radagast83 (3128) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Thorpe429 (4945) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
dwyerpg (4092) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Glouglouburp (5613) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Butters (3356) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
zach8270 (2942) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Big sweet bourbon aroma with lots of roasted malts and vanilla mixed in. Bourbon and various spices begin the flavor and give way to a sweet maple, toffee and raisin note. Vanilla comes in a little more in the middle with a light bourbon and roasted malt aftertaste. Very warming.
HonusWagner (909) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lacks subtlety but is still a pretty OK bourbon barrel strong ale. Extremely heavy on the bourbon in the front, very sweet, but lends way to some potentially interesting sweet coconut flavors on the finish. Didnít really stand out from the crowd though at NotB.
Fred82 (1997) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at NOTB 2011
Appearance : Deep black with a small head.
Aroma : Lors of bourbon, light hops and light chocolate.
Taste : Bourbon and spices. finish has notes of roasted malt, bourbon and hops. Some spices too.
Overall : Nose is pretty much all bourbon. Taste is a bit more balanced. Good stuff.