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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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ajcobb24 on 07-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. Nice tan head. Looks pretty solid. Smells oaky. Dark roasty.... Chocolatey. Tastes creamy and sweet. Roasted and strong smooth creaminess. The aftertastes sucks :( dam stranahan whiskey. Overall solid but the aftertastes hurts it

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown in color and a 1/4 inch tan head and good retention that leaves behind a bit of lacing

Smell: Lots of oak and vanilla on the nose.

Taste: The beer has great notes of chocolate vanilla and a bit of oak but to be honest I am not sure the barrel again really did much for the beer I did not get any whisky notes at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and low carbonation

Overall: I really liked this beer quite a bit but I wish it had more barrel characters to it

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bhalter8 for providing this bottle.

A finger of tan head lays across the beer and slowly fades to a cap of foam. The foam does last quite a while. The beer is a dark chocolate brown color with a lot of gloss. Light spots of lace, but that may even be stretching it.

Aroma is loaded with whiskey notes. Vanilla, oak, oak, vanilla, vanilla, oak, oak, vanilla, Whiskey.
Am I drinking a beer or a whiskey? The melding of the two here is quite impressive. Big beer, no doubt. Hard liquor feel and after taste to it. The vanilla, oak combination continues here. A moment of coconut every now and again. A hint of chocolate as you exhale and back to creamy vanilla. It’s almost as if it’s about to get sweet and then it pulls back and delivers . The more I drink, the more I enjoy.

I swear there is a mouth feel that only comes from lactose. Truth be told, I don’t like it. Kind of that mucous feeling. Body is smooth, but I can tell that finish is there.

Overall a very good beer. The issues I have with lactose are my personal issues and not a reflection on the quality of the beer. The whiskey notes work really nicely with the beer itself. While the alcohol is upfront and this is a whiskey in your face beer, I am still not bothered by this like I am with some “hot” beers. It just works.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this bottle, again. I should just have that phrase tattooed on the outside of my wrist so I can see it every time I pour one of the fine brews he sends north so often.

Pours a dark brown that bleeds right on into black, just how I likes it. Smell is heavy on the barrel, vanilla, & the trademark Cigar City roast. I think they burn everything slightly on purpose. I'm glad.

This Stranahan Barrel Aged Milk Porter is like a shotgun marriage. The whiskey is beautifully full & harsh up front, cleaning up the gums & scrubbing the enamel. Roast is full & chewy. The milky lactose a guy strumming banjos in the middle of my beer. WTF? Who thought "Hey, let's mix up some whiskey & milk! Yeah!" The result is a clash of civilizations reminiscent of a '70s drink designed to put toddlers to sleep. Added is a slice of coconut, boozy, & the oak & vanilla wrap this up in the finish.

Strangely appealing beer that is close to being a real winner. A very good brew with a serious case of schizophrenia.

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reiterating the Thanks to nicks6217 and rounding out the review trio.

Dark brown when held against the light. Listless tan head abates fairly quickly, reforming momentarily on swirling.

Lots of sweet milk chocolate, oak and vanilla. Definitely get the signature pungency that struck me in Marshall Zhukov and Huhnapu. Could be the yeast strain, the lactose tanginess or a combination of both.

Very similar flavours. The seductive vanilla and oak Stranahan character dominates but doesn't eclipse the base beer. The lactose character becomes quite pronounced by the end.

Pretty smooth and um, milky. Carbonation flies under the radar. Hint of booze heat.

Another solidly crafted offering from Cigar City which extracts full value from the Stranahan ageing. Very enjoyable, if hard not to make unfair comparisons with the heady heights reached by their finer offerings.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to nicks6217 and mulder1010! Shared with mulder1010 and spicelab and poured into a Bruery tulip style glass.

Pours a deep brown colour with a reddish tinge around the edges. Nice tan head of foam on top that reduces down pretty quickly but makes a comeback with agitation. Nice legs on the glass.

Smell is rich. Plenty of oak and vanilla, a little bit of bourbon, along with dark toasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Gave a nice sign of what was to come.

Taste was very much a nice interaction between chocolate, oak, vanilla and caramel. Some of the lactose flavour came in towards the back of it.

Feel is smooth, not too thick, well balanced and quite drinkable.

Overall, this really works well with the barrel ageing adding another dimension to an already interesting and complex beer. Yet to be disappointed by Cigar City and this gave me no reason to start now.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nicks6217 for the bottle
750 ML poured into a Mikkeller Tulip
Shared with Mr Kennedy and Spicelab

A-- Poured a dark, somewhat murky brown color, not real pretty looking at all. Just touches of orange red on the sides of the glass. Off white head that is mostly just film on this. Film stuck around through drinking.

S-- Stranahan barrel signature. Vanilla and Carmel is very evident. Oak, whiskey, sweet milk chocolate and touches of rum. Very desert like smell.

T-- Milk chocolate, vanilla, carmel, and touches of Oak and whiskey.

M-- Not all that heavy and thick. unlike other CCB offerings. Very sliky smooth in the mid and back palate, along with the lactose sugar, chocolate, and vanilla. Front is more about the barrel and whisky. Slightly high carbonation but good enough for a porter. Alcohol is well hidden.

O-- Good desert beer. Another review mentioned Left Hand Milk Stout and it is a good comparrison. Silky smooth and a lot of character. Easy to drink and well hidden ABV. My guess is about 7-8%. Barrel enhances the beer well and adds a lot of good flavors to this. nice, nice beer.

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Photo of ms11781
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to tchaos for the chance to try this bottle. 750ml poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with lighter brown to orangish hues at the sides and bottom of the glass. A rigorous pour initially produces a good sized, frothy tan head. The head dissipates and leaves a thin tan cap that takes its time becoming a foamy, light tan ring around the glass. It leaves some wispy lacing, some of which sticks to the glass, but most of slips back down the glass.

The nose is excellent. A nice bourbon aroma leads the way and it's met with a good amount of milky chocolate. Some roasted malt is present as well. The bourbon and chocolate are really dominant flavors though. Not overwhelmingly so, they are both really pleasant. As the beer warms the oak shows up as a woody aroma but when the beer is chilled a bit it's touch to pick up.

The taste is just as good as the nose. Excellent smooth bourbon notes hit first and then seem to lie nicely underneath the rest of the flavors that play off it. The chocolate isn't a big as in the nose but it's still considerable. Some nice oak and vanilla show up too. As the beer warms the bourbon really takes hold and becomes more dominant, providing a pleasant warming feeling at the back of the throat.

The body lies somewhere in between medium and full and the low carbonation seems to play a role in making it lean toward the full side. That being said, it's full for a porter, though it has some stout-like characteristics. Some warmth from the alcohol hits the back of the throat, especially as the beer warms.

This is an exceptional beer. It drinks like a slightly thinner barrel aged imperial stout. The flavors and aromas are excellent and the barrel aging is well integrated into the beer, especially for one that hasn't been sitting in the bottle relatively long.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Pretty close to black, thin layer of tan head.

Aroma, Malty caramel, vanilla, whisky oak, some chocolate. Pretty balanced, doesn't knock you on your butt with booze.

Taste, more caramel and vanilla. There is definetely some lactose sugar presence. The barrel is very well integrated with this one. Oak whisky accents. Not a lot of chocolate roast in this one. Cocoa and vanilla finish. Still a very pleasant pallet with this one, opens up nice as it warms especially the chocolates.

It's just a tad thinner and a tad higher on carbonation than some, preventing it from being that creamy mouthfeel. Still coats well and drinks very easily. Not sure what the abv is, but is pretty well hidden.

First Cigar City offering, no complaints for sure.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of 7ways
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a nice deep brown color with a tan head. Bourbon/whiskey in the nose along with some roast, dark fruit, and black licorice. Some lace. Med mouthfeel. Sweet upfront profile with notes of the whiskey, and then malted milk, coco, and dark fruit. Wish the mouthfeel was a little heavier on this one but I think the whiskey probably thinned it out tad. Overall, I like this beer. Pretty complex with lots of things going on.

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Photo of KevSal
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this guy is awesome, had to review it.

thank you Jeff for hooking me up yet again with amazing brews. I had good gourd last night and was blown away really wish I reviewed it but don't want to do it by memory.

not gonna let this one slide tho

750 poured into 2 cigar city tulips

a- looks good.pours a light brown but absolutely dark in the glass. off white half inch head that leave some lacing.

s-this is where this one really shines. it's really th perfect mix of whiskey with the base imperial porter.lots of chocolate, vanilla, nice dose of whiskey sweetness.lactose in base beer comes through nicely.

t- yum, this one follows the nose with some real good intercession of the whiskey in the beer. lots of milk chocolate. I'm lovin this. reminds me of a good thinner imperial stout. great chocolate milk hints.

m- it's a nice medium thick body on the tongue. a bit thicker than our normal imp porter but thinner than a double stout(
( and much thinner than it's stout counter part by ccb, these guys make the thickest stouts around) nice change. heat is nonexistent! gf had sevrel more pours than usual.

o- very good beer. best BA porter iv had to date.BA imperial milk porter name sums it up perfectly. if you love Milk chocolate and whiskey this one is a must.

edit: drink it somewhat chilled as the lactose gets pretty strong as it warms

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

Very dark in color with a tinge of dark brown around the edges actually. Very small brown head on top. Big, boozey whiskey aroma upfront. Deep, dark chocolate notes. Flavor is a big blast of whiskey and oak. As it settles the balance of chocolate and a mellow oakiness comes into play. Underlying sweetness that is set too far of by the overpowering whiskey flavors-too bad. Definate storng cocoa flavor in the fnish. Nice mouthfeel-could maybe touch it up somewhat but you dont want it major sweet either. A very nice beer all in. Not sure what I was expecting. A tad boozey and overwhelming in spots from the aging.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Collin (my CCB hero) for sending me this one. I've been waiting patiently for a few weeks to try, and here it goes!

Poured from 750 ml capped bottle into DFH Signature Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with really beautiful mocha colored frothy head. A few quick swirls reveals some really nice sticky sweet looking lacing.

Smell: The nose is really fantastic. Quite subtle, youthful whiskey notes...I've always considered Stranahans a very tender, young whiskey, and it shines through here. Great. Vanilla, oak, some minimal roast are revealed beyond the whiskey.

Taste: Big notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some sweet, subtle whiskey.

Mouth: Creamy immediately, then gives way to a mouthfeel of roasted malt and tootsie rolls.

Drink and overall: One thing I've noticed with this beer is that it does not have a definitive whiskey presence. It is definitely there, but it's not bourbon, nor Canadian whiskey (no rye presence). It's the sweet, youthful whiskey that is Stranahan's, I love it. Very similar to Dragons Milk, which I really enjoy. Not only do both beers taste young, they are aged in barrels from young whiskey. Cool. Very enjoyable beer and session.

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Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Nashvillain
4.7/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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 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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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