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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1322) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle. Pour is rick-looking dark brown with a sizable tan head. Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, light spice, and molasses. Flavor is a luscious and smooth brown sugar/ caramel malt. A nice peppery kick in finish helps round it out. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4629) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2009
This beer looks great, has a complex thick aroma. The flavor is also very thick, the syrup definitely noticeable. It seems just a bit too alcoholic in the finish, giving it a flavor that is too strong. Still quite great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Shared this with my family after Thanksgiving dinner along with a slice of pumpkin pie. The rich caramel, molasses, and maple tones were just awesome. Definitely to be sipped, not drank. It was thick, rich, and full of flavor which was everything that I wanted and hoped for. I loved this beer and will be buying a few more to age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Shared post-Thanksgiving meal with a couple of my beer drinking guests - this colaboration between Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head pours a dark brown pour with a temporary brown head - decent lacing. The aroma is fermented dark fruit, molasses, wood and alcohol. The flavor has some nice, sweet cherries, molasses, rich caramel with notes of maple, vanilla and nuts. The alcohol is quite present throughout warming. The body is medium-full with moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle pours dark with a big tan head and lots of lace. The aroma is casky, maple, fruity, dough, and caramel. The flavor is very woody, roasted, caramel, a lingering sour note, hits of maple earthiness, and some hot alcohol. The palate is pretty smooth and fairly rich. Overall, Iím glad I got one to try.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
22oz bottle from west lakeview... Pours a dark opaque caramel brown with a hefty light beige head... Aroma of caramel malt along with a little roast, somewhat nutty... Maple, brown sugar, caramel malt with biscuits and roast. A little residual sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel and a little bit boozy...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle from the Binnyís in Orland Park, Illinois: This poured a dark, clear iced tea brown body with a dense (for a while) tan head that left bits of spotty lacing behind. The aroma was chocolatey and full of alcohol with some sweet resinous pine, molasses, and perhaps some lemon. Very alcohol filled flavor. It tasted syrupy sweet with a sturdy citric bitterness that couldnít quite cut it back. Mayhaps this would improve with age. Itís not bad now, but a wee bit unbalanced towards the sweetness and alcohol bite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6974) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
Sampled at The Big Pour beerfest in Scottsdale AZ. we brought a bottle of Birch syrup back from our trip to Alaska. why am I telling you this? Because this beerís aroma immediately brought to mind birch syrup: a little like molasses, but somehow lighter and with a different kind of sweetness. Anyway, sweetness and syrup were everpresent across the palate, which felt quite sticky and sweet. This was very flavourful, and there were some nice hops in the finish, but overall this would be too chewy and sweet to drink in any quantity. I thought it would be listed as a barley wine style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4504) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pours dark brown into a shaker. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Full with upfront sweet dark caramel turning to a bitter anise and alcohol finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2647) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2009
This collaboration between 2 beloved brewers smells pleasantly sweet almost like sugar from the birch and maple trees. The dark color almost resembles dark maple syrup. There is the delicious flavors of sweetness and maltinesscombined with that different unique flavor Sam loves to provide.


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