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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #108. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, wood, mild bourbon notes. The taste is sweet dark chocolate, herbal hops, whiskey. Medium bodied, slight booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle at RBWG grand tasting. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of cherry cordial, bourbon, oak, cocoa nib, vanilla, brownie and roast sweet chocolate. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle generously shared at the RBWG grand tasting. Sweet as all hell. Syrupy yet slightly dry and crisp finish. It’s almost all chocolate malt with a hint of cherry. Flavorful and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Thanks! A: Inky black with a brown head. Dark legs. N: Rich cocoa, caramel, oak, bourbon, and cherries. Raisin, molasses, and a touch of soy cause. T: Brown sugar sweetness, some cherry sourness. Not cloying. Chocolate covered maraschinos for sure. M: Oily, slick, and hefty. Alcohol is well hidden. O: A treat. Big and burly, with enough subtlety to stay interesting. The sourness can undo the taste a bit, but that’s my only complaint. A perfected 2009 Abyss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
RBWG Winter Gathering, Asheville, courtesy of someone. Pours a black color with white head. Brownies, bourbon, chocolate, malty, sweet flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle @ RBWG. Pours a black appearance with little head. Pours a thick ink black appearance. Goopy chocolate, Sugary aroma. Pretty boozy, heavy malty flavor. Lots of chocolate. A bit too much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12932) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle - Molasses, bourbon, boozy and chocolate. Jet black with a decent brown head. Sweet coffee, chocolate and much lighter than the nose suggests.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is bourbon, cherries, oak, heavy chocolate, light coffee notes, earthy hops, dates and figs. Flavor is dark malt dominant with dark fruits, light hops and bitterness, light tartness, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Dark brown color, near black, with a hue of red. Minimal khaki head. Loose fine dots of lace. Bourbon barrel in the nose, some dark fruit. Get some milk chocolate, vanilla. Moderate bitter taste, some sweet. Light warmth, but no burn or bite - hides alcohol well. Surprisingly, tastes a bit older than I expected for something that I know is less than a year old. Surprisingly smooth, though, too. Very light carbonation, kind of creamy, and a bigger body. More dry finish. Impressive 15% imperial stout, glad for the chance to have tried this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
second time having this .. pours a deep almond skin .. mild foam .. . light chocolate .. not getting much barrel .. very subtle beer, underwhelming .. . . and trust me. I drink A LOT of Pedialyte!!

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