Life & Limb | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Life & LimbLife & Limb
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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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Ratings: 1,541 |  Reviews: 745
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brownish amber in color and poured with a thin tan head.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and candi sugars in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer is sweet and has flavors of chocolate.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I could easily drink one or two of these, especially with dessert.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of nickthetick
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark mahogany/ burnt wood color into a DFH signature glass with a half finger of khaki head the last a good amount of time.

S: beautiful caramel, light chocolate, a tad of vanilla, a light fruity flavor.

T: raisins and caramel roll across the tongue followed by an even sweeter maple syrup flavor. An extremely sweet but woody in an interestingly appetizing way. Some anise and spices, cinnamon and clove.

MF: medium body, great effervescence, warm, just a bit dry.

O: sweet, very sweet for a Strong Ale. But a good example of a String Ale and an example of what a great collaboration beer and a beer can be in general.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of Gushue3
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L&L2 poured into snifter.

A Pours dark brown and sits very very dark brown/red which can just barely be seen through when held to light. 2 finger off white head forms that turns foamy and has some big retention. After the head comes down some lacing's left around the glass and theres still a layer of tan foam above the body. This stuff looks really good.

S The nose is pretty sweet. Some molasses and brown sugar along with sweet malts, but pretty faint scents

T Sweetness is there and follows the nose. Dark sweetness like molasses and a burnt brown sugar. Long finish that's sweet and a tiny bit bitter. Something about the taste is a little lack luster. Interesting stuff but i wish i got the maple I heard about.

M Medium feel and somewhat thick that has lots of small carbonation bubbles. Feels creamy.

O Looked amazing but didn't really do too much after that. Somewhat messy flavors that seemed like something was missing. I would hunt this down again, but definitely try it again.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. #2 on the bottom (I'm guessing this is the 2nd batch)

A- Pours a very deep brown with a very thick off-white foam head that leaves great lacing. Rings of lace form all the way down the glass.

S- Loads of brown sugar and caramel malt aromas dominate the nose. Maple, earth, and some dark fruits coming through as well.

T- Maple is apparent initially that develops into a very sweet finish. Flavors of caramel, toasted bread, candy sugar, dark fruits, and alcohol balance well with a touch of bitterness throughout.

M- Maybe the creamiest American Strong Ale that I've ever had. Full bodied and well carbonated.

O- This one is big and malty with a fair dose of alcohol (although it doesn't detract from my enjoyment). A very nice brew and one I'd like to see develop with some age.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of yamar68
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is so unique and so entirely enjoyable. The appearance is that of a heavy RIS, but it fades a bit quicker. The smell is fantastic. If you've been wanting to try something with birch syrup, make this the one. The syrup character is like no other. More earthy than sweet - very pleasant. Taste mirrors the smell, not as pungent as I was expecting though unfortunately. Mouthfeel is just too big on the carbonation. It doesn't take away from the beer but you do notice it on the first few sips. Overall this beer is excellent. I cracked it open fresh off the shelf but they suggest cellaring it for a bit which I would like to try. Very good.

EDIT: cellared until just now...

This ain't drankin' too well. Papery molasses and generally just pretty dull.

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3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Life and Limb 2 poured into my trusty Duvel Tulip Glass...

A - Pours an extremely dark brown with a thick cream-colored head (good retention) and distinct lacing.

S - Maple, fruits, alcohol, malts. Rather boozy, but not unpleasantly so.

T - Very sweet and maple-y. Nice background of spices and malt flavors, doesn't taste as boozy as the nose. All-around very nice and delicious.

M - Medium bodied and syrupy. Nice smooth, maple finish.

O - I found Life & Limb to be a tasty, maple-flavored brew. It was enjoyable and a beer I look forward to having again, even if for the price there might be others I'd rather check out.

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Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81.2% out of 100 with 1,541 ratings
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