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 youre gonna get.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4603) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Nose is mostly bourbon with some chocolate. Not much fruitiness. Minimal head. Lots of fruitiness in the flavor. Like a cherry skin. Less chocolate in the flavor. Light heat but mostly smooth. Moderately sweet. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle: None more black. Used up motor oil with a slick, shiny, bare top, only coated with a thin tan collar around the edges. Lovely aroma that really does resemble a cherry cordial... Only if the cherry cordial were dunked in a pool of bourbon. Bittersweet, dark chocolate, cherry juice, vanillin, moderate tannic notes, & a strong woody aroma lathered with smooth bourbon. Taste is super sweet, even more than expected. Chocolate, cherry juice that starts slightly tart & transitions quickly to sweetness, caramel, liquefied brown sugar, & a strong bit of dripping wet oak in the finish. Boozy from front to back, helping to balance the sweetness a little but also waving that 15% ABV tag with pride. Yeah, this is a BIG beer. Insanely sweet & pretty goddamn boozy but nevertheless, it tastes really damn good, too. Slick, semi-creamy mouth feel. Its things like this that are usually responsible for domestic abuse.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (4253) - Alingss, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
shared bottle by a friend at our big cigar city grand tasting. poured pitch black with no head. only some lacing on the side. first notice is ripe cherries, dipped in sweet bakers chocolate. and dipped in bourbon. amarena, cherrie, sweet chocolate, vanilla, sweet bourbon, oak, ash, some coconut, earth notes, bourbon booze and spice. very sweet, very intense and thick mouthfeel! but you definitely need to share it. very intense sweetness that you need to love

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is very sweet, brown sugar, chocolate. Taste is insanely sweet, lots going on but cant get past how sweet it is. Too much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2687) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a 750mL bottle at the RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours completely oily black with an average tan head that leaves thin, spotty lace. The nose is dark chocolate syrup, herbal black tea, a touch fruity, and some freshly roasted coffee. The flavor is more molasses and dusty with the herbal black tea, coffee, and very light cherry. The body is full with very little (if any) carbonation and a long dark chocolate and molasses finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark hue with brown head. Aroma is figs plums , tobacco, raisins, chocolate, roast. Mouthfeel is fantastic with full body and creamy carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice astringent bitter following and clean finish. Overall this beer is phenomenal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7466) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Grand Tasting. Deep brown pour with a small head. Very sweet nose. Loads of chocolate sauce, Hersheys Syrup. Little else. The taste, as youd imagine, is pretty sweet. Chocolate, somewhat boozy. Just a hint of roasted malt. Mellow raspberry tartness on the finish. Full body, thick and oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (13517) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a very dark brown with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, wood. Thick mouthfeel with rich chocolate, oak, cherry, and lingering sweet finish. Very impressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KennethArd (507) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2014
Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, sweet cherries & vanilla. Black with small brown head. Taste of cocoa & liquorice. Medium body, oily texture & flat carbonation. Thanks to PeterSumborg.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, bourbon, cherries, and oak. Flavor is similar with some added notes of vanilla and cream. Finish is bitter with a bit of alcohol shining through. Good.

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