Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cptierney:
4.18/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured on tap at TAPS Petaluma for their Sierra Nevada backed tasting event of both Limb and Life and Life and Limb. Poured into a Dogfish Head Chalice.
This was a beautiful pour and I will hold that it is the most attractive beer I've gotten at TAPS. A solid two fingers of creamy white head stood atop a deep, deep brown bear. Interestingly the lacing on my glass wasn't nearly as potent as that of my drinking buddies. Probably attributed to the recent washing of one as opposed to the other.
I really enjoyed the smell on this brew. I immediately was impressed by the sweetness that met my nose. The maple syrup was entirely noticeable and it made for a unique nose. I got a sense of some hops with a deeper smell and the combination of the bitter and sweet really impressed.
I agreed with a drinking buddy about this beers mouthfeel. There was a creaminess that he said reminded him of a nitro tap. For me, it felt more like a cask brew with a delicious balance of thick brew and solid carbonation.
This guy started SWEET. The sugars attributed to the maple syrup were immediately present along with hints of brown sugar and a vanilla finish. There is a nice sappy character on this guy which contributes to the lovely mouthfeel as well. Along with this sweetness, there as a leathery undertone to the beer which the brewery card adequately described as leaf tobacco. The bitter on the beer, along with some dark fruit characteristics, became more apparent as it warmed. Ultimately, this beer had a tenuous balance of flavors that was dangerously close to too sweet.
Amazing drinkability for its high ABV. The creaminess and solid body on this brew demanded another and made for a seriously sessionable beer.
Serving type: on-tap
11-18-2009 04:45:30 | More by cptierney
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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
3.94/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had been holding onto this bottle for over two years so I figured it was time to drink it. I bought this when DFH was not distributing to Wisconsin but now that they are back, I don't feel quite the urge to hoard everything they are involved with.
It wasn't as good as I hoped but it was still delicious and very unique. The maple syrup is definitely noticeable and became more prevalent as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy and the more I drank, the more I started to like this beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 03:14:24 | More by mjpolzin
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.