Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Porter | Cigar City Brewing

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Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Milk PorterWhiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
El Catador Club Exclusive.

So, what you’ve got here is a high gravity porter brewed with lactose and aged in whiskey barrels. It tastes like “free upgrade to first class on a ten hour flight” complimented by notes of “your boss telling you to take the rest of the day off”, while the finish is pure “brand new underwear that fits just right”. It’s good.

Added by mattreitz49 on 07-30-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
43
pDev:
6.18%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Soneast
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 7/18/17. Served in a Cigar City teku. Enjoyed 8/23/18,

Pours black with a finger and a half cap of khaki froth. Decent retention, with a thin veneer, full collar and some wide swaths of lacing.

Aromas of whiskey, milk sugars, chocolate, roast and woodsy vanilla.

Tastes exactly as deliciously sweet and boozey as it should. Vanilla-tinged whiskey, dark chocolate, a creamy lactose sweetness, burnt toast, caramel and a nip of alcohol.

Medium body, slightly lighter than expected, with gentle carbonation. The aftertaste is like whiskey-fied malted milk balls.

Cigar City delivers again. This hits all the right notes for the style. Like most El Catador offerings this is well worth a try if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into catador club tulip glass, showing an opaque black but fairly clean and clear. A half inch of mocha foam lasts for a bit and leaves spotty lace.

Nose is muddled whiskey notes with some dark malts blended in. Some carob spice is there as well, and oak is more evident with some warming. Taste is fairly smooth with an initial soft lactose sense, followed by oak and light whisky notes. Warming adds more spice and texture to the mix. Bit thin in body overall given the ABV but not to far afield for the style. Still the barrel seems to overwhelm the underlying beer given that it's not that robust of a style.

Overall a decent stab, enjoyable throughout yet not that memorable either. Does become sweet and simple as it approaches room temperature, yet that sweetness masks the ABV till the end.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark black beer with good head retention.

The whiskey is heavily implied on the nose, leaving little room for other tones save coffee and dark chocolate.

Between the lactose and the whiskey, on the palate, it’s very sweet. Tannins, mash, and milk sugar combine for a toasty, roasty, dark malt base whiskey stout. Very tasty, but a touch sharp and sweet.

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Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle. Black body with a big khaki head. Smells of strong whiskey, oak, and nuttiness. Tastes more approachable, but still dominated by whiskey. Oak and nutty malts. Some milk chocolate. Mostly whiskey. Not heavy or sweet, but boozy. Just a little bit of a twang. Not a beer I need to have again, but nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bb-magic
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Featuring that stark CCB black body, the head is large, tall and foamy, of a dark tan color, and settles to a lumpy froth that clings in wispy arms. It takes quite a while to die off, which it does completely, except for a thin gold chain.

Smell is quite the surprise to me, in that it exudes dark--and not milk--chocolate, with plenty of whiskey and maple-esque oak, as well as a touch of peppered nuts.

Taste immediately brings on that distinct sting of sweet peppery whiskey, followed by a smooth dark chocolate and raisin with hints of maple, coconut and Vanilla Coke. A waxy oak comes out in the swallow, and then, as it warms, a kind of nutty milkiness actually does arise. However, letting it come to room temp is ill-advised in this rare case, as it becomes too similar to a rum cocktail than the beer it starts off as when chilled.

The medium-thin body is silky smooth, and delicately cut by a crisp, crinkly fizz that leads to a dry finish.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours see through brown with a half finger of khaki head. Looks black in the glass
S: chocolate and whiskey jump out first with some black licorice present too
T: nice sweet chocolate and whiskey barrel. Sharp flavors vs rich and smooth
F: medium thickness, smooth but with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of qcghost
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the brewery back in Dec 2017. One of the best Imperial Porter/Stout type beers I've tried. ABV was listed as 11.8% which was hidden very well by the combination of vanilla/caramel sweetness and roasted malts.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Bottling date of 07/18/2017 etched on the neck of the label. Poured into an El Catador snifter. The nose is dark chocolate and whiskey from the barrels. The mouthfeel is on the medium-fuller side, smooth, creamy, and perfect amount of carbonation. Not overly sweet, not overly boozy, nice barrel character, just a solid barrel-aged imperial milk stout all around. Really good fresh, I'll hold on to my second bottle for a few years to see how it develops in the bottle.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Porter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 43 ratings