Life Is Like... - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 598
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 2.02%
Wants: 783
Gots: 111 | FT: 8
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MatthewPlus on 08-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial sweet stout brewed with cherries & cacao nibs & aged in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of BMMillsy
3.55/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Last bottle in town. Yay! Pours deep dark black with a small dark brown head. Aroma of fudge, fudge, fudge, some light licorice, vanilla. Smells so freakin’ rich. No cherry to start on the nose. Thick rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Flavor is sweet rich chocolate, tart cherry, vanilla, and finishing with a fudge bourbon left on the palate. Just a hint of alcohol burn. Not as much barrel as I was hoping. Definite dessert beer...guess I should have opened with a friend. Oh well. Not sure if I dig the cherry, as it adds an over the top sweet to this. Something to be enjoyed in smaller quantities. Gonna be a long night. 2 days later: only had a small glass fist night then let this sit in the fridge with a wine stopper for a couple days. Came back to it and while still crazy sweet, seems less so this time and a little creamier with lower carb. Still not keen on the cherry but a slight uptick and more vanilla today.

Yeah I'm just that guy that doesn't dig this. Wish I would have traded it for the crazy crap people offered up on the trade forums. (1,067 characters)

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kind of disappointed. Got olive juice and briney notes out of this. Not sure on how it was stored, so would like to try another to see if it lives up to the hype on the second go-round (186 characters)

Photo of JReites
3.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle to a snifter

A: Dark, black coloring with a light tan head that fades quickly into the beer. A nice lacing is noted along the glass after each sip.

S: Strong bourbon smell up front. Not much cherry smell picked up until the beer warms up, and even then it is very light.

T: When the beer is cold/cool there is bourbon up front with a nice chocolate flavor on the back end. Not much cherry initially. As the beer began to warm the cherry started to come out. As the cherry came out the chocolate seemed to die down some. Overall the beer was not too sweet, and the flavors differed as the temperature changed.

M: Not much carbonation noted. This seemed to have a much thinner mouthfeel than was expected. Overall, it was very easy to drink, just seemed a bit thin for the style.

O:Overall, this is a very drinkable barrel aged stout. The end product is very smooth and easy to drink. I felt somewhat underwhelmed with the flavor compared to GI cherry rye, but still an excellent beer and I am happy I was able to snag a bottle to try. (1,068 characters)

Photo of MatthewPlus
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Wakefield snifter.

Pours a deep, opaque black with hints of plum highlights. Even with an aggressive pour it's difficult to get much of a head; the one that is produced forms a rocky, garnet/khaki thin slice and dissipates quickly.

Nose is pretty impressive on this one... Black cherry, dark chocolate, a light alcoholic sweetness, bourbon, oak, and a hint of licorice.

Wow. The bottle says that the beer is an attempt to replicate biting into a cherry cordial, and i think they hit that pretty well! Follows the nose, with dark chocolate and candy cherries up front, supported by a slightly roasted malt base. Intermingled is a mild booziness with a light alcohol burn. The bottle doesn't state the ABV, but I'm guessing somewhere in the 9-11% range. Make no mistake, this is definitely a sweet stout, sweeter than what i typically prefer, but well done with well-integrated flavors. This is also being reviewed on the first day of release, which could be contributing to the heat on the palate.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot-on for the style, with very little carbonation leading to a rich, velvety texture. Not the chewiest stout I've ever had, but it certainly comes with a coating effect. Medium-long, sweet cherry aftertaste. But legit cherry, not a medicinal cherry flavor like i've found in some other cherry stouts.

Overall- I think it is a really well-produced beer, that accomplished exactly what the brewers set out to do. It is too sweet for my personal taste, and i likely wont seek this one out again, but for fans of the style, or if you're looking for a great dessert beer, you'll find it in this one. (1,640 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the 2013 vintage (though I assume this won't be made again), poured into a Darkness goblet last night, 12/7/2013.

Pours an opaque, abyssal black body, reminds me of Marshal Zhukov really in how oily and viscous this beer pours. Comes with a decent but small brown head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to be seen, a very placid beer.

Smells... well, I don't know what to think of it, really. Its a hodgepodge of bourbon, oak, cocoa, tart cherry aromas and some bitter black coffee. It's honestly not that mind blowing at all; I don't get much sweetness in the nose though that seems to come out a bit more as it warms up.

Flavour-wise, this is a strange puppy. Starts off a bit like a thick, bitter coffee espresso mixed in with some oak and some bitter black chocolate along with a lactose sweetness and perhaps bourbon sweetness. Its a bit medicinal as well. The cherries are in the background, and only add in a bit of flavour as the beer warms up. I mean, the cherries are definitely noticeable but altogether I'm not entirely sure this meshes all that well.

Typical Cigar City stout mouthfeel, nothing more needs to be said. There's just something they do to their stouts to make it so full bodied and creamy and so drinkable.

I'm not sure what the hype really was behind this beer. Its probably because of the bottle's cost and rarity. Its a good beer, don't get me wrong, but I would easily take Cherry Rye over this one. (1,454 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with who cares.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of strong bourbon and intense caramel malt sweetness. Cherry, chocolate and vanilla creep in as it warms up. A nice mix, maybe a touch too sweet.

T - Starts off just like the nose with the intense malt sweetness and the strong bourbon burn. Once they die down a bit of the vanilla and chocolate come in with some light hints of cherry coming in toward the end of each sip. Finish is pretty sweet with some mild heat, lingering on the palate long after the finish. I was expecting more cherry in this one, just tastes like a normal bourbon barrel stout.

M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel for the most part, goes a touch watery toward the end. Not overly thick like most in the style, that said I think it needs a little more body to help it hold up all those bold flavors.

O - A nice enough stout. It has all of the flavors I look for in a bourbon barrel stout but I was expecting more cherry than I actually got. It just ended up being a regular bourbon barrel stout for the most part which is fine but not really want they were going for with this. (1,295 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black. Thick and viscous. Like other Cigar City stouts, it stains the glass. Not much of a head.

Smell - Bourbon, sweet caramel, dark chocolate and fudge. Cherry is bright and a little bit acidic.

Taste - Bourbon incorporates well. Some vanilla. Lots of dark chocolate and fudge. Very sweet. Cherry flavor is a bit tart and lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very thick and fudgy. Medium carbonation and boozy, especially as it warms.

Overall - I'm impressed. All the components are nice, but it's a huge beer. It gets very sweet as it warms. (609 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice brew, a good depth to it for a sweet stout.

Pours a jet black with a tan head and no lacing. Pretty solid look. The smell starts off with a heavy whisp bourbon and barrel, but then another sniff opens up to the cocoa, a nice unexpected smokiness, roast, vanilla, and malt.

The taste follows suit with notes of sweet espresso, lactose sugar, acrid cherry, cocoa, a bit of oak, and again a slight smokiness. Nice refined balance to it all....feel is decent but sort of thin mouthfeel, less burn than I expected.

A good but not great beer, it's not super notable but very solid. (588 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black, thinnish, with a smattering of dark brown head which fizzles out to a ring almost immediately.

S: Dark melted chocolate and a bit of dark cherry, with pretty big but well integrated oak providing structure. Just a touch of roast in the background. Overall, very nice, like chocolate-covered cherries.

T: The roast is surprisingly prominent relative to the nose, but the dark velvety chocolate/cocoa and bright/slightly twangy cherries cut through and dominate. A bit of char, but barrel is basically absent. Wow, this is sweet. Like Southern Tier level, but a much thinner body.

M: Medium-light body—kind of thin but round and silky—and lightish carbonation. Alcohol is completely hidden, a nice feat at 15% (!?).

O: Flavors are nice, and the lightish body aids in drinkability. This is decidedly on the sweet side, probably best in digestif-sized portions for dessert, but which limits the overall drinkability. The barrel treatment is on the light side as well. (1,003 characters)

Photo of AaronDrinks
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First full BA review!

Poured from 750ml bottle bought from The Brass Tap Gainesville.

A- What you would expect from this style, and, being a CCB Imperial Stout, then some. Head is small and retention is short, but stylistically typical nonetheless. The brew coats the side of the glass BEAUTIFULLY, a la Huna. Okay, I mean mini-Huna. But impressive.

S- The most disappointing aspect, but still quite good. Sweetness is most prevalent, but not overtly "cherry". Followed by vanilla then just a touch of bourbon. No alcohol or fusel notes. NONE. It does not prepare you for what is to come.

T- Wow. An additional sip is required for your taste buds to adjust and make sure the first impression was not a cruel lie. Three very distinct phases as it passes over the tongue. First is stout, rich and creamy, void of coffee "roastiness" and bitterness, which suits me just fine. The middle third is the bourbon character which is not overpowering. Lastly comes the cherry. And boy did CCB and Mikeller save the best for last. Sweet but not too sweet, powerful but not too powerful- you get the idea here.

M- At first glance, mouthfeel may be a bit thin. But I think this slightly thinner mouthfeel is what makes it so drinkable. Any thicker and they may have run the risk of the cherry sweetness becoming cloying and destroying the delicate barrel notes. As it is, the mouthfeel sustains a nimble and approachable consistency that is easy to overlook and dismiss as lacking.

O- A simply great beer. While the aroma may be more subdued than what is expected, it serves as "the calm before the storm" which makes this sweet gal even more of an experience. What impresses me the most is the placement of the bourbon barrel. Many BBA beers, most of which which are excellent in their own right, choose to showcase the bourbon characteristics right up front, or as a palate slamming uppercut in the finish. That is if the entire damn thing doesn't taste like bourbon. The integration, craftsmanship, and restraint is what sets Life is Like apart. I don't want to end on a negative comment, but $25 at CCB and much, much more at the select bars and bottle shops seems a little pricey. Believe me, I don't mind spending (way too much) money on beer, but this is on par with BBA Big Sound, which was $20.

I blame Mikeller. (2,318 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with some dark brown head which retains very little. Nose starts with considerable amount of tart cherry character which is then joined by notes of leather, cocoa, oak, tobacco, and vanilla. The taste starts with heavy chocolate nots and quickly is taken over by a strong tart whiskey soaked cherries. Th finish is a bit sweet and has a touch of booze. Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious. Overall, a nice dessert beer with huge flavors. (452 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight dark fruit, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between the base beer and the barrel aged aspect. (682 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a really really good beer, generously shared, but im not sure it deserves a perfect score. that said, our bottle had maybe a little extra age on it, and therefore had a hint of oldness to it, but it was amazing nevertheless. the cherry part is really really dominant, authentic and sweet, which the chocolate provides some balancing bitterness and the bourbon brings it all together in a sweet vanilla laden finish. had i known it was this strong while i was drinking it, i may have paced myself a little better, which shows how well hidden this 15% abv is. you dont notice it at all. i love the dynamic between the cocoa and the fruit, and although it falls short of the stated goal of replicating biting into a chocolate from the box, i still think the overall project is a highly successful one. i get hints of licorice in the dark grain base, and even a spot of black tea for a moment. if it tasted more like a cherry cordial candy, it might have drank a little slower, but it seemed so much more organic and earthy than an artificial red waxy cherry thing with crappy booze inside. dark chocolate and wood, caramelized sugar and fresh cherry, even cola notes, its just really unique and well done. as a mikkeller fanboy, its cool to try this on another level as well, his collaborations are all so awesome. thanks as always to drlovemd87 for unearthing this rarity for our pleasure!!! (1,389 characters)

Photo of standDEFIANT
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet cherry smell, black appearance with light brown head. Smooth and sweet taste with a delayed bourbon flavored kick. I love this beer just wish the cherry flavor came through a little more to balance the bourbon, definitely worth trying, any cigar city is worth a try. (272 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter.

A - Deep ink black with a thin layer of dark mocha brown head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet chocolate fudge, bourbon and vanilla notes dominate. Lighter char and roast notes. No cherry coming through at all.

T - Bourbon and vanilla notes up front that immediately give way to a huge chocolate fudge presence. Char and a very light cherry tartness in the finish.

M - Full body. Sludgy/viscous. Light carbonation. (441 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace for the share!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with medium brown head. drops to a thin ring.

Smell: bakers cocoa. bing cherry. hint of sweet bourbon. wet oak.

Taste: Lots of cocoa. Hint of bourbon sweetness. roasty malt. chicory. cherries and dark chocolates in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate corbonation. Smooth beer. Well hiddden abv.

Overall: This is an awesome take on the Imperial Sweet Stout! CBB really knows how to brew unique barrel aged dark beers! (540 characters)

Photo of Tone2467
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours just like a CCB stout. Black with hints of dark red/purple with very little light peeking through. A small tan head forms but quickly retreats into a very thin sheet on top of the beer. Nice lacing is creeping down my glass.

S: At first sniff I was overwhelmed with bourbon and sweetness. I liked it but it lacked the cherry scent I was hoping for. As she warms I began picking up hints of cherries.

T: The taste follows the smell. I got big bourbon flavor with hints of cherries on the back end. I couldn't find the chocolate taste in my first few sips. About halfway through this one I reached what I'll call the perfect temperature. Nice amounts of Bourbon with tart cherries following on the back end. I still couldn't pick up on much chocolate flavor in this one. Very sweet but not so much as to overpower the beer.

M: I feel like CCB always puts out stouts a little light for my personal taste but, they always coat the mouth so nicely I don't really mind it at all. Not much carbonation in here but enough to keep things very nice. If this was thicker it might not have been as drinkable.

O: A good sweet stout. If you enjoy a nice Bourbon flavor this beer is right up your alley. These two breweries made a beautiful collaboration(What else do you expect from these two though?). For an Imperial it's very smooth and drinkable. The mixture of bourbon and cherries is excellent in the taste. If you can try it I wouldn't pass up the chance. (1,497 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

Pours black as night, with a dark brown head. Aroma wafts of cherries, dark chocolate, roast, coffee, fruits, bourbon and vanilla. Tastes cherry forward, with accompanying bourbon to calm down the sweetness of the cherry and stark dark chocolate. Feel is thick and chewy, rich and full bodied. Drinks great, can't really get the alcohol at all. Great stuff! (396 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from 7clutch in a recent box, as well as one from hotpipes a while back. Dboon also tried to hook me up but it busted in transit. Of all the beers to bust in transit… Cheers everyone!

From a 750 into a snifter
Collaboration with Mikkeller
Imperial sweet stout brewed with cherries and cacao nibs and aged in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours out sludgy black but not quite as black as some others they’ve done. Still, this is completely menacing. Yields a one finger, medium looking, slightly fizzy, tan head that quickly fades to a swirly wisp and ring. Head is not as dark as some of their other brews, but still darker than 90% of others in the style. Head could use a little more staying power as well. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Blacker, thicker and more menacing than the vast majority of its competition, but not one-hundred percent up to CCB standards.

SMELL: Dark cherries, pure dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, sweet wood, vanilla and sweet cream on the nose. This is very bold and enticing. The cacao works really nicely with the fruit and barrels, with a bit of roasted malt and roasted coffee underneath. Wonderfully wicked. Lives up to the billing here.

TASTE: Big flavors and rather boozy as well, but that’s to be expected given the 15% abv. Cherries initially for sure, with bourbon, oak, some sweet dark fruits and alcohol at the swallow. Big and lingering finish of more cherries, bourbon, sweet wood, vanilla and sweet cream, hints of coconut show up eventually and some pure dark chocolate adds a touch of bitterness. A good dose of alcohol contributes a bit of warming spices as well. This is very flavorful and complex, with the cherries certainly taking a leading role here. The chocolate is a bit outdone by the sweet cherries and barrels though, which is a little off-balance perhaps. Not quite as wonderful as the nose had shown; still, this is a decadent brew all around.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not overly creamy per se, a bit prickly on the palate and a touch lighter than hoped, goes down fine with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes rather sticky and silky. Some heat lingers on the palate. Good, but not as big, thick, creamy and menacing as some of the others in their repertoire.

OVERALL: This is a standup brew for sure. It’s big, bold, complex, interesting, and very enjoyable. That said, while it is certainly a delight for the senses, it is unfortunately a small step down from their usual stout brilliance. It’s a touch lighter in color, which, since it’s still more brutal than 90% of its competitors, is a minor issue, and the feel is not as thick and heavy as other stout beer they’ve done in the past. Moreover, the cherries outplay the chocolate and barrel flavors just a touch, and it is a couple % higher than it really needs to be. Nevertheless, this is another fantastic stout by CCB and I understand why so many people would love to give this a try. The label says this is an attempt at re-creating the sensation of biting into a chocolate covered cherry candy, and I think they’ve done a very good job. I’m certainly glad I finally got the chance to drink some of this beauty as well. Thanks again for the bottles guys. Much appreciated. (3,339 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Darkness Goblet.
Enjoyed for my 29th birthday.

Pours a rich inky black with small mocha head. I don't get a lot on the nose, booze and a little cherry. Flavor is very rich but balanced. Smokey and chocolatey, with the cherry and bourbon on the more subtle side. This is a 'sweet' stout, but it's not disgustingly sweet as many tend to be. I'm actually amazed at how this drinks, it goes down far too easy for a 15% abv. Body is heavy and a little sticky, about as smooth as a beer can get. Overall meets the hype and a privelage to enjoy. (566 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours oily black with a creamy brown head that leaves decent lacing throughout. The aroma is loaded with luscious, lightly tangy cherries and thick chocolate that follow up with figs, molasses, malt and vanilla. Those aromatic qualities are then followed up by a sweet flavor with some more chocolate, cherries, malt sugar, and mild alcohol. Full bodied with good carbonation. This is a very good lightly chewy beer that exhibits modest warmth, rich chocolate, ripe cherries - indulgent and decadent, yet still well balanced! (525 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 11.20.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin dark brown head that moves to the edges quickly.

S - Bourbon, chocolate, cherry.

T - Nice bourbon, then sweet chocolate covered cherries, very nice.

D - Heavy body with low carbonation.

O - Sweet chocolate covered cherries surrounded with bourbon. Very good beer. (334 characters)

Photo of doremite
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted like the piece of chocolate from the holiday box with a cherry center. Not necessarily my cup of tea but uncanny how similar the flavor is and in general how much flavor this beer brings. (194 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared by Richard - thanks.

A: Pours black and nearly still with a few bubbles struggling to the surface and racing to the rim without a trace of lace.

N: Dark cherries, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate/cocoa.

T: Yeah, you dip the cherries in the bourbon and wrap it up in a layer of dark chocolate.

M: Moderate body and very light carbonation. Finishes decadently smooth, thick, luscious.

O: Deeply satisfying, hidden ABV but it is there nonetheless. Prepare to dream dreams. (515 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Last beer of an insane weekend of tasting and reviewing. My cousin Sonny shared yet another great brew. Fully reviewed to notes.

A- Alright, another insanely thick, pitch black motor oil CCB stout. The pour of their big stouts is just a signature at this point. Viscous, oily black with a dark mocha head. The head reaches a finger or so with decent retention. A small ring drops some nice legs and a few spots of lace.

S- Pretty much a fifty fifty blend of stout and the cherries. The cherry feels natural and more flesh pith than in your face, it blends into the dark roast malts quite a bit. Rich roast malts, chocolate, raisins and caramel malt sweetness beyond that.

T- As with the Hunaphus variations and Zhukov's, Cigar City somehow seems to find how to make a thicker and richer stout that has ever existed before. Decadent cocoa powder, heavily roast chocolate malts, raisins, caramel and a large sweetness. And then the cherry, it brings pith and flesh of cherries somehow feeling natural and just earthy. The barrels are a bit subdued but with time the come out more and more. Nice medium toast oak, vanilla and whiskey join the party and create a dessert of a beer.

MF- Chewy and ultra thick bodied. This brew takes on an oily texture that becomes a tiny bit creamy with agitation. Slight cherry tartness and dark bitter cocoa powder lingers on the palate with a moderate alcohol warmth.

Multi-dimensional beast. Cherry and whiskey barrels compliment another insanely large CCB base stout. (1,506 characters)

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