Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Life And Limb | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mikesgroove on 02-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A found pair of barrells aged since 2011 by the former brewmaster at my local watering hole lead to a tap takeover by Sierra Nevada to celebrate the pouring of the last known kegs of this edition. June 2018.
Kind of a cool feeling to get in to something that doesn't exist anymore elsewhere.

L: dark dark dark strong ale pour with a thin fine head. Still, inky dark mahogany brown color. The carbonation push out through the middle to the edge and slowly bubbles up to the surface.

S: I was told to expect maple but I didn't sense much of that type of sweetness. Instead, I encountered bready malts, a mellow vanilla and bourbon scent. However, there was not a lot of barrel aged woodiness to the scent, instead it was as if the bourbon were added as opposed to the beer being barrel aged. Earthy and delicious scent punctuate the age of this barrel.

T: All of the goodness of the smell translates across the palate when sipping this ale. A ripened plum note initially surprises and carries into warm and delicious bread and Earth flavor in the middle. The finish is crisp and clean for a strong ale. The alcohol is carried perfectly through.

F: The age of this barrel did some funky things here. The beer flattened out and the carbonation that was left tended to escape in odd patterns. Who knows what the real alcohol content was but it was surely significantly higher than the 10.4 percent on the label. All of that alcohol can be a chore to carry but the flavors here handle it well.

O: A unique experience but a slight metallic twang stops this from being a heavenly experience. Fun to talk beer history and discuss Brewers who were visionary about doing crossover barrells of the best flavor before it became the latest trend. I would highly recommend this if you are some sort of evil super villain with access to hidden treasures and the means. Otherwise I'll mark it up as a lucky guy being in the right place at the right time.

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3.17/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Strong Ale.

A: Very dark brown with a reddish tinge near the edges. Beige head crowns the liquid.

S: Maple, toffee, bready malt, and brown sugar with some oak. Notes of vanilla and bourbon waft from the glass. Earthy notes are evident.

T: Dark toffee blends with brown sugar and earth. Lower moderate bitterness with lots of oak and a dash of vanilla. There's a little maple and bourbon as well. At least I think it's bourbon. A little alcohol in the finish.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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2/5  rDev -53.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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