Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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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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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.