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Life Is Like... - Cigar City Brewing

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Life Is Like...Life Is Like...

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BA SCORE
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world-class

469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 698
Gots: 117 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial sweet stout brewed with cherries & cacao nibs & aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: MatthewPlus on 08-15-2013)
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Treehouse tulip.

A- Pours a pitch black, not a ton of head, still top, not much lacing- just some spots here and there.

S- Perfect balance of bourbon, cherries, slight bourbon that is integrated very well, fairly aromatic.

T- Rich cocoa nibs, cherries dipped in chocolate, slightly boozey bourbon adding a nice sweetness. Very nice balance with a very nice balanced flavor profile, fairly rich.

M- On the heavier side, very drinkable- scary so for 15%, possibly the smoothest 15% stout I've had, nice carbonation for the style.

O- For a 15% stout this beer is pretty much unbeatable. The flavor profiles blend very nicely and while it seems boozey it drinks incredibly easy for 15%. Similar to 110K #6 but without the bourbon, cherries instead of raspberries, and slightly richer with a bit more body to it. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:54:15 | More by jaasen64
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CLanda

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

08-29-2013 08:16:41 | More by CLanda
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 03:27:14 | More by orangesol
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dachshunddude86

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-28-2013 02:52:32 | More by dachshunddude86
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jivex5k

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-26-2013 17:04:06 | More by jivex5k
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dboon

Florida

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at World of Beers. Huge cherry and bourbon aromas. Dark brown pour with a light brown head. Monstrous Marciano cherry notes that give way to the smooth bourbon heat. Velvety chocolate, rich caramel, dark toasted malts, oak, and lactose undercurrents. Great mouthfeel with an above average body. Impressive and actually worth the $48 we paid for this bottle. Über complex with good balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 13:32:47 | More by dboon
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Tone2467

Florida

4.34/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 03:19:11 | More by Tone2467
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Andreias21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-25-2013 17:57:02 | More by Andreias21
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Zakk

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-25-2013 09:14:49 | More by Zakk
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Tyler1tiger

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-25-2013 04:38:02 | More by Tyler1tiger
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-25-2013 01:15:28 | More by Thedrizzle
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badboy7113

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-25-2013 00:06:41 | More by badboy7113
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-25-2013 00:02:03 | More by TKEbeerman
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CajunMary13

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-24-2013 19:07:26 | More by CajunMary13
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%

08-24-2013 18:29:33 | More by BullBearHawk
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maddicts

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-24-2013 15:52:26 | More by maddicts
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 03:25:25 | More by Alieniloquium
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travisdiener32

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-23-2013 23:01:40 | More by travisdiener32
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jorrx003

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-23-2013 22:54:23 | More by jorrx003
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MPSTARR

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-23-2013 22:12:20 | More by MPSTARR
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GoGata

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

08-22-2013 20:52:18 | More by GoGata
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AaronDrinks

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 05:00:50 | More by AaronDrinks
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sendsilk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-21-2013 21:58:25 | More by sendsilk
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joshodonn

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-21-2013 02:16:13 | More by joshodonn
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-21-2013 00:05:09 | More by beernads
Life Is Like... from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.