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: 142   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.

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fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Viktoriagade
Pitch black color with small collar of brown foam. Strong aroma, roasted malt, chocolate, light cocoa, ancho chilies, overripe banana; unfortunately also some cardboard and liquorice limit the elegance. Full bodied, the mouthfeel is round and lightly oily; chocolate and roasted malt flavor, not ashy, rather sweet; it has a light fruity touch (stewed cherries) and the relative light acidity; the alcohol is warming, but with this sugars it’s masked and doesn’t become boozy.
Good. But it’s just an American example of lack of style an elegance, just a mix of everything.

Mikkeller has reduced the glass size and increased the price. 80kr (15$) for 20cl. I will just visit the bar less and less often…

Desverger (11122) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2013
[email protected] bar - Black coloured pour with very thin brown head. Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, ripe cherries, slightly nutty and cake like, bourbon,woody. Lovely mouthfeel, boozy sweet finish. wow. So many good beers in one night!

Theydon_Bois (19200) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle split at the Kernel, massive thanks to Paul, 09/11/13. Pitch black with a good sized dirty tan head. Nose carries a good dark roasted assault on the nostrils, cherry notes, bourbon evident, woody booze tang, dark chocolate, light smoke. Taste comrises dark chocolate, Black Forest Gateux, molasses, earthy, brown sugars, dark berry fruit tang. Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey closure, a little cloying. Solid impy from a draw that may require a small stool to reach !

Apache (63) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
From a CCB branded bottle. Pours black with little thin brown head, the flavor is sweet, but lacks any cherry notes. Aftertaste of chocolate and mint.

Ungstrup (37317) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
Draft. A black beer with a rim of dar brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of prunes, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, and exotic fruits, leading to a bitter finish. A bit over the top for me.

jesperhammer (4727) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
14-NOV-2013, draft @Mikkeller, Black Sensation night. Black with no head. Aroma is mostly bourbon. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark berries, Plum, cake. Superfull and supersweet. Very low carbonation. Fantastic beer

yespr (44810) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2013
From tap. Pours pitch black, no head. Thick malty and liqourice. Bitter, thick malty and lingering liqourice. Thick malty, alcohol and liqourice. Smooth malty and liqourice finish.

Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2013
Draught at MikkellerBAR. Pitch black - small brown head. Nice licorice. Burned malts. Light hoppy. Red berries. Sweet cherry. Light almond notes. Dark chocolate. Light alcohol notes. Lovely.

Leighton (21089) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle shared at The Kernel - London. Massive thanks to Paul for lugging this over from America. This guy is an absolute hero. The beer pours oily black with a creamy, brown head. The aroma is loaded with luscious, lightly tangy cherries and thick chocolate. Big sweet flavor with gooey chocolate, some chocolate syrup, hints of brownies, further cherries, mild alcohol. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly chewy. Finishes with modest warmth, rich chocolate sauce, ripe cherries, chocolate cake. Indulgent and decadent yet still well balanced. Great beer.

EdKing (2576) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Taster from a bottle care of Paul Unwin. Opaque black, thin tan head. Nose is rich velvety chocolate, black coffee, chocolate cake, cherry fruit, vanilla and bourbon whisky. Taste is soft and smooth. Rich chocolate, cocoa, chocolate cake, cherries, coffee, bourbon whiskey. It’s beautifully balanced and smooth. Superb beer.

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