Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
4.18/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I picked this beer up at the Kirkwood Spec's at LeRoy's mention that it was a new one. I surely haven't tried it, so let's give it a go:
Appearance: Pours as dark as a Stout with 2" of thick tan foam perched on top, and looks like it has turned to stone and will be there forever now...like I will be chiseling it off the glass later. You can see that there are numerous bubbles rising on the edge of the glass. There is some pretty decent lacing left on the glass after drinking and the head fades some finally.
Aroma: I didn't get too much in the initial sniff through the foam except for some dark fruits and a little bit of caramel, so far reminding me of a Belgian Strong Dark. I don't really get the syrups that they tout on the bottle, but instead the additions of the dark malts are ruling this beer. The alcohol is adding a bit of spice as the beer warms up some.
Taste: The flavor follows the nose pretty well. It is predominantly malty with evident sweetness and some dark fruit notes from the dark malts. The syrups are giving it a black liquorice quality that I am sure would turn some people off. The alcohol overall is well hidden and is more noticeable as your body warms up than your throat getting warm. The sweetness masks the alcohol. I must say that the hopping is well done in this beer as well as you get some subtle floral notes that compliment the sweet ensemble in the beginning of the flavor profile, and then they kick in again subtly in the finish to keep the beer from going cloying and still light enough as not to battle the alcohol and call attention to it. The mouthfeel is medium, and the carbonation being high is essential for this beer. It gets a little acidic on the back of the throat as it warms up some. The earthy notes that I assume are attributed by the syrups start to be much more noticeable as the beer approaches room temp.
Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer overall. I am happy with it. It has a good blend of hops, malt, sweetness, malt blend, etc. I would definitely drink this beer again, and that is the highest testament I can give a beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2011 04:11:14 | More by SkeeterHawk
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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
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.