Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.23/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got this bottle through a trade a couple of years ago, figured now is as good a time as any to to crack it. Review is from notes taken on 6/18/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pour is a pretty common murky caramel brown with some deep copper to it; starts with a short 1/4 finger off-white/light tannish head that fades a thin, uneven, but complete skim; can't really see into it due to the color, but based upon the pop and his at the cracking, the carbonation should be ample; just a couple of swaths of lacing are left behind.
Smell: Lots of deep and dark, very ripe fruits; bit of caramel/butterscotch maltiness, perhaps even a touch of chocolate; touch of booziness to it.
Taste: Really solid, and I would imagine that the two additional years in the bottle have helped it along as the booziness is a little bit more subdued than I remember it being from the growler; a lot of the dark fruits as mentioned in the smell, perhaps some dark and very ripe cherries, maybe figs/dates (?); maltiness is huge in this one and really shines -- tons of caramel/butterscotch; definite presence of alcohol, but blends well with the other big flavors.
Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and the carbonation is plenty strong (resists being too sharp, though); thin coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it's pretty sticky; belly is left plenty warm.
Overall: Super solid, but definitely a sipper with an ABV approaching 11%; wish this one came in the 12 oz. format.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2012 23:14:39 | More by bamadog
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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 1,455 ratings.