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Life & LimbLife & Limb

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head collaboration brew.

Added by mjl21 on 11-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a bottle cellared for well over a year.

Pours a deep, dark ruby, so dark that it looks black at first. Voluptuous head, but lace is erratic.

Nose is malty, sweet, and boozy.

This heavy-bodied, thick and malty ale rushes the palate first with odd sweetness, evidently the maple and birch syrup infusions. It's an unusual and smooth taste, and definitely pleasing. The sweetness continues until a fruity, nutty character follows and brings up the finish. A sipper, to be sure, as the 10.2% sneaks up on you.

Overall, a unique, quirky, and strong ale, perhaps not up to the par of Sierra or Dogfish's finest individual works, but certainly a tasty and worthwhile experiment.

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Photo of rev3rb
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Line Up Front: I had this bottle aged almost 2 years. It's really mellowed out and honestly better than I remembered it. I'll be finding some more of these (if I can) and aging a couple more.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with creamy head and sticky lacing around the glass. A thing of beauty.

Smell: Wonderful dark fruits (dates and raisins) and very boozy. Quite inviting.

Taste: Very malty with the hops balancing out the sweetness. Dark fruits and dark bread very predominant.

Mouthfeel: It has a heavier body and thicker on the palate. It leaves a thick coating on the mouth and as a result a lingering aftertaste. Carbonation is nice and doesn't take away from the beer.

Overall: A very heady, strong, delightful beer. Taste buds be warned. This is not a beer for the weak or faint of heart. A wonderful American Strong Ale.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Number 2. Bottle is just about a year old at this point.

Had this fresh on tap, I remember liking it, but not ordering another.

First off, really cool label. Moving on...

A - poured into a snifter, dark brown almost a ruby red. Pour produces a 3/4 inch tan head, reduces rather quickly to a crown that retains for the balance. Moderate lacing as it goes down

S - smells of dark ripe fruit, the maple from the syrup is thinly present,some booze, some barrel-y notes here and there. Reminds me of an old ale.

T - the dark fruit comes through from the nose, dark brown sugar, maple syrup, some boozy heat, the alcohol still shows through quite a bit, not necessarily in a bad way though. Quick punch of the richer flavor gives way to some light hop bitterness. Finish is a bit funky, but again, not necessarily In a bad way, but not sure if I'm a huge fan of the finish. Overall though, quite tasty. Improves a little as it warms.

M - just on the thin side of medium. Low carbonation, fits it well, could even stand a little more. Nice.

O - I like this beer with the year in it. Flavor profile is nice. I can't really recall my fresh taste of this beer enough to compare, but I am really enjoying this, which I don't particularly recall when fresh. My bottle shop just brought out a case of this for the holidays, I'm going to go back and grab a couple more to see how some more age treats this. I have the feeling it will only improve.

Gave it a 4.25 overall, even though most of the components are 4s, just something about this that I really like.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle served slightly chilled intoa goblet.

Life and Limb is a dark brown color with good clarity. The head is short and settles fairly quickly with no lacing.

Aroma is sweet and slightly boozy like something aged in a rum barrel.

Flavor is also sweet but it's balanced. It has elements of raisins, vanilla, maple, and mild roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has likely mellowed in the cellar and it is now a balanced, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very cold from the bottle. Very dark, porter-esque appearance to the beer. Creamy, slightly brown-hued head. The nose was very complex and slightly sweet. The beer itself was not as sweet tasting as the nose led to believe, but was definitely more sweet than bitter. The beer was made with maple and birch syrup, but neither were very dominant in the taste. Overall a very complex-tasting, balanced, interesting beer.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, maple syrup, birch, some brown sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Through the middle, maple syrup comes through with some birch and molasses. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, maple, dark fruits, birch, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great complexity with a great balance. The maple syrup is a really nice touch.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Batch 1

In the cellar since bought and 3 years later...away we go.

Pours a rather clear flat cola colored brew with a nice one finger beige head. Ring around the glass the entire session. Impressed with the look after hearing reports this may have fallen off.

The aroma is consistent with a barley wine. Sweet malt, maple syrup, brown sugar, leather, root beer, rubber and alcohol. A lot going on here and impressed, I am.

The taste still has the alcohol burn after all these years. My tongue almost gets numb from the carbonation and still present heat. Tummy is warm as well. The flavor is almost a hybrid between a strong ale and a barleywine. The molasses definitely kicks in followed with light char, espresso, maple and more molasses. Slight medicinal presence as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty full with bubbles on each and every sip.

Overall I am very impressed with how this ages. Not sure what it tastes like fresh, since they were all gobbled up upon release, but this is a very well done beer. The use of molasses brings a nice element to this style and in my eyes this collaboration worked well. The alcohol presence is still strong 3 years later which was a nice surprise considering the aging process. I could see maybe aging this a few months more, but the one I consumed was perfect for my palate.

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4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life and Limb

Appearance: This highly sought after collaboration pours a dark brown, akin to maple syrup (what a coincidence, huh?). It has a very creamy looking, light tan head three-fingers thick that takes what seems an eternity to work its way down the glass to the point of drinkability. The bubbles are of all different sizes, but the top is so satin smooth that it looks like a root beer float. There is all kinds of lacing as well. This is a very appetizing looking beer that really just screams “dessert” right from the get-go.

Aroma: Lots of chocolatey sweetness mingles with maple syrup throughout the nose. There are almost no hops at all. This seems like it is going to be a malt-bomb, but a delicious one at that. Lots of alcohol is smattered throughout the nose as well. Honestly this smells Hopefully the maple syrup comes through, as this reviewer has never really experienced a good maple syrup beer.

Taste: Syrup is the only word to describe this. Maple slaps the tongue repeatedly, accompanied by vanilla, dark and roasty malts and general malty sweetness. Alcohol is also present in the taste, but it is not unpleasant. This tastes like a liquored up version of Founders Old Curmudgeon, but with that signature Dogfish malt taste that we all know and love. That strange cola aroma comes through in the taste as well, but it is actually surprisingly complementary to the rest of the beer. This is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick, viscous, sticky, everything you would expect from a beer made with syrup as a primary ingredient. Perhaps it is transference, but the minor carbonation (which is natural and expected to be minimal) gives a certain credence to the cola characteristics. There is also a warming from the alcohol, which is always welcome in a beer this style. Overall, the mouthfeel does a great job of benefitting the taste.

Overall: This old ale tastes more like a huge barleywine. Even with it’s enormous taste profile, it is strangely drinkable. I do not really feel Sierra Nevada’s presence in this beer, but Dogfish’s propensity to brew with maple syrup (thanks to the Calagione family) and their willingness to branch out (ha, pun not intended) is felt throughout the beer. This is a very impressive offering, and I would love to have this available all the time. It is truly a shame that this is a one-time thing. 18.5/20

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Photo of ncketchum
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cellar temp in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours a dark chocolate brown with a massive light cocoa head, fades to leave a good amount of lacing

S - aroma is malty up front, fairly sweet, almost cola-like with the combination of different syrups

T - sweet and malty, very similar to the nose. Oak comes through in the end, very nice tasting

M - medium bodied, not much carbonation, no alcohol burn, hides the 10% quite well

O - I had this one sitting in my cellar for some time, I'm glad I let it mellow a bit. Nice collaboration between SN and DFH, definitely one worth trying

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 (2009) Life & Limb, cellared by me since release, served at ~50 degrees in a tulip and allowed to warm for over an hour (split the bottle with my wife & sister).

This bottle hissed as soon as pressure was applied to the plain brown cap. Worried me slightly but as I poured everything seemed to be in good order.

Body & Appearance: Appears the same as the first time I tried a bottle of Batch 1 back in '09; clear brown/amber body with ample head, plenty of yeast/natural sediment in the bottom of the 24oz bottle.

Smell & Taste: HUGE woody notes, reminiscent of oak aging, hints of earthy vanilla and slight caramel as well. Big sweetness with plenty of suggestions of maple syrup, minimal roasted notes, and a light alcohol presence is still here but its a bit more subdued than when it was fresh. With the characters of oak, vanilla, maple syrup, and slight booze, if you had told me this was a 1-3 year old bottle of a Bourbon/Maple Syrup Barrel Aged beer I would have believed you no questions asked.

Feel: Still creamily bodied, well carbed at this age (natural carbonation worked well here), the alcohol burn is present on the finish (which surprised me) but doesn't 'thin' the mouthfeel at all. Still a moderate/medium-bodied beer.

Final Impressions: This thing has held up FINE and probably has more than a good year left in it to finally wipe out the booze character. By no means was it a hot mess when released, but its still somewhat distracting when trying to enjoy all of the woody/syrup/sweetness components. Definitely a sipper and a beer to share @ 24oz of 10.2% abv.

Other Notes: Cellared under less than optimal conditions, probably 65 degrees for a majority of the year from 2010-2011.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Life and Limb Batch 2 poured into an Eagle Rock snifter, reviewed live. This bottle is now slightly over a year old.

The beer pours a fantastic dark brown color, extremely opaque, nearing black but still a definite brown. A lovely, thick, tan colored head rests atop the beer which has incredible retention, leaving behind a thick layer of film above the beer and some mild, but rather minimal lacing. The head is easily re-summoned with a quick twirl of the glass. The aromas are pleasant, amazing syrup presences, sweetness from the maple, bitterness and earthiness from the birch, which also lends a bit of sweetness. The malts are in line, a hint of coffee and some roast presence also pops out, with just the mildest of dark fruits, but that could be my nose playing tricks on me. Nice syrupy malty flavors pop out on the tongue, maple sweetness, chewy birch flavors, lots of wood going on, well balanced and integrated. A touch of coffee roast is there as well, nice sweetness from the malts, dark fruits are more apparent in the flavors, however, there is a fairly strong alcohol presence, something I was hoping would be more mellow after a year. The body is spot on, compliments the syrups in the beer well, nice carbonation, nice texture, good finish, coats the tongue properly, however, I'm not getting the warming sensation I was hoping for after picking up on the heat on the tongue.

Verdict: I was a fan of batch 1 and thought batch 2 was a bit of a let down when fresh, however after a year, this is really getting better. The alcohol is still a bit too much, but I think that this one is only getting better, can't wait to try it next year!

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Photo of 360logic
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, cloudy color with a medium thick off-white head with some light lacing. Looks like a porter.

S: Maple, Vanilla, Caramel, Malts. Has a starchy sweet smell almost like pancakes.

T: Brewed with maple syrup, and you can tell. Big malts hit you fast, followed by earthy maple. Very molasses tasting with hardly any actual sweetness. Light booze flavor laying in the background tying it all together. Rich, dark, sweet (not sugary), complex flavors all balancing here. Medium hops.

M: Viscous and chewy with medium carbonation. You almost feel the molasses and sap in your mouth.

O: Feels almost like dark and rich bourbon cocktail in beer form. Really good cold weather beer.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown from bomber bottle into sniffer. Excellent lacing and massive creamy white head.

Aroma is maple syrup, carmel and dark dried fruits. Sweet, not much hop presence

Taste of brown burnt carmel, maple syrup, toffee. Very complex. The burnt taste offsets the sweetness of the beers backbone. Not much hops shows but it balances everything else. Like an ultra strong American brown ale but with more bitterness and some infused stout and porter presence.

Medium body mouthfeel that finishes clean. Very drinkable, much more than the abv suggests.

An excellent collaboration. American strong ale styles seem to be the new hit with a wide range of approaches. Enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2 poured from a 750ml bottle into my Devil's Backbone snifter. Dark brown in color with a a half inch of dense foam covering the top.

The aroma shows off the sweeter syrup very well and really compliments the chocolate and caramel flavors I'm getting. It's got some really nice dark fruit notes to it as well. It's got a lot of sweet flavors, but it surprisingly doesn't feel overdone at all. Very nice aroma to it overall.

The maple syrup also has a lot of influence in the taste. It's got some caramel, chocolate and some coffee in the finish. It's got a little bit of a darker fruit, cherry like flavor to it as well. Again, it's got a lot of flavors that are usually really sweet, but it doesn't feel overly sweet at all. Very nice flavors overall, I really like the syrup flavors.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, I thought it was a lot better than I was expecting it to be. It really came together well and the maple syrup was really well represented in it. With all the sweet flavors I was really impressed at how relatively balanced and drinkable it was. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle. Batch 2. Aged in my cellar for a year. Served in a tulip.

Pours just about a pitch black with over a finger of beige foam. Settles to a thin covering and ring. A few swaths of lacing.

Aroma of chocolate and caramel, dry and dusty wood. Not sure I'm picking up the syrup, maybe a touch of maple, and a lot of sweet notes throughout. Some alcohol.

Initial flavor is dryer and less sweet than I was expecting. Roasty malt hits first. Maple, caramel, birch beer, and floral hops through the middle. Sweetens up nicely. Finishes with a licorice bitterness that lingers on into the aftertaste. Alcohol emerges a tiny bit, but is quite well buried in the flavor.

Medium-full bodied with lively natural carbonation that starts soft and builds to be slightly prickly. Overall smooth, oily, and well carbonated. Great.

Glad I aged this one a bit. It's better than the bottle I drank a year ago.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Platinum

Pours a deep brown, red hues, delightful head of off-white, with clumpy lace.

Aromas of maple syrup, dark treacle toffees, marzipan, brown sugar

Taste is same as aormas, little bitterness, quite sweet almost English Barley-wine style. Sweetness builds 'n' builds but does nto over-dominate.

Mf creamy medium to heavyweight, moderate carbonation

Goes down a treat - top stuff - in saying that this is the type of beer that almost needs a 275ml bottle not a bomber.

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Photo of turnerk3
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a midnight black tint with a humble dirty brown head, kind of like a Guinness appearance. The retention unexpectedly slides down the side of the glass quite easily for strong ale.

S: A chocolatey, syrupy, and boozy aroma floods the nostrils. Not exactly what I was expecting from a strong ale, but it should be expected considering it's brewed with maple syrup and birch syrup. The hops have a minimal, if any, appearance.

T: A pleasant syrupy, candy type of flavor with a minute alcohol burn at the end. This is an extremely tricky brew. The syrupy sweetness cloaks the alcohols presence marvelously. However, (this is when it becomes more complex) it may appear similar to a stout upon first impressions, but the sweetness seems to subside only to be replaced by subtle hop and boozy essence. This is when the true strong ale flavor appears.

M: Nicely carbonated allowing the flavors to really come through. A remarkable chewy, sticky feel coats the mouth. Exceptionally unique in character since the feel combines the malts, hops, and alcohol in different stages and styles.

O: Altogether a pleasant brew. I respect the complexity this beer presents. Even though I'm a hop-head I would still suggests this over quite a few IPAs. If you appreciate complexity and uniqueness, you'll enjoy this one.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500 in honor of my 1st son, born on 7/4/12.
Batch 2 - 750ml served into a 22oz snifter glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a khaki micro bubble head forming a thick tight knit creamy cap.

S - Rich toffee, sweet maple, roasted barley, woody undertones, chocolate, muted pine sap, toasted marshmallows, sugar alcohol fumes, caramelized plantains, cherry-like fruit esters, molasses, dates, oranges come out as it warms.

T - A complex mix of roasted barley and sweet chocolate malt, toasted bread and toffee, spiced plumbs, dates, wood is very present and blends well with the spicy hops. Finishing roasty and spicy.

M - Heavy but light and super creamy across the tongue. Incredible feel. Warming.

One of the more complex American Strong Ales I've had. A master blend of balancing flavors. Its sweet without being cloying. Excellent use of ingredients. Really no flaws. An awesome sipper. Wish I had another one to age.

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Photo of Auracom
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2. 22 oz. bottle split two ways. 11 oz. poured into a Hunaphu snifter on July 7th, 2012.

A - Dark brown, virtually black coloring. Nice 1.5 finger head with tight bottle-conditioned bubbles. So-so retention with good lacing. Marginal legs.

S - Plentiful malt bill - roasted pecans, honey almonds, almost a touch of coconut. I get a hint of the syrup and maple tree bark as well. Slightest touch of alcohol solvency underneath.

T - Heavily roasted notes here. Charred earthiness, black coffee beans, underlying dark winter fruit.

M - Fairly smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation. Lightly dry finish with bitter espresso aftertaste.

D - Liked this quite a bit more than I expected. The syrup as usual is a bit weak but helps the feel. One of the better collabs I've had in a while.

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown with a touch of mahogany red. Forms a smallish tan colored head that quickly reduces to an incomplete surface coating. Very light lacing.

S: Aroma is quite nice. Lots of vanilla mixed with some roasted malts, milk chocolate, molasses, dark honey, maple, and a bit of roasted malt.

T: taste is much like the aroma, both complex and balanced. Mildly sweet, with lots of milk chocolate, a little vanilla, some maple and s little molasses. There is a slight woody or earthy quality on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Slightly syrupy. Lower carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: A very nice beer. Incredibly complex, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of CASK1
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Deep, dark, brown, almost opaque with a thick, long-lasting tan head. Lace sticks to the glass all the way to the bottom.

Smell is complex, with roasty malt and spicy, herbal hops. Sweet malt and alcohol back up the roastiness.

Taste resembles the aroma, but takes it to the next level. Sweet toffee, bitter chocolate, sweet alcohol; all backed up by a hop bitterness that grows into the finish.

Medium-full body is tempered by significant carbonation - very drinkable for a high-alcohol beer. Alcohol is sweet and pleasant, not hot.

Wow! I hope they brew this again soon!

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second Brewing, 2011 bottle

A: poured into a snifter. black in the glass with no light transmission with a two finger khaki head that recedes to 1/4 inch
S: smells of bitter roast malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee with some woodiness. a bit of licorice as well
T: takes awhile to build but sweet roast malt, chocolate, slight woodiness, a little herbal, and a hint of coffee swallow brings more woodiness and chocolate with a bit of alcohol and a tinge of astringency
M: slightly prickly carbonation, medium to heavy in the mouth
O: pretty solid beer. I meant to drink one of these fresh but it took awhile to get around to it. nice complexity but imo the original batch tasted a little better on tap and aged.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Pitch black, pours a medium dark brown head, heavy internal carbonation, certainly not translucent

S: Quite complex and fragrant, great sweet and bitter elements, elements of cocoa, citrus, oak, even espresso and vanilla, moderate alcohol as well

T: Much akin to the nose, definitely stronger bitter notes, nice citrus and oak combination, rounded out by some sweet vanilla and light fruit, definitely alcohol in the taste (could use some aging)

M: Extremely smooth for such powerful flavor and high abv, well balanced, sweet oak aftertaste, but a little lingering and drying

O: Strong in fragrance and flavor, smooth and well balanced, definitely worth a try, should have some age on it, though

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Photo of BostonHops
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
batch 2.

pours a deep mahogany tone while yielding a big frothy two-finger head. very good retention and a good amount of lacing. nose is pretty bold and has a decent amount going on. coffee, maple, chocolate, and molasses. very intriguing.

flavor is really good. a bit more booze showing than i'd prefer (albeit it is a 10+ ABV)... the coffee, maple, chocolate, and molasses are all there, along with some roasted malts. secondary notes of yeast, vanilla, and maybe a touch of yeast.

this is my first experience with this beer and i'm pleasantly surprised. flawed, sure, but overall a really tasty brew with a good amount going on. sort of unique, too.

(originally reviewed: 08-08-2011)

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle through a trade a couple of years ago, figured now is as good a time as any to to crack it. Review is from notes taken on 6/18/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty common murky caramel brown with some deep copper to it; starts with a short 1/4 finger off-white/light tannish head that fades a thin, uneven, but complete skim; can't really see into it due to the color, but based upon the pop and his at the cracking, the carbonation should be ample; just a couple of swaths of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Lots of deep and dark, very ripe fruits; bit of caramel/butterscotch maltiness, perhaps even a touch of chocolate; touch of booziness to it.

Taste: Really solid, and I would imagine that the two additional years in the bottle have helped it along as the booziness is a little bit more subdued than I remember it being from the growler; a lot of the dark fruits as mentioned in the smell, perhaps some dark and very ripe cherries, maybe figs/dates (?); maltiness is huge in this one and really shines -- tons of caramel/butterscotch; definite presence of alcohol, but blends well with the other big flavors.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and the carbonation is plenty strong (resists being too sharp, though); thin coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it's pretty sticky; belly is left plenty warm.

Overall: Super solid, but definitely a sipper with an ABV approaching 11%; wish this one came in the 12 oz. format.

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Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,538 ratings.
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