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Cigar City Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahanís 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. Itís good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11784) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (8428) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10199) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4229) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - 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.

   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.

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