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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,479 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 143
Gots: 484 | FT: 12
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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Reviews by Jules11788:
Photo of Jules11788
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brownish/black color that lets only a small reddish hue shine through when held to the light. Initial pour yields a fat 3 to 4 finger-width head; very sticky lacing; retains a solid pinky-width head that lasts through the whole glass.

S: Oak, vanilla, raisins, a little hint of maple, and a lot of sweet-smelling earthiness.

T: A lot like the nose - Oak, raisin, earthy notes, a little vanilla, and Belgian yeast. This tastes a little like a Belgian strong dark ale, but maybe that's just me.

M: Medium viscosity, medium carbonation. I wish this was a little thicker and smoother, with less sharpness on the tongue.

O: This is a very delicious beer, one that will age beautifully. It's a little sharp and thin right now, but with some time I think that will mellow out a lot.

Jules11788, Aug 04, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obviously much anticipated,I am glad to grab a few bottles before they are gobbled up here in my area.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep dark brown with some deep reddish colored hue when held to the light,a large clingy off white head atop.A mix of a whole lot of good stuff going on in the nose,winter spice,molasses,roast,and resiny hop comes through.Flavors are quite sweet at the onset with mollases and spice,some leather and dark fruit also show up,then a deep resiny hop flavor comes and really finishes this beer out as good as you can.Big chewey and mouth coating,you cant ask for a much better mouthfeel.Man I really like this beer,many times a anticipated beer doesnt live up to the hype,this does.

oberon, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, dark brown color with a light brown head.

From a distance it smells a little like cheap beer with corn adjuncts. Other than that there are some more pleasant notes; light maple, brown sugar, all spice, tree bark, and no hops to speak of.

Taste mimicks the nose for the most part. It tastes like an imperial brown ale to me. The body is too thin and a little watery, alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, I expected a lot more richness and complexity from these two great breweries. I think this could improve drastically in a few years but right now it's a pass.

brownbeer, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of poibag808
3/5  rDev -25.4%

poibag808, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -0.5%

ricksrealm, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of tuckevalastin
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle.

A: A beautiful dark mahogany, almost black with a nice head.

S: Very light smell. Sweet with a hint of spice and not much in the way of hops.

T: Suprisingly, there is no strong taste but it all works. There is a clear woody note with a caramel and fruit mix behind it. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M: SMOOTH. This beer is definetly a smooth one. There is a ever so slight burn but this beer is incredibly drinkable.

I can't comment on the value of this beer because I had to pay considerably more than shelf price for mine. I will say it's a nice beer and one worth trying... just ashame it's not available like your average 6 pack.

tuckevalastin, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown with garnet highlights. Light tan head and spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet dark malts upfront. Crisp with dark fruit accents. Lots of syrup tones that bring herbal and earthy accents.

First sip brings crisp dark malts moving into herbal and earthy tones. Syrup is bold and weaves in well with maple tones and a bit of fruitiness throughout. Not overly sweet and it goes down well. A tasty strong ale.

Medium body overall with a creamy and smooth texture. Goes down pretty darn easy for the ABV. Overall this was a good collaboration and a tasty brew.

orbitalr0x, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown color with red highlights. Thick tan head that retained well.

Chocolate malt aroma, sweet maple syrup. Also kind of a root beer aroma.

Chocolate taste. Maple syrup. Birch beer. Wow! Little bit of late hops.

Very smooth and tasty. Alcohol not detectable. Complex and interesting.

lordofthewiens, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -0.5%

DaftPatrick, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -0.5%

warnerry, May 25, 2014
Photo of bishopdc0
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a tap take over event at Novare Res for dogfish.
Shared with my wife.

The beer is served in a nice tulip, dark brow with a thin whisp of head a good color not expected especially for a Belgian dark which tend to just look like a brown.

The aroma is toasted slight with malt mid roast range hints of earth hops almost a woody aroma as if it was barrel age nice.

The taste as my wife would say is like candy sweet malt start and carbonation fills the mouth. The taste of the malts dry and leave a belgian yeast at the end.

bishopdc0, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

SmellsofMahagony, May 16, 2013
Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Britton, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of steveja57
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Definitely a sipping winter warmer sort of brew. Pours nearly black, light tan head that dissipated quickly. On the nose it was nice and roasty, caramel, baking spices. The body was somewhat light like a stout, it hid it's 10% alcohol well. I noticed the spruce much more than the maple. The flavor profile reminded me much more of a Sierra beer than a Dogfish. Makes me wonder what sort of beer one might brew from the yeast in the bottom of the bottle

steveja57, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of iemailjack
5/5  rDev +24.4%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -0.5%

megamass, May 18, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$11.99 for the 24 ounce bomber @ DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Nice label artwork, but sadly no freshness/vintage info, even on a brew that's label speaks about "encouraging aging" oh well, another opportunity lost. This beauty pours darkest of browns, under a stocky dark khaki/mocha head, that stays and stays. Leaving gobs of sheeting and modern art lacing. The sniff reveals bountiful aromas of raisins, maple and dark malts. Full flavor sipper, notes of more raisins, ample maple (w/o being too sweet somehow) and again more lucious dark malts. Yummy creation, 10% well hidden...can you say Christmas dinner dessert beer/night capper. I hope to be able to get at least a few more bottles of this one ASAP

Billolick, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours dark brown with a white head. The aroma is malty, with lots of caramel malt. The flavor is malt along with dark fruits including cherries. You also get a maple flavor that is very nice. The beer has a big alcohol warming affect but the alcohol is not that present in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.

I have a couple of these put away and will be anxious to see how they age.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev -0.5%

sm0key, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, but not quite black. Nose is chocolatey, with a bit of wood, vanilla, maybe a bit of cherry, and I definitely pick up alcohol. Really wasn't impressed by the nose. Just more boozy than anything else. Taste is very chocolate forward. I also catch a bit of fruit, vanilla, some roasts, lots of wood, and also quite a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very nice. Creamy with mild carbonation. Lots of wood on my tongue that lingers on and on. Overall this was good, but not to where my expectations had it. I have one more bottle, and I'm hoping to find at least one more now that I'm looking for it (I just stumbled on 2 bottles today without looking for it.) Really hoping that I will enjoy this more with a bit of age on it. Lots of potential here.

Edit: MUCH better with age. Just opened my 2nd and last bottle about 2 weeks ago and it was fantastic. Age this beer!

1Adam12, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Mattco
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Mattco, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of brewerdrew
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a nice Dark Brown with Ruby Red notes. Very little head that dissipated fast.

Surprisingly, very non-discript flavor with out too much body or flavor.

As a whole, underwhelmed.

This beer will probably be better with Age.

If this wasn't a collaboration between SN/DFH, my guess is the ratings would be alot lower. Just goes to show what hype and the Sam Caligione marketing machine can do.

brewerdrew, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. 2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with long sustained head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Fruity (plum, cherry), caramelly, spicy and (above all) boozy.

Taste: Sweet malt base of caramel, plum, cherry and syrup. Finish has some light spiciness from the hops and a mild pine-like character. This is not as strong tasting as expected.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, syrupy yet thin body. Very warming.

Overall: Boozy but mild - not the greatest combination. However, it tastes quite good and is a nice sipper. Glad I tried, but probably not worth it.

bsp77, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm, intrigued by the label listing some ingredients. Was hoping for a hoppy, SN offering, but this is not looking so good. Poured murky brown with a fluffy off-white head. Okay lacing. Strange nose. Can really smell the maple syrup and roasted malt. There is a smell in there I just can't describe. Like a molasses/tree bark/wet leaves/cocoa powder mess. Its not pleasant, but interesting. Taste was okay. Coffee, cocoa, maple syrup and the birch as advertised. Reminiscent of the Sam Adams Root Beer from that 1700's/Presidential series. Except the Root Beer is blended with a nice porter. It could have used more hops, because this just felt flat in mouthfeel and taste.

magictrokini, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of NilocRellim
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.

NilocRellim, Nov 19, 2012
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Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.