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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.


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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (5653) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle @ Danís place, Denver. Pours dark brown with a small fading tan head. Aroma of raosted malt, bourbon, oak, coffee and dark fruit. Taste is malts, coffee, bourbon, oak, caramel, dark chocolate, hints of dark fruit. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice comples brew well integrated with the whiskey. 220212

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle @ Danís house. Deep brown/black appearance with a light brown head. Rich, roasty, dark chocolate malty, whiskey, caramel aroma. Caramel, toffee, rich whiskey, dark chocolate flavor. Nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4022) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2012
Courtesy of godofthunder. Pours pitch black with a small tabned bubbly head. Aroma is sweet malty a bit acidy sourish fruity roasted drinkable very nice. Flavor goes hand in hand with aroma. Finishes longlived bitter roasted.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
750ml bottle thanks to j. Thanks dude... Pours a deeper cola dark brown with a reddish brown edges and topped with a thin creamy white head... Aroma of softer whiskey, not much wood, subtle vanilla. Sweeter backend... Flavors are more of the same with a semi-sweet whiskey presence with milk chocolate and light roast. Thin to medium bodied with a semi-sweet finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Split a bottle with some buds at Coffee District. Great way to end the night. Lots of bourbon flavors still floating around mixed with chocolate lactose as well. Drinking very well right now.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2614) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Reddish black with a thin off white head. Huge whiskey barrel, vanilla, hints of dark fruit and roasted grain aroma. Taste is crisp and roasty malt, some lactose with a faint dark fruit note. Very complex and makes you want to get the next sip as soon as you can so you can find a new flavor. Awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Appearance: black cream Ė like velvet. Soft khaki head swirls dark and lingers with a clumpy splotch in the middle of a dark abyss.
Nose: malted milk, caramel, vanilla, cream, and melted marshmallow. Chocolate in the back. Like sitting in front of a fireplace with the warmth seeping into your bones while supping on the melted delights of all the aboveÖand Iím not even supping yet. Wowsers! Sweet caramel laced smoke and peat. Fudge and caramel candies. Milk duds.
Palate: creamy with oily notes of peat. More caramel in the back with warmth. Frothy soft whipped cream and marshmallow mouthfeel. Did I mention marshmallows? Malt balls and milk duds melt in the mouth, not in the hands. Warm yet cool ooey gooey melty goodness reveals cigar leaf oils and a tribute to my favorite coffee additive Ė Kahlua. Fudge underneath. Vanilla cream with more caramel and Kahlua.
Final Thoughts: omg!!!! I should have bought more of these when Laura and I were at the brewery a few months ago. Iím just now getting to my tasting notes, but in recollection it all comes back and, suffice to say, Iím thirsty. Decadence.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle shared by Phaleslu- Thanks Peter! Pours dark brown with a tan ring for a head. Aroma is bourbon, milk chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is whiskey, oak, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice whiskey finish. Really good beer overall.


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