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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
ben4321 (6735) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Location: 24 oz bottle from jcos’s trip to Rozi’s Wine and Liquor House, 12/5/09

Aroma: The nose has a ton of maple, with some alcohol, caramel, spice, brown sugar, chocolate, wood
Appearance: Dark brown color with a slight red hue and a thick tan head and some spotty lace
Flavor: The taste is similar in characteristics to the nose, maple malty sweetness with slight hop backing
Palate: Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but decent, some soft carbonation, and a decent finish
Overall Impression: I was excited for the release of this one, as I like both Dogfish and SN, and I was interested to see what a combo offering from these two breweries would be like. I like the idea here almost more then the beer, but the beer is pretty good too. Perhaps a bit strong on the maple, but once it got to a good temperature, I thought it worked pretty well. Perhaps a bit too sweet for me, but a pretty solid brew.

3.9
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2009
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a murky dark brown with amber highlights when held to light. The head is ample and khaki colored with good retention. The aroma is moderate with dark fruits and some sweet roasted malts. The flavor is more dark fruits, sweet caramel, toffee and a quality that I associate with Belgian style yeasts. The mouthfeel is full and smooth with soft carbonation. The finish is medium in duration and dry with a bit of cocoa. Overall: A very tasty brew, well done.

3.8
jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Location: Bottle from Rozi’s Beer and Wine in Lakewood, Ohio.

Aroma: Maple,carmely malty aroma.
Appearance: Nearly black appearance.
Flavor: Matly, sweet flavor.
Palate: Medium body.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed this beer, although it does have an interesting maply aroma and taste. Tastes better when it warms up, I will probably add more comments after I’m done with it - not that I’ll be able to get another one of these again.

3.8
PorterPounder (8284) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 24 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown - almost black with a thick mocha colored head that sticks around a while. Aroma has an all around nuttiness to it with some hints of toffee and licorice but just a tad subdued. Flavor is a bit more pronounced with some toffee, licorice, cocoa, and a hint of cola. Very solid collaboration bewtween DFH and SN - just expected a tad more.

4
Ratman197 (15360) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2009
On tap at Falling Rock poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head and great lacing. Aromas of pepper, alcohol, toffee, burnt carmel, spice, light fruittiness and a hint of maple. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of toffee, burnt carmel, spice wood, pepper and a hint of maple with a smooth dry warming lingering malty finish.

3.8
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - DEC 5, 2009
POurs amber. Nose is spices, fruit esters, plum, caramel malt. Flavor is sweet fruits, mild spices, earthy hops, grapes and raisin. Very nice.

3.7
ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a medium sized light brown head. Notes of dark chocolate, booze, bubblegum, and actually a little bit of birch bark. Decent sticky mouthfeel. I’d buy this.

3.7
BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2009
On tap @ Papago. Obsidian pour creates a small ashy head that left only small reminders. Nose is brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. Definitely a sipper, The maple is present and accompanied by chocolate and smoke. Medium to syrupy mouthfeel...glazed the glass.

3.3
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2009
TAP: Dark brown/cola colored pour. White head. Mild nose, medium-creamy body. Taste of maple, raisin...pretty good stuff.

3.2
Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Sweet maple aroma. Pours a clear ruby color, with a full tan head. Very slick mouthfeel, alcohol noticeable in the finish of the beer. This one ranks amongst the ones I’m glad I tried, but probably won’t pick up again. It’s a bit too sweet for my tastes.


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