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RATINGS: 635   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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LIFE - this living ale is naturally carbonated to enhance complexity, refinement, and to encourage aging. LIMB - for the birch and maple trees, whoís syrup gives this unique ale its flavor and symbolizes the collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head. We are proud to share our Life and Limb with itís thousands of other branches who collectively comprise the craft brewing family tree. Sip slowly with friends and loved ones; savor long - because one could do better than be a swigger of birches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Pours a deep viscous hazy brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is maple syrup, wood, hops, spices. Flavor is Maple, caramel, spices, hops, bread, belgian yeasts, caramelized brown sugar, licorice. A little on the sweet side, but still a very nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle from Total Wine.. Pours a dark dark brown with a tan head..Aroma is slightly sweet with some roast and some alcohol.. Flavor is interesting to say the least. One sip I like it the next not so much. Slightly sweet and roasty with a weird lingering aftertaste. Iím guessing thatís probably the birch but Iím not to sure...I donít see myself rushing out to buy more but itís not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft at DTJB: pours a dark brown color with a ring of tan suds above. The server called me sweetie...does that mean she wants me? Who cares, sheís fat. The nose is a whiff of belgian yeast, cloying banana and clove that I love to gag on so much. Nothing else can penetrate that yeasty sludge. Flavors are more of that belgian yeast and some weird chalky scratchiness in the throat and not much of anything else...well, maybe a hint of chocolate but who cares at this point. The body is thin and wet and watery, thereís a tinny bitterness in the finish. This beer is pointless...the malts contribute nothing but a lack of body..the hops arenít detected at all, the water could as well be tijuana river run, and the yeast tastes like if the stone yeast and the lost coast prankster yeast had a baby and at the same time the stone yeast also father a baby with a karl strauss belgian yeast and those two baby yeasts fucked..this tastes like the product of those baby yeasts fucking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Pours an opaque dark brown with subtle golden highlights and a medium-fine light tan head. Spicy aroma with malt, alcohol, soft sweetness, and herbaceous sassafrass edge. Nice malt presence with an alcohol structure that overlays a flavor profile very suggestive of autumn. Apprpriate notes of spruce, sassafrass, maple, and spice predominate. Good balance in the body now, though would certainly benefit from a year or two of aging. A fun, seasonally-appropriate offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2009
A sweet very mild maple aroma in the woody malty aroma. A very dark brown body. The body is very malty but neither dry nor cloying - well balanced. Thereís a lot of wood in there and while I donít get much of the maple I discerned in the aroma, the birch is overwhelming in the body. Growing up in WI, my parents two acre lot was littered with birch trees and the flavor recalls me to the scents of that wooded lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Lost my notes for this one. But I do remember it was wholly unimpressive. Smells of a slightly sweeter brown ale. Toasty, grainy malt. Some brown sugar and tree bark. Burnt caramel. Decent aroma. Poured the standard brown ale with a lasting khaki head leaving spotty lace. The flavor and palate absolutely fell apart. Sweet, sticky cloying and messy. Flabby body. Loose carbonation. Lots of unrefined maple syrupy sweetness. Blech...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Picked this bottle up at Macís on West Peachtree. I thought it was a spice beer, but I was VERY wrong. Dark brown body, with somewhat of a thick pour. Off-white head on this beer. For an American Strong Ale, this reminds me of the Port Brewing A.S.A.s. Slight chocolate malt aroma. The aroma is quick weak, and not very nuanced. An alcohol aroma as well, but there is not much of aroma coming off of this thing. I am quite upset with the aroma I must say.A big alcohol taste. A nice creamy palate. After the first sip, I am not very pleased with this beer. I must have purchased a bad bottle to have something like this from Dogfish Head/Sierra. The malts are there, but after that there is nothing there (here). Not a very interesting A.S.A., I just wish there was more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6537) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2009
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY> pours a deep dark brown. Aromas of rich malts, maple, some booze in the end. Light notes of wood. Taste is malty richness, maple sweetness. Caramel & roasted malts. Fuller mouthfeel. Pretty good. 10.2% well hidden

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skubic448 (10) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Presentation: From tap at Blind Lady Ale House in a trappist glass. Appearance: Hazy brown with a finger thick tan head. Aroma: Toasty. Like burnt toast. Flavor: Toasty. Like burnt toast. Palate: Dry. Overall: I quite enjoied this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4207) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle shared by Sierra Nevada rep. Pours a dark browb with some light. Head is two fingers thick creamy light tan. nose is rusty, shows some Munich malt (?), mild sweetness, caramel, light hop presence. Flavor is rusty, mild dubbel character, some sweetness, mild alcohol. Palate is medium bodied, no bitterness and mild alcohol showing.

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