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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (3041) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown, not quite opaque, with a tiny tan head that becomes a small ring. Aroma of whiskey, lactose, molasses, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate, with a wee bit of heat. Flavor of chocolate, whiskey, oak, vanilla, lactose, molasses, earth, and coffee. Medium-bodied, with mellow carbonation and a creamy, roasty mouthfeel. Very good. Love the balance of lacto creaminess and whiskey notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with tan edges.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, roast,caramel, sweet bourbon.

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, roast. Wood, whiskey finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Creamy with perfect level of carbonation.

Overall: Cigar City is my go too for the big decadent stouts and porters. This isnít their number one hit in that group, but itís very close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3389) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Hoped for a little more out of this. Very plain but still nice and drinkable. The base beer is rather lacking in flavors even for a milk porter. The whiskey and barrel characteristics are nice and subtle which is welcomed because the base beer doesnt have the backbone to stand up to a strong barrel profile. Good nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5832) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2011
750, great barrel aging flavors, sweet whiskey. The background beer doesnít have enough to balance it however. Still, Iím loving their approach to milk porter. Red robin. Yum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
theisti (4015) - Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by mreusch. Pour is a black brown, opaque, with a one inch khaki head. As the head fades, light lacing is left behind. Aroma is big whiskey and wood right off, followed by a bit of soft vanilla sweetness, and not too much else. The whiskey is dominant, and not terribly refined. The taste is a touch of sweet sour milk, then just a blast of whiskey and wood. A bit of soy pokes its head out as well. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, coasts the mouth. Finishes with a ton of whiskey and alcohol heat. Not really my thing at all, and the sourness of the lactose grossed me out if Iím being honest. Thanks for sharing this Matt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Pours black with a creamy brown head that laces. Nose is strong on the whiskey barrel with chocolate milk, roasted malts and touch of smokiness. Flavor on the sweeter side with a good amount of milk chocolate, mild roast and whiskey/barrel spice in the finish. Very nice beer with great barrel character to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Poured from 750ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a bit of tan foamy head. Aroma is lots of roasted malts and rye from the whiskey. The barrel is pretty prevalent in this one. I did not get much of the lactose or sweetness that I would have expected.

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