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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
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2011
25oz from CC taproom. Pours a nice black hue with coffee color head. Sweeter aromas with the vanilla from the bourbon. I figured it might be too much, but on the palate it was balanced with the lactic sugar taking over in a pleasent way. Smooth finish, but I think I would have liked to try the regular Imperial Milk next to this one to really see how the bourbon took over because it was lighter than expected. Excellent offering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
nice stuff here, great extra from a very generous florida trader. this stuff drinks really great. the lactose adds a lot to the body and mouthfeel, absolutely terrific. very rich and thick. a very interesting combo with the whiskey profile, and it works well here. i will say that this brew HAS t be cold, closer to room temp it tastes like sour milk from the lactic acid, and not in any good way that i can discerne. its like a st stout, awesome really cold, nearly undrinkable closer to room temp. overall a fantastic and unique brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Thanks Travlr! Black pour with a smallish off white head. Vanilla cream, loads of lactose, and milky chocolate with a bit too much toffee- bordering on buttery. Interesting an tasty, but not outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8281) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
750mL thanks to Travlr. The pour is a deep brown to black with a large, reddish head. Pretty menacing. Nose is heavy lacto, dairy, vanilla, woody, milk chocolate. Exactly would you would expect. Taste is rich, vanilla heavy, cinnamon milk chocolate ganache, very milk chocolate heavy. Nice oily, heavy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable. I like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black, dark brown head that settles quickly. Aroma of vanilla, whisky. Taste is milk chocolate and booze, with booze laced fudge. Interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2011
bottle. black pour with minimal head. thin body. aroma of nice whiskey, vanilla, and huge lactose. flavor is intensely woody, with milk chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker. a tad spicy, but overall too sweet, boozy, and thin due to the whiskey dominance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pours black in the glass with only a hint of mahogany showing through the edges. The head is big and thick and sticks around for ages with good lacing. Aroma, not surprisingly, is dominated by the whiskey. However, there is a lots of sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts. There is plenty of oak and vanilla. Taste starts with a massive initial blast of whiskey but has an interesting bitterness as well. The whiskey really stings the palate and leaves a burn in the finish. There is also a bitterness that I wasnít expecting...maybe itís the spiciness of the oak, but somethingís in the there. The mouthfeel is fantastic, full bodied with strong carbonation and dessert-like. The aroma and feel of this are excellent and if it werenít for the slightly distracting tinge of bitterness in the taste, this would be absolutely world class. Another solid brew from CCB.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle thanks to cquiroga. Tasted blind. Pours with a black body and a small tan head that clings. Aromas of lactose, milk sugar, light oak, rum, bourbon (whiskey I guess), oak and lots of chocolate. Very rich. Flavors are quite sweet with chocolate and vanilla. Chocolate and roast. Medium tannins and a light maple/whiskey note. Medium bubbles, light tannic edge with a light duration. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle from the brewery. The color is a very dark brown that pretty much looks black once poured. A nice tan head develops before fading off to the sides. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass. The aroma is really quite nice; lots of whiskey and barrel notes, along with some chocolate, licorice, and rum cake. Perhaps a touch of dark fruit in there too. This drinks pretty smooth, with carbonation that seems about right. A touch prickly in the finish. This has a charred woody flavor with vanilla, light caramel, and of course, whiskey. The whiskey seems slightly toned down from the aroma but still at the forefront. Overall not quite as much depth as the aroma had me thinking though, but still very good. Iím picking up the lactose more in the flavor, at least at first, but itís still not all that noticeable. At 9% this isnít quite as full-bodied and potent as many other barrel-aged brews Iíve tried, but I kind of like that fact. This is a really good beer, one that I enjoyed more as I drank it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Bottle courtesy of bmanning at last Sundayís tasting. Boy oh boy do I love it being football season. Thereís nothing like 11 hours of football and casual tasting. Served in a snifter. Pours black with a quickly-diminishing off-white head. Sparse lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings forward chocolate and coffee and just a bit of oak and vanilla behind a fairly-heavy whiskey presence. The flavor isnít quite as whiskey heavy, but itís certainly the dominant component. Medium body with light sweetness and a chewy texture. Not their best stout, but quite good.


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