Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by b3shine:
3.9/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft to snifter. Appearance is good; deep (borderline porter). Smell Is it's weakest attribute. Malt and alcohol are present, but it could be more robust. Taste is good. Malty with an alcohol presence that gives it a mild bourbon flavor. Mouthfeel was good too. Nothing memorable, but when it's a 10% beer, that's not a bad thing. Overall, a tasty beer. Honestly, it might have scored even better had I not known it was a collaboration between two powerhouses (and my expectations weren't already uber-high).
Serving type: on-tap
08-21-2011 22:57:53 | More by b3shine
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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.