brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2009
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.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle pours dark with a big tan head and lots of lace. The aroma is casky, maple, fruity, dough, and caramel. The flavor is very woody, roasted, caramel, a lingering sour note, hits of maple earthiness, and some hot alcohol. The palate is pretty smooth and fairly rich. Overall, I’m glad I got one to try. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
22oz bottle from west lakeview... Pours a dark opaque caramel brown with a hefty light beige head... Aroma of caramel malt along with a little roast, somewhat nutty... Maple, brown sugar, caramel malt with biscuits and roast. A little residual sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel and a little bit boozy... Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle from the Binny’s in Orland Park, Illinois: This poured a dark, clear iced tea brown body with a dense (for a while) tan head that left bits of spotty lacing behind. The aroma was chocolatey and full of alcohol with some sweet resinous pine, molasses, and perhaps some lemon. Very alcohol filled flavor. It tasted syrupy sweet with a sturdy citric bitterness that couldn’t quite cut it back. Mayhaps this would improve with age. It’s not bad now, but a wee bit unbalanced towards the sweetness and alcohol bite. DuffMan (10433) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2009
Sampled at The Big Pour beerfest in Scottsdale AZ. we brought a bottle of Birch syrup back from our trip to Alaska. why am I telling you this? Because this beer’s aroma immediately brought to mind birch syrup: a little like molasses, but somehow lighter and with a different kind of sweetness. Anyway, sweetness and syrup were everpresent across the palate, which felt quite sticky and sweet. This was very flavourful, and there were some nice hops in the finish, but overall this would be too chewy and sweet to drink in any quantity. I thought it would be listed as a barley wine style.
thornecb (5912) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pours dark brown into a shaker. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Full with upfront sweet dark caramel turning to a bitter anise and alcohol finish. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2009
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
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Max’s 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 (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
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 isn’t awful, but it doesn’t 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 it’s 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 aren’t terribly pleasant on their own and don’t really work together well. Feel is thick. Had to try it twice to confirm. branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2009
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.