popery (1704) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 Tap @ SF L&L Release dinner and @ City Beer Store. A rather disappointing mess of a strong ale. Life & Limb certainly isn’t awful, but it doesn’t live up to the hype surrounding this collaboration of two high profile craft brewers. It pours a dark brown, opaque, with little head. Light aroma of birch, citric hops and nutty malt, which sounds pretty good but it’s already obvious that the beer is too sweet for my taste. The flavor is sweet with syrup and malt with a bit of a hop bite. Unfortunately, nothing seems to mesh. The flavors aren’t terribly pleasant on their own and don’t really work together well. Feel is thick. Had to try it twice to confirm.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, clear color with a large, frothy off-white head. Aromas of wood, raisin, ginger, and hints of bourbon with the alcohol. Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy throughout, with a nice sticky finish. Tastes of light sweetness, medium bitterness, and a woody bourbon finish. My paramour and I both felt that the alcohol was evident throughout the tasting. This is probably going to age VERY well but obviously drinking a new bottle still had to happen.
bhensonb (12795) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with a three finger tan head.Aroma of dark plummy fruit over smooth, dark caramel. Treacle? Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is smooth dark malt, darker fruits, and something like dark sugar. This is not dry. There is a twinge of heat. It drinks quite smoothly. Deadly stuff. Excellent stuff.
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Tylers Taproom in Apex. Pours a deep red brown beer with a brown head. Aroma is malty roasty and clean, no notes of the strong alcohol. Flavor is a burst of vanilla, caramel and light roast grain. Light hop finish with a medium body and a light bitter dry finish. While I was drinking this the 5 gallon keg was almost tapped.
marcus (7838) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a plum and treacle aroma. There is a sweet and hearty roasted malt flavor with some sour prune a bit of carbonation and some bitterness at the finish. Kind of a strange and interesting brew.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown with large white head. nose of alcohol and some sweet malt. thick mouthfeel/low carbonation. flavor has a lot of alcohol, that does dissipate somewhat with warmth, somewhat bland sweet malt flavor that has little depth, and is not distinct. overall, the beer needs to be aged for years prior to drinking, why they would market it now and not store it is surprising, but now a good beer is not easy to detect now even with aging
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Slight smoky malt and nearly cigarette butts. Sort of a burnt pancake aroma. Smells a lot like the limb and life sadly. I had hoped for more. Sweet with some maple syrup, burnt malt. Finishes with a huge booze note. A bit of a disappointment all around.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz bottle thanks to Diomede, I believe. Dark red with a medium-small beige head. Spicy, woody aroma with sweet and pungent spruce, cinnamon, maple, and dark rye bread. The flavor is big, sweet, and malty with maple and woody touches, spices, and a medium-bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, lightly syrupy, and carbonated down the middle with a smooth texture. Definitely pleasant, with a more interesting aroma than flavor though. Sweet and spicy, with those syrups being pretty evident. I’ll definitely be giving this another go.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Im supposed to be smelling maple...i dont smell much at all. until it gets warm, then i almost smell it. flavor is sweet, not much else. sort of like a weird flat soda. some complexity makes it worthwhile, i get some of that maple im supposed to detect in the finish. sort of woody. lots of sweetness but thankfully not cloying. i still didnt want to finsih the whole bottle. the alc wasn’t overly detectable but reminded me of cough syrup. if you gave a spoonful of this to a kid they’d believe you that it was preScription cough medicine. not bad tasting but what’s the point of this?! I got all excited when i saw SN and DFH collaborated...but why the fuck didn’t they make some kind of double IPA!? or a SN impy stout!!! give the people what they want, guys! go experiment at home! i don’t see this one having much of a fan base. wasted money and effort. and for the price? i would’ve enjoyed a Dr. Pepper more than this.
SSSteve (3993) - - NOV 22, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. pours a clear brown under a small beige head. toasted malt, cough syrup, a bit of booze, hints of fudge and red wine in aroma. the red wine and alcohol notes from the aroma seem to dominate in the flavor. i can taste some maple. a chalky fudgy aftertaste pursues. a bit too boozy. the palate is light to medium and moderately dry.