Damico (2933) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma. And lighter in appearance - translucent dark brown chestnut. Tastes lighter than its counterpart on all parts.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at tylers in derm,nc. Light amber pour with an off white head and spotty lace. Aroma is pine, and grassy. Flavor follows suit with a blast of caramel earthiness and toasted malts
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours a dark clear brown color with the same fizzling tan head as its older brother Life and Limb. Aroma is bread crusts and dark fruits, and the flavor isn’t much different. Being a second-runnings beer, I knew Limb and Life was low in alcohol, but it tasted hotter than 4.8%. Mild maple syrup notes and a little citrus. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Decent drinkability.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled on draft at Capone’s on 11/28/09.
Pours a very dark burgundy/chestnut brown color with bright mahogany edges and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly dissipates into a lasting cap that leaves sheets of lacing behind.
Sweet caramel malt aroma with some sweet apple character. syrup and subtle cinnamon spice.
Very funky(in a foul kind of way) and earthy with a lot of astringent alcohol flavor. When I say earthy I mean that it tastes like freshly toiled earth, soil like with dirt pitched in. This nasty flavor is accompanied by an unpleasant spiciness and the body is very watered down. Pretty gross overall. I hope the Life and Limb is better.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Rehoboth brewpub. Pours a dark brown color with a one finger off white head that has nice retention and Leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is earthy and woody with an underlying piney citrus hoppiness. Flavor has a mostly mildly sweet, earthy, grainy taste with citrus hops and a light roastiness through the finnish. Light bodied with mild carbonation and a nice smoothness. A really good session beer.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Pap. Light brown color with a small fizzy head. Light sweet malt with a bit of earthy hop. Just okay.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky brown color with a small dense head. Aroma is very light, some walnuts and faint pine hop bitterness. Flavor has burnt toast, roasted nuts, and earthy spice. A bit of lingering bitterness. Would be better on a hot summer day, not a cold, rainy day.
zdk (1832) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this is underrated here, at 46th percentile? On tap at the Blind Tiger. surprisingly dark (though that was probably the dim lighting) Smell is sweet caramel, but surprising if I don’t taste the same sweetness in the beer. Nice bitter and charcoal flavor. Nutty, chocolate and vanilla. Finishes a bit too strong, IMO.
popery (1670) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at San Francisco release party/dinner. The release party casks were dry-hopped in the cask and so differ slightly from the keg version. Sam Calagione described the beer as an "imperial small beer." It’s a relatively dark brown beer, translucent, with a big head. Carbonation was pretty strong for a cask beer. The aroma has a fair dose of citric hops with an underlying nutty/earthy malt tone. The flavor is a bit acrid. I’m a fan of small beers in theory, but this one, like others I’ve had, lacks a certain depth of malt flavor. It was relatively thin and felt smaller than its abv would indicate. The hop flavors are fairly strong but lack complexity, adding not much more than a light bitter grapefruit rind flavor. There’s also a bitter woodiness to the beer that was also present in its bigger brother but worked better there with a much thicker body.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ TFD - Pours a translucent brown with a very small beige head...aroma is floral hops, roast malt and some toast, citrus...flavour is, well, unique...roasted grain and lemon zest, dry malt and some smoke, was hard for me to finish, just a mishmash of conflicting flavours...I dig SN and DFH brews, but they need to stay on their respective coasts moving forward...