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Cigar City / Mikkeller Life is Like ...

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
An imperial sweet stout brewed with cherries and cacao nibs, which is then aged in bourbon barrels. This beer is brewed in collaboration with Mikkeller our generous friend from Copenhagen, Denmark. What you have here is a modest attempt to emulate the experience of biting into a chocolate-covered cherry candy. We hope you enjoy it but you never know what you’re gonna get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2014

Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, Viktoriagade 8BC, kld., DK-1655 Copenhagen, Denmark.

[ As Cigar City / Mikkeller Life is Like ... ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, bread, roasted, alcohol, prune. Flavour is heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, bread, dark roasted, alcohol, wood, berry, chocolate. Body is medium to full, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140430]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (1300) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a very dark brown. The aroma is nice and sweet, the chocolate and bourbon mix nicely. The taste is really good. Very sweet, but good. I don't get much cherry and certainly nit compared to bourbon county cherry rye which I had right after this. One of the best beers I have had in some time. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours Wayne Wambles-black with a fleeting, thin, creamy, brown head. The aroma is a chocolaty, fruity swirl of fudge, maraschino cherries, pouch tobacco, sorghum molasses and sweet, oaken bourbon with a hint of coconut - reminiscent of fracturing the dark chocolate shell on a cherry cordial. After taking in all the warm fruitiness and booziness that was trapped inside… Full-bodied, velvety and chewy with modest carbonation. The flavor is intense and complex. Sweet cherry fruitiness, bourbon, dark chocolate, coconut and tobacco notes play nicely together. Finishes carbonic with semi-sweet chocolate, tangy acidity and the perfect measure of boozy warmth. I heard this was running a little hot, but wanted to crack it now, before the cherry component fades. This is every bit as intense, viscous and deeply-roasted as Zhukov, and every bit as complex and layered as Hunahpu’s. Big bourbon in both the aroma and flavor, but the alcohol heat is almost completely diffused/spread thin throughout the layers of malts, hops, chocolate, cherries, roastiness and oak. Bravo to the creators of this treat! Advice = Drink slowly and at room temperature like you would a small glass of Apis Póltorak Jadwiga. It took me three days to finish the bottle. World class stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zvikar (4129) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2014
Draught sample at Mikkeller Bar (Viktoriagade). Pours black with a brown head, aroma of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, cherry, caramel, cocoa, flavor of coffee, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, brandy, cherry, bourbon and vanilla, full bodied, amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 15, 2014
[5/1/14] Draught at Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Black with some brown foam. Amazing aroma full of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and cocoa. Rich sweet flavor of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon some wood and a bit of espresso with sugar. Full-bodied, rounded and silky. An amazing Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (5474) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
On tap at mikkeller, viktoria. Black with tan head. Aroma massive; chocolate, berries, wood, alcohol and bourbon together with creamy roasted notes. Taste is rich and full; bourbon, chocolate, mild acidity with a long and creamy finish with chocolate and bourbon. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15184) - DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller. Black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and vinous. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vinous, sweet, wine?, cherry? and a little ash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (17430) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller, Viktoriagade. Black without head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, alcohol and vinous. Flavor is extremely sweet and rather bitter. Extremely sweet finish with lots of alcohol. Soft and oily. 010514

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Staffan47 (906) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2014
Tap på Mikkeller bar Viktoriagade. Svart. Doft av alkohol, russin och tung bourbon. Flytande choklad med alkohol. Lite väl spritig för min smak. Viss sötma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Sampled at DLD 2014, thanks! A black beer with a rim of dark brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol. The flavor is overly sweet with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, and exotic fruits. A bit too hot and sweet for my liking.

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