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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 150
Gots: 490 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mjl21 on 11-14-2009

Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head collaboration brew.
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Ratings: 1,511 | Reviews: 745
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sugar Maple. Listed as 10.5% abv. Big bitterness that's pleasant enough, not much else going on for me. No aroma, average mouthfeel. Chocolate malts,A little toast and mollasses. Darker brown colour, some head. A bit boozy, alcohol warming.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second batch of Life & Limb with the cork and cage. Bottle shows a "2" on the label.

Pours a super dark brown with a hue 3 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a 1 inch cap. The carbonation bubbles are quite busy, moving down to the bottom of the head. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted/roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses, and wood aromas. Taste is of roasted malt (very stout-like in flavor), burnt sugar, molasses, and a dry wood flavor. The wood flavor lingers on the palate after each sip. A low level of carbonation with a slightly flat and thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that I have been following ever since I heard they were going to brew it again. A good beer but not quite what I was expecting here.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Life & Limb 2; 750; corked & caged (why is this not listed seperately from the first effort?)

Pours dark brown/black with a lovely thick, creamy and firm khaki head that is long lasting.

Nose is rich with esters and phenols; medium sweet malt, plum, sweet coffee and coca-cola.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, creamy, malty and just plain inviting with light carbonation and just about perfect balance.

Flavor profile is extremely complex and well integrated - roasted grain, sweet plum/malt and mocha coffee. Bitter coca-cola/bitter root beer character, all of which sounds weird but is very appealing and drinkable. There is a remarkable rich character and drinkability that goes with just about every food profile. (Went well with sweet dessert!)

A finish of bitter coffee/roasted grain and espresso. A really nice effort.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, deep brown color with a light off white head. A small amount of lacing exists as the beer goes down. Nose brings some notes of wood and birch as well as some drier brown malts. The birch stands out a bit in the taste to me, assuming that it is the woody note I keep getting but don't really recognize. Good malt presence backing up. Slightly dry feel with a nice body. Drinks fairly well now, but I am looking forward to seeing how it ages.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brownish amber in color and poured with a thin tan head.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and candi sugars in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer is sweet and has flavors of chocolate.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I could easily drink one or two of these, especially with dessert.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger tan head with excellent lacing and retention on an dark, deep amber body. Aroma is excellent with dark chocolate, brown sugar, toasted malts, earthy hops and semisweet dark fruit. I was a little timid trying this one expecting it to be very boozy but it wasn't at all. Flavors more on the dark fruit and sour fruit side up front with bitter citrus into the finish on a base of chocolate and caramel toasted malts in the background. Full body and light to moderate carbonation. Nicely smooth for the style. Very nice beer. Deceptively boozy. Good to share.

Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a sturdy tan head that develops almost like a stout; nice pattern of lacing left behind as the liquid descends

Smell: Burnt caramel, molasses, raisins and maple syrup

Taste: Opens with a burnt caramel and maple syrup, with the raisins adding a dark fruit element; by mid-palate, however, the molasses takes over and thr profile turns in a big and sticky direction, though there is plenty of piney bitterness underneath; after the swallow, the sweet malts continue to dominate and ultimately pummel the hops into submission

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation and some warming alcohol in the gullet

Drinkability: I'm having a hard time getting excited about this brew as it is just too unbalanced for my palate

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's amazing how a brewery can continuously make such high flavory, high quality, high attenutated, and crisp clean beers consistently- this is what Sierra Nevada does and they make it look easy. Simply amazing. Life and Limb seems to take a stab at the American Strong Ale catagory with comparisons to Arrogant Bastard.

Aromas of dry malt, lightly burnt toffee, plumb and grape esters fill the nose and that's basically the beginning and end of the beer. Light citrus hops make a cameo appearance but any more than that is a stretch.

The beer pours a creamy dark brown with a lot of ruby and purple-ish darkness. A creamy and froathy head forms but settles into a lightl sheet of dense foam that evently coats the beer while leaving light lacing and legging behind.

Strong flavors of refined barley malt, lightly scorched toffee, molassas, sorghum, brown sugar... and similar robust sweetned flavors. But the interesting note here is that the beer doesn't leave an overly sweet taste on the palate. Bread crusts and light toast help to emphasize the stronger, more robust flavor notes. Estery plumbs and grapes make the beer seem more sweet than it actually is. Hoppy citrus notes give glimpses into orange zest, lemon grass, and light pine as well as enough bitterness to balance the bold malt presence. Obviously a beer that shows restrained power and delicate balance.

The beer give the impression of sweetness and weight up front but the it begins to lift off of the tongue and other surfaces of the mouth gradually for a malty-dry feel and finish from mid palate on. Truely remarkable and drinkable.

Obviously a sensational beer. After recently drinking the Bell's Batch 9000, this one seems in the same class. Where the flavors here aren't as bold, they seem less reckless and more refined. A joy to drink. Thanks Pwoody!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a super large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar and light toffee notes with some dry fruit ester. Taste is a mix between some caramelized sugar notes with some dry fruit. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not the most complex brew thought this is not a criticism as this one is just an easy drinking high ABV beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was so glad to get a bottle of this back when it first came out. The beer poured out as a deep rich looking brown color with an off white colored head. The head was thin and didn't do too much in way of lacing. The smell of the beer has some earthy fresh wood aromas mixed with some sweet maple and some caramel too. The taste of the beer was sweet mostly. Had a very light bitterness in the back end. The mouthfeel was very silky smooth, this beer was very easy to drink. Overall I feel that this beer was a really good calaboration between two breweries who don't really make beers of this style. Very interesting.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

certainly one of the most unique brews i have ever tasted. poured a slightly red hue of dark brown, with a thin cream-colored head. the smell was sharp and earthy, sweet and pungent. the taste of the beer is where i got hung up. what IS that? it isnt unpleasant, bit i cant put my finger on it. i sipped on an 8oz pour for about an hour trying to figure it out. upon consultation with the bartender, i discovered it to be alaskan birch syrup. AHA! i enjoyed my second glass much better now that i understood the ingredient that gave it such an unconventional taste. could probably make a night of drinking this beer, but i commend the creativity! definitely worth a try if you can find it.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown, nearly opaque with only the slightest bit of light coming through on both the sides and the bottom of the glass. Very rich color, with slight reddish tints, but mostly just a deep russet brown. A smallish maybe one finger high head of gold and tan colored foam rose up from the bottom and lay across the top of the glass like a pillow. This settled down eventually, but left behind a thin film covering the top and very nice side glass lace.

I did not think this would be coming off as strong as it did. Lots of wood and oak like aroma mixed in as well. I had to let this one sit and warm up to see what else was going to be coming through from it. The next whiff was much more complex then the first. Lots of oak notes still underlying, however these were now being layered in with a good bit of dark fruity notes, plums, or raisins perhaps. Still a touch hot from the aroma, as the alcohol was very discernable.

. A very robust and full flavor profile, this was definitely one to sit down and think about as you go through it. A full on blast of spiced alcohol was the first thing that I noticed, kinda hot, but as it warmed it mellowed out and by the end of the session had all but blended into the background and simply become an outstanding ale. Loads of dark fruit notes were permeating through the flavor. Prunes, Raisins, Figs all very discernable in the flavor and really adding balance to it as they melded together. Lots of spice here as well, very big. The notes of oak and wood in the flavor were clearly becoming evident as it warmed, giving it a very subtle, yet very powerful presence. I can see why people rave about this; it is very unique, very dark, and very seductive almost. The flavor really needed some time to catch up with you, the first few sips were nothing compared to the last few, really outstandingt silky smoothness that really lets the flavor pop and keeps it from getting too heavy. In fact it was really not filling at all, despite how big it was it was excellent as far as that.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to azagthoth for sharing this bottle yesterday.

A: The pour is a clear copper color with very little in terms of a head.

S: The smell is quite interesting. There's a bunch of dark fruits: figs and raisins, for the most part. There's also an aroma of maple syrup and a fair amount of alcohol.

T: The figs and raisins are present on the palate as well. The maple syrup is an underlying flavor that adds nice dimension to the beer, but also a bit too much sweetness. The alcohol is present, but the beer is not as hot as some might lead you to believe.

M: The body is full and the beer is smooth and creamy on the tongue.

D: This was an interesting beer. It's good, but I think my taste of it might be enough. I will hold on to my bottle of it and see how it does with some age on it.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obviously much anticipated,I am glad to grab a few bottles before they are gobbled up here in my area.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep dark brown with some deep reddish colored hue when held to the light,a large clingy off white head atop.A mix of a whole lot of good stuff going on in the nose,winter spice,molasses,roast,and resiny hop comes through.Flavors are quite sweet at the onset with mollases and spice,some leather and dark fruit also show up,then a deep resiny hop flavor comes and really finishes this beer out as good as you can.Big chewey and mouth coating,you cant ask for a much better mouthfeel.Man I really like this beer,many times a anticipated beer doesnt live up to the hype,this does.

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Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.