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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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90
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1,454 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 137
Gots: 484 | 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:
Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head collaboration brew.

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

Massachusetts

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
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Klebe

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-20-2014 15:23:04 | More by Klebe
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-20-2014 00:03:18 | More by mltobin
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

1PT. 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass
Batch 2 (2011)

A - This is a dark beer bordering on black. When held to a light source some ruby highlights are visible. A couple inches of mocha head top it off.

S - The smell consists of molasses, figs, and dates. There is plenty of sweetness. It kind of reminds me of a molasses cookie.

T - Alcohol is noticeable in the taste but not overwhelmingly so. I get some dark fruit and molasses. I can also taste the maple syrup in the finish.

M - Thick, smooth, and creamy.

O - This beer has aged wonderfully. I love the thick mouthfeel. Although I can taste the alcohol, it still drinks remarkably well. I am definitely glad I aged a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 21:34:46 | More by buschbeer
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Necronomad

Switzerland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-18-2014 16:12:35 | More by Necronomad
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-15-2014 15:50:35 | More by acurtis
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seanchai

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-15-2014 15:39:00 | More by seanchai
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2nd Edition poured from a corked and muzzled bottle with no freshness date (bottled by Sierra Nevada ca. late 2011 and aged at cellar temperature) into a Rastal Teku 2.0 stemmed glass.

A- Pours deep mahogany (black if not viewed without a strong light, or focused on the edges of the glass) with a 1/2 finger of a creamy, beige head which dissipated quite rapidly. (4.25)

S- The aroma is sweet. Toffee/Molasses (think: tootsie roll) and maple syrup hit first followed by some dark, vinous fruits (raisins, dates, figs, plums). As it warms, the dark fruits mellow in favor of some milk chocolate some earthy spice. (4.25)

T- Along with the dark fruits found in the nose, a milk chocolate/cola flavor is also immediate on the palate. Mid-palate is met with a rather big shot of vanilla. The 'pseudo' barrel characteristics become more apparent once things warm to room temperature. (4.25)

M- Sweet up front followed by (thanks to a bit of aging) a dry, tannin-like finish Much like the appearance of the head, the bottle conditioning creates an absolutely luscious and creamy texture on the palate. (4.5)

O- Although I did not review this fresh (as I remember Life & Limb v2 being cloyingly sweet), the 2+ years of age has done this beer remarkably well. American Strong Ale is a good category for it, as it is quite complex and possesses qualities of an Imperial Stout, Belgian Quadruple and the earthiness of something that might construed as being barrel-aged. I would not purchase a case, but being a fan of both of these breweries, this stands to be one of the most enjoyable collaboration (and aged) beers I have sampled...well done! (4.25)

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2014 00:10:56 | More by threeviews
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2011 vintage.

A - Pours a dark mahogany cherry brown color with a toffee colored, creamy, viscous-like head.

S - Dark roasted caramel/toffee, molasses, brown sugar, figs, vanilla, dates, some maple aroma, and some alcohol character.

T - Follows the nose. Molasses, some brown sugar, and mostly maple, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruit (dates, figs, prunes). There is some alcohol effervescence but very, very little for a 10%+ beer.

M - Heavy medium body, lightly syrupy, velvet-like on the tongue.

O - This beer has aged gracefully in a good way, glad I sat on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 01:04:00 | More by jzeilinger
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MattGrimley

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-25-2014 21:56:14 | More by MattGrimley
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2014 01:52:54 | More by PappyVans
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2014 01:32:15 | More by warnerry
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MCImes

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-19-2014 21:56:52 | More by MCImes
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-18-2014 22:27:26 | More by Durandal_777
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Domvan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-17-2014 01:08:44 | More by Domvan
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 2. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep mahogany. Off white head that retains well.

Smell - Lots of syrupy sweetness. Maple syrup and molasses. Birch? I dunno. Coffee roasted malts.

Taste - Syrup is still strong. Molasses flavor. Dark malts lend a deep coffee and chocolate flavor. The finish is all syrup flavor, but doesn't finish sweet.

Mouthfeel - Very dry. Not boozy, but still a noticeably big beer. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's got a lot of the syrup flavors, but that doesn't make it terribly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 23:10:51 | More by Alieniloquium
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Fitze

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-11-2014 17:27:47 | More by Fitze
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whitenads

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-05-2014 17:38:29 | More by whitenads
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phishterrrrrrr88

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-02-2014 20:21:44 | More by phishterrrrrrr88
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-27-2014 05:05:11 | More by DaftPatrick
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ejeffer11

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-26-2014 00:35:11 | More by ejeffer11
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-22-2014 07:45:10 | More by afsdan
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-18-2014 14:01:20 | More by billhelm
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Russf3181

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

04-18-2014 01:07:44 | More by Russf3181
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cmq103

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-15-2014 01:22:13 | More by cmq103
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.