Cigar City Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan's Whiskey Barrel-aged

 
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Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Porter
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. It’s good.

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4.5
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Black pour, moderate head, fantastic aroma of raisins, dates, malt and whiskey...nice. Flavor is if raisins, dates, whiskey, mild alcohol...really, really nice. Complex but balanced. Full bodied and smooth. This is another really great BA brew from this brewer. I would want this again, and it is one worth trading for.

4.4
Marheb (6193) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Lactose, fruits vert, caramel et des notes de bourbon habitent un corps riche et souple. Excellente buvabilité.

3.8
fletchfighters (1574) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
A-- Poured a dark, somewhat murky brown color, not real pretty looking at all. Just touches of orange red on the sides of the glass. Off white head that is mostly just film on this. Film stuck around through drinking. S-- Stranahan barrel signature. Vanilla and Carmel is very evident. Oak, whiskey, sweet milk chocolate and touches of rum. Very desert like smell. T-- Milk chocolate, vanilla, carmel, and touches of Oak and whiskey. M-- Not all that heavy and thick. unlike other CCB offerings. Very sliky smooth in the mid and back palate, along with the lactose sugar, chocolate, and vanilla. Front is more about the barrel and whisky. Slightly high carbonation but good enough for a porter. Alcohol is well hidden. O-- Good desert beer. Another review mentioned Left Hand Milk Stout and it is a good comparrison. Silky smooth and a lot of character. Easy to drink and well hidden ABV. My guess is about 7-8%. Barrel enhances the beer well and adds a lot of good flavors to this. nice, nice beer.

3.9
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Courtesy of rayl101

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and faint coconut. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small khaki head that leaves behind some sporadic webbing. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. There’s a big lactose backbone. The finish has vanilla, faint fruit, and a touch of oak. Whiskey notes are minimal. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.

4
dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle via trade shared with pineypower. Poured a dark brown body with a smaller foamy beige head. Aroma has big whiskey notes coming through tempered by chocolate and dark malts, oak, vanilla and a touch of honey sweetness. Medium to fuller bodied, average carbonation along with a light touch of warming on the end. The flavor, although good, isn’t quite as good as the aroma, notes of dark chocolate pudding skins, vanilla, whiskey, barrel, dark toast, white chocolate moose brownies. Very smooth and really good stuff.

4.2
johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2012
A big thanks to MeadMe for spoiling me with Cigar City goodies in our last trade, I owe you one! Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a bubbly tan head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. The aroma is sweet with sugar and whiskey with lots of char, roast and caramel in there for good measure. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side, lots of sugar and caramel mixed with some roast, oak and a sweet whiskey flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. If I had to fault it I would say it leans a bit on the sweet side, but I like em like that.

3.9
smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of whiskey, roasted malts, and chocolate. Whiskey and milk chocolate flavors with roasted malts and oak. Medium to full body with soft carbonation.

3.9
pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle shared much thanks to Dmac. Pours out black with a small off white head. Aroma is of milk chocolate, some oak, and smooth bourbon. Taste is of chocolate, smooth, oaky vanilla bourbon notes, light warmth on the finish. Very smooth. One tasty beer.

3.4
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Dark rich pour. Aroma has some whiskey, wood and a touch of fruit and sourness. Flavor has a bit more of the sour milk aspect to it. Whiskey and grapes, seemed to be an odd mix of flavors. Didn’t blend well for me.

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fonefan (51099) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2012

Bottle 750ml. @ [ Edinburgh Danish Invasion Tasting) by cgarvieuk - Edinburgh ].

Clear dark black brown colour with a average to large, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, alcohol - whisky, lacto, moderate roasted, milky notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, woody, alcohol - whisky, lacto, sour milk notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120422]


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