Life Is Like...
Cigar City Brewing

Life Is Like...Life Is Like...
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
4.55 | pDev: 7.69%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Life Is Like...Life Is Like...
Notes: Imperial sweet stout brewed with cherries & cacao nibs & aged in bourbon barrels.
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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
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jcflorian from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Sabtos from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -14.5%
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
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
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
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -7%
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
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Rristow from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours dark black with thick dark brown head. Aroma is big time cocoa with hints of fruit. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet. Lots of chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla and cherries. Incredible sweet stout.

Jan 29, 2018
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Bottling date of 07/07/17 etched on neck of bottle. Poured into an El Catador snifter. A lot of bourbon on the nose overpowers (not in a bad way) cherries and the cacao nibs. A really nice thick mouthfeel immediately stands out on first sip. There is nothing thin about this beast. The taste is bittersweet chocolate and tart cherries up front with bourbon notes and a lot of warmth in the finish. Overall, this is a really tasty beer. A little hot as it is fresh, so if you only have one bottle I’d recommend a little age.

Jan 11, 2018
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KensWorld from Florida

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2017 El Cat 7th ed 750ml bottle 7/7/17. Collab with Mikkeller.

Pours and looks like no other stout, only CCB is able to do this. Extreamly thick and jet black. Dence Brown Head is 2 finger thick and takes some time to dissipate. Looks perfect!
Smells of dark chocolate then this ripe Cherry nose. No booze on nose, just Bourbon.

Wowzee dowzee, this is the shit! First the Hershey’s then sweet ripened Cherries, not the typical red ones you usually get, but those rare dark Cherries just picked off the tree. Finishes with this increadible caramel aftertaste with hints of Bourbon.

Everything is in place here.
Total perfection!

Jan 01, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown appearance with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice blend of bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruit. Taste is a smooth blend of bourbon, chocolate and cherry.

Dec 23, 2017
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dvdman98 from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

In comparison to the original batch the 2017 batch does not come close.

The look is pitch black but does not pour as thick and viscus as the original.

The aroma is similar to every other cigar city BA stout coming out right now . Alcohol warmth, licorice, low chocolate, slightly sweet, and now with a hint of berry. Kind of bland. Then bourbon.

Taste was mostly on par with a Raspberry Halo and not what Life is Like should be. Again alcohol warmth, licorice, low chocolate, slightly sweet, a hint of berry and tons of bourbon. Lacks that sweet edge the original had.

This beer felt thinner, warmer, more acidic than the original. This is what really stood out as a let down.

Overall very generic "Imperial Stout" with some cherry juice and in another bourbon barrel. Lacks the quality characteristics such as a full well rounded mouthfeel, distinct cherry aroma and flavor, rich chocolate, and a hint of barrel for the vanilla and not the booze.

Nov 28, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a cigar city snifter. Shared with Ryan.

Pours a deep brown body with a brown head that reduces to leave spotty and a ring of retention.

Aromas of heavy coffee and chocolate, vanilla and caramel and berries, cherries.

On the tongue is sweet milk chocolate and caramel covered cherries, finishes coffee and roasty, dark chocolate and toasted malts. More on the sweeter side, heavy body with low carbonation.

Really enjoyed this beer, a definite win for Cigar City. Subtle fruit / berry sitting on a massively delicious stout backbone.

Sep 16, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Aroma has rich malt, cherries, chocolate, raspberry, slightly tart with cacao notes. Taste is sweet with chocolate covered cherries, fruit jelly, cacao bitterness on the finish. Really well balanced and easy drinking.

Sep 11, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this with some friends at a bachelor party share. Newest batch. A solid BA stout with a lot of cherry...a little too much cherry in my opinion but that I believe was the point of this beer.

Aug 20, 2017
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jhawkvol from Tennessee

4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with almost no head. Smells really nicely of chocolate and bourbon. Typical thick CCB mouthfeel, if ever so slightly thinner and sweeter than their other stouts I've had. I would never guess this is 15% alcohol. The chocolate is there. The barrel character is nicely integrated. I thought the cherry flavor was a little medicinal and overpowering at fridge temp but seemed to come into balance as the beer warmed. At the proper temp, this was an outstanding beer!

Feb 05, 2016
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hidden alcohol at 15% is pretty damn amazing, all thick chocolate covered fruit - I was in the minority of the tasting group when I said it was a bit too sweet for me. Probably just a preference thing but this was damn good. Awesome bourbon notes throughout the aromas and taste - definitely one to savor.

Feb 03, 2016
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floridadrift from Florida

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first sip I had of this last year was at TBBW, it was little tart but because it was warm. We had it chilled a couple days ago and it was phenomenal! Holy sweet cherries and bourbon and chocolate and deliciousness! Mouth feel was perfect, the nose was crazy candy cherries and I just couldn't get enough of this beer. I understand the decadence of it now!

Aug 18, 2015
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Mangbus from Florida

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened at a share a few weeks back. One of the highlights of the night. Still smooth and rich. Hints of sweetness and cherries. Bottle was stored in a beer fridge since being purchased.

Aug 07, 2015
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NHbeerguy from New Hampshire

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours typical CCB stout. Pitch black with very little head. Very still.

S- smell is slight bourbon and cherries. I can only imagine this fresh!!

T- oh ya!! So smooth and decadent. Very light bourbon, chocolate and cherries. So amazing!!

F- for a big stout it is so smooth.

O- I can see why people love this beer. It is so smooth with great flavors.

Aug 04, 2015
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WI-Beer-Man from Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer #400
This is an amazing beer, blew away DB Hunahpu at the CCB tasting.

Much like the other CCB stouts, pours a very dark, thick pour. Lots of chocolate and the cherry flavor melds very well with the chocolate and barrel notes. One of the best beers I have had.

Jul 14, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a really really good beer, generously shared, but im not sure it deserves a perfect score. that said, our bottle had maybe a little extra age on it, and therefore had a hint of oldness to it, but it was amazing nevertheless. the cherry part is really really dominant, authentic and sweet, which the chocolate provides some balancing bitterness and the bourbon brings it all together in a sweet vanilla laden finish. had i known it was this strong while i was drinking it, i may have paced myself a little better, which shows how well hidden this 15% abv is. you dont notice it at all. i love the dynamic between the cocoa and the fruit, and although it falls short of the stated goal of replicating biting into a chocolate from the box, i still think the overall project is a highly successful one. i get hints of licorice in the dark grain base, and even a spot of black tea for a moment. if it tasted more like a cherry cordial candy, it might have drank a little slower, but it seemed so much more organic and earthy than an artificial red waxy cherry thing with crappy booze inside. dark chocolate and wood, caramelized sugar and fresh cherry, even cola notes, its just really unique and well done. as a mikkeller fanboy, its cool to try this on another level as well, his collaborations are all so awesome. thanks as always to drlovemd87 for unearthing this rarity for our pleasure!!!

May 13, 2015
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AndyEdgar from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kind of disappointed. Got olive juice and briney notes out of this. Not sure on how it was stored, so would like to try another to see if it lives up to the hype on the second go-round

Mar 28, 2015
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Drift from California

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very awesome stout. Tastes like Chocolate Covered Caramel Cherries. Its the best way to describe it for me. I had very little hope at first with this beer, but it is def an awesome stout.

Mild Carb. It pours our like motor oil, thick and lucious. I can only say I wish I had more of this tasty brew.

The color is pretty dark and a light brown head.

Mar 13, 2015
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d5001986 from Wisconsin

4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Darkness Goblet.
Enjoyed for my 29th birthday.

Pours a rich inky black with small mocha head. I don't get a lot on the nose, booze and a little cherry. Flavor is very rich but balanced. Smokey and chocolatey, with the cherry and bourbon on the more subtle side. This is a 'sweet' stout, but it's not disgustingly sweet as many tend to be. I'm actually amazed at how this drinks, it goes down far too easy for a 15% abv. Body is heavy and a little sticky, about as smooth as a beer can get. Overall meets the hype and a privelage to enjoy.

Mar 01, 2015
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