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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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1,453 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 137
Gots: 484 | FT: 13
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head collaboration brew.

(Beer added by: mjl21 on 11-14-2009)
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bort11

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Blanc Burger in Westport. This was from one of the only two kegs sent to KC. The first keg went to Flying Saucer, and I missed out on that by 10 minutes.

Served in a tulip glass. Thick dark tan head trapped in the smell. Once the head settled, a mild aroma of charred oak, figs, and raw sugar. Smell came out more as it warmed, but I had a hard time getting a good reading. Taste really comes through with the charred oak. There is a almond extract kind of nuttiness. I get some dark pitted fruit.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and has a mild syrupy thickness. Very filling. There is an alcohol warmth, but not so strong as to burn. This is not an earth shattering collaboration, but one trying if it's available.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 03:04:19 | More by bort11
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jhoban19

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz. bottle poured into a 12oz. chalice (obviously not all at once). Also sampled Life and Limb on draft at a release party at Sheffield's in Chicago a couple nights later.

A: dark brown with solid finger of tan colored foam, settles into a thick ring with strong lacing that forms a full ring around the glass and holds its ground throughout. A good looking brew, off to a good start.

S: initial aromas of maple syrup (though probably the birch, smelled like maple to me) and warm alcohol (lots of alcohol). As it warms, hints of roasted coffee, a bit of clove and some other spices I can't quite decipher. Raisins and honey also find their way into the nasal passages. A lot of different aromas going on, but all were subtle except for the alcohol- almost as if someone poured some alcohol into a nearly empty maple syrup bottle.

T: taste of alcohol is overpowering at the outset. A bit of sweet milk chocolate comes into play as it warms. Coffee, raisins, and maple syrup also swirl around the tongue, alternating with each sip.

M: Medium bodied, syrupy and creamy, though a bit overcarbonated and astringent in he back of the throat. Leaves a sticky film on the lips.

D: I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't "wow" me as I was expecting. A second sample a few nights later, after my expectations were adjust downward, still didn't wow me. I think this beer would greatly benefit from some extended aging, but sadly it isn't available enough for me to buy a bottle or three for that purpose. The flavors and aromas appear to be there, but the alcohol and less than stellar mouthfeel overwhelm what should otherwise be a well-crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 03:02:24 | More by jhoban19
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brewerdrew

Maryland

2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a nice Dark Brown with Ruby Red notes. Very little head that dissipated fast.

Surprisingly, very non-discript flavor with out too much body or flavor.

As a whole, underwhelmed.

This beer will probably be better with Age.

If this wasn't a collaboration between SN/DFH, my guess is the ratings would be alot lower. Just goes to show what hype and the Sam Caligione marketing machine can do.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:43:34 | More by brewerdrew
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Seanibus

California

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a viscous consistency and a lively off white head that falls quickly to large, luxurious bubbles. The aroma screamed Bread with the first whiff, like the smell of a rich dough as it was proofing on a warm afternoon. It backs off a bit after that initial blast, though remains bready, or more properly doughy and yeasty, with wood and a little caramel in there somewhere. The flavor carries through that yeast, rising-dough character, with some sweet molasses, and flat, woody bitterness. There is toffee, coffee, perhaps even dark chocolate and cherry in the flavor, with a deep, round bitterness rising on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is thick and clingy.

The finish has a bit of piney resin. The alcohol punch is a little too apparent, and there is a slight unpleasant sourness on the deep finish, but overall this is a good beer, certainly better than the description might suggest.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 23:03:41 | More by Seanibus
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, light penetrates but not too well. head is great, lasts long probably because it is a living ale. I did not let it age much because I was too excited and could not last more than three days.
Smells of roasted malts and some honey.
The taste actually has a honey taste to it along with the roasted malts; it says syrup and I guess the honey flavor comes from that.
Low carbonation gives it a great mouthfeel.
Definitely get a stout feel to this beer.

If I could even come by another bottle I most definitely would indulge again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 06:26:53 | More by Spineypanda
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Sweasty

Texas

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

color: Deep dark brown, near black. Short khaki head. falls to a ring. Some lacing.

Aroma: Alcohol upfront. Dried figs and raisins follow. Chocolaty roast quality shows up behind the dried fruit. Some light maple syrup notes round things out.

Taste: Dried fruit up front - figs and raisons. More pronounced chocolate and roastiness come through. A cloying sweetness flows throughout. Sweet maple syrup aspect show up as well. Some spice and warming alcohol notes hit the tongue as well, w/ a very light numbing quality. Finish is slightly dry with some lingering dried fig and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and velvety smooth on the tongue

Overall this is a nice winter time brew. It definetly has a bit a of DFH extreme brew qualities. The alcohol is quite well hidden. It shows up a little in the nose and in the taste. Just enough there to let you know its a strong brew. A nice cold weather sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 00:52:29 | More by Sweasty
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've come to accept that many Dogfish Head beers are more good ideas than good beers. This one wasn't bad; I wonder if Sierra added some grounding to the mix.

Opaque, dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin tan head leaves sub par retention. Smells like raisin and boozey dark fruit, carmelized brown sugar (perhaps thats the maple/birch syrup?), and kola nut.

Creamy mouthfeel is the first thing I noticed. Like cream of mushroom soup creamy. Toffee, maple syrup sugar with a large, sweet cloying hump in back. Dry, chalky aftertaste.

At times it was like a super brown ale, at others like an odd dubbel. Not too shabby, but it sounds better on the bottle than it tasted in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 15:17:46 | More by donkeyrunner
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24oz bottle, served into a snifter

A - poured a nice looked deep brown, with a very thin and spotty, soapy and odd looking head

S - sweet malt, licorice, caramel and butterscotch. maple and hops are there if you seek it out.

T - sugary sweet with a metallic twang, tastes like the hops are already turning south. overwhelming sweetness and barely anything to compliment it.

M - thinnish body, very chalky. all the sugar puts sweaters on your teeth. needed to order a water to help cleanse my pallate every few sips.

D - drank the whole bottle, mostly because of the $25 price tag. not much good about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 15:13:27 | More by Stigs
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another rare delight at Novare, this was the third on my wants list for the night. I'm very glad they were only pouring 8oz per glass because honestly I don't think I could have handled more than that.

Pours a clear brown amber color with a great sized head, fades slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing along the glass.

The smell is stronger with hops than I imagined but the maple presence really overshadows everything else.

The taste is rather sweet from the maple but had a bit of bitterness contributed from the hops, unfortunately I feel this beer is way too sweet and cloying, after about 6oz it becomes a bit of a chore to drink, a slight burn seals the deal but is surprisingly less than I imagined considering the strength.

Not something I'd drink again, something I'm glad I got to try, the beer is definitely more Dogfish Head than Sierra Nevada in style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 04:16:51 | More by deltatauhobbit
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lonestar4lunch

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open the 24oz bottle and poured into a snifter. Damn, half is a huge tan head that is in no hurry to settle down. Nose is mostly malts and some bitterness. Mentions on the bottle maple trees and really not getting much sweet notes with the aroma. The smell is almost a weak stout, not expecting that.
The taste is sweet but not near as much as others noted. It just starts that way but quickly moves to a dry, bark like taste with some malt flavor. The finish is drying and just a bit of sweetness hangs around reminding you of the initial flavor. I really like where this one goes. To me it starts and finishes almost the same with a wonderful break in between.
Overall I really enjoyed this one. Heard a lot about it but even better than expected. Can't wait to try again in a year or so. Very good collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:53:34 | More by lonestar4lunch
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

22oz bottle Batch 1 into a Dogfish Head off-centered pint glass.

Viscous pour slowly builds a sizable cap of tan head that settles to a crown-like veil of foam as it clings to the edge of the pint. The body of Life & Limb is dark russet brown and lets in some rusty hues at the edges. Cola syrup and chocolate dominate the aroma with subtle boozy spices and maple syrup. Hints of floral vegetation from the hops, and while the alcohol is noticeable, it isn't at all overwhelming this early in the game.

Very complex beer, this. Tons of rum-soaked dark chocolate and raisin notes pair with a vinous port character. The booziness is present on all parts of the palate, but never becomes overly hot. Earthy hops and maple syrup on the finish with a bit of holiday spices...rough around the edges, but granted this is a young 10% Strong Ale. Chewy, thick mouthfeel, but not sticky. I'm not quite sure how well L&L will end up aging, but I'm going to give it a shot...after all, it has all the markings of a cellarable beer: high ABV, thick body, complex flavor profile that still tastes a bit green. A fun collabo, and I hope DFH and Sierra Nevada do it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 02:38:15 | More by wagenvolks
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

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

A collaboration between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada sounds like a can't miss. For the most part, it is a pretty solid brew, but it is not nearly as unique as it is advertised to be. Here is my review:

A: Pours a deep brown, almost black. Head and lacing are non-existant.

S/T: The aroma is very similar to a Brown Ale. Sweet, toasted malts, along with a pretty prominant alcohol presence. Honestly, I do not get much maple in the nose. There may be a touch, but I never would have guessed it was there unless it wasn't stated on the label. Taste is, again, much like a Brown Ale. First off, this is a very sweet brew. Not cloying, but the sweetness is a pretty dominant character througout. There is a strong toasted, caramel malt flavor which is complimented my a unique woody, vanilla character. In the distant finish, there is some maple. It is similar to those flat Italian cookies. It is a good beer, but is not as original or unique as it should have been.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very sweet palate. Finish is slightly dry. The alcohol is hidden very well, however this one is still a sipper.

A good beer, but nothing earth shattering either. Its pretty much a jacked up Brown Ale with slight flavors of maple and vanilla. I would definetly drink this again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 23:43:13 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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cleeze

Maine

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now they were pouring this at Novare Res for their "it's like christmas" event. Now that was an epic line up!

It poured a delicious looking dark brown with a nice frothy tannish head that left some nice lacing.

Biscuity bread smell with a touch of birch. Most of all I got the maple syrup out of the smell. It smells very tasty.

The taste is intense, lots of maple syrup up front. Loads of dark malts with maybe a touch of caramel and molasses. I couldn't believe it had 10.2 abv, it's very well masked

I thought it had a sweet silky mouthfeel. Almost chewy.

I had no problem putting back two of them in no time=)

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 13:07:33 | More by cleeze
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MisterSH

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 oz into a Duvel tulip.
A:Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a nice creamy brown finger head. Seems to be lacing pretty good as the head settles.
S: Maple (go figure), sweet malts, deep fruit, alcohol, some hop on the nose, also a candy/sugary note. Smells great, although not outrageously aromatic. I'm dipping my nose pretty deep into this glass to get a nice whiff.
T. Very sweet, a unusually sweet sugary note is the first taste, followed by roasty, bready dark malts. Some diacetyl flavors in here. Finishes sweet and quite hot with some strong,nearly solvent-like fusels, ends with a delicious candy-like caramel flavor on the tongue that tastes more and more like maple sugar as you let it sit. Certainly has a host of stout-like characteristics, but the dark malts are always secondary in intensity to the strong sweetness throughout. Every now and again, there's a strong taste which is DISTINCTLY maple syrup-induced. Slight hop bitterness throughout lingers on the tongue and is probably the only thing keeping the lasting sweetness from becoming cloying.
MF: THICK. I've described beers as syrupy before, but damn, this thing takes the cake. Low carbonation makes this a heavy beer on the tongue, gooey, sticky... pour it on pancakes thick.
Drinkability: Comparatively low for a whole host of reasons that I just mentioned. Plus, it's quite strong indeed.

As a novelty... it's pretty interesting. This is not something I'd want to drink on a daily basis, however. The heat on the finish is increasingly coming across off-puttingly harsh as I drink it. The beer is exceptionally sweet, almost intolerably so. I wish there was a hoppier finish. This beer is delicious as it sits in your mouth, but around the time you swallow, rather than getting a balancing blast of hops to mellow out the sugary taste of this brew, you instead get an intense blast of even stronger sweetness which is frankly a little overwhelming. Most upsetting to me is the mouthfeel of the beer, which is expectedly thick due to the maple-syrup, but is quite hard to handle, no matter how hard I try to appreciate it for being exactly what I anticipated. Wouldn't it be possible to make a beer with maple syrup that feels like BEER in your mouth? This feels more like syrup. In the end, this is one hell of a sipper at 10.2% and I'm feeling every bit of the alcohol in my brain, and feeling every bit of this thick syrup marinating in my stomach. A cool idea, but definitely a one-timer for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 05:26:30 | More by MisterSH
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FutureCowboy

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into chilled Westvleteren goblet.

A: Deep dark milk-choloatey amber. Nice light tan head, DENSE foam, traces of the pour were visible in the head, remisicent of a nitrogen head.

S: Great big maple notes, malt and maple. Very nice.

T: Again lots of maple, little alochol burn. Fresh wood flavors, fat malt backbone to the whole thing though. A really great sweetness, not cloying at all, a balanced sweetness.

M: Almost, I dunno, ropey? Coats the tongue, again with the maple references but it's almost a thin syrup?

D: Wonderful beer, but god help you if you if go for more than 1 bomber in a session.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 04:52:38 | More by FutureCowboy
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark hazy brown, small tan head forms and dissipates quickly. Heavy lacing.

S: heavy notes of maple syrup, molasses, some woody notes, very sweet malt profile and a heavy booziness on the end

T: the front of the flavor is very sweet like the nose, lots of maple and molasses followed by some bitter hops and a heavy dose of heat from the booze. That 10% abv makes itself known

MF: somewhat thick with a syrupy and slightly sticky texture

D: the harshness of the booze detracts from the complex malt profile. I am curious to see what this would taste like in a year from now. I was expecting something a little more rich

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 02:09:45 | More by homebrew311
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz Sierra Nevada bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours A very dark black but smooth and non-viscous with a huge off white fluffy head. The nose is very strong, slightly belgian from the yeast I think, sweet and a bit fruity.

Taste is a bit odd, it has some light bitterness and some woody/maple backbone to it. Tastes like there's some Belgian candi sugars. I'm really not totally sure what I think it's very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 22:12:25 | More by kingcrowing
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adamette

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 24 oz. bottle that I purchased at Ballantines in Willoughby about an hour ago for $23.00. I saw it at the Bspot (Michael Symon's restaurant) for $17.00 but the menu listed it as a 750 ML bottle. I am not sure that it is the same product. The bartender at Ballantines was kind enough to sell me the unopened bottle "to go" when he did not necessarily have to. 9 28622001 stamped on the right side of the label just above the UPC. I absolutely LOVE the label which is a tree with various objects planted throughout. Poured into my gold rimmed Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A Don't miss the dance of carbonation that rises up from the depth on the inside of your glass as you pour this one. Pours a very dark but not completely black body. There is some dark mahogany light that comes through with direct light. Head is a light brown, generous 4 inches that sticks around for several minutes. Fair lacing on the inside of the glass as well. 4.0

S Dark fruit, sweet malt and a shade of alcohol to the smell. There is also a nice, peppery bite to it that I like. Reminds me of a nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Repeated whiffs reveal a hop presence which is balanced and appropriate. 4.5

T My nose is apparently getting better at picking up smells. Medium to dark roast malt, dark fruits, some peppery notes and background hops in a nicely balanced but reasonably "dark" tasting beer. After reading the label and discovering that syrup from birch and maple trees was used the brewing process I cannot say that it tastes anything like syrup (in the sense that it is sweet) but there is a woodsy, earthy taste and feel that is very welcomed. There is also a very distant (like 10 minutes after last sip) taste of syrup which is welcomed and interesting. 4.5

M Active carbonation makes the beer dance across the tongue. There is a nice moderate feel too from the dark fruits, malt presence that is nice. Head retention being excellent, the beer has a bit of creaminess to it that is great too. 4.0

D Very good for this level of ABV, but its ABV keeps it from being the highest drinkability. It is very well hidden with all of the other tastes going on here. This will be the only beer that I drink tonight but I found it very easy to go back for more sips (for the review of course!). 4.0

Notes: Everyone should try this. Why can't a beer like this be available all of the time?

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:41:56 | More by adamette
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cnally

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one, I have been looking forward to. My close friend who loves beer (but not as much as I do) says this is a gimmick beer designed to get us beer geeks to cream our pants and delude our tastebuds when we drink it. We shall see.

The beer pours mostly black, with just hints of red translucency around the edges. Tannish head sits majestically, lacing well to the glass.

The aroma is very deep--anise, fennel, mocha, coffee and a burning alcohol nose--awesome. Really a marvel.

The flavor catches me off guard, because I feel it isn't nearly as layered as the aroma. Initially, I can say that the maple/birch syrup is very prevalent. The resounding sweetness in the first taste wanes a bit into a smoky, burnt malt aftertaste, with the finish bitter and nutty.

A very unique, yet challenging mouthfeel. This actually feels like I am drinking whipped egg yolks, so thick and frothy. A big downside, to me, is the prevailing sticky nature of it. My lips literally stick together after a sip. Strange.

Maybe a gimmick, maybe two excellent breweries pushing boundaries and giving us beers that we don't expect. I go with the latter, because even though I don't feel like I would want this again...I truly am glad I experienced it. Now to buy up some more and drink one every year following...this baby should age well.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 02:11:14 | More by cnally
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally had to by one. Dogfish and Sierra are two of my favorite breweries, but I've heard mixed things at best about this brew.

Poured from the gorgeous 24 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a coca-cola color. An extremely deep brown with traces of maroon. It's got a tan half finger bubbly head that sticks around. Even if it's not kosher, I'm going to have to give a half bonus point for the absolutely gorgeous bottle art work. I love it.

Smell: Can definitely smell the booze. It's got a little hop kick. There's a big whiff of dark chocolate, and a bit of toasty malt. Not too shabby.

Taste: Well first of all, I can definitely taste the booze. I consider that a good thing for this style of beer. It goes well with the dark honey taste. There's some spice, and a lot of dark chocolate. There's some pine, but not from hops. Must be the maple syrup. It all blends together masterfully in a terrific dry finish. This beer is hot and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, with pretty high carbonation, which benefits the style.

Drinkability/Overall: I was skeptical when I bought it. Various friends told me it was decent at best. The Whole Foods hipsters told me "it needs a couple of years." Now that I finally took the plunge, I'm glad I did. It's pricey, but I certainly see at least a few more of these in my future.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 00:39:30 | More by CharlatanSin
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biggied

California

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 24 oz bottle into Bruery Tulip glass.

a- thin tan head, short retention. rich dark brown, with highlights of mahogany, opaque body.

s- light to medium aroma intensity. notes of molasses, maple, roast, light alcohol

t- medium to high flavor intensity. notes of sweet malt, molasses, maple, sticky hops, alcohol.

m- medium body. warming consistency. long flavor duration. light to medium alcohol, which is not bad due to the high ABV.

d- I will be buying this again. Better get it before it gets sold out.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 21:43:38 | More by biggied
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark burgandy body. Thin light brown head recedes rather quickly to a skimming. Spotty lace is left behind as I drink. Aroma is very nondescript. A little (emphasis on little) caramel, roast, alcohol and fruit. Flavor is more full than aroma. Tropical fruit tones mix with molasses and fig and maple. Sweetness is king, but this beer isn't cloying. It's a nice sipper. Alcohol is nicely integrated and really not that noticeable for a 10+ % beer. Light to light-medium in body. Lightly carbonated. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 04:37:12 | More by Bighuge
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Halcyondays

California

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a ruddy red with a firm 1.5 finger cap of off-white foam, good lacing.

S: Caramel and biscuit malt, herbal hop notes.

T: Quite a deal more hoppy than I expected, strong notes of pine and woody herbs, cedar would be a good description. Malt is there, gives almost a molasses syrupy sweetness as opposed to a direct flavour as in so many DIPA type beers, though this isn't really a DIPA. The maple syrup flavour outright is a bit hard to find.

M: Nice, thick and creamy, very smooth, full-bodied. I like it.

D: A solid collaboration beer, this one is pretty darn good after I've been underwhelmed by a lot of them. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 17:36:24 | More by Halcyondays
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endincolorado

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, chestnut brown body with a thick, light tan head that sticks around for a while. Nice lace.

Aromas of caramel malt and some mildly phenolic scent from hops or alcohol, i'm not sure.

Flavors are rich and sweet, with a strong nuttiness and an evident maple syrup flavor. Finish is warming and sweet.

Medium body with a sticky, satisfying texture and fairly low carbonation.

High ABV, delicious, and a satisfying texture make for an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 06:02:42 | More by endincolorado
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beertooth

Illinois

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

Served in a small goblet.

This beer is a cleard amber/brown liquid with a thin collar of white head.

The nose is a little faint. I'm picking out sweet maple, hay, some earthiness, caramel malts, and alcohol with a slight hop note.

The taste follows the nose. It reminds me of a big boozy and sweet brown ale. Big caramel notes, maple, earth, subtle alcohol. It finishes a little dry and is very warming.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied and well carbonated.

I'm glad I was able to try this, but it's not something I'd reach for again. Also, the alcohol is catching up to me fast which hinders the drinkability. I respect both breweries, but it's hard to tell what they were going for with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 01:06:50 | More by beertooth
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.