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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 youíre gonna get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4293) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2014
Tried this at Hunahpu í14 at some point. Brief note: roasted, chocolate, caramel, milky, boozy, dark fruit, bourbon. - 7.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2014
Draught at Mikkellerbar, Viktoriagade. Pours pitch black with a tiny light brown head. Aroma is lots of chocolate, cherries, wood, dark sugars, fudge, caramel, medium dark bread. Taste is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Body is full, texture is smooth and sticky, carbonation is very soft. Finishes very sweet with cherries, chocolate and dark fudge. This is a very nice treat indeed and almost surprisingly drinkable. The sweetness easily overpowers the sourness from the cherries but itís a nice laid-back flavour-rollercoaster ride.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (4026) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2014
Tap. Pours pitch black with a tiny, tan head. Aroma of dark, roasted malt chocolate, caramel, wood, licorice and bourbon notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly more dry with alcohol and a hint of bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft to flat carb. A great impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (7679) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 29, 2014
Tap at the Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Poured a deep mahogany with a small round bubbly tan head. The aroma is rich chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and coffee. The flavour is medium to strong sweet with a rich sweet malt chocolate cake, alcoholic spicy light liqourice palate and a long sweet bitter finish. Full bodied with flat carbonation and and oily mouthfeel. A real treat indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlackerMads (2866) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2014
Tap. Pitch black with a small light brown head. Lots of sweet dark chocolate, light cherry, molasses, vanilla, over ripe fruit. Full body, thick sticky texture, soft near flat carbonation, heavy sweet and medium bitter with some cherry acidity. Big and sticky, but no little alcohol prescence and quite pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ricoslim (116) - - APR 25, 2014
Thanks to my boy Weezel. Pour dark and has that awesome boozy chocolate aroma I love. Cherries come out in palate. Gets better as it gets warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (269) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
Deep black our with a hunt of blood red glistening through. Aromas of cherries, cola, vanilla, and slight alcohol. Taste is super thick and luscious with big cherry flavor. This is followed by more cola, raspberries, chocolate and bitter coffee. Unbelievable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7485) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2014
750ml bottle pours an opaque black with a ring of beige head. Nose has booze, raisin, smoke, molasses, burnt wood, caramel. Flavor has some burnt wood, caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, raisin, a bit of black pepper, ancho, molasses. Creamy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5272) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by kermis, thanks! Deep black and motor-oil thick (of course, itís a Cigar City stout) with a light ring of foam and little lacing. Aroma is very complex and rich with dark chocolate, black cherries, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and spices. Taste is moderately sweet with black cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, spices, caramel, spices and a gentle "hot" finish from the alcohol (but not 15% abv hot, so itís well done). Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Warming. Iím always sceptical with the high rated stouts from Florida, but this one certainly live up to the hype. Extremely rich and complex while being impressively well balanced. Really enjoyable and I certainly wouldnít mind drinking it again a few times in the future.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle at tasting, BBW. Black pour with thin brown foam. Aroma is really nice, rich chocolaty aromas, tons of vanilla, bourbon, spice, I donít get the cherries that much but there are certainly many layers to this one. Taste is really intense, rich chocolaty notes, spicy, boozy but enjoyably so, nice full palate warmth. Really really liked this.

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