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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
This new version of our sought-after collaboration brew with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton Delaware rested for 10 months in American Bourbon barrels. Barrel-Aged Life & Limb is dark mahogany-brown in color with massive aromas reminiscent of rich roasted malts, with heady notes of vanilla and toasted coconut from the oak. Round and early flavors dominate this full-bodied beer, with hints of maple, toasted pecan, and raisin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (6653) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4oz pour at the Lupulin Reunuless at RFD DC. Pours a opaque, deep brown with a thin, creamy, beige head. Smells of cacao pods, vanilla beans, coconut, rum, cookies, butterscotch, cane sugar. Flavor is sweet, maple, rum, chocolate malt milkshakes, birch, raisins, vanilla, rootbeer. Full bodied, vanilla sweet finish. The birch is still there holding everything together. Super smooth and still very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3022) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lasting finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (18623) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Draught. Cloudy brown, three large bubbles instead of a head. Aroma of vanilla and Solyent Green. Taste is malted milk balls. Fascinating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6328) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Draft. Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized solid tan head. Aroma was brown sugar notes, caramel, chocolate notes and bourbon. Flavor is brown sugars, caramel notes, maple and vanilla wood. Alcohol is pretty well masked, but itís still there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2011
On tap at Night of the Barrels 2011. Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a good creamy off-white head and a bit of lacing as the beerís head falls to a thin cap. The nose carries really nice bourbon notes as well as a good dose of chocolate plus some caramel and brown sugar. Sweet malt layered with bourbon; really nice. The flavor doesnít quite integrate everything like the nose did, but the combination of the oak and bourbon with the base is quite nice. Really full and excellent body with low carbonation leading to even more perceived thickness. Really excellent. I liked this quite a bit more than the base beer. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 05-17-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Barrel Aged Life and Limb Sampled on 2/16/2011 on tap at Beer Revolution. This American Strong Ale pours an eclipse black color from the tap. Small to medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is dark fruit, wood, bourbon, maple, cherry and raisins. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are chocolate, dark fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Lots of brown sugar/molasses, dark fruit, cherry, maple and wood flavors in this beer. They are constantly mixing and matching. Decent carbonation. The maple flavors contrasts nicely with the wood. Very smooth tasting. Its on the sweet side, but is a nice sipping beer. Hides the alcohol well, Nice herbal/earthy finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Draft at EBF. Pours a bruin body with an off white head. Woody bourbon like sweetness, hints of oak and very sweet up front. Toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and turpentine like wood tones (etoh latent wood). Big booze and unrefined sugars dominate a big caramel and vanilla warmth. Alright.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2011
A sweet molasses aroma. Looks great. This is an excellent beer. Very strong on the molasses and wood, but not too sweet or thick. With Ghidorah, the best beers of the evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
In short: A woody bourbonized big toffee-laden strong ale. Good big beer.
How: Tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2011, Night Of The Barrels
The look: Dark brown body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose has moderate-high bourbon presence with vanilla and toffee. Taste has moderate bourbon barrels, thick round creamy toffee, vanilla beans, maple, molasses, sticky candy, earth fruity notes. The wood partially dries out the finish. I thought the barrel aging added as much to the original beer as it took away from it. Iíd say overall it is just as good as the regular Life & Limb was. One of the rare beer at EBF Night Of The Barrels this year. EBF Night Of The Barrels wasnít very good this year but Iím sure Iíll go back next year anyway. Because honestly Iíve reached the point where Iíd suck a ponyís dick for the enjoyment of rich japanese businessmen to get an Extreme Beer Fest ticket, and whatís even more depressing is the fact that Iím only at the middle of my rope.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2011
Sampled side by side with the regular version. Dark near black pour with minimal ring of tan head. Cheery and raisin and anise and much more complex and sweeter than the base beer. I normally donít prefer ba versions of beers, but this one is definitely better as the ba version.

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