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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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90
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1,453 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 137
Gots: 484 | FT: 13
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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Tdizzle

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on October 13th, 2009. 10.2% ABV.

A- Life & Limb pours a dark, dark brown color with clear ruby hues when held up to light. An average pour produces a one-finger head of tan foam that settles to a nice looking cap over the beer. The thick ring along the inside of the glass leaves very little lacing behind.

S- The smell is sweet with notes of maple syrup, molasses, and a myriad of dark fruit aromas such as raisins, dates, figs, and black currants. There are notes of dark, toasted malts along with a background of hop spiciness. The high ABV is noticeable.

T- A rich flavor of dark, fruity malts and the syrupy sweetness that the smell promised. The middle flavor yields light notes of toffee, anise, and burnt toast right before the finish leaves a lasting taste of raisiny dark fruits along with lots of residual brown sugar-like sweetness. The high ABV is fairly pronounced in the flavor.

M- Thick, rich, and viscous in texture. In fact, the liquid feels as though it's fighting the tongue, yet it has a lush velvety-smooth lightness to it as well. It coats the inside of the mouth with a slightly oily film. The carbonation is very soft and indicative of bottle conditioning.

D- The flavor is very sweet but not cloyingly so, though it's right on the cusp. This is an overall enjoyable beer, but I wouldn't want more than one glass due to the heavy texture and the heavily sweet flavor profile.

Got one in the cellar to see what happens when some of the heat burns off. Looking forward to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 06:14:37 | More by Tdizzle
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Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.