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Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb

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RATINGS: 631   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (2013) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
Sample from 75 cl. bottle. Near black with dark amber hues and a thin, tanned head. Sweet, fruity aroma with spices, dark fruits and malts, caramel and spices. Taste is sweet. Full body with an oily texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and spiced with a hint of alcohol. Nice - complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10435) - SÝborg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
Bottled. Dark burgundy coloured. dEnse beige head. ARoma. Friuts, spice, berries, sweetness, Flavour. ripe frtuis, sweetness, spice, herbs. medium to full bodied. ends light ibtter and fruit with a light touch of alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (2272) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
Sample from Bottle - dark brown pour with beige head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty, caramel, toffee, pretty sweet, brown sugar, sweet malty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CloakedDagger (706) - - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a dark brown with an orange hue and a creamy, beige head. Spicy, oxidized aroma of dark, dried fruits - mushy. Rich and filling body, dark dried fruits, slightly peppery with a warming alcohol finish. Interesting and complex. 081114

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6035) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"pours a deep mahogony brown with a big fluffy tan head. nice lookin beer. as a prefeace, iím a huge DFH fan, so-so on SN. I think theyíre good, but i donít get as excited as some. the usual sweeter DFH beer with the ever present hopping of SN intruiged me, though. That said, itís not a very hoppy beer, but is balanced (more than i thought it would be) and very complex. fruit, syrups (birch & maple) in the aroma more subdued than i expected. some hop balance too. same in flavor with some chocolate too. strong, but toally hides the abv. smooth and full. nice lingering heavy finish. sweet, but balanced. iím gonna age on too, but itís quite good now. 8/11 gotta bump my score up a touch from a 3.9 as this beer ages incredibly well. a 2 year old keg on itís own would score well into the 4ís..."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (955) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Brown hue with ran head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, maple, sugar. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and comity carbonation. Taste is sweet with a nice oaky finish. Overall this is a nice brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13040) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle courtesy of nimbleprop at first DC tasting of 2010. Dark brown with a medium beige head and moderate lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate. Flavor has toffee, chocolate and licorice, with obvious alcohol. Decent body. Average and inoffensive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (763) - - JUL 22, 2014
Draft from HopCat. Pours black. Aroma is brown sugar and some booze. Taste is sweet and a little boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft at HopCat GR - 2010 vintage - ours a murky brown . Lots of maple sweetness and still a nice alcohol note . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (841) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Batch 2, 750 mL bottle. Aroma has a fairly strong syrup note with with moderate dark fruit notes of figs, plums and prunes with light cherry and raisin character. Light honey notes with medium roast and toasted bread and light chocolate. Medium caramel and toffee along with light alcohol spice. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a thick, dark tan head with really nice retention. Fairly high amount of lacing with somewhat small legs. Flavor starts slightly sweet and fairly malty with a lot of toasted bread, moderate roast, and lighter notes of caramel, toffee and chocolate. Syrup note is present, but lighter than in the aroma. Flavor has a bit of a tootsie roll note to it. Moderate bitterness with light alcohol spice. Light dark fruit esters and a faint hint of honey. Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a better beer than I was expecting and the syrup notes have held up surprisingly well. Nice malt character that works well with the syrup. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the dark fruit and honey notes integrate nicely.


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