Life Is Like... | Cigar City Brewing

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

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial sweet stout brewed with cherries & cacao nibs & aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by MatthewPlus on 08-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Last bottle in town. Yay! Pours deep dark black with a small dark brown head. Aroma of fudge, fudge, fudge, some light licorice, vanilla. Smells so freakin’ rich. No cherry to start on the nose. Thick rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Flavor is sweet rich chocolate, tart cherry, vanilla, and finishing with a fudge bourbon left on the palate. Just a hint of alcohol burn. Not as much barrel as I was hoping. Definite dessert beer...guess I should have opened with a friend. Oh well. Not sure if I dig the cherry, as it adds an over the top sweet to this. Something to be enjoyed in smaller quantities. Gonna be a long night. 2 days later: only had a small glass fist night then let this sit in the fridge with a wine stopper for a couple days. Came back to it and while still crazy sweet, seems less so this time and a little creamier with lower carb. Still not keen on the cherry but a slight uptick and more vanilla today.

Yeah I'm just that guy that doesn't dig this. Wish I would have traded it for the crazy crap people offered up on the trade forums.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Life Is Like... from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 742 ratings