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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (46771) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2014

Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, Viktoriagade 8BC, kld., DK-1655 Copenhagen, Denmark.

[ As Cigar City / Mikkeller Life is Like ... ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, bread, roasted, alcohol, prune. Flavour is heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, bread, dark roasted, alcohol, wood, berry, chocolate. Body is medium to full, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140430]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (42206) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (35954) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26847) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2013
Draught at Mikkelller Bar. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate, caramel and cedar with notes of dried fruits. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate and dried fruits. Sweet and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (24830) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty sweetish chocolate aroma with weak hints of dark fruit. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate flavor with weak woody hints and hints of cherries. Has a sweetish roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (23757) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2013
13th November 2013
Tasting at Bruces Pad. Big thanks to Paul for saving me a nice nip of this. Opaque black-brown beer, no real head. Viscous palate with a little fine carbonation. Smooth sweet dark malts. Vanilla and a touch of cherry and tangy red berry fruits. There is a vague sense of Neopolitan Ice Cream here! Touch of brandy and brandy spice. Finishes smooth. Sweet and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (19977) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19872) - 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 its masked and doesnt become boozy.
Good. But its 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (18821) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller, Viktoriagade. Black without head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, alcohol and vinous. Flavor is extremely sweet and rather bitter. Extremely sweet finish with lots of alcohol. Soft and oily. 010514

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (18278) - 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 !

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