1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Life Is Like... - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Life Is Like...Life Is Like...

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

538 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 538
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 758
Gots: 113 | FT: 8
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial sweet stout brewed with cherries & cacao nibs & aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: MatthewPlus on 08-15-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 538 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hey5hitgoose
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

hey5hitgoose, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of kayakandbeer
5/5  rDev +9.9%

kayakandbeer, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Kelseysimonsays
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Kelseysimonsays, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Cynic-ale, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of sierrahopdevil05
5/5  rDev +9.9%

sierrahopdevil05, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Barhoppin13
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Barhoppin13, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of thegoon55
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

thegoon55, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

EgadBananas, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Greenplastic615
3/5  rDev -34.1%

Greenplastic615, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ShanePB, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Arsenal0328, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Kevinhcraig
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Kevinhcraig, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of craftbeerasian
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

craftbeerasian, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of CJS
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

CJS, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of montrealbcr89
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

montrealbcr89, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Erice78
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Erice78, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of jme015
5/5  rDev +9.9%

jme015, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Anonymous1, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Dicers
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Dicers, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of alysmith4
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

alysmith4, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of DustinSWB
5/5  rDev +9.9%

DustinSWB, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into a snifter. Shared with a couple of my favorite people.

Pours jet black with basically no head, but what can you expect from such a thick, high ABV beer? Not much lacing either. Giving the appearance a 4 is a stretch, but this thick, black look gets me excited for what I'm about to drink.

The smell has a big punch of bourbon and oak at the front. Lots of vanilla from the oak and some chocolate. Not too much cherries in the smell, but some vaguely fruity smells. Some of the typical roasted flavors from the dark malts. Very complex.

The taste is surprisingly mellow on the bourbon and oak, but it's definitely there. The flavor at the forefront here is the chocolate. It really does taste like biting into a piece of decadent dark chocolate. The cherry is in the background here as well, but is noticeable. Quite sweet (but balanced by the myriad of flavors and intense dark malt character). This is a dessert beer if there ever was one. The body of this beer is intensely thick and carbonation is medium low.

My first experience with barrel aged CCB brews, and an amazing one. One of the best stouts I have ever had and a highly enjoyable experience.

Danny1217, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Black and opaque, with a thin tan head that fades rapidly to a foamy ring around the glass. Has some oily lacing on the sides of the glass, and essentially no visible carbonation.

S: Cacao, a moderate boozy bourbon, dark fruits, and vanilla oaky wood.

T: Chocolate, boozy bourbon, dark fruits, a bit of cherry, roasted malts, and wood with the accompanying vanilla tannins. The cherry flavor does increase as the warms, but it's not a big cherry flavor here. Sweet with some bourbon burn in the hang.

M: Thick body, alcohol presence is obvious but it not over-the-top hot, and low carbonation sensation. Sticky, chewy mouthfeel.

O: This was really tasty. A few complaints - it's maybe still a little hot, and while there are nice fruit flavors here, I didn't get a bunch of obvious cherry flavor. And while I'll put a bottle away to see if the booze calms down a bit, I'm concerned the cherry may fall out as well. Still, really really good.

macrosmatic, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Skrypt
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Skrypt, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Netdigger2
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Netdigger2, Sep 22, 2013
Life Is Like... from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.