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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2011
750ml Bottle: Got in trade from biggsbowler; THANKS Randall! Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, slight coconut, and slight chocolate. Poured pitch black in color with a small, loose, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of whiskey, malt, roasting, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Full body. Slick, smooth texture. Average carbonation. Whiskey, malt, chocolate, roasting, vanilla finish is slightly dry. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a nice deep brown color with a tan head. Bourbon/whiskey in the nose along with some roast, dark fruit, and black licorice. Some lace. Med mouthfeel. Sweet upfront profile with notes of the whiskey, and then malted milk, coco, and dark fruit. Wish the mouthfeel was a little heavier on this one but I think the whiskey probably thinned it out tad. Overall, I like this beer. Pretty complex with lots of things going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Poured jet black with very small tan head that faded real quickly. Smelled of licorice whiskey and oak. Tasted very oakey great beer

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2139) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (22976) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - 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.

   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.

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