Imperial Milk Porter
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #73
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,567
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
32
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  7
Gots
  5
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with an obvious alcohol presence. Medium roasted bitterness. Good mouth feel.

Oct 25, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Pitch black with a nice creamy, frothy tan head that sticks around leaving behind a ton of lacing - a really fantastic looking beer.
S - Creamy, sweet, roasted toasted oats and coffee along with some dark chocolate
T - Follows the nose: roasted and toasted oats up front and throughout along with notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with a little sweetness from the lactose
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A really fantastic porter - simple flavor profile, but executed really well.

Oct 19, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a bottle date listed. This bottle states "ALC. BY VOL. 8.3%"

Appearance: The body is black and it has a short khaki head. Moderate head retention.

Aroma: It has a light chocolate aroma with a very light roasted note. There is a hint of alcohol.

Taste: The beer has a light bit of burnt toffee flavor along with a light bit of baker's chocolate. A light bit of coffee flavor builds up on the palate the more the beer is consumed. The aftertaste is carbon.

Mouthfeel: It is medium-full bodied with an obvious alcohol presence. Medium roasted bitterness.

Overall: It's a pretty good Imperial Porter. The weak points are the obvious alcohol presence and that although the label states that it is "BREWED WITH Lactose" it doesn't really have that hallmark sweetness or texture. I could drink it from time to time. I wouldn't recommend for or against it.

Oct 13, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent, but slightly underwhelming, aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, cream, coffee, and lactose.

T: Tasted of a good amount of roasted malt (present throughout), mild lactose notes (a subtle presence), a decent shot of coffee (not as much as expected), light caramel (fleeting), a bit of chocolate and some cream. Not a bad flavor, but like the aroma, it's a little thin and underpowered. Not terrible, though.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has some good qualities.

Sep 22, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark color with a nice light tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has cappuccino and lactose hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice cappuccino and lactose flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Imperial Porter

Sep 15, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with decent head and lace. Aroma is clean with notes of lactic qualities and sweetness like vanilla. Smooth, easy to drink, the milk addition in this beer aims for sweetness and creaminess as the beer almost has a chocolate milk feel. Real easy to drink and my chilled bottle may have made this somewhat simplistic (I really only get chocolate, touches of toffee and vanilla, and a creamy body) but it is still real good.

Aug 18, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with an excellent, firm, 2 1/2 finger dark tan head, with equally impressive retention, atop a dark black body.

Impressively roasty nose, reminiscent of dry Irish stouts and English milk stouts. Red grapes, waves of char, toffee, vanilla, cola, coffee, yeasty banana notes.

Flavor has hints of that old school flavor, but really delivers on a modern, American take on a milk stout (errr, milk porter?). Thick, creamy, rich, with plenty of roast up front and throughout; smooth milky creaminess; red grapes, banana, nuts, char, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, coffee, milk chocolate

Full bodied and creamy, expanding to absolutely fill the mouth. Wonderful feel.

Jun 30, 2019
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olimpia84 from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at CCB's tasting room during the Hunahpu release even on September 24, 2011.

A: very dark brown, almost black body with a superficial tanned coffee head that dissipated quick. No lacing present.

S: a bit mute, but had slight hints of milk chocolate, malts and medicinal aromas.

T: notes of milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla and malts present. As the beer warmed those flavors got stronger with a predominant sweet milk chocolate note. Beer leaves a coffee aftertaste.

M: the first few sips presented a very high carbonation which bothered a bit, but as the beer warmed up the carbonation dropped considerably making the beer more drinkable and smoother. Medium body.

O: it was a good way to start the evening with this beer, which definitely starts shining after it warms up a bit.

Sep 25, 2011
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jampics2 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Dark Lord Day 2011.

Served in a 10oz? cup and poured into a snifter by me! I think this was $10. Described as "CCB Puppy's Breath brewed with milk sugar". Not sure if this was a Baltic porter like Puppy's Breath though - the taste certainly had more in common with an American Robust. We B-lined it straight to the guest taps for this and BCS Rare.

The beer looks fantastic in the snifter. The tap "wasn't cooperating" AKA pouring a bit heady, but, once they got past that, a wonderful black/dark brown beer sits under a huge billowing capucchino colored head. Nice lace is left behind. Great start to DLD and to the first beer!

The smell is heavenly. Layers of milk chocolate and roasted malt give coffee, cream and cacao impressions. There's a great lactose sweetness that jumps out of the glass. Perfect balance and nice depth.

The taste is also impressive. There's a nice sweetness that balances the roasted malts, with a creamy milk sugar flavor holding the coffee and chocolate from the roasted malts in check. A hint of vanilla and very mild bitterness make this drink like a sublime desert beer.

The mouthfeel on this beer is equally impressive. Creamy as all get-out, with some lingering sweetness from the milk sugar and bitterness from the roast. Overall, this was fantastic, one of the best lactose sugar beers I've ever had. Really, really well done!

May 02, 2011
Imperial Milk Porter from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 32 ratings