Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Maxís Tasting @ Pauls. Pours a brune body with a large tan head. Huge boozy body with etoh latent fruit. Hints of syrup, maple, tree bark notes, birch, and a lush fruit warming. Alright.
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 Tap @ SF L&L Release dinner and @ City Beer Store. A rather disappointing mess of a strong ale. Life & Limb certainly isnít awful, but it doesnít live up to the hype surrounding this collaboration of two high profile craft brewers. It pours a dark brown, opaque, with little head. Light aroma of birch, citric hops and nutty malt, which sounds pretty good but itís already obvious that the beer is too sweet for my taste. The flavor is sweet with syrup and malt with a bit of a hop bite. Unfortunately, nothing seems to mesh. The flavors arenít terribly pleasant on their own and donít really work together well. Feel is thick. Had to try it twice to confirm.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, clear color with a large, frothy off-white head. Aromas of wood, raisin, ginger, and hints of bourbon with the alcohol. Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy throughout, with a nice sticky finish. Tastes of light sweetness, medium bitterness, and a woody bourbon finish. My paramour and I both felt that the alcohol was evident throughout the tasting. This is probably going to age VERY well but obviously drinking a new bottle still had to happen.
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with a three finger tan head.Aroma of dark plummy fruit over smooth, dark caramel. Treacle? Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is smooth dark malt, darker fruits, and something like dark sugar. This is not dry. There is a twinge of heat. It drinks quite smoothly. Deadly stuff. Excellent stuff.
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Tylers Taproom in Apex. Pours a deep red brown beer with a brown head. Aroma is malty roasty and clean, no notes of the strong alcohol. Flavor is a burst of vanilla, caramel and light roast grain. Light hop finish with a medium body and a light bitter dry finish. While I was drinking this the 5 gallon keg was almost tapped.
marcus (6768) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a plum and treacle aroma. There is a sweet and hearty roasted malt flavor with some sour prune a bit of carbonation and some bitterness at the finish. Kind of a strange and interesting brew.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown with large white head. nose of alcohol and some sweet malt. thick mouthfeel/low carbonation. flavor has a lot of alcohol, that does dissipate somewhat with warmth, somewhat bland sweet malt flavor that has little depth, and is not distinct. overall, the beer needs to be aged for years prior to drinking, why they would market it now and not store it is surprising, but now a good beer is not easy to detect now even with aging
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Slight smoky malt and nearly cigarette butts. Sort of a burnt pancake aroma. Smells a lot like the limb and life sadly. I had hoped for more. Sweet with some maple syrup, burnt malt. Finishes with a huge booze note. A bit of a disappointment all around.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz bottle thanks to Diomede, I believe. Dark red with a medium-small beige head. Spicy, woody aroma with sweet and pungent spruce, cinnamon, maple, and dark rye bread. The flavor is big, sweet, and malty with maple and woody touches, spices, and a medium-bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, lightly syrupy, and carbonated down the middle with a smooth texture. Definitely pleasant, with a more interesting aroma than flavor though. Sweet and spicy, with those syrups being pretty evident. Iíll definitely be giving this another go.