StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
OldGrowth (3118) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10 oz pour at Tyler’s 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hayduke (4459) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark walnut colored body and a rich khaki head. The aroma is maple sweet yet ashy dry. Flavor hints of French roasted coffee beans with its bitter sweetness, raisins, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup and dates. The body becomes more velvety and luscious as the beer warms. On this beautiful late November Florida evening, Life & Limb paired wonderfully with my locally rolled “after dinner” maduro cigar. The perfect way to end a weekend!
joet (2501) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Carmelly sweetness, some mouthfeel, light caramels, lightly floral, not a full aroma, slightly oily texture. Nothing bad about this beer - no obvious flaws - just not a lot there despite the heft.
beernbourbon (1492) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dwyerpg (5309) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.