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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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigaddie (75) - - MAY 22, 2013
Significantly sweet nose with coffee and dark chocolate making a presence. A little bit of a woody character too. It's a really dark beer with a decent 1/4in head and nice lacing. The maple syrup kicks in well at the end of the taste creating a nice mouth coating. I like the bitterness right at the end. It has a hoppy feel. A coppery metallic feel as well. Interesting beer. Very complex and lots happening. Wish I had more bottles to age and compare! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (689) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2013
Version #2, on tap @ Brouwers. Pours deep, ruby tinged brown with a thin creamy head that fades quickly. Aroma is huge fruity tart sweetness. Taste is thin charred malt, medium vanilla and caramel sweetness, notes of chocolate, oak, fig, and a bit of molasses. Mouthfeel somewhat thin. This keg has to be a bit old, maybe that’s why the maple flavor has mellowed so much? The flavors have definitely melded with age, but I dunno this just doesn’t balance quite right for me. Still a tasty treat and rare enough to merit grabbing whenever you come across it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2091) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown-black color with about a finger of light brown head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, maple syrup, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is rich chocolate, molasses, maple syrup, roasted and caramel malts, and boozy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled 6/29/2011. Pours fairly clear extremely dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, wood, chocolate, maple, clove, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt notes with well balanced wood notes. Taste of raisin, toast, toffee, chocolate, dark bread, wood, maple, molasses, light clove, roasted malt, slight char, and roasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toffee, toast, raisin, chocolate, maple, molasses, dark bread, roasted malt, light clove, slight char, and earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of malt flavors with wood notes; with light hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale! Great balance and complexity of malt flavor and wood aging; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2013
11/IV/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ Klaas’ place - BB: n/a (2013-324) Thanks to adamjackson for the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, big irregular light beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: sugary, caramel, cough syrup, very sweet, dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: caramel, chocolate milk, dried fruits, raisins, little bitter. Aftertaste: caramel, bit sweet, alcohol, dried fruits, hoppy touch, maple syrup, chocolate, dry, mocha, cocoa powder.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2049) - DENMARK - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle @ home.... It pours dark brown with a medium tan bubbly head.....The aroma roasted malt, grain, caramel and dark fruits....the flavor is just like the nose.... very nice.... nice mouthfeel...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (969) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle to flute Molasses, maple, dark chocolate, brandy, copper. Dark reddish brown with no head. Taste is chocolate and nutmeg.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (529) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Fairly bland aroma. Smells like beer. Looks like a dark belgian. Very smooth and luscious mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlexChillton (18) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle on 03/13/13 I don't really remember what this tasted like fresh other than it being really good but this is awesome. Smells strongly of maple syrup. Tastes like maple syrup but not as thickly syrupy and with a smoky tang to the finish. Great stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Draft in a snifter at sheffields. Dark here but I think a red brown pour. Thin white head around the top. Can't detect an aroma. A wine barley taste to it. Aroma just opened up after first sip. Like apricot/prune smell. Strong. Can tell love was put into this. Not my style but can't knock it


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