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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2461) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle. Black plural with tan head. Whiskey aroma with sweet tones. Flavor is full vanilla, roasted and chocolate malt tones. Finish is nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2012
bottle 11/25/11. dark brown importer color with a dense tan head. a+f are a nice porter base mixed with mellow sweet bourbon.... toasted nuts, caramel,ashy roast, milk choco, charcoal, graham cracker and vanilla. slick mouth feel with a medium plus body. 8/4/7/4/16

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2012
750mL bottle. Poured deeper brown with a dense cap of medium tan head. The aroma picked up near-burnt milk chocolate and vanilla notes accented by sour whiskey and oak notes.. maybe a little too much barrel, but no real complaints. The flavor opened with tart lactose notes followed by sweet, tasty whiskey, milk chocolates, and ashy black patent.. finished with a hefty dose of milk chocolates and tangy, tasty whiskey.. not terribly complex, but I definitely enjoyed it. Medium-plus bodied, dry, and tangy on the palate.. lots of residual sugars in the end.. OK feel and flow.. Iím a fan of Stranahanís, but wish the base beer asserted itself a little more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2012
Nice dark brown/black with a lot of carb, I can smell the whiskey right off the pour! Smells fantastic. Oak, Vanilla maybe a little ash/char, milk chocolate. Taste follows nose, this is rich and sharp. The Strannahan is well pronounced and is mixing perfectly with this porter. A little tart tang in there as well, but not from an infection. Killer brew! Adam send me more!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2154) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
Pours pitch black with almost no carbonation. Aroma is wood, roasted malt and some great whiskey sweetness. Taste is roasted malt, slight lactic, and just subtle whiskey in the aftertaste. Just how I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering tan head. Aromasof whiskey, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of whiskey, oak, vanilla, light milk chocolate and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering whiskey finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2012
tasting on 3/24/12. black pour with a small tan head. sweet lactic nose with smooth roasted malts, coffee and oak. sweet med body with chocolate, coffee, milk and oak. licorice / whiskey finish with chocolate and coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Poured dark clear brown color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted dark chocolate woody aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture with flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish that was long lasting with a small alcohol bite. Standout well balanced barrel brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2012
This bottle was acquired in a trade with preismj awhile back. Thanks Matt! This beer pours a medium bodied Milk chocolate brown in color that pools to be more of a dark, dark brown on the verge of black. It has a creamy and soapy beige head that turns into a sticky lacing. The nose features plenty of vanilla bean, creamed coffee, milk chocolate with just a touch of whiskey. The nose is soft and just really well integrated. Itís silky smooth. The flavors feature smooth milk chocolates, cola, vanilla bean, light coffee roast, a touch of bitterness and a mellow whiskey finish. The flavors too are really nice and smooth. They do finish somewhat quickly in the after taste. It drinks medium in body and doesnít show the abv at all. This is a really nice beer. Iím glad I could try it. I have loved everything that Cigar City has barrel aged, this included.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
From notes. Molasses black is the color of the beer itself, with a head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is rich and full of Stranahanís. The flavor is full of rich dark chocolate, a little bit of smoke, full roasted malt, and espresso and cream. The Stranahan barrels add a burst of sweet bourbon in the middle. As the sip progresses, most of the flavors fade away, leaving mostly just bitter roasted malt and some espresso. Oak and vanilla contribute some further sweet flavors while drying the mouthfeel out at the end. The finish is slightly dry but still full of flavor. The body is full, sweet, and smooth. The Stranahanís works so well with the lactose sweetness, creating a very balanced mouthfeel. The carbonation is on the light side of medium, and it really stays out of the way of the flavor of the beer. Overall this is just a fantastic barrel aged porter.


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