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Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel AgedImperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

157 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 105
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ajcobb24 on 07-24-2011)
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CaptinRedBeard, Nov 16, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, sendsilk!

Very dark brown, nearly black, with a very thin brown head that eventually leaves small spots of lacing down the glass.

Wonderful aroma consisting of bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweet and dark chocolate, and a bit of roast and char character. Full, complete--really quite nice.

Somewhat disappointing flavor after an incredible aroma, though this is still nice. The char and smoke flavors are a bit more dominant than I would have expected and preferred, but the bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla flavors are here in enough quantity to balance things out.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A very nice imperial milk porter, though the aroma is better than the flavor.

ehammond1, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a CCB Snifter.

Pours black with faint brown edges. A moderately fizzy head fades, leaving only a slight ring and nice lacing.

Nose is sweet and boozy. There is no question that this brew sat in a whiskey barrel. Slight notes of dark fruits, roasted flavors, and a kiss of licorice.

Taste is dominated by boozy whiskey. It teeters on the edge of being "too much," but the other intricacies of the brew pull it back from the ledge. A wonderful sipper that begs to be explored.

The mouth comes off as a tad thin, but I think that's just the barrel talking. It takes a pretty substantial beer to stand up to these massive whiskey flavors.

Overall, this is a good barrel aged porter. It isn't the best of the CCB lineup, as the myriad of Marshal Z treatments are the crown jewel (including Hunaphu's). However, this one is worthy of tracking down if you like beers with giant barrel characteristics.

mondegreen, Sep 03, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

acurtis, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

leschkie, Jan 05, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to nicks6217 and mulder1010! Shared with mulder1010 and spicelab and poured into a Bruery tulip style glass.

Pours a deep brown colour with a reddish tinge around the edges. Nice tan head of foam on top that reduces down pretty quickly but makes a comeback with agitation. Nice legs on the glass.

Smell is rich. Plenty of oak and vanilla, a little bit of bourbon, along with dark toasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Gave a nice sign of what was to come.

Taste was very much a nice interaction between chocolate, oak, vanilla and caramel. Some of the lactose flavour came in towards the back of it.

Feel is smooth, not too thick, well balanced and quite drinkable.

Overall, this really works well with the barrel ageing adding another dimension to an already interesting and complex beer. Yet to be disappointed by Cigar City and this gave me no reason to start now.

MrKennedy, Oct 19, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black body with a creamy light-brown head. Aroma is a nice blend of caramel, vanilla and whiskey. Taste is very nice -- caramel, vanilla, malt, chocolate, whiskey and a kiss of roast. I think the caramel and whiskey are the main players here. There's actually quite a significant aftertaste here. It started off as a mild roastiness, but then began to snowball into this heavy lactic and roast aftertaste that just lingered and lingered. Not a fan of that.

The barrel aging is well done here. It's not overly dominant, but provides a nice backbone to the profile that causes everything to meld together nicely. Creamy (the whole "Milk" part of the name, I suppose), with just the right touch of carbonation.

Really a well done beer, except for the distracting aftertaste. It's called a porter, but I don't know how you'd possibly distinguish this from an imperial stout. Definitely worth trying.

Mavajo, Aug 05, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler. Bottled 7/3/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black, duh. Off-white head. No real head retention, but the single layer of foam lasts forever.

Smell - Whiskey. Really nice whiskey aroma, actually. Oaky with milk chocolate behind it.

Taste - Whiskey and chocolate roasted malts. Oaky as the chocolate fades. Lactose is hidden by the barrel, which I appreciate, but it's still there. Finishes with the slighest tang.

Mouthfeel - Dry and oaky in the finish. Sweet from the lactose, but not overpowering.

Overall - I wish it didn't have lactose, but oh well. It is what it is. Maybe a little one-dimensional in the malt profile, but what it has is good.

Alieniloquium, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split among beeruser, funkydelic, and dbhall. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a massively dark brown (basically black) with a minimal light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, and subtle cream. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. This one really surprised me if I am completely honest. The base beer on this one must be quite excellent if I am honest as the whiskey barrels really took this one to a new level. The barrels let you know their presence right out of the gate when you went in for the aroma. They carried that through into the flavor as well. Wouldn't have guessed Milk Porter, but Porter for sure. Really worth trying if I am honest.

thagr81us, Aug 10, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened this in hopes that it would give my Broncos some luck v. the Pats tonight. A Florida beer that's aged in CO whiskey barrels and has a blue and orange label. How could I go wrong?

A: Dark brown with a nice 2 finger head in my Duvel tulip.

S: Really digging the smell on this one, picking up chocolate, whiskey, brown sugar and a little tang.

T: chocolate and molasses,, roasted malt and some smooth whiskey going on here.

M: Full body, thick and a bit oily, which I dig

Overall: Enjoyed this one a lot. Curious what it's like fresh as the lactose had a bit of an aftertaste I didn't love.

buffs9, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

SpdKilz, Nov 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Pretty close to black, thin layer of tan head.

Aroma, Malty caramel, vanilla, whisky oak, some chocolate. Pretty balanced, doesn't knock you on your butt with booze.

Taste, more caramel and vanilla. There is definetely some lactose sugar presence. The barrel is very well integrated with this one. Oak whisky accents. Not a lot of chocolate roast in this one. Cocoa and vanilla finish. Still a very pleasant pallet with this one, opens up nice as it warms especially the chocolates.

It's just a tad thinner and a tad higher on carbonation than some, preventing it from being that creamy mouthfeel. Still coats well and drinks very easily. Not sure what the abv is, but is pretty well hidden.

First Cigar City offering, no complaints for sure.

Bung, Oct 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Devi0us, Apr 21, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark like coke with a fizzy mocha head.

Smell - beautiful amounts of bourbon hit the nose instantly. Vanilla, oak and ample amounts of milk chocolate.

Taste - very smooth when it hits the tongue. Bourbon up front, vanilla and oak. It finishes with milk chocolate and some fig taste. A hint of heat in the throat.

Overall- it was worth the trade and very much enjoyable.

badboyrsl84, Sep 18, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown almost opaque black with a vigirous 2-3 finger mocha head that faded fairly quickly leaving lacing.

Smells of whiskey, cocoa, vanilla and brown sugar with a hint of smoke.

Taste has similar components, but in different quantities. The whiskey is a tad subdued compared to the nose, which is nice. Cocoa, cream and vanilla are heavy players as it finishes with just a touch of smoke and spice on the back end of the palate.

Very smooth creamy and oily, just how I like my darker beers.

I'm hit or miss on most things from CCB, but this one was definitely a winner. Perfectly balanced with good thick mouthfeel. I enjoy whiskey and smoke in subtle quantities and can't stand when they are overpowering. This definitely fits the former category.

jmarsh123, Jan 24, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split with Alex and my father in law on friday night into three tasters

dark brown in color with no light cracking through this one at all. A smallish head, maybe a half an inch in height coming up over the top, never really did fade away as it kept that nice layer there throughout the session. Rich side glass lacing left a wonderful chocolate tan color that draped the sides of the glass completely.

The aroma was just rife with whiskey. Huge notes of it just all over the place here with a ton of roasted malts and chocolate like notes hiding right under its surface. Letting it warm really let the oak and vanilla start to become dominant, and a hint of alcohol started to present itself in the back end. This was insanely good smelling for a whiskey barrel beer. The flavor was more of the same, rich, full bodied, I would have sore this was a stout in a blind tasting, but no, this indeed was apparently a robust porter. Luscious, velvet like feel in the carbonation never gave way. The flavor started with that warm influx of vanilla and whiskey, lots of caramelized malts and a light roasted or smoky note to it. This then rolled over with nice touches of chocolate rippling throughout. This was amazingly complex. Huge notes of whisky just oozing through the flavor, coating the tongue with a viciousness that was never-ending

mikesgroove, Sep 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

largadeer, Dec 03, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reiterating the Thanks to nicks6217 and rounding out the review trio.

Dark brown when held against the light. Listless tan head abates fairly quickly, reforming momentarily on swirling.

Lots of sweet milk chocolate, oak and vanilla. Definitely get the signature pungency that struck me in Marshall Zhukov and Huhnapu. Could be the yeast strain, the lactose tanginess or a combination of both.

Very similar flavours. The seductive vanilla and oak Stranahan character dominates but doesn't eclipse the base beer. The lactose character becomes quite pronounced by the end.

Pretty smooth and um, milky. Carbonation flies under the radar. Hint of booze heat.

Another solidly crafted offering from Cigar City which extracts full value from the Stranahan ageing. Very enjoyable, if hard not to make unfair comparisons with the heady heights reached by their finer offerings.

spicelab, Oct 21, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, out of my Long Trail Brewmasters glass.

A- Pitch black, very stout like. A very aggressive khaki colored head forms, with light lacing.

S- A sweet blend of whiskey, oak, and malt. Hints of chocolate and coffee as well. This is probably the best part about this beer, just smells amazing.

T- The initial flavor is very creamy, but a bit off putting. Notes of whiskey, oak, and caramel sweep through my mouth. More hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark malt. The flavor is a bit off, could be the lactose.

M- The beer has a great body, and is very complex. I do feel that it is a bit overly carbed, as evident by the head and biting fizz mid-sip.

O- I was very exited to try this, and was pleased with the result. It was a tasty beer, but not a whole lot of porter notes. This is more of a light stout aged in whiskey barels, but something is just slightly off.

-GFunk

Gfunk720, Aug 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

WeisGuy, Jan 14, 2012
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Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.