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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


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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle: † Pitch black, brownish head, foamy, fairly nice lacing. † Sweet chocolate and bourbon barrel aging on the nose. † Very tasty! † Sweet chocolate covered cherries right up front, with bits of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and more chocolate. † Whoa, this is a decadent beer! † A little ashy on the backside, otherwise loads of chocolate, sweet roast, a bit of that chocolate covered cherry liquor. † This is a rich, decadent Imperial Stout that is loaded with cocoa and chocolate covered cherries. † This is really a big rich chocolate covered cherry sort of beer. † Never would have guessed it to be 15%. † Too easy, and too dangerous to drink. † Low hops, high sweetness, big candy bar and chocolate covered cherry factor. † This is beer? † Thanks for the bottle Matt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (5293) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2014
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak and bourbon and vanilla, plus some cherries that blend in well. Flavor the same with a good blend of a big, sweet imperial stout and the oak and cherries. Thick texture. A good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Wow this is much better then I had thought. Tastes like a rich decadent dark chocolate covered cherry. Very sweet but not cloying for some reason. Reminds me of hunahpu without the cinnamon or chili and with added cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2014
bottle, thanks to collin! Huge flavors, a bozzy tough drinker but such a fantastic flavor profile. tons of cherry, chocolate and roastyness. Very thick, a monster of a beer that is what I come to like form these guys

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12/26/13. 750mL bottle (from Grassroots back when this came out) shared at the QC tasting. Black pour with a thick tan head that laces okay. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, touches of cherry and other dark fruits, bourbon, wood, and more. Wonderful flavor, of course it is a touch sweet, with bourbon, cherry and dark fruits, chocolate, some coffee/ash/roasted malts, and more. ABV is hidden surprisingly well. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle shared by drowland, pours pitch black with a thick brown head and a little bit of lacing, the aroma is full of dark chocolate mixed in with cherries and some of the heat from the bourbon too, the flavor is insane, really sweet? Of course, it is what it is, tons of cherry with dark fruit and chocolate with some vanilla in the finish, the bourbon and abv is there, and you can taste it for sure, one heck of a big beer, for some reason Iím a sucker for these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Opaque black pour. No light getting through this oil sludge. Big head, reminiscent of crema, that quickly falls. Little bit of lacing left behind. Alcohol up front. Follow that up with figs, chocolate, molasses, malt, vanilla. Thick mouthfeel with a slight bitterness-from the cherries I would imagine. A melange of chocolate, sour cherries, malt, sugar, coffee. Amazing. Not sure if I get the chocolate covered cherry. But I do get an awesome stout with a nice cherry background and a very pronounced chocolate presence. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2013
I wanted to like this... Badly... But I just canít get into it. Maybe it needs to warm up. I dunno. Pours deep dark and murky with a medium head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is so sweet itís unbearable. Maybe time in the bottle could help. Seriously, I get super ripe cherries and chocolate.. Not a ton of barrel presence. Also may need to warm up for that to reduce the sharpness. Mouth is almost sugar water... Itís seriously not my thing. I wish it was... Girlfriend says it tastes like a dirty chocolate factory...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (14663) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Daniel719 (thanks a lot, Daniel), pours jet black with small bubbly tan head. Nose brings out cherries, bourbon barrels, vanilla and slight cocoa. Flavour brings out chocolate covered cherries, light bourbon, and alcohol warming without the burn. Big, thick, viscous and like a black forest cake. Very overrated, with not much complexity for such a barrel aged 15% beer. Drinkable in tiny amounts, but not too good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle, pours a pitch black, very thick appearance, taste is very full, lots of chocolate, a nice bourbony finish and a it is very flavourful, really enjoyed this one.

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