Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Life And Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BruChef:
4.45/5 rDev +4%
Based on memory from about 6 hours ago at the Tap and Mallet, Sierra Nevada-total tap take-over so here goes:
Served in a white wine glass, poured a rich, somewhat murky, dark brown/mahogany color with head dissipating almost immediately after pouring. Some lacing on the sides and thin residual tan head on the surface.
The smell is amazing: Maple syrup up front complemented by port and other fortified wine like nuances. Combined with the taste, in addition to the maple syrup and port are notes of mission fig, raisin and other dark, dried fruits. The maple is what stands out the most and it is exceptionally pleasant. I feel like the barrel aging helped to bring that aspect out substantially although it's been a year since i had the regular version. Surprisingly and thankfully, this beer is not cloying at all like one might expect. The hops are not forward, nor should they be, but in the back round just enough to balance out everything that might have potentially made this beer too sweet. Such harmony!
The mouth feel is good for this beer; not quite coating the tongue but simply gracing it with medium to light carbonation. This beer drinks like Less than a porter but just slightly more than an English brown ale.
Overall this was a fantastic beer. Halfway through it i came up with what i thought was the perfect summation: It's like what you wanted your '97 Sam Adams triple bock to taste like except lighter and without the syrupy soy sauce body/flavor and carbonation. Super glad i had the chance to try this beer.
03-26-2011 22:36:45 | More by BruChef
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.
Pours a deep amber color with hints of darker brown and a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of robust caramel and toasted malts with large amounts of vanilla and spicy bourbon. Also present are hints of syrup and dark fruits.
Tastes similar to how it smells though not quite as well-balanced. Robust caramel malts with equally light hints of toasted and roasted malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of vanilla from the oak. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens with hints of maple syrup flavors that fade out into a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of the original beer but the addition of barrels really helped it out, as I assume some time to settle down did as well. Very much worth a shot if you're lucky enough to see it around.
03-11-2011 01:05:17 | More by glid02
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured a dark dark brown with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, cream, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, cream, dark chocolate, and just a hint of bitter hops. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Based on the flavor and mouthfeel I got on this one, I would have never guessed that it was a Barleywine if I'm honest as it was more imperial stout like. The barrel aging definitely mellowed this one out and made it completely sublime. Now I really need to get ahold of the regular version and try it. A must try if you ever have the chance.
03-01-2011 12:41:14 | More by thagr81us
3.9/5 rDev -8.9%
A: pours black with barely any head that completely vanishes with no lacing.
S: lots of caramel, vanilla, oak, and whiskey aromas. Some sweet maple and birch-like aromas come through as well.
T: lots of whiskey, caramel, oak, and some vanilla. Some roasted malts mixed in as well along with a slight alcohol burn and a touch of maple. Surprisingly smooth.
M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer could benefit from a thicker body.
O: a pretty good beer. Fairly simple, but smooth, tasty, and smells great.
12-08-2011 23:33:10 | More by n2185
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
On-tap at Brewvival 2011. Excited to try this one, I rather enjoyed regular Life and Limb. Aged 10 months in American Bourbon Barrels.
Pours a dark brown with a thin khaki-colored head. Nice sweet aromas and flavors of bourbon, dark malt, caramel, chocolate, maple syrup,toasted nuts, and oak. Nice crisp carbonation with a full, luscious body. Pleasantly drinkable, I really enjoyed this one!
02-27-2011 23:24:08 | More by jsanford
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
Draft at Publick House. Aged in bourbon barrels for 10 months.
Black body with no head. Tons of bourbon -bals on the nose. Vanilla, maple syrup, faint toastiness. Rich and caramelized. Smells quite nice, hugely better than regular Life and Limb. The palate, likewise, is extremely bourbon-forward. Nice caramel-vanilla-maple syrup sweetness, with just a touch of toasted malt. Essentially a bourbon barrel showcase, it's probably for the best that the base beer is barely recognized. The body is a bit thin, but it does the job. Finishes with toasted, caramelized sweetness. Bit of lingering almond-like nuttiness and a touch of cola. Surprisingly nice overall, a vast improvement over the base beer.
03-25-2011 02:30:58 | More by largadeer
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
Look: Black with brown rings around the edges with very little head and no retention
Smell: Bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon..Oh wait did I say bourbon. Yum
Taste: Like the nose the bourbon is very present but it blends very well with the oak and vanilla bean flavors to create a perfect harmony of flavors
Mouthfeel: Velvety silkyness to it and it is full bodied with low carbonation
Overall: Not at all what I expected when I ordered it but I must say the flavor was very good and the complete package was a hell of alot better than I thought it would be. Highly recommended
08-24-2011 22:18:00 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.15/5 rDev -3%
On tap at Night of the Barrels 2011. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a dark brown color with a good creamy off-white head and a bit of lacing as the beer's head falls to a thin cap. The nose carries really nice bourbon notes as well as a good dose of chocolate plus some caramel and brown sugar. Sweet malt layered with bourbon; really nice. The flavor doesn't quite integrate everything like the nose did, but the combination of the oak and bourbon with the base is quite nice. Really full and excellent body with low carbonation leading to even more perceived thickness. Really excellent. I liked this quite a bit more than the base beer.
05-17-2011 21:29:02 | More by Thorpe429
Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Life And Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.