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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (11253) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with a very short lived brown head. Aroma of roast, rich chocolate, caramel. Flavor is heavy sweet. Thick mouthfeel with alcohol warmth in the finish. The cherries coming out lightly in the palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (8213) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2014
28/III/14 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-319) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Dark brown to black beer, no head. Aroma: cocoa powder, bit dusty, mocha, coffee, roasted stuff, some ashes even. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very fruity start, sourish, sugary, overripe fruits, citric acidity, some chocolate, molasses, red fruits. Aftertaste: sourish, alcohol, caramel, some mocha, chocolate, citric, soft hop bitterness, some raspberry and cherry jam, sugary, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2014
75cl bottle, shared by BoBoChamp. Many thanks for all the beers shared today! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: coffee, alcohol, little bourbon. TASTE: alcohol, very sweet, too sweet, but nice. I think this sample has been open for a little too long, but still nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
At big Seth’s going away party on 11/2/2013; was an awesome day! Aroma is dark cherries, chocolate, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt. Taste is chocolate, raspberries, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beer_nerd305 (4) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2014 does not count
This was absolutely delicious. It had a sweet cherry smell that calmed the usually strong smell of barrel. Dark in color with a red tinge towards the edges. It was sweet and heavy and delicious. It was full bodied with a thick consistency. The head was a dark brown color. This beer was extravagant. Had it to celebrate a team victory and it was well worth it!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2014
75cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American collab. brew Anno 2013, with cherries and cacao, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle shared by Steve. Jet black pour with some mocha colored head. Nose is cherry, chocolate and roasted malt. Almost like a Cherry Coke. Taste follows the nose but has a slightly ashy soy sauce tinge to it. Funny thing is I was telling my buddies that it had that same little off putting hint that most Mikkeller beers have not knowing that this was colab with them. Didn’t realize that until I started typing this review. Nice and thick on the palate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle shared by Steve. Pours black with a reddish hue and a thin head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, cherry. Taste is sweet, some soy at first, but as it warms, nice bourbon, cherry, chocolate, coffee notes. Great mouthfeel. Reminded me some of BCS Cherry. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle sample at RBWG. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have nice milk chocolate, caramel, a decent amount of bourbon without being overpowering to the beer, vanilla and dark fruits favoring cherries. The 15% remained mostly hidden and I am surprised it was this big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2014
Pours black, almost no head. The aroma holds cocoa, vanilla, sweet cherries, lots of roasted malt. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet, light to medium bitter and light acidic with notes of chocolate, cherries, vanilla, balanced malt and light bourbon. The mouthfeel is sticky and fat with a light carbonation. Dark chocolate finish. Near full bodied.

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