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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Dark, murky, very smooth, no hint of the high abv. very drinkable. but just a bit sweet, iíd like a bit more bitter like a Double Bastard Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2025) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2009
24 oz bottle. In my first Trappist glass: not too much aroma here. I do smell maple (birch? what does birch syrup smell like??), caramel, cinnamon, alcohol faintly. Second whiff: definitely maple bar here. Pours dark, dark brown--almost porter black. Minimal head, decent lacing. Tastes like a maple bar! A maple bar dipped in liquor, that is. I taste a strong alcohol presence which lingers on the back of the tongue, raisins. Carbonation is just right. Full-bodied; a little oily. Finishes bitter with that aforementioned alcohol lingering on the back of my tongue. Second glass: aroma has opened up considerably. The maple bar aroma is definitely stronger now. Itís obvious this is a well-made beer by some of the greatest brewers in the world, but itís still young. I bought an extra one to try again in a year. Iím sure it will improve vastly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2009
On tap at Tylerís in Durham. Admittedly, I didnít expect much from this beer, thinking it would likely be a sugar bomb or something not all that great. But this was good... nose not showing as much, perhaps from the weird glass they served it in... some caramel, light molasses, birch, bakerís chocolate. These elements came out sweeter on the palate, but with some bitterness as well and more yeast. Sort of like a quadrupel, but not exactly. I could tell that it was strong, but didnít feel boozy. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Deep brown with a nice off white/tan head. Aroma is light oak, smoke, caramel, maple, malty, light alcohol. Taste is lightly malty, oaky/earthy backdrop, light alcohol, birch, caramel. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - DEC 1, 2009
On tap at Papago. Pours a dark shade of amber with a trim tan head. Smells predominantly of toasted malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Tastes much the same with a noticeable amount of yeast, sugar, and wood. Not bad at all, especially considering how they manage to masque the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1173) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Aroma was malty, sweet, and toasty. Poured a dark, dark, brown with a nice light brown head that quickly dissipated. Taste was sweet, syrupy, malty, cinnamon spices, some hops. Pallet was smooth and foamy. Overall pretty good but not as good as I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Maple syrup aroma. Nice dark amber with adequate head. Good lacing. Thick, oily mouthfeel with a bitter alcohol finish. Sweet maple syrup taste but not too sweet. Has a nice kick but the alcohol is not overwhelming for such a high gravity beer. Overall a very nice beer that I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3009) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2009
10 oz pour at Tylerís Apex. Sweet aroma, Chocolate, caramel, maple. ABV gives it a hot boozy aroma. Dark orangy brown color, small head, spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor, nice malty sweet flavor, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, harsh abv right now. Thick body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Nice, though harsh, time should mellow nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle pours dark amber with very nice tan head and sheet lacing. The aroma emits malts, caramel malts, lots of dates, plums, prunes and some yeasty spice. The taste begins sweet with malts and spicy with Belgian like yeast. It then quickly runs into dried plums, dates, ripe cherries, earthiness and leafy hedges. Seems to side on the sweet end of the spectrum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
From a 24 oz bottle this poured what appears a very dark brown a first but when held up to the light proved to be ruby red. The head was very thick and creamy and lasted a long time. The nose is of sweet caramel malts with aromas of ripe fruit. quite full bodied with creamy with carbonation under control . The flavor is a very smooth and of dark malt, ripe fruits, and molasses. There is some alcohol in the rich finish. Excellent brew.

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