Life Is Like...
Cigar City Brewing

Life Is Like...Life Is Like...
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
4.52 | pDev: 7.74%
Mar 13, 2021
Aug 15, 2013
Life Is Like...Life Is Like...
Notes: Imperial sweet stout brewed with cherries & cacao nibs & aged in bourbon barrels.
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Reviewed by M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Glutinous coal to an oily deep black pour, with stimulating burnt umber thru lightening. The camel neckline recedes to a thin film, which is shallow to incepted lace thru passage

S: Soft acidity on ripened cherries, as sweetness builds along bourbon subtexts. Forward notes in bitter dark chocolate, caramel fudge, and cocoa beans while oak and roasted malt circumference. The coffee workings play to El Salvador with cherries and assorted red fruits, as progression links furtherance in barrel connotations: browned coconut, smoked molasses, berried milk duds to liquored nuts

T: Charred oak, rich malt, roasted grains accompany the course over vanilla milk chocolate to cherry-berry toffee. These essentials hitch sweetened espresso, then linger around mid-palate nearing aftertaste. The synopsis changes over time offering a unique network of leathered dark fruit, softened Bulls-Eyes, and licorice tire tracks. Accordingly, barrel draw is alert, wheedling annotations on maintenance, and drawing furtherance in dried lactic cranberries, withered prunes, and oaked chick o sticks

M: A medium leaning scale with slight inclination and docile carbonation, where feel semi-checks the viscosity pose thru a roast-y, meaty mainstay & tempered hop kick. The sentiment is thick, creamy, and has a velvety sweet, sticky roundness. Yet, wary of a sickly chubbiness as heat progresses in warmth

O: Softer carbonation in vintage, with more awareness near sweet dark fruit per interval. The barrel works an interwoven backbone across sensibly smooth heat, and maintains an evolving coat to the weathered sensitivities…There’s an elegance to oxidation that greets healthy convolution
Mar 13, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by cd34 from Illinois

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 4.59 by Roguer from Connecticut

Feb 04, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by ADG2995 from Missouri

Dec 16, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 09, 2018
Rated: 4.11 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Nov 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a jet black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has good retention and reduces to a ring around the edge

S- dark chocolate and bourbon soaked cherries, reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries, followed by notes of vanilla cream, brownie crust, charred malt, molasses & brown sugar. Bourbon barrel undertones adds light coconut and caramel

T- sweet booze soaked cherry and chocolate, like a liquid chocolate covered cherry. Mid-palate brings out notes of sweet vanilla whipping cream, caramel, molasses, fig, brownie batter and dried cranberries. The finish brings out just enough barrel to pop through, adding light oak, bourbon & coconut notes, lingers of cherry and chocolate

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a velvety viscous finish

O- the cherry is bold but not cloying, like drinking a cherry cordial, outstanding
Sep 17, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours out obsidian with a rather modest head; leggy with some spotty lace

Smell: Dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla with a cherry aspect; all enveloped by Bourbon

Taste; Dark chocolate, caramel and cherry tones, with Bourbon, oak and vanilla building; the finish is sweet with cherry tones that linger into the aftertaste; boozy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A powerful beer, but a little sweeter than I would prefer
Aug 23, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Aug 14, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by whitenads from Michigan

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 4.41 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

Jul 14, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Jul 14, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by Stevem68 from Ohio

Jun 14, 2018
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Reviewed by jcflorian from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours deep black with reddish tan head.
Faintly get the cherry and def get the barrel.
I get chocolate up front , with bourbon cherry coming in later. Lingering cherry aftertaste
Mouthfeel is rock solid , very creamy.
Overall this is very good beer. Highly recommended
May 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Stark black with a dense mocha foam that settles to a moderate blanket.

Smell is very forward of charred oak and bourbon, yet without the expected stinging heat, providing plenty of dark fruits, cherry and molasses. Coconut, mapled nuts and dark roast are also present, with some effort.

Taste is chocolate syrup drizzled cherry with a persistent bourbon presence, which, again, is surprisingly absent of heat. There is quite a bit of molasses and prune in the swallow. In fairly short order, it actually very much reminds us of a wine barrel aged Dark Lord, between the mix of dark fruits, stickiness, sweetness, and barrel presence, however it's a bit too heavy leaning towards the dark fruits.

The moderate body has a crisp but soft fizz before it finishes tingly and sticky.
May 10, 2018
Rated: 4.58 by robertm2152 from Illinois

May 09, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by 22Blue from Kansas

May 04, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Pbarg from Florida

May 03, 2018
Rated: 4.4 by Felgenlager from Illinois

May 03, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by Beer21 from Florida

May 02, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by That_Bearded_Guy from California

Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Apr 26, 2018
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Rated by donovansill from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Really sweet.....but in a good way.
Apr 17, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by RichH55 from Illinois

Apr 15, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by acurtis from New Jersey

Apr 09, 2018
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Reviewed by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml with Lisa at home into El Cat tulips. Good not great. Will lay this down for another year to see if the cherries fade more, they don't add much but also aren't bad. Thought I would this one more..
Apr 09, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Apr 08, 2018
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Rated by rabbott2 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
b2 drank on 3/31/2018. overall really well done. great combination of barrel, chocolate, toffee, tart cherry. Should age nicely too
Apr 03, 2018
Rated: 4.85 by mikesobi from Florida

Mar 27, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by Steban from North Carolina

Mar 27, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by Hopsiam14 from Minnesota

Mar 23, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by DanGeo from Michigan

Mar 17, 2018
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This taste more if tart cherries instead of jammy cherry preserves. The bourbon is almost not present on the taste. But it is typical ccb, pitch black, thick and smooth.
Mar 08, 2018
Rated: 4.68 by hjc from Wisconsin

Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 4.53 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Filabee from Michigan

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by mpwiemann from Wisconsin

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by AndrewPalmer from Minnesota

Feb 09, 2018
Life Is Like... from Cigar City Brewing
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