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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 143
Gots: 484 | 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 weizenbob
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 500 ml corked & caged bottle was purchased at Shop-N-Save in Ludington, MI for $10.99. It is the 2011 vintage and was brewed with maple and birch syrups. I sampled this bottle around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The cork came off with a loud pop. The bottle was poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A fairly aggressive pour manifests an aggressive four fingers of head. The head is khaki tinted. Retention is excellent. Lacing is not kidding around. The brew is a very dark brown, akin to maple syrup. The visual aesthetic of this beer is wholly reminiscent of a Belgian Quad.

The aroma reveals a high-gravity ale that is still very young. Alcohol is very far forward in the nose, suggesting a cross between malt liquor and barley wine. Other sweet aromas suggest maple and caramel but those secondary scents are totally outmatched by alcoholic heat. I fear that I opened this bottle far too early in its shelf life.

The flavor is somewhat better than the aroma was implying. The summation is that this brew tastes akin to a Quad that was brewed with maple syrup rather than candy sugar. Maple is the first discernable flavor on the tongue. It is expectedly literal and strong. Molasses follows. A minor cooked veggie flavor bleeds through the maple. Some earthy smokiness adds a nice balance to the sweetness. Some surprisingly piercing grapefruit hop bitterness manifests as the sweetness subsides. The bitter resins coat the mouth and linger for an unpleasantly long tenure. The finish is alcoholic, though far more in check than the aroma suggested. This one needs some age to tame some of the sharp edges. However, I’m tasting a lot of potential.

The feel is very nice. The body is full and the viscosity is nearly that of maple syrup. In fact, if it were any thicker I’d be tempted to drizzle it on a Belgian waffle. The carbonation level is relatively low, furthering the syrupy impression. Alcohol no doubt aides the smooth feel while warming the throat like brandy.

My overall impression of this Sierra Nevada-Dogfish Head collaboration is that I opened the bottle way too early. It has a great look and some nice raw sweetness. Still the drinkability is not very high at this point. The 10.2% alcohol is just too hot and the hopiness, though not overwhelming, seems totally out of place. Still, the price is not bad for what you get. I am definitely going to buy a second bottle to revisit in a year or two. Oh, and be sure to have a friend around to share this with. It’s a bruiser.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for this syrupy treat: one for life, and one for limb.

weizenbob, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ONN8, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nitrogenx, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Kevlee722, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

bpk59, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GHeinze89, Dec 01, 2011
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
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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

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

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

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

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

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

anyhoodle, Nov 28, 2011
Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.