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

Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel AgedImperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged
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Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel AgedImperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ajcobb24 on 07-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - thanks to cfrancis for sharing

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 4 or 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, a touch of coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and some faint dark fruits. There is also some vanilla and a bit of a burnt wood flavour. It ends with a chocolatey sweet aftertaste with some light bitterness.

Overall - I've yet to have anything less than spectacular from Cigar City. This one is another winner that has an amazing mouth feel and lots of high quality chocolate taste.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was acquired in a trade with preismj awhile back. Thanks Matt!

This beer pours a medium bodied Milk chocolate brown in color that pools to be more of a dark, dark brown on the verge of black. It has a creamy and soapy beige head that turns into a sticky lacing. The nose features plenty of vanilla bean, creamed coffee, milk chocolate with just a touch of whiskey. The nose is soft and just really well integrated. It's silky smooth. The flavors feature smooth milk chocolates, cola, vanilla bean, light coffee roast, a touch of bitterness and a mellow whiskey finish. The flavors too are really nice and smooth. They do finish somewhat quickly in the after taste. It drinks medium in body and doesn't show the abv at all. This is a really nice beer. I'm glad I could try it. I have loved everything that Cigar City has barrel aged, this included.

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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.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.79/5  rDev +14%
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.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of GatorBeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of phisigben
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Imperial Milk Porter - Stranahan Whiskey Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 89.4% out of 100 with 160 ratings
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