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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

WOW! another great beer from KNB wine cellars 29 Sierra Night. I had this side by side with the regular life and limb. It really blew the other out of the water. The aroma of barrel aged beers is not overrated, and helps out on giving beers a roundness to it. The difference was also noticable in the taste. Scary looking at first, black doesnt even look that black, minimal lacing left on glass. Warm it up with time or your hands and really get those notes dance on your palate.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/11/11 notes. Had two samples of this on tap at NOTB in Boston.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with less than an inch of head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, oak, and sweet sugar or molasses. The bourbon is up front but not overpowering; I loved the smell.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, and sweet molasses and syrup. Again, a big fan of the sweetness and bourbon mixing together, as it wasn't overly sweet or hot.

m - This one had a full body and low carbonation. It was insanely smooth and creamy, and went down very easy. No real heat from it; a perfect mouthfeel.

d - This was one of the top 3 beers I had at NOTB. The mixture of bourbon, sweet fruit, and chocolate was nearly perfect in my opinion, and the mouthfeel was perfect. I liked the normal version of this and this version blew it away. Would love to have this one again sometime and hoping they make more of it.

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