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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1405
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head collaboration brew.

(Beer added by: mjl21 on 11-14-2009)
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a DFH snifter. The pour is very dark and mahogany in color with ruby red highlights. It boasts a really nicely-formed foamy off-white head. Good retention, as expected from a bottle-conditioned beer. The nose is rich and malty, like a Scottish Ale or English Barleywine, with bread and toffee aromas. I get some faint oaky notes as well.

Medium-full body with a creamy, velvety feel and a really malt-forward flavor. Loads of toffee and treacle flavors up front give way to some vanilla and sarsaparilla at mid-palate. No real hop presence here, it's all about the malt. The birch lends a delightful earthy, toasty, almost smokey undertone to the flavors, especially in the back of the mouth. Slightly warm on the finish, but does not betray its ABV at all. Really sweet all-around, but not cloying. Terrific sipper on a cold winter day.

I had this beer at a tasting a couple years ago and was really impressed by it. I bought a bottle, stashed it in the cellar, and forgot about it ... until today. I'm glad I waited, as I think I have developed more of an appreciation for clean, malty flavors since then. This is a delightful beer and I hope DFH will brew it again someday so others can try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:18:35 | More by deadonhisfeet
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BierJager89

California

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a light brown head.

S: A hint of bourbon, a touch of alcohol, molasses, and maple in a somewhat weak nose.

T: Notes of maple, and roasted malt with strong molasses on the tail end.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: Really drinks more like a stout than a barleywine, which, I guess, is why they use the useless term "American Strong Ale" to describe it. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:38:46 | More by BierJager89
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE. 2012 vintage.

Pours dark brown, with a one inch head and not much lacing.

Aromas include brown sugar, caramel, toasted bread, and maple syrup.

The flavor is similar, with some added stuff. The maple syrup aspect is nice- it's sweet, but earthy, so it doesn't get cloying. Some mild grassy hop bitterness is there too, as well as oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel. A very malty delicious beer.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable for the ABV.

Awesome collab here, wouldn't expect anything less from these titans of brewing excellence.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 17:29:00 | More by GreesyFizeek
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had been holding onto this bottle for over two years so I figured it was time to drink it. I bought this when DFH was not distributing to Wisconsin but now that they are back, I don't feel quite the urge to hoard everything they are involved with.

It wasn't as good as I hoped but it was still delicious and very unique. The maple syrup is definitely noticeable and became more prevalent as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy and the more I drank, the more I started to like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 03:14:24 | More by mjpolzin
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger tan head with excellent lacing and retention on an dark, deep amber body. Aroma is excellent with dark chocolate, brown sugar, toasted malts, earthy hops and semisweet dark fruit. I was a little timid trying this one expecting it to be very boozy but it wasn't at all. Flavors more on the dark fruit and sour fruit side up front with bitter citrus into the finish on a base of chocolate and caramel toasted malts in the background. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. Nicely smooth for the style. Very nice beer. Deceptively boozy. Good to share.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 01:25:24 | More by kylehay2004
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Life & Limb 2...Im thinking this is 2011 vintage pours a dark brown color with an ample small-bubbled tan head. Modest lace and great retention.

Nose is smooth Tootsie Roll chocolaty-ness with some well integrated light fruit.

Taste is fantastic, everything flows so well and the alcohol is harmonized. Aged very well...though I only had Life & Limb 1 semi-fresh - never #2. Nutty and fruity but oh so smooth and the syrups play nicely with everything. Im loving this, I wish I would have bought more.

Here is my original review of Life and Limb 1. Batch 2 aged was soooo much better (orig score of 3.45):

24 oz bottle of the 2010 vintage pours a near-black color with a lively cap of tan head. Retention just ok, as is the lacing.

Nose is rich and fruity. Caramel malt with only mild suggestions of chocolate and roast. Plenty of alcohol and the nose is quite pleasant.

Huge licorice notes with lighter berry-like fruits...strawberries and maybe even cranberries. A lot going on here and is still a bit hot, could probably benefit from another year or two. Still a decent hop bite. Medium sweetness (molasses perhaps?) and the mouthfeel is pretty rich. Interesting brew, although I am getting a bit too much on the licorice-alcohol combo, they seem to accentuate each other.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:12:17 | More by twiggamortis420
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch one from the national release (I believe), Bottle number 9 28622013; Sampled April 2012
A soft pour into my lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, pale brown tinged, dark tan / amber colored head. The beer is a concentrated, darkened amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of nutty toasted malt, pomegranate syrup, thick caramelized malt, touches of cola or perhaps root / bark soda, hints of woodiness towards the finish and even some evident oxidation towards the end. There really is an interesting spicy character here that I would guess is contributed by the birch / maple syrups that were used in this beer; these are almost minty, sort of woody, a bit like Christmas spices and enhancing a fruitiness.

The beer is sweet tasting, with lots of caramelized malt flavors, a significant toasted character that doesn’t quite get to roasted. Fairly thick bodied, definitely a chewy beer, but retains a fair amount of drinkability for a beer of this strength; the perceived bitterness is fairly low which seems to make this drink a bit smoother as well. There is a bit of warmth, not quite heat, from the alcohol here that boosts the spiciness of the flavor. A touch of woody like, almost astringency is also found towards the finish. There is almost a touch of a cocoa note in the flavor, though it is quite fleeting and subtle and flirts with coffee like notes at times. There are lots of brown sugar roasted brown bread like flavors here that combine well with the soft maple and birch like notes; the maple and birch are not so noticeable that I would have been able to identify them blind, but definitely contribute to the flavor profile of this beer.

The beer has definitely gotten a bit on the overcarbonated beer (at least from what was intended), but it is not excessively so and this has likely dried out the beer a bit more than it otherwise would have been. I am a bit surprised that I have had this beer since 2009, it is certainly holding up well, even if a touch of oxidation is becoming noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:29:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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Samuel906

California

3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was not my beer. Made by two of my favorite breweries, DFH and Sierra Nevada, this didn't really come through for me. The color surprised me first of all, and was not a bad thing, but was much darker than I was expecting. Dark with bronze highlights when held to light and moderate wet head. Smell has lots of maple, brown sugar, and some malt, but is muddy and indistinct. Taste is the same... lots of the same flavors but nothing really stands out and it becomes just a sweet blur. Feel is smooth, a little sticky.. Definitely not my favorite from these two, and there are many other better American Strong Ale choices like Brown Shugga' and Deliverance.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 06:32:42 | More by Samuel906
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Joseph Belgian bier chalice shaped similar to a brandy snifter.

Pours a nice two finger white/light brown head. Color is dark, light doesn't go through. Head falls into a thin layer on top. Leaves a lacing around the side of the glass, but doesn't stick to the side at first, follows the beer down the side until half way down.

Smell is slightly woody with sweet thick malty and slightly chocolatey flavors.

Taste is woody barrel flavors and sweet dark malts. Hints of Bourbon flavors are smaller, but well balanced into the sweet malts of the beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-full bodied.

Overall, a very good sweet beer with a little barrel flavor that is highly drinkable. I did not even notice the beer was 10.2% from drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 07:57:56 | More by Erdinger2003
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blind beer #6, thanks to Phelps. Corked and caged 750 with all visible markings obscured. Tossed the cork without looking in case there are marks further down.

A-Pour is a ruby to dark brown, rather deep in color with a frothy tan head with some reddish tinge and huge lacing. Barleywine? 4.25

S-Dark fruit, cherry notes, rich malt base, a hint of booziness, very appealing. 4.25 Yeah, barleywine I think. No barrel qualities apparent.

T-Tasty beverage indeed. Rich malt, sweet raisins, some plum notes, quite delicious. 4.25

M-Nicely rich, a bit heavy but not overly so. 4

O-I like this one quite a bit. Delicious, rich, a bit sweet but not overdone, very flavorful. 4.25

Pretty sure this is a straight up barleywine but let's see:

Life and Limb, the SN/DFH Collab. Nice. I think time has been kind to this one . Better mouthfeel than I recall. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 23:53:17 | More by sholland119
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 6/29/2011. Pours fairly clear extremely dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, wood, chocolate, maple, clove, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt notes with well balanced wood notes. Taste of raisin, toast, toffee, chocolate, dark bread, wood, maple, molasses, light clove, roasted malt, slight char, and roasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toffee, toast, raisin, chocolate, maple, molasses, dark bread, roasted malt, light clove, slight char, and earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of malt flavors with wood notes; with light hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale! Great balance and complexity of malt flavor and wood aging; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:55:48 | More by superspak
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful dark brown pour with 3 fingers of beige head, excellent lacing, great head retention. smells of licorice, caramel, maple, honey, vanilla, slight hint of bourbon, chocolate. an earthy bitterness up front followed by a sweet brown sugar/bourbon flavor.. notes of vanilla, chocolate, very sugary sweet.

medium body, a bit thin for the abv.. low carbonation.. a nice burn on the gums, warmth in the chest.

overall, a really nice offering. way different than the ipa they came out with this year. but still really nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 00:51:38 | More by facundoCNB
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber from Norm's Vienna and cellared awhile after release

a: poured into a wide piraat snifter, life n’ limb is a deep mahogany brown in color, floating a dark khaki head that quickly falls back to only a thin ring

s: huge sweet malt nose - dark brown sugars, genuine maple syrup, spicy-sweet alcohol, lots of earthy, natural sweet aromas, raisin and date, wet cured tobacco, a earthy root spice that’s presumably birch, gentle touches of bitter chocolate, the sugars and alcohol give something of an apertif effect, moderate resinous pine hop aroma buried within, quite nice

m: carbonated to a light-moderate level, with a medium-full body and some sugary weight, smooth and picking up some creaminess after sitting for awhile

t: very rich on the tongue - loaded with heavy, dark malt sugars, date, sweet maple syrup, highly sweet, a moderate pine hop presence puts a small dent in the malts - adding a nice bitterness to the finish, some boozy fumes in the back of the throat - can feel the strength on this one, dark sweet breads, drying a touch after the swallow to leave woody roots, dark fruit leather, and toasted malts to linger

o: lots of alcoholic effect, dig the malty sugar flavors but it wears after awhile, the maple and birch add some interesting effect - nice overall, huge and somewhat complex but not fully capitalized, was far too hyped at the time

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 02:16:41 | More by blackie
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Life & Limb #2, 750ml corked and caged bottle. If I'm reading the bottle code right, it's from 11 July 2011. It got lost in my cellar for a while; somehow I thought it was a one-time thing. Not really sure what to expect from this beer, and with the ambiguous style, I'll be reviewing it on base merit.

Pours very dark, essentially black in the middle of the glass. Coffee brown at the edges. One and a half fingers of medium tan head. Decent retention, fine lacing.

Smell is unique, and quite nice, though it fades out rather quickly. Deep sweet notes, almost stout-like. Sugary, but not overpoweringly so. It's like a light, mildly roasty stout with maple syrup on top. Intriguing.

Taste doesn't do it for me. Some of that is oxidation, but I'm having trouble finding much behind that to like. Woody, flat, with a touch of sweetness. But mostly an overpowering, flat, mid-level bitterness with a slight medicinal edge.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-heavy body, kinda syrupy, with medium-low carbonation. Small bubbles, fizzing up. Lasts, well, a little longer than I'd like, with that long-lived bitterness.

There are pieces of this beer that I like. But there's more that I don't like. The taste is lacking, and that really defines the whole beer. The smell promised sweetness and depth, but the taste didn't deliver. After a glass, I'm finding the strength surprising. I'll give it that - the alcohol is quite well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 02:36:50 | More by zeledonia
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into an oversized snifter. This was stored in proper cellar conditions for about a year and a half.

A: Pours a deep, opaque brown. One finger of tan head displays good retention. Spotty, broken lacing.

S: Light earthy notes. Subtle pine, earth, and wood. Rum soaked raisins and golden raisins. Sugary scents of molasses, toffee, cocoa, and maple syrup. Brown bread. Berry esters and a subtle warmth of alcohol that tickles as it enters the nostrils. Deep and nuanced on the nose.

T: Opens with tastes of molasses and bread crust. Sweet throughout. Cocoa, milk chocolate, maple syrup, and cream soda. A mellowed hop bitterness with mild suggestions of earth, dried leaves, and pine provides nice balance to the sweetness. Tight berry esters add a whisper of complexity. Long, lasting finish showcases the birch and maple syrups in tandem along with notes of bark and brown cocoa.

M: Thick in body, but not sludgy or weighty. Very creamy and silky-smooth. Velvety, even. Low carbonation. Barely even a tingle of warmth is felt despite the high abv. Very well-rounded.

O: Time has done this beer right. The hops have mellowed out, allowing the two syrups to really come forward and shine. I particularly enjoyed the birch syrup and the cream soda impression that it imparts. The body has smoothed out and developed a nice creamy and luscious texture. A decadent after-dinner beer that can be paired with an array of desserts. Maybe a pecan tart or simply a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I wish one of these breweries would re-visit this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 06:13:57 | More by ryan1788a5
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm really not sure if it's this cellered brew or my tongue that's evolved so much over the last 15 months,, perhaps it's both ?? At any rate this is a pretty amazing, well balanced, American Strong Ale. Very easy on the eyes, the nose, and the pallate I AM LOVING THIS on this 28° morning (following a Founders Breakfast Stout). I bought a case of this 4 months after getting into "real" craft beer and had alot of trepidation after trying it in October 2011, but after 15 months of 47° cellering I fumble stucked into what I believe is a great cellered American Strong Ale. Cheers and don't hate me cause I'm a RedNeck.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 15:53:37 | More by RedneckBeerz
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a bottle cellared for well over a year.

Pours a deep, dark ruby, so dark that it looks black at first. Voluptuous head, but lace is erratic.

Nose is malty, sweet, and boozy.

This heavy-bodied, thick and malty ale rushes the palate first with odd sweetness, evidently the maple and birch syrup infusions. It's an unusual and smooth taste, and definitely pleasing. The sweetness continues until a fruity, nutty character follows and brings up the finish. A sipper, to be sure, as the 10.2% sneaks up on you.

Overall, a unique, quirky, and strong ale, perhaps not up to the par of Sierra or Dogfish's finest individual works, but certainly a tasty and worthwhile experiment.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 13:32:29 | More by secondtooth
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rev3rb

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Line Up Front: I had this bottle aged almost 2 years. It's really mellowed out and honestly better than I remembered it. I'll be finding some more of these (if I can) and aging a couple more.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with creamy head and sticky lacing around the glass. A thing of beauty.

Smell: Wonderful dark fruits (dates and raisins) and very boozy. Quite inviting.

Taste: Very malty with the hops balancing out the sweetness. Dark fruits and dark bread very predominant.

Mouthfeel: It has a heavier body and thicker on the palate. It leaves a thick coating on the mouth and as a result a lingering aftertaste. Carbonation is nice and doesn't take away from the beer.

Overall: A very heady, strong, delightful beer. Taste buds be warned. This is not a beer for the weak or faint of heart. A wonderful American Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:21:09 | More by rev3rb
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Number 2. Bottle is just about a year old at this point.

Had this fresh on tap, I remember liking it, but not ordering another.

First off, really cool label. Moving on...

A - poured into a snifter, dark brown almost a ruby red. Pour produces a 3/4 inch tan head, reduces rather quickly to a crown that retains for the balance. Moderate lacing as it goes down

S - smells of dark ripe fruit, the maple from the syrup is thinly present,some booze, some barrel-y notes here and there. Reminds me of an old ale.

T - the dark fruit comes through from the nose, dark brown sugar, maple syrup, some boozy heat, the alcohol still shows through quite a bit, not necessarily in a bad way though. Quick punch of the richer flavor gives way to some light hop bitterness. Finish is a bit funky, but again, not necessarily In a bad way, but not sure if I'm a huge fan of the finish. Overall though, quite tasty. Improves a little as it warms.

M - just on the thin side of medium. Low carbonation, fits it well, could even stand a little more. Nice.

O - I like this beer with the year in it. Flavor profile is nice. I can't really recall my fresh taste of this beer enough to compare, but I am really enjoying this, which I don't particularly recall when fresh. My bottle shop just brought out a case of this for the holidays, I'm going to go back and grab a couple more to see how some more age treats this. I have the feeling it will only improve.

Gave it a 4.25 overall, even though most of the components are 4s, just something about this that I really like.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 01:41:45 | More by Beerandboards
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle served slightly chilled intoa goblet.

Life and Limb is a dark brown color with good clarity. The head is short and settles fairly quickly with no lacing.

Aroma is sweet and slightly boozy like something aged in a rum barrel.

Flavor is also sweet but it's balanced. It has elements of raisins, vanilla, maple, and mild roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has likely mellowed in the cellar and it is now a balanced, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 03:07:39 | More by GilGarp
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very cold from the bottle. Very dark, porter-esque appearance to the beer. Creamy, slightly brown-hued head. The nose was very complex and slightly sweet. The beer itself was not as sweet tasting as the nose led to believe, but was definitely more sweet than bitter. The beer was made with maple and birch syrup, but neither were very dominant in the taste. Overall a very complex-tasting, balanced, interesting beer.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 02:12:00 | More by NilocRellim
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ngeunit1

California

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, maple syrup, birch, some brown sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Through the middle, maple syrup comes through with some birch and molasses. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, maple, dark fruits, birch, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great complexity with a great balance. The maple syrup is a really nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 06:54:43 | More by ngeunit1
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kaseydad

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Batch 1

In the cellar since bought and 3 years later...away we go.

Pours a rather clear flat cola colored brew with a nice one finger beige head. Ring around the glass the entire session. Impressed with the look after hearing reports this may have fallen off.

The aroma is consistent with a barley wine. Sweet malt, maple syrup, brown sugar, leather, root beer, rubber and alcohol. A lot going on here and impressed, I am.

The taste still has the alcohol burn after all these years. My tongue almost gets numb from the carbonation and still present heat. Tummy is warm as well. The flavor is almost a hybrid between a strong ale and a barleywine. The molasses definitely kicks in followed with light char, espresso, maple and more molasses. Slight medicinal presence as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty full with bubbles on each and every sip.

Overall I am very impressed with how this ages. Not sure what it tastes like fresh, since they were all gobbled up upon release, but this is a very well done beer. The use of molasses brings a nice element to this style and in my eyes this collaboration worked well. The alcohol presence is still strong 3 years later which was a nice surprise considering the aging process. I could see maybe aging this a few months more, but the one I consumed was perfect for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 21:08:32 | More by kaseydad
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life and Limb

Appearance: This highly sought after collaboration pours a dark brown, akin to maple syrup (what a coincidence, huh?). It has a very creamy looking, light tan head three-fingers thick that takes what seems an eternity to work its way down the glass to the point of drinkability. The bubbles are of all different sizes, but the top is so satin smooth that it looks like a root beer float. There is all kinds of lacing as well. This is a very appetizing looking beer that really just screams “dessert” right from the get-go.

Aroma: Lots of chocolatey sweetness mingles with maple syrup throughout the nose. There are almost no hops at all. This seems like it is going to be a malt-bomb, but a delicious one at that. Lots of alcohol is smattered throughout the nose as well. Honestly this smells Hopefully the maple syrup comes through, as this reviewer has never really experienced a good maple syrup beer.

Taste: Syrup is the only word to describe this. Maple slaps the tongue repeatedly, accompanied by vanilla, dark and roasty malts and general malty sweetness. Alcohol is also present in the taste, but it is not unpleasant. This tastes like a liquored up version of Founders Old Curmudgeon, but with that signature Dogfish malt taste that we all know and love. That strange cola aroma comes through in the taste as well, but it is actually surprisingly complementary to the rest of the beer. This is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick, viscous, sticky, everything you would expect from a beer made with syrup as a primary ingredient. Perhaps it is transference, but the minor carbonation (which is natural and expected to be minimal) gives a certain credence to the cola characteristics. There is also a warming from the alcohol, which is always welcome in a beer this style. Overall, the mouthfeel does a great job of benefitting the taste.

Overall: This old ale tastes more like a huge barleywine. Even with it’s enormous taste profile, it is strangely drinkable. I do not really feel Sierra Nevada’s presence in this beer, but Dogfish’s propensity to brew with maple syrup (thanks to the Calagione family) and their willingness to branch out (ha, pun not intended) is felt throughout the beer. This is a very impressive offering, and I would love to have this available all the time. It is truly a shame that this is a one-time thing. 18.5/20

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:34:10 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cellar temp in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours a dark chocolate brown with a massive light cocoa head, fades to leave a good amount of lacing

S - aroma is malty up front, fairly sweet, almost cola-like with the combination of different syrups

T - sweet and malty, very similar to the nose. Oak comes through in the end, very nice tasting

M - medium bodied, not much carbonation, no alcohol burn, hides the 10% quite well

O - I had this one sitting in my cellar for some time, I'm glad I let it mellow a bit. Nice collaboration between SN and DFH, definitely one worth trying

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:12:21 | More by ncketchum
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