Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zeledonia:
3.39/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Life & Limb #2, 750ml corked and caged bottle. If I'm reading the bottle code right, it's from 11 July 2011. It got lost in my cellar for a while; somehow I thought it was a one-time thing. Not really sure what to expect from this beer, and with the ambiguous style, I'll be reviewing it on base merit.
Pours very dark, essentially black in the middle of the glass. Coffee brown at the edges. One and a half fingers of medium tan head. Decent retention, fine lacing.
Smell is unique, and quite nice, though it fades out rather quickly. Deep sweet notes, almost stout-like. Sugary, but not overpoweringly so. It's like a light, mildly roasty stout with maple syrup on top. Intriguing.
Taste doesn't do it for me. Some of that is oxidation, but I'm having trouble finding much behind that to like. Woody, flat, with a touch of sweetness. But mostly an overpowering, flat, mid-level bitterness with a slight medicinal edge.
Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-heavy body, kinda syrupy, with medium-low carbonation. Small bubbles, fizzing up. Lasts, well, a little longer than I'd like, with that long-lived bitterness.
There are pieces of this beer that I like. But there's more that I don't like. The taste is lacking, and that really defines the whole beer. The smell promised sweetness and depth, but the taste didn't deliver. After a glass, I'm finding the strength surprising. I'll give it that - the alcohol is quite well hidden.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2013 02:36:50 | More by zeledonia
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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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