Life Is Like... - Cigar City Brewing

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

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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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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 598
Photo of kpanter
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark in color with a light brown head which fades quickly

S - wonderful bourbon and chocolate aromas. as it warmed some, faint cherry smell came through some, but not as much as I'd hoped for

T - Starts out with big chocolate notes with bourbon mixing in as well. Not as much cherry as I would have liked initially. I let this warm for a bit, and yes! There it is! The cherry starts it off, and layers in so well with the chocolate and bourbon. A tad bit of heat here, and the bourbon does kick in towards the end. But this is simply delicious, and a wonderful dessert stout.

M - perfect. but what did you expect from these 2 brewers? It's not overly thick, which I rather like in this style of stout. It has a smooth velvet-like mouthfeel.

O - Phenomenal. Another homerun from CCB & Mikkeller, and truly a great dessert beer. Definitely let this warm up, as you get much more cherry flavor. Once it warmed, this beer really impresses with the layers of flavor on both the nose and mouth. I think the brewers hit the nail on the head for what they were going for on this one. (1,084 characters)

Photo of GatorLCA
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Snagged this yesterday from the tap room. Debated on trying this so soon but I now need another to cellar

A- Pours a medium thickness , pitch black with the traditional creamy-brown head. DIssipates quickly, no crown.

S- Bourbon straight up, definitely hints of cherries and chocolate, slight vanilla. Almst concerning the little amounts of cherry scent since most flavored stouts I've encountered typically dont stack up to what Im hoping for.

T- Dear Lord, this might be a perfect dessert beer. Tons of sweet cherries and chocolate right up front. Bourbon comes in on the back end like a freight train but after the bourbon burn wears off all you can taste is chocolate cherries. Simply magnificent. You honestly could take one sip and be completely satisfied but youd be yearning for more

M- not as thick as i would like in an imperial but its nice because it coats the mouth well. It does have a slight syrupy feel afterwards or is that justnme drooling...cant tell, nor do I care.

O- Im not quite sure how to sum this one up, it really is a Cherry Cordial in liquid form. Theres plenty of Cherries for one not to be dissappointed or wonder if theres enough. I really would love to try this when it mellows out a little but I couldnt resist. Hats off to Wayne and Mikel for making this unbelievable beer. Seek this one out if you can, I'll definitely try to get some more. (1,382 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)

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Life Is Like... from Cigar City Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.