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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 144
Gots: 483 | FT: 12
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:
Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head collaboration brew.

(Beer added by: mjl21 on 11-14-2009)
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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle purchased in Columbus for $9.99. The label doesn't give much indication of what to expect, except maple syrup: "This living ale is naturally carbonated to enhance complexity, refinement, and to encourage aging. ...blah blah... birch and maple trees, whose syrup gives this ale its unique flavor ...blah blah..." - no further descriptive text. Poetic but unhelpful in determining what's inside.

The beer is dark brown with rusty colored edges, clear with very few tan bubbles on top. The aroma is very nice, the maple syrup comes through big time, also some sweet dark malt notes like toffee and roasted malts. This is a delicious smelling beer, and the actual flavor follows through just like it should. Kind of dopplebockish, this is a sweet malt-bomb with a noticeable ethanol flavor in the after-taste. The maple notes are there too, again this is reminiscent of some good dopplebocks I've had, maybe Samuel Adams Double Bock + Celebrator + maple syrup. Don't know what birch syrup tastes like but it must be there too... The body is thicker than average, a good match for the strong flavors. A good wintertime sipper that I'd be happy to have again.

TurdFurgison, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of ugaterrapin
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It has a deep dark brown color that barely lets any light through. When held up to the light a slight red color is noted as well. There was about a finger and a half of tan head. It has a strong malty aroma with notes of maple and spices. There is a strong roasted malt presence in the tasted. The maple is noted slightly along with the hop presence. The alcohol is noted slightly on the finish, but is hidden pretty well. Overall this is a very drinkable good beer. It seems like a thin imperial stout. It isn't a let down in the slightest, but at the same time it didn't wow me. Glad I picked it up but the $10 price tag is a little steep. I will probably pick up another one and let it age for a while.

ugaterrapin, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of jantonius
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, Deep Brown

S: Slightly Burnt Sugar, Maple Syrup

T: Very Malty, with a nice Brown Sugar or Maple Syrup hint.

M: Very Full Bodied, low carbonation with a slight Molasses after taste

D: Amazing Beer, very filling and ston +10%, One and I am good

jantonius, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of juhl31
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-black! no light going through it. tall khaki colored head. good looking pour

-some chocolate and some dark fruity malts. again, would like a bit more from it

-tobacco was punching me hard the 1st 3rd of the beer. 2nd 3rd the dark fruits are most apparent and lastly it is just staying raisin tasting

-smooth and creamy. almost feels like a nitro pour

-i feel/hope this will age pretty well. i like it okay now, but it should be better later

juhl31, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Sandstone
1.4/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer is bad.

A: Pours a thick reddish brown with a head that quickly dissipates into a thin splotchy froth

S: Smell of alcohol and molasses. As the beer warms up it takes on an incredibly solventy aroma.

T: When cold, the beer has a weird astringency in the finish. As it warms up, the beer gets sweeter and sweeter until it becomes capable of putting you into a diabetic coma, and the finish transforms into something a bit more solventy.

M: Syrup. You could ooze this out over pancakes.

D: I wasn't able to finish my bottle. By the time I got to the last 6oz it was like chugging on a bottle of Ms. Butterworth's that had been spiked with cleaning solvent. Drain pour.

Overall, I think this is a bad beer coasting by on the hype of being associated with two popular (but usually mediocre) breweries.

Sandstone, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my local liquor store, a bottle was tucked away for me!

A: This beer pours an opaque chocolate brown, edges are slightly lighter when held to the light. One finger of bubbly, creamy head caps this beer. Nice head retention and leaves thick, sticky, creamy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of caramel, molasses, spices, dark fruit, and alcohol. As the beer warms, alcohol becomes the overwhelming scent, literally drowning everything else out.

T: Taste is very sweet. Big dose of caramel and molasses up front. Dark fruits and spices (clove is definitely present) fill out the middle. Finish is more of a roasted malt taste mixed with sweetness. Very sweet finish to this beer with a good deal of booziness.

M: Light side of medium body, medium carbonation, slick with a somewhat sticky, chewy finish.

D: This was a great beer to try. The alcohol in the nose and taste are a bit overwhelming and make this hard to be sessionable. Pretty complex tastes that are overshadowed by the booziness.

Jayli, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this lonely bottle sitting on the shelf at a local liquor store. First day it was available in Minnesota, and there was only one bottle left. Even for $10.99 I had to buy it.

Pours a dark brown mahogany color into the glass. Honestly, in the glass it looks black, but when backlit it has brown and ruby highlights galore. You can't see through it, if that counts for something, or at least you can't make out any images through it. Incredible tan head is produced on the pourm and the retention is amazing. Tons of lacing line the glass all the way down.

The nose is slightly hoppy and slightly malty. Earthy and slightly floral hops come at you first, then the huge malt backbone shines through. This brew isn't messing around.

The taste is everything I had hoped it would be...but it's muted! This thing is incredibly thick and viscous for the style, it's slimey and sticky, but the flavors have been lost in translation somewhere. I still get light floral and earthy hop characters, and a strong malt backbone, but it's all so muted! Ah...I'm so very disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's still damn tasty, just doesn't live up to the lofty expectations I made for it. On a side note, the 10%+ ABV is absolutely nowhere to be found...literally. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Honestly, if this tasted like a RIS I would say it is a viscous RIS, it's that thick. Thick, rich and creamy, smooth and sticky. Drinkability is excellent, as the alcohol is nowhere to be found. If it wasn't so thick, this could be a college kids beer bong dream....

Overall, I'm kinda disappointed with it. It's a great beer, but I was somehow expecting more. For $10.99 I don't see myself buying this again. And for the record, I highly doubt this will age well, I just don't see this improving much with age.

Mistofminn, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of popery
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tap @ SF L&L Release dinner and @ City Beer Store. A rather disappointing mess of a strong ale. Life & Limb certainly isn't awful, but it doesn't live up to the hype surrounding this collaboration of two high profile craft brewers. It pours a dark brown, opaque, with little head. Light aroma of birch, citric hops and nutty malt, which sounds pretty good but it's already obvious that the beer is too sweet for my taste. The flavor is sweet with syrup and malt with a bit of a hop bite. Unfortunately, nothing seems to mesh. The flavors aren't terribly pleasant on their own and don't really work together well. Feel is thick. Had to try it twice to confirm.

popery, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brickstore 11/23

A: Appearance was dark brown poured with a slight brown head (under lower light conditions).

S: The smell on this beer was pretty underwhelming. I got a little of the malt and wood, but nothing else despite my best efforts.

T: Big dark malt flavors - molasses, caramel, a little chocolate and vanilla. It was also fairly sweet, but the maple wasn't coming through all that strongly for me. Flavors all worked together quite well for an especially tasty result.

M: Nice full mouthfeel without much carbonation. A little sticky as one might expect. Would have guessed the ABV was much lower if I hadn't known better.

Overall, I thought this was a very good combined effort from two excellent (if strikingly different) breweries. I liked the concept of this beer and the result was pretty good other than the lack of smell. Looking forward to revisiting with the bottles I tucked away and am guessing the score should go up.

GeezLynn, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle from Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA. Poured in to a 14 oz. Dogfish glass - you know the one, it's sort of chalice-esque, wide-mouthed, has the laser-etched dogfish ... yeah.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown - a burned mahogany if you hold it up to the light, barely transparent, otherwise opaque - capped with one finger of tan, uniform head. Holding it up to the light does reveal a bucketload of fast, average-sized carbonation spewing forward from the laser-etched dogfish logo on the glass's bottom, though it slows down considerably as it rises. Carbonation that's visible around the edges of the glass is slower still, fine-bubbled and creeping. The lacing is impressive for a beer of this abv% - sheet-like initially, and bubbly and pockmark-esque once sips begin. It never fades beyond a thick, dense, marshmallow-like foamy collar and a thick dusting of surface lace, either.

Aroma: A pleasant if not overwhelming aroma. Sweet maple syrup is definitely present here, but this one really improves as it warms. A definite smoky note accompanies a slew of other wholesome, slightly sweet but mostly toasty notes - toast, earth, dark toffee, heavily roasted caramelized sugars - and a slight amount of heat. Not bad.

Taste: Not too sweet, surprisingly, though perhaps that was just my expectations from seeing that it was brewed with two different types of syrup. The malt backbone is solid enough - a wholesome toasty base, complete with earthy and smoky flourishes, hints of cocoa, and shades of sweeter malts, caramel, dark toffee. Perhaps it's the earthy astringencies, or perhaps it's the syrup, but something also lends this one a slightly tart, sour note. Maple syrup again is definitely present, though I personally have no way of discerning which aspects of the earthy, woody, caramelized sweetness are due to the maple and which are due to the birch addition. Hop bitterness is present, though obviously not showing itself off here. The downside? It's a little too subtle, a little too plain, and the sourness is slightly detracting. It's borderline 3.5-4.0, really.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and even, creamy and fluffy. A relatively thick body that's accompanied by just enough well-integrated, fine-bubbled carbonation to lift it to just the perfect height ... in essence, really good. But I'd expect nothing less on this front from either brewery.

Drinkability: This beer leaves me with mixed feelings, but in a good intellectual way, not a "did I enjoy this?" sort of way. I did enjoy this beer - it's a solid beer, complex in places, aesthetically pleasing in others, and well-made all around. There was enough about it that left me wanting in certain places, though other aspects blew me away. In essence, it's a mixed bag at the high-end of the spectrum, a beer that I examine under the most high-powered of microscopes, likely because of the caliber of the collaborators here. So, yeah, it's a good beer, worth the (rather steep) price tag to try, though part of me is also glad it's a once-off, as I don't know if I'd see myself going back for this one.

CrellMoset, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a small snifter with no substantial head- just a little haze layer, collar, and some tiny bits of lacing. The body was a completely opaque dark brown. No carbonation was visible from the side of the glass.

S- This beer was served at the DFH brewpub very cold, which is probably keeping the nose from volatilizing. At this point, I'm getting some moderate hops along with some roasty and caramel malt aromas off the nose.

T- Roasty and caramel malt are dominant, with a touch of toffee. The hop bitterness is a little less than anticipated; the hops come-in midway and last through the finish. The finish itself is a bit resinous [perceived as dry] and boozy. A great balance between the hop and malt profiles.

M- A nice big chewy mouthfeel. This is a bit of a paradox; the finish was perceived as dry, but I am feeling some texture from unattenuated sugar. Interesting. The carbonation is abundant and reasonably soft. Fastastic body.

D- Very quaffable. While the booze is present to a limited degree on the palate, there is nothing from a sensory perspective that indicates this is a 10% ABV beer. Dangerously drinkable.

jgasparine, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Baron
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap @ Sunset Grill, Boston in a tulip glass

A - Deep amber to brown, allowing some light along the edges. single finger white head which dissipated into lace in time.

S- clean aroma, malts, yet rather low roasted notes and only a hint of the syrupy sweetness to come

T- Strong malt with subtle clove + spice. Maple syrup sticky sweetness is strongly evident. Definitely develops more as it warms up to vanilla and slight oak. Cleaner finish than one would imagine with some warming from the alcohol and retains a lingering syrup aftertaste

M - Good body on this one, moderate carbonation and again, slight syrup texture on the tongue.

D - a good session beer without heaviness, although residual sweetness may hinder one from reaching for a second.

overall a good beer, yet not quite the marvel it was billed out to be. the "life" of blended yeast strains could be more pronounced in a richer aroma and perhaps a stronger oak aftertaste may help its "limbness"

Baron, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
1.9/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap at the Rose & Crown.

This is one of those beers where I wonder, "What the hell is everyone else drinking?"

A: Pours a clear, deep amber color with a finger of off-white head in the snifter. Retention is quite amazing, especially for 10%. The final result is a collar on the brew, with no lacing down the sides.

S: Molasses, roast, nuts, raisins. As it warms, it quickly starts giving off a rubbery ethanol aroma, and when it really opens up it smells like a dead ringer for solvent.

T: When cold (and I mean COLD), it's really not that bad. A nice melange of toasted nuts, raisins, burnt caramel, molasses, and the lightest hint of roast. But again, as it warms up and hits its stride, it becomes _incredibly_ solventy, to the point where I'm wondering what the point of making this was. Didn't they taste this before releasing it?

M: Light-bodied, with high carbonation. LOTS of booze. Not even a little shy about 10%. Jeez, try to hide it better.

D: No. This is so harsh and solventy. It might age well -- the flavor underneath the booze was pretty solid -- but I have no desire to find out. I don't have any patience or respect for a booze-bomb.

Arbitrator, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of danfinlay
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a few 24 oz bottles from Whole Foods. Looking forward to this interesting collaboration.

Poured so dark it initially looked like a IRS, but held up to the light, proved to actually be an incredibly deep amber, and this duality describes many of its features. Its flavor is rich, but texture is light. Its texture is light, but leaves a syrupy trail on the tongue.

Its maple and birch are both distinctly present but not overwhelming. The alcohol stays nicely embedded with these other soothing flavors, and never becomes too independent.

Perfect for a cool overcast night, not cold enough for an IRS, but perfect for enjoying the scent of falling leaves that is the signature of the autumn.

danfinlay, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of blackdiamond
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very good but different beer. Not your typical strong ale. Pours very good and has a good belguin lining and keeps a pretty good head. I didnt know what to think when i heard about this collabaration. I think the beer leans more toward something you would get from dogfish head. As the beer warms up you start to get more of a better taste of what this beer is all about. You taste a lot of caramel and syrup and even a little vanilla probably would go good with ice cream. It is very easy to drink this beer. I am gonna hold on to a couple bottles and open them up in a year or so. Cant wait to see more companies do collabarations. Whats next stone and russian river?

blackdiamond, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bookstore Speakeasy in Bethlehem. While the beer was quite drinkable, but a little lifeless. There was a pale syrup flavor with a little sweet cocoa, but this beer didn't taste like much. As it warmed up, I hoped to et more flavor, but the alcohol just became more evident. It was easy to drink and pleasant, but I wouldn't bother with this one again.

tempest, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby color with two fingers of creamy off white head and some great retention time.

Scent of strong sugars, maple syrup, molasses, smoke, roasted malts, oatmeal, tobacco, earth, and a hint of cinnamon. Great stuff, deep and rich with great complexity.

Taste of sugars, dark fruit, molasses, honey, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, and soda. Sweet and sugary, it almost seems as if it has a cola extract in it. I think it need a little time for the alcohol heat to die down, but this is one damn good beer as it is.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation. Very nice, but not entirely befitting of the style.

paco1029384756, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of mikey711
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very excited when I saw this one on tap on friday at Sunset. Took notes on my phone

A: deep brown. Only minimal light can get through at the bottom of the glass the head was fluffy but did not hold well. Good rings of lace linger.

S: notes of caramel maple syrup and toffee. Also quite a bit of coziness in the nose.

T: very malty with notes dominant notes of caramel mild toffee brown sugar. There is also a bitof fruitiness present.

M: quite boozy. The body of the beer was full and rich, but had an almost rubbery quality too it.

D: I sat on this one for about 45 minutes, and it did improve slightly as it warmed, but I could not get over how boozy it was. Maybe in a few months or a year it will be great, but it definitely needs more time.

mikey711, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap, poured into a dogfish head pint glass.

A: dark brown color, 1/2 finger head tan head, some lacing.

S: maple syrup, caramel like sweetness, raisins, molasses, with some slight alcohol lingering in the background.

T: it has a dark fruit like sweetness to go with the malt flavor. the flavor is kind of a mix of raisins, maple syrup, and molasses. finishes sweet and with an alcohol warmth.

MF: full bodied, moderate carbonation, has some alcohol warming.

Drinkability: the 10.2% abv is deceiving as it drinks a lot easier than you think it would. the alcohol is more of an aftertaste/warming than a big part of the main flavor. interesting beer.

porterwoobie, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a deep brown blackish color but not totally black. When I hold it up to the light there is a really deep amber color to it. The head on this beer is three fingers high and an off white color. Really thick and creamy. Great lacing on this beer. Looks awesome.
S= Interesting toffee notes come through first. Beautiful Maple syrup as well. Damn you Sam for your delicious syrup. I think I pick up on a small amount of alcohol in it which is a little bit of a let down but it's not a whole lot at all. Nice sweet caramelly malts come through as well.
T= Interesting indeed. There's for sure some of Sam's awesome syrup in it. The toffee is still there but taken away by other sweet malty goodness. There's some coffee like roasted malts in it that I can taste and the slightest alcohol touch in it. There's also a very nice woody character to it that I am pretty sure comes from the birch syrup. I didn't even know people harvested birch syrup but I'm guessing that's what the woodyness is. The finish is a little boozy when I blow out my nose right after the sip I get a pretty good amount of alcohol. The finish is tons of syrupy goodness.
M= Great. A little coating and smooth. Just right.
D= Good beer. A little age on this and it would mellow out a little more I think taking some of the hotness away. Great syrup taste to it and an awesome woodyness that I suspect comes from the birch. Great collab guys! It's awesome to see brewerys do things like this.

jjanega08, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of californiakulak
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just went into a local pizza joint to have a pint and almost fainted when I saw this on tap. If any of you have ever been to Fresno than you understand how horrible our draft beer selection is.

A. It is a dark brown with a creamy half inch head.

S. Smells of sweet malt. Like others have said it had a maple syrup smell. I also smell oak and dried fruits.

T. Very tasty. I taste the alcohol but it isn't over powering. Plums and figs and brown sugar. Kind of spicy.

M. Very carbonated with a medium body. A warming alcohol feel.

D. Pretty drinkable for being over 10% abv. Another of the dangerous high alcohol beers that are actually quite sessionable.

californiakulak, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of bakeller
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was fortunate enough to try this at Uncle Mikes Highway Pub in Wisconsin who had the only 1/6 barrel in the state

A: Pours dark brown with a hint of ruby when held up to the light. It is topped off by a 1 finger dark beige head. This beer coats the side of the glass nicely when swirled and the lacing is prominent.

S: There is a heavy malt presence with hints of raisin, fig, and a nice sweet nose from the maple syrup used in brewing.

T: There is quite a bit going on here. What hits me up front is the dark fruits and the malt in particular roasted and chocolate malts. There is a hint of caramel and a very nice sweet but not overpowering molasses/maple finish.

M: I thought this would be really heavy just based on how it stuck to the glass, however it was medium bodied. Did not really notice much carbonation. The lack of carbonation gave it a very smooth mouthfeel.

D: This is a 10% beer but I would not have guessed it. I thought the alcohol was very nicely incorporated. I did not really think it was "hot" by any means yet it did have a nice warming quality. This is certainly a sipper just based off of the complexity of taste and how it changes as it warms however if you wanted to drink a couple of these in a night, it could be done. Glad I tasted it and would get it again if I had the opportunity.

bakeller, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy tripelthreat (I think). Pours dark brown with ruby-mahogany highlights and a fading frothy wet beige head. Aroma is big brown sugar and some alcohol with lesser accents of red and dark fruits. Flavor is boozy maple syrup, cocoa powder, and dark bread crusts. For a beer with a prominent sugar/syrup note, this finishes pretty dry and clean. DFH could certainly learn something from this collaboration. Something called 'attenuation.' Mouthfeel is slick and oily, carbonation is on the low side. Pretty drinkable although the alcohol is a little bit too prominent.

illidurit, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Kaiser81
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle from Bevmo yesterday and poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark brown with just a hint of red when held up to the light. 2 finger width of head initially, but settles to one finger width fairly quickly. The lacing on the glass is very nice.

S - There is a nuttiness up front balances by a faint hint of raisins, sweet malts and molasses on the back end; very balanced, very nice, but very soft.

T - Very complex. I'm getting a lot of nuttiness on the front end mixed with some dark fruits. The aftertaste is very boozey and leaves some bitterness on the palate. This beer needs time to cellar and let the alcohol wear off. In time, it could be fantastic with a lot more flavors coming out..

M - It's a medium body beer; much different than I thought for something 10% + ABV. Carbonation is slightly high.

D - It's a little rough around the edges right now, bit in time, it can develop into something very good.

I may have to go buy a couple more of these to see what long term aging does to it.

Kaiser81, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of flexabull
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a big off white head that fades quickly, but with nice lacing. Looks good.

Aromas are of roasted nuts, raisins, and booze. Aromas are on the subtle side.

Taste is quite interesting. Lots of malts going on in this one, some dark cola, roasted malts, nuts, toffee, caramel and dark lightly burnt sugary flavors meld together nicely in the forefront. A nice, subtle, boozy, alcohol warmth blends well with all the sweetness. Finish has a nice mineral hop note, and all the flavors linger long on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, soft and smooth, but I expected it to be thicker. Still not bad at all though.

Drinkability is really good. Man, what an interesting big malty brew! Lots of complex and interesting flavors that aren't overwhelming. The beer goes down quite easy for being 10+% ABV. My only nit pick? I'd like a little more body. But still, this is an excellent beer and it should age nicely. Well... I expected nothing less than excellence from Sierra and Dogfish. And needless to say, they didn't disappoint even with the steeper price tag. I'll grab 1 or 2 more for the cellar.

flexabull, Nov 21, 2009
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.