Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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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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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.
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