Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tavernjef:
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Gorgeous dark brown pour, settling opaque and laquer-esque. A tall crown of tan foam builds gracefully and with a firm steady tow of creamyness to its shape. It levels off slowly and lets a pattern of lace draw itslef upon the glass in a drippy sheeting.
Mild, soft, yet complexing nose with purple grapes, blueberry, nuts, maple, fig, and raisin, with a dash of cinnamon. All masked by a big breath of earthy dark alcoholic woodyness.
Taste is very subtle, both in its layers and textures. Quite interesting for a Strong ale; definately not the norm for the style. But SN shows here, how the boundries for style can be blurred by quite a bit. Quite Belgian-esque overall as its calm and smooth with lofty dark fruity nuances playing with earthy deep and dark maple tones. It warms gently across the palate, politely grinning its 10% ABV teeth while it drys ever so lightly with a woody ascent and light bakery spice.
Bold, smooth, lush, stronger medium body with a nice play of soft malty tang and dry earthyness.
Another SN classic twist on something that goes well along with the 30th Anniversary stuff!
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2011 23:14:34 | More by tavernjef
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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.