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

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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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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2nd Bottle from summer '11 release courtesy of heyta.

A: Blake. Brly any light transmission whatsoever, only a single note. Ample khaki head.

S: Fainter than the 1st bottle I had in October. Less robust on the chocolate, milk, lactose, whiskey barreling, warmth, rs. Less aromatic overall. Trying to do a composite of 1st and 2nd bottle - 3.5/4.5

T: Also less robust than previous, younger bottle. What was once such a thick, viscous, creamy, sweet, *bourbon*-esque milk porter has dried and thinned out to what is now more like a whiskey barrel aged irish stout laced with american barleywine. Taste is now dark roasted malts, whiskey and cream, dry warmth, and mildly milky. Composite = 3.5/4.5

M: Mouthfeel is overall still tipped toward the thick and full end, but just barely and teetering. Slightly drying. A smidge cloying, yet drying from roasted malts. Composite = 3.5/4.5

O: Cellaring fail. I can't even recommend "drinking this now, ASAP!" Might as well take your time and see where it goes, esp if you like barelywines. Can't fault it because I didn't drink it best by.

CharlieMurphy, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly dark brown color with a nice tan head that fades to a ring with no lacing.

S: The nose is freaking amazing. Lovely notes of chocolate milk mixes with whiskey, molasses, and vanilla along with a milky (lacto) aroma.

T: So damn good! Huge flavors of milk chocolate, molasses, whiskey, vanilla, lacto sweetness, and a touch of coffee on the finish. This is about perfect.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy...long lasting finish.

O: Probably the best milk stout/porter I've had and something I would love to have again. The barrel flavors are pretty over the top but I love it. Yes it's big and boozy but it's incredibly complex as well.

GregSVT, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jdprmd
5/5  rDev +19%

jdprmd, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of sincereNc
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

sincereNc, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of baerb69
4/5  rDev -4.8%

baerb69, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bespin15, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of pittsburghkid66
4/5  rDev -4.8%

pittsburghkid66, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
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
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -4.8%

bsuedekum, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

seeswo, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

jophish17, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of daedalusfinch
5/5  rDev +19%

daedalusfinch, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of GatorBeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Bruery tulip

Pours a deep, dark, abyss of a darkness. A nice finger of thick head is gorgeous to look at and leaves a nice, inviting lacing behind. The smell is sweet and heavily whiskey-induced. The taste has a nice whiskey background but the upfront taste is a nice dark malt that is very well-balanced. Swirling the beer vigorously leaves a gorgeous head that slowly and deliciously diminishes. Carbonation is a little thin, but seems to work well with this beer. Can't say enough about the balance of the beer.

GatorBeer, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of oline73
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
Photo of buffs9
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
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

WeisGuy, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

thewimperoo, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to snifter on 11/29/11
*From notes

-- We consumed this after Bligh's Barleywine, as they both spent some time in Stranahan's Whiskey barrels. --

A: A pretty damn dark American Porter. It looks more like a stout. A good pour yields a one finger head that sticks around for a short while, and leaves a decent collar.

S: I get a bit more bacon fat then whiskey. Granted the bottle is a bit cold. Letting this open it up for a few does the job, and allows whipping cream, cocoa and toasted vanilla to enter and explore the nostrils.

T: A hefty dose of whiskey up front. There's also a good bit of char on the fore to mid. The back is decidedly lactic, with the acid creeping up and slowly overwhelming the palate as coconut water and vanilla cream soda finish this one out.

M: CCB knows mouthfeel, and this is no exception. Wonderfully thick and viscous.

O: Another barrel aged winner from CCB. I'd have liked this a bit better without the lactic acid, but it does add a complexity to the beer, and for that I understand. I do recommend that those in possession of this drink it soon, as I could easily determine that holding it would only do this tasty brew nothing but harm.

*Thanks to UMCaner74 for treking down to Cigar City on his day off and hooking me up with this bottle. Dave, you're easily one of the most epic trading partners in the history of BA.

Rhettroactive, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

leschkie, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of phisigben
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

almost black pour with about a 2 finger width head that leaves a small ring that provides good lacing. Very huge whiskey smell up front honestly I have never smelled another beer that was this whiskey forward in the nose chard oak, vanilla, and caramel sweetness. The flavor is very unbalanced but since I love whiskey I really don't mind how unbalanced it is the chard oak is up front then there is a little caramel sweetness. The mouth feel is good with a decent amount of carbonation. It seems that most breweries that barrel age do it to compliment the beer brewed but with this brew it seems like the beer is just a carrier for the whiskey flavor of Stranahan whiskey. Over all this is a really good beer if you like whiskey, if you don't like whiskey I could see why you don't like it.

phisigben, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of surlytheduff
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

surlytheduff, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of EasyReader
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

EasyReader, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cigar City continues to live up to their hype.

A: A subtle film forms above this deep brown bodied brew and fades rather quickly. Some lacing was detected.

S: Lots and lots of vanilla. Cocoa nibs and caramel follow.

T: Whiskey flavors are prevalent leading to a slight burn from the alcohol. Cocoa and vanilla follow, but are less prominent than the scent led me to expect. Flavors resonate long after each tasting.

M: Medium/heavy, creamy, nice burn from the booze.

O: One tasty BA Porter.

tjkinate, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of PthPndr
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

PthPndr, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of StayWhatYouAre2
5/5  rDev +19%

StayWhatYouAre2, Dec 20, 2011
Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.