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: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
theisti (4088) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Black color with fleeting tan foam. Vanilla, whiskey, wood, chocolate, dark roast aromas. Light to medium bodied with average co2. Nice sweet vanilla, dry bitter chocolate flavors with sugared up black coffee, dark roast malt. Spicy boozy twang to finish--good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Wish I knew who brought this one...aggressive and tear-creating nose that was heavy on whisky, cocoa, and wood. Flavor much more mellow, although still assertive, showing molasses, vanilla, oak, Godiva chocolate, dark roasted Starbucks, and caramel. Mellowed as it warmed. Not nearly as sharp. Medium mouthfeel. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, 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 (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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 (1196) - 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!

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