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Cigar City Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahanís Whiskey Barrel-aged

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RATINGS: 121   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle pour to snifter. Dark brown with a nice mocha head. OK lacing, kinda chunky and sticky. Aroma is lots of boozy notes, tones of vanilla, Oak. Taste is more whiskey, lots of oak. Some chocolate, roasty malts. Smooth mouthfeel. Pretty nice beer, but too much barrel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2012 Pour is dark reddish brown thanks to Caleb for the pour, aroma brings notes of vanilla, booze, some slight chocolate and toffee notes, hints of slight dark fruit in there. Taste is a bit better, with notes of vanilla, whiskey, some slight chocolate, but not a whole lot going on in there. Pretty basic, nice stranahans barrel character but a bit too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1075) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle at Black Friday tasting. Aroma-bourbony, but not boozy. Flavor is pretty nice-coffee, slight compost. Chocolate comes in late. A bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle to tulip courtesy of Tricyclist. Strong whiskey notes on the nose, probably too much. Roasty notes on the nose as well.Very Also contains some chocolate notes. Dark black pour with medium tan head. Heavy bodied with some astringency on the finish. Was bottled on 7/3/11. Its been about four months. I would probably recommend giving it 6-8 months before opening it so the heat from the whiskey could diminish slightly

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anker (723) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle at Theis tasting. Pours brown with a light brown head. In the nose theres notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, whiskey, oak and hints of spices. The flavour is even better with added notes of raisins, rock candy and tobacco. Lovely brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (774) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Sample from Nate at world of beer - tampa palms. Pours a deep brown with a small dark cream head. Aroma is boozy, whiskey, caramel. Flavor is strong booze, but it mixes well with the roasted malt flavor. Caramel sweetness, or burnt sugar is also noticed in there. The body is a good medium with a nice mouth feel. Over all, I always enjoy this one, whenever I have a chance

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10241) - SÝborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
bottled. dark brown with a red gleam. fluffy brown head. aroma of roast, caramel, vague smoke, chocolate, vague spice. smooth. flavour of roast, sweetness, light liqourice, caramel, brown sugar, light whiskey barrel touch. Nice. Medium to full bodied. ends on a light roasted and sweetish bitterness. Smooth and easy to drink. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6501) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle. Trade from Hopscotch. Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is light smoke, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit, tobacco and has a light tone of lactose. The flavour is raisins, cocoa, sweet tobacco, roasted malt, vanilla and wood. It has a nice dry woody feeling. Very nice balance overall. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (13437) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle at home - Thanks. Pitch black - offwhite head. Coffee, sweetness, coffee, light whiskey, fruity, licorice, light molkey, fruity notes, nice burnes, wooden, coconut, smooth. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3307) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Thanks to some kind folks at Darkness Day
Pours basically black with a good head leaving good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lots of dark chocolate, some booze, some burnt toast and a good dosing of fruitiness (both yeast and hop driven)

The flavor is very chocolaty and fairly bitter & roasty. The beer shows itís strength the alcohol and roast are really more dominant than the sweetness here, which is fine by me.... but I expected this to be far sweeter than it is.
And thats the story of my first ever Cigar City beer.

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