Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by turnerk3:
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a midnight black tint with a humble dirty brown head, kind of like a Guinness appearance. The retention unexpectedly slides down the side of the glass quite easily for strong ale.
S: A chocolatey, syrupy, and boozy aroma floods the nostrils. Not exactly what I was expecting from a strong ale, but it should be expected considering it's brewed with maple syrup and birch syrup. The hops have a minimal, if any, appearance.
T: A pleasant syrupy, candy type of flavor with a minute alcohol burn at the end. This is an extremely tricky brew. The syrupy sweetness cloaks the alcohols presence marvelously. However, (this is when it becomes more complex) it may appear similar to a stout upon first impressions, but the sweetness seems to subside only to be replaced by subtle hop and boozy essence. This is when the true strong ale flavor appears.
M: Nicely carbonated allowing the flavors to really come through. A remarkable chewy, sticky feel coats the mouth. Exceptionally unique in character since the feel combines the malts, hops, and alcohol in different stages and styles.
O: Altogether a pleasant brew. I respect the complexity this beer presents. Even though I'm a hop-head I would still suggests this over quite a few IPAs. If you appreciate complexity and uniqueness, you'll enjoy this one.
Serving type: growler
07-17-2012 23:11:48 | More by turnerk3
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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
3.6/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Opened up a bottle of batch #2 from 2011. There was a vigorous pop when the cork was pulled. Poured into a goblet.
This beer is veer deep mahogany color with light caramel head that dissipates leaving a thin coating of bubbles around the glass. The aroma is dark dried fruits and tobacco. The flavor follows suit with a sweet caramel and raisin start. It finishes with a slightly bitter taste with a hint of roasted smokiness. It is a good balance of sweet and bitter. The mouthfeel is quite right. It is just thick and syrupy enough, but has just the right amount of carbonation to keep it light and drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer. I wish that I had a few more bottles of this one. It could definitely last a bit longer.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 00:11:46 | More by Levich
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,450 ratings.