Life Is Like... - Cigar City Brewing
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4.53/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I was in Tampa with a co-worker when this beer came out back about eight or nine months ago. I was on my way out if town and wanted to stop by CCB to grab some beers to go and maybe have one in the tap room. They had about three cases of this sitting in the fridge so I decided to get one. Turns out, I was there the day they released it and had no idea this beer was coming out or what it was about. Guess I was in the right place at the right time. I have been holding on to this one to try at a special occasion, but I am tired of waiting.
Pours from the 750ml bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Emerges pitch black and viscous, topped with a one finger sized, dark mocha colored head. Sporadic lacing and the retention is rather nice.
Aroma is bourbon, raw chocolate, and cherries. The cherry aroma lingers in the back, but the cocoa and bourbon are full fledged. Dark fruits also.
Wow. The cherry really returns in the flavor. Kind of reminds me of a cherry cordial, you know, one of those chocolate candies with cherries and rum, or whatever, inside. The kind of candy you love as a kid because it is the only way you can legally get alcohol? That taste always reminds me of Christmas and family reunions at my grandparents house, where we had these candies and my grandpa drank bourbon and ginger ales. The cherry outshines the chocolate but is on par with the bourbon. There is a raw alcohol bite to this that I like: its like they added raw bourbon, rather than the essence of bourbon from a barrel.
Its a sipper for sure, and tastes better as it warms. Full bodied and chewy and wonderful. I guess I can see why this is sought after. Glad I was able to enjoy it. Now, the conclusion of "Innocent" by Scott Turow.
Edit: if this beer is 15% abv, it is supremely hidden. I thought it was around 8 or so. The alcohol is hardly noticeable.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2014 20:17:00 | More by SaCkErZ9
Life Is Like... from Cigar City Brewing
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