Life and Limb

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Type: American Strong Ale
  • Brewed by: Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head
  • Availability: Limited
  • Additional beer information
  • Region Available: Nationally
  • Aroma: Miscellaneous
  • Aroma Description: Honey / Brown sugar / Maple syrup
  • Serve at Temperature: Cool
  • Container: Snifter and Tulips
  • Website: http://www.life-limb.com/
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  • 13 
  • 4.5/5 
  • 10.00% 
  • 638/3686 
Commercial Description
Life & Limb is a collaborative effort, the brainchild of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Life & Limb is a 10% ABV strong, dark beer that defies style characteristics- brewed with pure maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley grown on the Grossman "farm" at the brewery in Chico, CA. The beer is alive with yeast-a blend of both breweries' house strains-bottle conditioned for added complexity and shelf life, and naturally carbonated with birch syrup fresh from Alaska.

Life & Limb is dedicated to the family of beer drinkers and enthusiasts worldwide who continue to support the little guys, iconoclasts, entrepreneurs, and pioneers who risk life and limb to shape the vibrant craft-brewing community.

This beer will be released through the Sierra Nevada distribution network, so please check with them for availability.
Original Release Date:
11/2009
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Reviews: 6

  • Jan 22, 2012
    kaj-ii (778)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
    3.9
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    [Best served in a Snifter]

    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.

    Serving type: Bomber
  • Sep 23, 2011
    ndriley97 (1)Rank: Beer Novice
    4.3
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    Good head. I am getting some licorice on the top. Nice smokiness and almost heathery on finish. 2011 is an excellent pour!
  • Aug 16, 2011
    mcnealc31 (205)Rank: Beer DrinkerGroup: Ohio Beer Lovers
    4.3
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    starts off big with a huge off white head and deep mahogany color. Lots of spice and dark fruit in the smell. Tons of sweet malt, maple syrup, some smokiness, anise, followed by a long, dry finish. The hops eventually give a bit of a kick along with some cherries.

    Big, complex, well balanced. There's some boozy warmth, but I wouldn't guess it is 10%. Delicious
  • Dec 11, 2010
    angelo3 (29)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: Beer Heaven
    4.4
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    An excellant beer with a strong bourbon aged character that is distinctive. Smooth taste , strong alcohol aftertaste that is hard to forget. Had several glasses at Rattle-n-Hum 30th Anniversary Celebration for Sierra Neveda in Manhattan. An excellent beer that was hard to put down.
  • Mar 3, 2010
    Joefatheads (4)Rank: Beer Novice
    4.8
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    For 10.2% this beer is very well balanced and very drinkable. It's a shame it's so limited. Excellent job dogfish head and Sierra. If only I had the limb and life to compare.