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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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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 104
Gots: 47 | 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:
Beer added by: ajcobb24 on 07-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad i got to try this after reading all the reviews. however this bottle has really started to fall off big time. Opened at a tasting group and while there was a hint of hte whiskey on the nose, it was devoid from the taste. After how much i loved cognac sweet stout i had high hopes. Im sure in its heyday this was a great beer, now its an average porter.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of jale
3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Brad Clark.

A: Pours a very dark brown with 2 quarters of tan head.

S: Whiskey and roasted malt. Caramel and sugar.

T: Caramel, lactose and big booze. Wow is there ever a ton of whiskey in a beer, this is it.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: Way too much whiskey for me.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a deep dark brown nearly black. Head is frothy. Several fingers of mocha head triumphantly stand atop the liquid. Light lacing delicately clings.

The smell is unique. The barrel aging is prevalent. But there is some complexity there. I smell some tart green apple that rubs elbows with some roasted coconut. Some rubbing alcohol too. I've been noticing a slight trend to this with some bal type beers.

Taste is slightly sweet with some chocolate malt. Roasted coconut tries to nestle in. Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey on the backend. So much more as it warms. There is a slight burn.

A rather thin and very carbonated beer. The aftertaste lingers for several minutes. So it definitely coats the tongue well.

Was it the best ever? No Was it a good beer? Sure. Not a barn burner though. In fact this was a poorer option from them to be honest, but in the same breath, miles ahead of many notable brewers.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle poured into a snifter shared with some friends.

Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey pours in the glass a very dark night black color that is black. A sturdy body, a healthy pour yielded a quarter inch of brownish foam up top that left fairly quickly, no stick on the glass. Smell is sweet sided, vanilla, cream, chocolate, roasted malt, with a nice sniff of whiskey and wood, alcohol as well. Taste is on the sweet side, lactose, vanilla, peat, whiskey, roasted malt and some faint dark fruit, reminding me of some aftertastes of some Jamaican stouts. The whiskey pops out and was more inviting as this warmed up, as the sweetness was large to say the least. Body is approaching full/thich and the carb is not that high. A good bottle to share as the sweetness is a tough one to chew. Interesting beer from a reputable brewer, not sure on the ABV, but I could sense it throughout.

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for sharing this.

A - Black beer with a tiny brown head that didn't stick around long and didn't leave any traces of its existence.

S - Smells like a milk stout. Has some chocolate, bit of fruity whiskey, some wood. Not bad, but would of liked this to have more of a vanilla or roasted note to it than the fruity character the barrel semeed to give it.

T - Sweet chocolate, some oak, vanilla, slightly sweetened whiskey. This is decent and very drinkable, but much like the nose I would have preferred the whiskey to be richer and the beer hold up a little bit.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, drinks really easy. Not a world beater, but it was enjoyable. With some room for improvement, I'd look forward to trying the next batch or variation of this if they do one.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of phichifiji00
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours black with about one inch of thick tan head that fades over a couple of minutes. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Whiskey, malty, sweet, chocolate, vanilla, oak.

Taste: Whiskey, milk, oak, vanilla, hint of chocolate, sweet.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy, silky, milky.

Overall: Very interesting. MY first milk porter. The milk element is very pleasant, and creates a unique mouthfeel. The flavors and aromas are well balanced. Well worth the experience.

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a # of these in recent trades from some great new trading partners in FL. Always a pleasure dealing with Floridian BA's who are always more than willing to share some beers. Thanks.

I was highly anticipating this one in that I generally like CCB beers and I have grown fond of milk stouts and porters.

A - To me it is the standard CCB profile. Poured dark brown into a CCB small snifter. Puffs up nicely with a brownish head that sits nicely on top of the brew.

S - Very noticeable profile of whiskey which dominates. Some slight hint of vanilla and strong oak from the barrel as well. To me, a tad like KBS.

T - A real sipper to put it mildly due to the aging profile in the whiskey barrels. I get a lot of oak and whiskey, a tad of vanilla, and very little of the lactose. I think that they should have dialed this one down a bit and allowed the lactose to make it a bit more managebale. It is a nice beer to sip and will a nice late October tailgating beer before heading into Beaver Stadium, but I wish the formula was adjusted slightly to allow the lactose to shine a bit more and the oak/whiskey to shine a bit less.

M - Pretty substantial for a porter. Nicely done here.

O - Thanks to some new FL hookups for sending me this beer. I think it is a nice addition to the ever-growing stable of CCB beers. I think it is definitely worth a shot and I am glad I have a couple of more bottles to try for further consideration. A solid but not mind blowing effort by Cigar City.

Photo of ehammond1
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of 7ways
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-mazing lace on this beer, it's coating the damn rim. Austere dark brown with a minimal head.

Chocolate, nuts, and caramel on the nose at first, with just a hint of what is to come. Time and temperature reveal a more sinister bitch.

Holy whiskey dick batman, the spirit is strong in this one! Well integrated, and only distracting in the sense that it makes you pay close attention. It is like a small boilermaker using Left Hand Milk Stout, although lactose is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind. Not a bad thing, really. Finishes both dry and sweet.

Almost has the classic CCB mouthfeel (Rotund, slick, and satisfying) but not quite as full as Zhukov's or Hunahpu's.

Other than the fact that it is fairly one dimensional for a -bal aged dark specialty, I quite enjoyed this. Especially after choking down most of a HotD Matt.

Sidenote: Maybe they have their reasons and the devil is in the details, but porter? Slightly thinner stout =/= porter.

Photo of oline73
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We opened this up during the tasting this weekend. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color, this one doesn't seem to be very thick. There is a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet with some dark fruit. Seems to be a bit ashy. The bourbon smell is warm and sweet.

Taste: Sweet malt with some mild roast. I'm not picking up much lactose. Lots of hot bourbon with some oak in the finish. The oak and bourbon seems to be a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I would have liked this to have a body that is a bit thicker. Some more age might have smoothed it out, but it is still very good.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Chris.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a bit more than a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Opens up with a fairly heavy roasted malt note. A nice oak aroma as well as a mild sweetness of vanilla. Definitely some whiskey and a bit of dark chocolate. Not as sweet as I'd expect for a milk porter/stout.

T: Like the nose, a pretty heavy dose of roasted malt. Some whiskey flavor as well as oak and vanilla. Again, only a moderate sweetness, maybe some toffee. It's actually somewhat dry.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

O: Strangely, I would have actually liked a little more sweetness to this. But, it was enjoyable.

Photo of jcartamdg
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a paperthin head, decent lacing throughout. Aroma is all whiskey, not a bad thing at all oak and whiskey with some vanilla in the back. Taste is whiskey up front and sweet chocolate and vanilla that follows. Mouthfeel is smooth but I couldnt drink a ton of this. Thinner than other milk stouts or impy stouts but not a bad change of pace. I'm really glad I tried this!!!

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