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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Life & LimbLife & Limb

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Ratings: 1,472
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 141
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to beerdy for this bottle!

Vintage 2010; poured into oversized sifter.

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer. No head just a white ring around the outside of the glass.

Smell: Malty some honey and maple are there too.

Taste: Moderate malt body with biscuit and caramel malts. Maple and honey just as the nose suggests. The maple is not very sweet and for as malty as this beer is its not cloying. This beer kind of taste like a tree. Its earthy and woody, but not any oak notes. It unique for sure.

Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied beer with medium carbonation at the lower end of medium. The beer is farly smooth with a slight hinting of alcohol. Mild warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Not a bad beer. I really enjoy big boozey and heavy American Strong Ale. That is not this beer, it at the other end of the spectrum. Its flavorful for not being barrel aged. Was hoping the maple and birch syrups would have brought more flavors and complexity into this beer.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev -0.5%

gratefulbeerhead, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ksherry112, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of foulhooked
4/5  rDev -0.5%

foulhooked, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of mcphish22
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mcphish22, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of mscott1975
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mscott1975, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of UNCCTDawg
4/5  rDev -0.5%

UNCCTDawg, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz Growler @ Beverage World. Batch #2, 2011 release. Served at around 50-55F.

Pours dark brown with a good light brown head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a wispy cap.

Aroma is maple syrup, wood, vanilla, nuts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some dark fruit and grassy notes, a hint of citrus, noticeable alcohol. Very good strength.

Flavor is maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, vanilla, wood, some dark fruits, rather sweet, low bitterness, some alcohol on the finish but not intrusive. Sweetness becomes almost too much as I work further down the glass.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sort of sticky, sometimes creamy but with sharp carbonation at least at the beginning that does eventually settle down.

Interesting and unique ale. The maple really comes through...probably the birch syrup too but I’ve never had that before so I don’t know what to look for. Very nice aroma...almost has the effect of a barrel aged beer such as a Scotch Ale. Excessive sweetness does get in the way of this being truly special, however.

elgiacomo, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev -0.5%

csiewert, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +24.4%

captainbearcat, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Swim424
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork top bottle into dogfish head pint glass

a-pours a deep brown/amber. looks black unless up to a light. has a nice brown head that holds pretty well

s-smells like coffee syrup. some roasted coffee, sllight chocolate. sort of nutty.

t-hit me up front with a nutty coffee taste, finishing with basically the same thing. maybe some chocolate and raosted malt in there also. pretty smooth.

mf-again very smooth. has a creamy slight coffee aftertaste. goes down very nicely.

overall this is a pretty damn good beer. not incredible but its different from most beers and stands out from others. good price. Very glad i tried this and would definitly reccomend to anyone.

Swim424, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

heyta, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

akinsja, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of poibag808
3/5  rDev -25.4%

poibag808, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

stevef03, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

seth72104, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of anyhoodle
4/5  rDev -0.5%

anyhoodle, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of TheSquire23
5/5  rDev +24.4%

TheSquire23, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2

Dark brown with a sticky tan head. Lots of lacing and carbonation.

Ethanol, roastiness/chocolatiness. Not too much nuance or any wood-syrup sweetness.

Roasty ethanol, not too different from the nose. There is not too much going on to talk about, just a rich, strong ale - better served warm.

There is actually a pretty creamy roastiness pushed forward by ample carbonation and a rich foundation. Defintely a strong sipper.

Aging potential, but a pretty average beer off the shelf. I like how this beer feels, but the taste is generic. My first sip presented a little sweetness, but it disappeared. May try it again in the future.

ThePorterSorter, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

kmello69, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of ahalloin
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

Pours a dark brown translucent fluid with dark amber highlights. Strong light tan foamy head forms and recedes after a bit to a thin ring.

The smell is very pleasing and has melded nicely since the initial release. Strong notes of molasses, prunes, and dark caramel. A sweetness is also present reminiscent of cotton candy or bubble gum. A slight herbal, woody quality is perceptible as well.

The taste isn't quite as pleasing as the smell. A bubble gum sweetness crossed with a slightly unpleasant burnt raisin flavor. It is just this side of roasty with a dominant herbal quality.

Very smooth full mouthfeel. Alcohol heat is present in the finish and detracts somewhat in my opinion.

I think this is aging pretty nicely. The flavors have melded pretty well but I'm not sure if the burnt raisin flavor will ever become more pleasing. I would bet the alcohol heat would dissipate more over time.

ahalloin, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of beer4colin
5/5  rDev +24.4%

beer4colin, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Asa, Nov 26, 2011
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.