Cigar City Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan's 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: 125   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. It’s good.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

drsordr (2798) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2017
2011 vintage shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque dark cola to black with moderate tan head. Nose milk sugar, berry, light barrel, raisin, milk chocolate. Taste sweater up front, lactose, cherry. Powdery chocolate, not much roast. Cherry notes from barrel.

juiceisloose (1526) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2017
2011 750ml bottle. Pours a pitch black color and topped by a decent sized tan colored foam that settles to a thin film and leaves streaks of lace on the glass. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, lactose, dark fruits, a hint of roast, vanilla, and boozy whiskey. The flavor follows with the dark chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla up front to go with smooth lactose, old wood, toasted caramel malts and notes of whiskey. A little oxidized for sure, but not terribly so. The flavors are all still there from when this first came out. Medium bodied and slick on the palate with soft carbonation that leads to a chocolate, lactose, and whiskey finish. Really tasty stuff here that has smoothed out over the years. Very impressed it has held up this long.

thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2017
(750ml bottle) espresso brown, fine and soapy edge tan bubbles. Nose of milk chocolate, bourbon, ashy, licorice, and dark chocolate. Taste of lactose, dark chocolate, raisin, heavy barrel and bourbon character, medium thick body and nice finish.

sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2014
Bouteille 75cl, anno 2011, merci à Dave - Ibrew2or3 pour la bouteille. Brune foncée, col blanc-cassé. Arôme est profond au niveau de Stranahan. Ce dernier offre des notes superbes de barrique, de malts torréfiés sur un bouquet lactose très prenant. Palais est tout aussi exceptionnel, alternant notes maltées de caramel, pâle, café, chocolat et caramel. La barrique y prend toute sa place avec un whisky tout bonnement sublime. Petite amertume pointe en toute fin de bouche avec un lactose quia douci un peu le tout. Malgré son age, la bière est parfaite avec un rappel à une sorte de crème de whisky.

SirBruceWillis (10) - BANGLADESH - NOV 4, 2014
Strana-who? I thought I killed that Hans prick when I threw him out the Nakatomi Building.

jbruner (5121) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Pours a deep black from the bottle with dissipating tan head that leaves light lace. Amazing aroma of whiskey, sweet vanilla, and chocolate. Tastes follows, awesome balance, too much to handle at one time, blows my mind, wow.

RLiddell (141) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Shared bottle at Sailfish Brewery in Fort Pierce, FL. Big whiskey on the nose as well as coffee. Pours a deep brown with very little head. Taste is amazing, whiskey is very forward, complimenting the subtle tastes of coffee and dark fruits. Amazing!

Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Pours a deep umber color with a finger of light khaki foam. Big creamy chocolate milk notes, nutty charred bourbon, spicy rootbeer float, some underlying dark fruit complexity. YUM!

BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2013
75cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, with lactose, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Porter, roasted/sweet and slightly woody/spicy, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle:   Thanks for this one Ron!   Black, deep cola hues, thin to moderate sudsy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Sweet roasty nose, slight whiskey note, faint dark pitted fruit.   Sweet lactose on the tongue, roasty but not bitter or acrid, with soft whiskey, and a bit more noticeable fig and dates on the tongue.   Lingering whiskey after the finish.   Just the right amount of warming.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Feels like it might be over the hill by just a little bit, but still very enjoyable.

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