Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.
This is from Batch 2, vintage 2011.
A - Pours a very dark brown, almost flat black, with mahogany tints to it. This is more easily seen at the bottom of the glass where it is most thin. About two fingers of dark brown head with good retention behind it. The head leaves a half-finger of thick, foamy cap behind. Lacing is clumpy but does cover a good portion of the glass.
S - This beer really has an aggressive nose on it. Lots of roasty bitterness to it and even some chocolate as if this were some kind of stout, but then it gives way to dark fruits and alcohol as if it were a 'quad'. Getting a good amount of maple syrup as well which throws a whole different perspective into this aroma.
T - Definitely getting an absolute melange of flavors of this beer; the taste bounces from one spectrum to another and back. It begins much like the nose, with a big roast and coffee bitterness to it, before transitioning into sweet territory with some chocolate, dark fruits, and the syrups. A bit of wood to it, but not a lot. Finishes with an alcohol kick.
M - Mouthfeel is relative heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Sticky, thick, chewy without being overly difficult to drink. One of my favorite aspects about this beer since without the proper mouthfeel, stomaching and enjoying all of the flavors in here would be quite the difficult feat.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I have to say this beer really grew on me. At first, the waves of flavors encapsulated within this beer is somewhat difficult to sift through, but as it warms, each individual aspect comes into its own and claims for itself a piece of the beer. When viewed comprehensively afterward, the resulting flavor profile is enjoyable if not a bit sporadic.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2011 21:02:53 | More by nhindian
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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.
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