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RATINGS: 626   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (782) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown with caramel highlights and an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy light brown head that had good longevity, reducing some but lasting throughout thus producing some really excellent sheets of lace left sticking to the glass. The aroma was right up front with a sweet alcohol presence and had a strong caramel malt, a mild resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of maple syrup, caramel, dark fruit and a hint of cola. The taste was malty sweet with notes of caramel and maple syrup at first, and then it became sweetly bitter and slightly acetic with a hint of dark fruit and a moderate alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an extremely long time after the swallow with a strong alcohol dark fruit taste sticking around for a while. Mouthfeel was just past medium in body with the texture being creamy and a tad dry and having a strong carbonation. Overall a very sweet, flavorful and potent brew that definitely should be sipped and savored slowly.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (678) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Brown hue with ran head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, maple, sugar. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and comity carbonation. Taste is sweet with a nice oaky finish. Overall this is a nice brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11983) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle courtesy of nimbleprop at first DC tasting of 2010. Dark brown with a medium beige head and moderate lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate. Flavor has toffee, chocolate and licorice, with obvious alcohol. Decent body. Average and inoffensive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (706) - - JUL 22, 2014
Draft from HopCat. Pours black. Aroma is brown sugar and some booze. Taste is sweet and a little boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (684) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft at HopCat GR - 2010 vintage - ours a murky brown . Lots of maple sweetness and still a nice alcohol note . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (751) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Batch 2, 750 mL bottle. Aroma has a fairly strong syrup note with with moderate dark fruit notes of figs, plums and prunes with light cherry and raisin character. Light honey notes with medium roast and toasted bread and light chocolate. Medium caramel and toffee along with light alcohol spice. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a thick, dark tan head with really nice retention. Fairly high amount of lacing with somewhat small legs. Flavor starts slightly sweet and fairly malty with a lot of toasted bread, moderate roast, and lighter notes of caramel, toffee and chocolate. Syrup note is present, but lighter than in the aroma. Flavor has a bit of a tootsie roll note to it. Moderate bitterness with light alcohol spice. Light dark fruit esters and a faint hint of honey. Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a better beer than I was expecting and the syrup notes have held up surprisingly well. Nice malt character that works well with the syrup. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the dark fruit and honey notes integrate nicely.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopwine (338) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Batch #2. Pours almost black with some reddish light struggling through, beautiful light tan, cake like head. Nose is pecan, caramel, toffee. Flavor is pecan pie, some age derived dried fruit and sherry, mild hints of roast, and flan. Mouthfeel seems to have thinned slightly from the mega chewy monster I remember... But that could just be a palate shift. Anyhow, age did this one right, so glad I have another.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
[Tap] Pint at Fat Jack’s in Bloomington, IL during a Sierra Nevada tap takeover. Dark brown pour. Nose is of brown sugar, anise, dark fruits and mild alcohol. Taste is of licorice, maple syrup, roasted malt, plum and some alcohol. Mild hop astringency in the finish. Tasting notes from 11/2011.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4342) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Draft - Vintage 2011 - Sweet boozy bourbon and some roast malts. Jet blac with a thin head. Bourbon and roast but surprisingly no booze.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teisen (2) - Shelby Township, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
Great aroma that is all so pleasant. I wanted to age this a little longer but I accidentally opened it (label looked very similar to another bottle). I think some additional aging would have enhanced the flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3590) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle aged for 5 yrs: Poured a mahogany with no head. Aroma is very complex with sap, roastiness, and maple. Taste is very full and sweet candy to the tongue yet nice roasted malt.


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