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

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Ratings: 732 |  Reviews: 68
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight dark fruit, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between the base beer and the barrel aged aspect.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
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!!!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as black as it can be with a thin brown head on top. The smell of the beer has some chocolaty notes with some bourbon and cherry notes. The taste of the beer reflects the smell fairly well, I felt like the cherry is a bit hidden though. The feel of the beer is full bodied with an oily feel. Overall this beer is very good.

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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4.44/5  rDev -2%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared by Richard - thanks.

A: Pours black and nearly still with a few bubbles struggling to the surface and racing to the rim without a trace of lace.

N: Dark cherries, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate/cocoa.

T: Yeah, you dip the cherries in the bourbon and wrap it up in a layer of dark chocolate.

M: Moderate body and very light carbonation. Finishes decadently smooth, thick, luscious.

O: Deeply satisfying, hidden ABV but it is there nonetheless. Prepare to dream dreams.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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Life Is Like... from Cigar City Brewing
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