Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
4.4/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served on-tap in a 10-ounce snifter at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del.
A: Dark brown, near black with bright garnet highlights shone through the light. A creamy, one-finger cap of beige foams stays fixated atop the brew and leaves trace lacing on the sloped glass.
S: Sweet, smoky, herbal and piny with hints of charred wood and maple syrup.
T: Robust, creamy black malt flavor lends notes of chocolate and charred wood to the profile already complicated by sweet, dark maple syrup, smooth crystal and wheat malts. Herbal, earthy hops break the malty profile up a bit and usher in a creamy, bitter hop finish with a touch of roasted malt and lingering alcohol sting.
M: Rich, full-bodied mouthfeel with a lot of creaminess and a smooth, balanced flavor despite the alcohol pull.
O: At 10.2% ABV, Life & Limb 2 is an exceptional brew that blends the roasted, earthy qualities of a smoked porter or stout with the fruity bitterness of a DIPA. Incredibly smooth, complex and flavorful. I'm glad I got a chance to try it on-tap so I can leisurely open (or cellar) a couple bottles I managed to secure.
Serving type: on-tap
08-18-2011 17:13:37 | More by Gambrinus1184
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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
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
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
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.