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RATINGS: 622   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wegro (330) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Im supposed to be smelling maple...i dont smell much at all. until it gets warm, then i almost smell it. flavor is sweet, not much else. sort of like a weird flat soda. some complexity makes it worthwhile, i get some of that maple im supposed to detect in the finish. sort of woody. lots of sweetness but thankfully not cloying. i still didnt want to finsih the whole bottle. the alc wasn’t overly detectable but reminded me of cough syrup. if you gave a spoonful of this to a kid they’d believe you that it was prescription cough medicine. not bad tasting but what’s the point of this?! I got all excited when i saw SN and DFH collaborated...but why the fuck didn’t they make some kind of double IPA!? or a SN impy stout!!! give the people what they want, guys! go experiment at home! i don’t see this one having much of a fan base. wasted money and effort. and for the price? i would’ve enjoyed a Dr. Pepper more than this.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3666) - - NOV 22, 2009
bottle. pours a clear brown under a small beige head. toasted malt, cough syrup, a bit of booze, hints of fudge and red wine in aroma. the red wine and alcohol notes from the aroma seem to dominate in the flavor. i can taste some maple. a chalky fudgy aftertaste pursues. a bit too boozy. the palate is light to medium and moderately dry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Pretty boring beer. A malty sweet sugarbomb with not much hop flavor, and not much oak flavor. Although kudos for not going overkill on the maple syrup. Wouldn’t do this one again.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2297) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
This is a complex beer. You can really taste the breweries differing influences. Lots of west coast hops and some serious alcohol bite from Dogfish. Nice porter flavor in the middle. Should age nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2052) - Petaluma, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy tripelthreat (I think). Pours dark brown with ruby-mahogany highlights and a fading frothy wet beige head. Aroma is big brown sugar and some alcohol with lesser accents of red and dark fruits. Flavor is boozy maple syrup, cocoa powder, and dark bread crusts. For a beer with a prominent sugar/syrup note, this finishes pretty dry and clean. DFH could certainly learn something from this collaboration. Something called ’attenuation.’ Mouthfeel is slick and oily, carbonation is on the low side. Pretty drinkable although the alcohol is a little bit too prominent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY: Dark cola brown color topped by a tiny ring of foam. Dark fruity yeast aroma with a hint of licorice. Sweet malts, light roasted barley and a herbal, wintergreen flavor. A faint hint of toffee and wood with some bitterness showing through in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Dark brown pour with a loose, short lived, brown head. The aroma is boozy fermenting dark fruit, cherry wood and molasses. The flavor has some nice, sweet, rich caramel and molasses body with notes of dark cherries, maple, toasted almond, and a little vanilla. The alcohol is still hot and this could use a little time to mellow. The body is sticky, medium-full with moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Pours a deep viscous hazy brown with a fluffy tan head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is maple syrup, wood, hops, spices. Flavor is Maple, caramel, spices, hops, bread, belgian yeasts, caramelized brown sugar, licorice. A little on the sweet side, but still a very nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle from Total Wine.. Pours a dark dark brown with a tan head..Aroma is slightly sweet with some roast and some alcohol.. Flavor is interesting to say the least. One sip I like it the next not so much. Slightly sweet and roasty with a weird lingering aftertaste. I’m guessing that’s probably the birch but I’m not to sure...I don’t see myself rushing out to buy more but it’s not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft at DTJB: pours a dark brown color with a ring of tan suds above. The server called me sweetie...does that mean she wants me? Who cares, she’s fat. The nose is a whiff of belgian yeast, cloying banana and clove that I love to gag on so much. Nothing else can penetrate that yeasty sludge. Flavors are more of that belgian yeast and some weird chalky scratchiness in the throat and not much of anything else...well, maybe a hint of chocolate but who cares at this point. The body is thin and wet and watery, there’s a tinny bitterness in the finish. This beer is pointless...the malts contribute nothing but a lack of body..the hops aren’t detected at all, the water could as well be tijuana river run, and the yeast tastes like if the stone yeast and the lost coast prankster yeast had a baby and at the same time the stone yeast also father a baby with a karl strauss belgian yeast and those two baby yeasts fucked..this tastes like the product of those baby yeasts fucking.


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