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

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 104
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 wasn't expecting...maybe it's the spiciness of the oak, but something's 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 weren't for the slightly distracting tinge of bitterness in the taste, this would be absolutely world class. Another solid brew from CCB.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dear lord, bryanole27 thanks for this trade!... Poured into DFH glass...

A- Pours dark brown, midnight chocolate color. Very large dark tan head. Great stability.

S- Subtle whiskey, but its definitely there and fucking awesome. Lot of roast followed by sweet dark fruits and molasses.

T/M- This is a big sweet porter. Vanilla, oak, whiskey, coconut. This beer is unreal. Just complex, rounded, everything. Full body, smooth carbonation. Coats the palate, incredible.

O- Epitome of what I want in a big barrel age beer. I have heard the correlation of BA beers and coconut, and this is the first in which I have experienced that. I want more of this. So incredible, this is a top beer in my eyes...

Photo of Nashvillain
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and stormy, this is a black hole of a beer with an awesome, fluffy light tan head.

Smell is bourbon and roast. It's really appealing, a little chocolatey and some milk too.

Taste is the smell. It really doesn't need any explanation, it's a super roasty milk stout with a huge bourbon backbone. As a friend said, "Dude this just tastes solid".

Yup, solid. Great beer. I'm going to devote more time to drinking, less to reviewing.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tchaos is my cigar city secret santa, it seems. A million thanks for this one.

A- Big creamed coffee head that looks like a snowdrift eeking out the top of the glass. Thin but enveloping lace draws down the side of the tulip.

S- Milk chocolate, mild brown sugar and caramel. Hot alcohol as well.

T- Malted milk chocolate and smooth, velvety, smoky whiskey. Really sublime whiskey notes. This is a case where this beer was meant for this barrel. A very harmonious flavor profile. The lactose, it seems, smooths out the porter and brings a sweetness that compliments the barrel treatment.

M- Strong alcohol presence, if you're not a whiskey fan this'll throw you for a loop. I like big and boozy beers, so I'm diggin' this.

O- Say what you will about Cigar City, but when they bring it they bring their A game. Bohr, Dirac, Neihlsborium, and now this... I'm impressed. Really good (and unique) -bal aged offering.

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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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 ottovon
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to phelps for sharing.

A: dark brown with ruby highlights.

S: some whiskey. oak, vanilla, chocolate, lactose, coffee, and toffee.

T: starts out sweet and finishes a little bitter. coffee, chocolate, whisky, vanilla, and hints of oak.

M: medium-thick with low carb.

O: this is a good beer.

Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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

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 crusian
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery... review from ky phone, so shortened.
Pours a dark dark brown with a nice ring of head...
Nose is amazing... whiskey, chocolate and oak... yum. Doesn't really smell like reporter, but who cares!
Taste is a bit of graham cracker, with the whiskey powering in followed by the chocolate. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is thin for cigar city, but still nice and medium bodied.
Pretty tasty, sad i only picked up 2 of these...

Photo of mondegreen
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.

Photo of Phelps
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent by McDiddyPop and poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Black and completely opaque. The half-finger head of fuzzy foam the color of wet sand descends quickly to a silky top layer. Spotted, random lacing.

In the nose, in this order: dark chocolate tang, earthy hops, coffee, molasses, vinous oak and vanilla.

The first sip reveals deep, sweet, flavorful, beautiful things. Cocoa nibs, chocolate syrup, molasses, earth. Super smooth and nicely sugary, with the souch touch of the barrels lending hints of vanilla and oak.

Lightly pokey carbonation, a filling medium body and very soft fizz. Alcohol heat numbs the mouth and tongue.

Overall: sweet and boozy, with lots of lactose.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.


Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into mini snifter. Dated 7/3/11. Malty sweet and whisky boozyness. Roasted character in aroma but the bourbon really does dominate. Taste is a bit hot, mild sweetness, roasted malts and vanilla like bourbony goodness. The lactose adds complexity. Great beer, especially if you dont want subtlety in your bourbon flavors from a barrel.

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 ssuggs01
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was shared with me at ORF several times by some great people.
Pours a opauque brown into my 4 oz. tasting snifter. Big tan head remains after being poured from the bottle. Very heavy lacing after I swirl my mini snifter. The smell is very sweet and you can pick up alot of whiskey from the stranahan barrels. I must say that I really enjoyed this ones taste.You get some malt and creamy milk in this beer. Maybe some Coffee. Lastly you detect the whiskey characteristics from the barrel aging process. All of the flavors balance extremely well in this beer. It was a mellow, and pleasant barrel taste. There islight carbonation which is perfect for this style. The mouthfeel was a little lighter than expected from a whiskey barrel aged beer. I might of liked this slightly better had the base beer been a stout but still wonderful for a porter. One of the best porters I have ever had. Kudos to the brewers at CCB.

Photo of Gtreid
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled poured into my bruery tulip.

A: Very dark brown with a finger of wet sand foam. The head retains well and leaves some nice lace.

A: I get the whiskey straight away followed by the vanilla caramel sweetness. Oak is also prominent, next to no hop profile. Really nice nose for a barrel aged porter.

T: I like it, just don't love it. I think the barrels seem to overpower the base beer. I love the way cigar city crafts dark porters and stouts, and I feel that the barrel takes away from their skill here. The whiskey is forward and forward in a big way.

M: as is such with most Ccb offerings, the carbonation is spot on. Heavy body and full.

O: nice, but I think it has spent a little too much time in the barrel. Would have liked to see the base brew shine through a bit more. All in all a good beer and glad I got to try. Skal.

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Thanks to Sean and Jason for sharing this.

A: Dark brown with a small light brown cap.

S: Rich dark chocolate with accompanying brown sugar. Malt is lightly roasted. Smells fantastic. The chocolate profile is excellent, and the beer is devoid of Cigar City's signature char. Light whisky notes are well integrated. Oak is evident.

T: Dark chocolate and brown sugar with moderately roasted malt. Light earthy bitterness. Whisky blends nicely with chocolate and oak. 

M: Full body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and sticky.

Overall: A good Whisky Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout. Better than expected, with an awesome aroma.

Photo of LethalChickens
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large Snifter. Light tan head with a strong lactose and whiskey aroma.
First sip... pretty impressed. The sweetness from the lactose compliments the whiskey flavor quite well. It is a light to medium bodied beer. I am curious to know the ABV for this beer so I can see if the heat I get it is from the barrel or its alcohol content. Cigar City seems as if they have their barrel aging down pretty solid.

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.

Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.