Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.48/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark ruby red brown color with big ruby highlights and a large light tan head that retains pretty well leaving nice lacing.
Nose is pretty damn boring to be honest. Thin caramely malt with some slight spice presence and candi sugar-like sweetness. All fairly muted though.
Hmmm. Really not incredibly excited about this one. Deep sugary malt profile, hops are significant enough to notice, but do not take a leading role in the profile, aside from some decent bitterness on the finish. Adjunct sugars do make an appearance in this one, which makes for an interesting sweetness, rather than just the usual malt goo. Sort of a belgian noel-like brew. Syrup and slight spice linger on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel seems thinner than expected, but a nice viscous milkiness rolls around about half way through and balances it out.
Drinkability is ok, but nothing special. Still a bit hot, but hopefully that will knock out with some age. A sweet enough beer that this one is not for mass consumption.
Overall, this is an ok beer, which, unfortunately, is kind of what i expected out of these two giant craft monsters. I'm sure others will love it, and i don't mean to trash either brewery, as i am a big fan of some of their offerings, but i just think they could have done better with this one. Certainly worth a try, but the price tag is pretty monsterous, despite the high abv. We'll see how it does with some age, hopefully it works wonders, but until i see how these do with at least a year on them, i won't be excited to open another.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2009 01:47:26 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.01/5 rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
750ml bottle, Batch 2 (from 2011), poured into a Cantillon taster 7/7/2014.
A- Dark mahogany body with a half finger white head with limited retention. No lacing.
S- Smells interesting. A bit of cardboard, a bit of dark fruit, and a predominant sweet sugary maple syrup-like scent. This has clearly oxidized over the last 3 years, and while it still smells interesting, I am sure that it did not improve much, if at all.
F- Maple syrup, candi sugar, caramel, toffee. This has the elements of a generic strong ale with a distinct syrup character. There is some oxidation that detracts from it, though.
M- Medium body but with a sticky syrupy consistency on the finish; lower in carbonation, a bit difficult to drink given the strong oxidation that has taken place over the last 3 years despite being cellared properly in a wine fridge.
O- If you are still sitting on bottles of this, I would crack them open and see if it's come to a place where you like it. I don't think this has done very well with age on it.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 03:00:09 | More by Stevedore
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.