again... awesome silky mouthfeel. Pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2011
750ml bottle courtesy of biggsbowler. thanks, randall! pours exactly like an imperial porter should with a dark, cola-brown color topped by a smooth, creamy, light khaki head that leaves light lacing and sticky rings of lace. aroma is simply wonderful with big notes of fresh baked fudge, graham crackers, and toasted marshmallow (símores anyone?!) backed by roasted malts, fresh espresso, and rich vanilla with more subtle notes of whiskey, oak, and brown sugar as it warms. flavor is outstanding as well with a more pronounced presence of roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate backed by cookie dough, graham cracker, pralines, and sweet lactose with the bold notes of whiskey, charred oak, and vanilla emerging on the back end. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering finish of fresh baked cookies and rich whiskey. overall, another wonderful barrel aged beer from CCB.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9053) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2011
My 100th cigar city beer! Deep dark brown pour, fairly small beige head. Nice fudge, bourbon, vanilla and some oak. Sweet bourbon goodness, fudge, vanilla, toffee...outstanding!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, chocolate, and booze. Taste is pretty complex but very boozy. Very balanced mouthfeel. Overall a very good brew

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2011
POurs Black, small tan head. Nose is VERY boozey, loads of whiskey, molasses, sweet sugars and fruits, mild roast. Flavor is smooth whiskey melded with earthy malts and sweet sugars. Good amount of roast and fruit notes, coffee and cocoa.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Pours a pitch black with a light tan head. Nose is intense chocolate, light roast, nice bourbon flavor. Very rich nose. Absolutely fantastic dense milk chocolate up front with light bitterness and tons of bourbon flavors at the end. Heavy rich mouthfeel. This one feels like its about 10.5% but none is listed. Smooth but definitely strong. Really awesome beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2011
750 mL bottle from CCB. Pours a dark brown with a pretty dark tan head. Nose is whiskey, mallow, booze, some dark fruit, hints of vanilla, chocolate, vague oreo sugary sweetness, and just a pinch of earth. Flavor is massive chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, wood, some lactose, some vague bit of fruit, and more milk porter than the rum version. The wood does not hit until the finish and that is where I get char, whiskey, cookie, lactose, and a bit of booze that recedes like it wasnít invited. This is all manner of delicious and maintained the milk porter flavor much better than did the rum version, not to mention the smooth body on top of that. Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2011
750ml bottle that pours pitch black with a thick tan/brown head that looked like chocolate milk. Aromas of choclate, roasted malt, espresso, and whisky. Flavors match aromas, with a warming sensation from the whisky as the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OmegaX (1250) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Tap. Nice notes of wood and chocolate with a coffee background. Mainly wood though. Poured dark black. This one tasted oaky and chocolatey. Some dried fruit esters in there as well. Alcohol too. Pretty darn good but not as good as the rum version.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2011
First!? WELL... The body is pure black, with a perfect little off-white head. Smells like coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol with a touch of raisins. The flavor is explosive, full of lush dark chocolate, hops and a little wood. Finishes strong with the alcohol and cocoa bitter twang. It really is good.


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