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RATINGS: 658   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, aged for 9 months. Deep, red-brown pour with a medium, persitent, fine-bubbled beige head which leaves a heavy coat of lace. Nose is birch, chocolate and a bit of booze. Heavy body and light, fine carbonation, yielding a lovely, smooth mouth feel. Licorice, birch, chocolate, maple, vanilla and brandy-soaked black cherries. Hops are there and resinous, but very much in the background as an accent. Balance is on the sweet side, but the bitterness and umami hold it up and keep it from being overly sweet. Finish is sweeter, with a touch of vanilla and wood in the aftertaste. Delicious ASA, very well done. I hope this becomes a regular ’special’!


3.5
koleminer20 (3599) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at a bottle share at Sean’s on December 29. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a dark amber brown color with a light tan head that froths down to a film, leaving a good bit of lace behind. The aroma is really sweet. There is a strong woodiness to this and a lot of sweet caramel malt. There are hints of dark fruit, but this is just sweet sugar, wood, and caramel. The flavor is much of the same. The toffee and woodiness don’t really go together, but the dark fruits are a little more prominent and the woodiness keeps things in check. It’s a little messy, but not awful. The mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice softer carbonation and a lingeringly sweet caramel and wood on the back end. This is just a weird beverage.

3.5
ttutony (920) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Dark brown color with a tan head. Brown sugar, toast, and chocolate aroma. Full body. Alcohol a little strong.

3.3
zgaier (1951) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Bomber. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head and aroma of dark fruits and toffee. Taste is of dark fruits, raisins, and toffee with caramel and ready malt notes into the finish.

3.3
jjgmd (2164) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Pours a dark maple color with a beige head. Nose is fruity and sweet. Taste is caramel and toffee with some very mild bitterness. Finishes on the same tasting notes , sweet , syrupy and fruity . Quaff Score 6 / 10

3.4
Tesorino (12) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2016
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.

3.6
jandd1983 (4330) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, maple syrup, chocolate and vanilla. The taste was similar to the aroma with more chocolate, molasses, maple syrup, roasted and caramel malts and some booziness.

3.6
sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Tap at falling rock. Pours deep, dark brown. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, faint dates, and some toasted malts. Flavor is rich malty beer with notes of chocolate, caramel, some dark fruit notes, and a earthy finish with a touch of floral hops. Full body.

3.4
snoworsummer (5697) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Draft at Falling Rock. Pours dark black/brown with a creamy, fizzy off white head. Tastes like raisin, booze, roasted and earthy malt, light ash. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted malt, booze, raisin, and light ash.

3.5
fonefan (49399) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2015

Bottle 750ml. corked @ [ Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2015 (TEODRBSG15) ] - fonefan & Brugmansia House, Denmark.

[ As Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb 2 ].
Clear light dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, bread, roasted, caramel, dark dried fruit. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, caramel, dark dried fruit, bread. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20150829]

3.4
kermis (13482) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2015
Bottle at Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2015, Ulfborg. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, malt, molasses, toffee and light booze. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.


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