Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Binny’s in Orland Park, Illinois: This poured a dark, clear iced tea brown body with a dense (for a while) tan head that left bits of spotty lacing behind. The aroma was chocolatey and full of alcohol with some sweet resinous pine, molasses, and perhaps some lemon. Very alcohol filled flavor. It tasted syrupy sweet with a sturdy citric bitterness that couldn’t quite cut it back. Mayhaps this would improve with age. It’s not bad now, but a wee bit unbalanced towards the sweetness and alcohol bite.
DuffMan (8808) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at The Big Pour beerfest in Scottsdale AZ. we brought a bottle of Birch syrup back from our trip to Alaska. why am I telling you this? Because this beer’s aroma immediately brought to mind birch syrup: a little like molasses, but somehow lighter and with a different kind of sweetness. Anyway, sweetness and syrup were everpresent across the palate, which felt quite sticky and sweet. This was very flavourful, and there were some nice hops in the finish, but overall this would be too chewy and sweet to drink in any quantity. I thought it would be listed as a barley wine style.
thornecb (5277) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown into a shaker. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Full with upfront sweet dark caramel turning to a bitter anise and alcohol finish.
Damico (3108) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This collaboration between 2 beloved brewers smells pleasantly sweet almost like sugar from the birch and maple trees. The dark color almost resembles dark maple syrup. There is the delicious flavors of sweetness and maltinesscombined with that different unique flavor Sam loves to provide.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Max’s Tasting @ Pauls. Pours a brune body with a large tan head. Huge boozy body with etoh latent fruit. Hints of syrup, maple, tree bark notes, birch, and a lush fruit warming. Alright.
popery (1850) - 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 (13518) - 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 (8597) - 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.