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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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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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mthomas84 for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and whiskey. Taste is very much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium level of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bmanning at last Sunday's tasting. Boy oh boy do I love it being football season. There's nothing like 11 hours of football and casual tasting.

Served in a snifter.

Pours black with a quickly-diminishing off-white head. Sparse lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings forward chocolate and coffee and just a bit of oak and vanilla behind a fairly-heavy whiskey presence. The flavor isn't quite as whiskey heavy, but it's certainly the dominant component. Medium body with light sweetness and a chewy texture. Not their best stout, but quite good.

Thorpe429, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

acurtis, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Texasfan549, May 05, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

kjkinsey, May 05, 2012
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.

womencantsail, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: little head. some lace. very very black. I cant get any light through this one.

S: sweet and smokey aroma. Syrup and vanilla notes.

T: Very creamy up front. Tons of chocolate in the finish. Very mild smokey finish. Caramel and coconut.

M: Full body and medium body.

Overall: This is a complex beer and better than I thought an imperial milk stout could be. Not a routine beer but certainly should be tried by beer lovers.

kylehay2004, Sep 09, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

largadeer, Dec 03, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a small head of light brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - nutty chocolate and notes of vanilla, nutella and perhaps a hint of licorice.

T - lots of caramel and toffee up front. Chocolate comes out in the middle with some raisin and molasses. Vanilla whiskey notes emerge in the finish and a nutty chocolate flavor coates the tongue.

M - a thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I didn't know what to expect from an imperial milk porter, or if such a thing would really be different from an imperial stout. I was surprised to find that this beer was very appropriately categorized. The malt is dark, but there is no real roast character, just chocolate and dark sugar. The whiskey character is noticeable, but not overwhelming and it definitely adds to the experience.

nickfl, Sep 09, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this in line before the FFF 15th Anniversary party. Served in an Alvinne taster glass.

A - Thin wispy brown foam settles to pretty much nothing. Black body with a faint brownish glint at the edge.

S - Well, you can smell the lactose for sure - typical milk stout aromas consisting mildly sweet vanilla and milk chocolate character. The Stranahan whiskey is present, but unfortunately smells bottom-shelf, with a booze, apple-y note to it. There's some sharp oak and earthy barrel as well. Integration of oaky vanilla and base stout is very nice, but I dislike the whiskey character.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with abundant sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors and a oaky and slightly tangy whiskey finish. Largely enjoyable, but I could have done without the oddly bitter and mildly sour Stranahan's aftertaste. Base beer seems to be losing the battle a little bit.

M - Medium body that seems a bit thin for the flavor profile - I'm guessing this is why they called it a porter? Tannic finish, and no obvious alcohol. Smooth and creamy texture.

D - I enjoyed this beer, other than unpleasant whiskey finish. I think that if they had used a different type of whiskey the final product would have been superior. Quite easy to drink, and markedly different from the intense roast and char flavors found in Cigar City's stouts.

MasterSki, Nov 15, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe or Ben, I don't know who this belonged to, thanks. Served from a bottle into a snifter. At the time of this review, this is listed as the #48 Top American Porter on the beeradvocate.com best of styles lists. Thanks guys!

Beer is dark brown / black, hazy with a thin tan head, wispy, breaks, some lacing, low carbonation.

Hello Whiskey! Aroma is dominated by this sweet whiskey aroma.

Beer is medium in body and quite boozy throughout. Not in a bad way necessarily, the whiskey character wins out overall, it is nice and clean with a great palate and lots of body and sweetness throughout. The finish is also boozy and sweet. Interesting beer, but for me a sipper.

drabmuh, Sep 19, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

oline73, Jan 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

beernads, May 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

imperialking, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

yourefragile, Jan 27, 2013
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.

BARFLYB, Nov 16, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by kbutler1!

Pours a light beige head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Straight up oak and whiskey with some vanilla and creaminess flavors. Chocolate and caramel malt show as well. Awesome nose.

Taste: Much like the nose. A lot of whiskey flavors here, even more than in the nose. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Warming with a slight sour cherry bite to it. Kind of odd. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall this was pretty easy to drink. Awesome beer with some awesome barrel flavors.

mothman, Oct 26, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben.

The beer is dark brown, with a small brown cap. The aroma has a heavy whiskey presence, with a sweet malt scent. The flavor has a lot of whiskey barrel, with some chocolate and vanilla notes in there as well. Low carbonation, slightly tannic feel. Alcohol is unobtrusive. A tasty beer, I enjoyed this.

Huhzubendah, Sep 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
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Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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