Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
3.43/5 rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 24 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. I have had this on tap before, but didn't get a chance to review it.
Appearance: Pours fairly light, but looks dark, dark brown in the glass. Hints of red around the edges show some light coming through. One finger of off-white head that lasts a decent bit of time. Lots of lacing.
Smell: Mild, nutty cocoa/chocolate flavors, and citrusy hops. The overall smell is fairly mild.
Taste: Strong and smooth cocoa/chocolate flavors, backed by a nuttiness. There is a strong alcohol bite that gets stronger near the end of the sip. The cocoa flavors remain prominent throughout, and the aftertaste is nice and bitter. Some vanilla throughout the whole thing provides a nice balance. The flavor feels somewhat...disjointed. Each flavor can be tasted separately, but don't seem to blend together in the beer.
Mouthfeel: A little bit thin. Good carbonation, but the thinness of the feel makes it seem more prickly.
Drinkability: A definite sipper - no hiding the booze in this one. The overall flavor seems somewhat mild, almost to the point of being bland. As it is right now, it's probably not one I would seek out again, but I might pick up a bottle to sit on and age for awhile.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2010 23:08:23 | More by StarlightSeraph
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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 1,454 ratings.