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RATINGS: 625   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, who’s 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 it’s 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2083) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2013
The beer pours great with a dark brown color that passes almost passes no light through it, has a great brownish head and has good lacing on the glass. The beer smells decently with a definite coffee scent with a sweet syrupy finish. The beer tastes great with a great blend of sweet maple syrup and a coffee finish. The mouthfeel is great with the beer being well carbonated and the mouth being sweet. Overall, I HATE COFFEE, but this is a great beer for a coffee lover with some sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Poured into an Ovila chalice, this beer poured a very deep brown with small spotty off white head and lacing down the glass. Very malty smell. Molasses and a touch of roastiness. Very little hop aroma. Definitely a malty brew, but nowhere near cloying. Thick molasses flavor throughout with just a bit of hop spice. Almost like a good thick barleywine. Thick consistently, but again not overly sweet. Very good beer. Hides the alcohol well and drinks smooth.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamah (214) - - SEP 17, 2013
Cellared for 2 years. Wood, syrup, caramel and toffee on the nose. Pours a deep reddish brown almost opaque almost no head. The taste is mostly sweet with only a hint of bitterness on the end. The wood and syrup come through alot in the flavor. Medium bodium slick mouth feel and very soft carbonation. Might be a little too sweet after sitting for so long but I one the less a killer beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 04/22/2011. Dark black body with a small frothy tan head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with some raisins. Sweet raisin and caramel flavor with some light chocolate. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/7/3/16 3.8 Bottle at Commercial Taphouse on 01/29/2011. Very dark amberbody with a large creamy light brown head. Sweet chocolate, molasses, caramel, and light vanilla aroma. Very sweet roast, chocolate, molasses, caramel, fruit, and vanilla flavor. Medium full body moderate carbonation. 8/5/8/3/16 - 4.0

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2259) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2013
September 2011. From bottle. poured cloudy dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, roasted malt, spices. A little bit sweet at first, but with a great balance.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2315) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle of #2 shared thanks to Matt! Pours a hazy brown with no real head or lacing. Aroma is light of caramel, toasted malt, and toffee. Taste follows, but everything is bumped up a notch, like an imperial brown ale. Good stuff, but didn’t age gracefully.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Pour is a dark brown/deep ruby color with a fluffy khaki head. Sweet smelling, a lot of wood coming up front, caramel, maple syrup, slightly boozy, toffee, toasted malt, and maybe a hint of pine. Still getting lots of wood on the taste, lots of caramel and maple, subtle chocolate notes, dark fruits, there’s definitely some birch there, and a light roasted coffee taste on the end. Nice dry finish. This is one of the first beers I’ve had that I aged for awhile, and I think it turned out great. Nothing drastically different from what I remember (from 2 years ago), just slightly mellowed and it seems more woody than I remember.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
traviskurowski (21) - - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle of 2011 L&L #2. A: Chocolatey, nutty, rich, though overall a mild scent. (My bottle is sort of cold.) A: Black, almost obsidian. Sticks to the glass. Pile of foam fades quickly, thin layer lingers. T: Chocolate, malty. A year really calmed down the alcoholic note. O: Great maple/birch dark ale---and, moreover, benefits from age. Stick this one in the closet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3450) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2013
705 ml. shared bottle. Pours a clear brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, chocolate, and spice. Taste is roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, caramel, and spice. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Review #500 in honor of my 1st son, born on 7/4/12. Batch 2 - 750ml served into a 22oz snifter glass. A - Pours a very dark brown with a khaki micro bubble head forming a thick tight knit creamy cap. S - Rich toffee, sweet maple, roasted barley, woody undertones, chocolate, muted pine sap, toasted marshmallows, sugar alcohol fumes, caramelized plantains, cherry-like fruit esters, molasses, dates, oranges come out as it warms. T - A complex mix of roasted barley and sweet chocolate malt, toasted bread and toffee, spiced plumbs, dates, wood is very present and blends well with the spicy hops. Finishing roasty and spicy. M - Heavy but light and super creamy across the tongue. Incredible feel. Warming. One of the more complex American Strong Ales I’ve had. A master blend of balancing flavors. Its sweet without being cloying. Excellent use of ingredients. Really no flaws. An awesome sipper. Wish I had another one to age. Serving type: bottle 07-15-2012


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