Life and Limb 2 brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. This is a collaborative beer between Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head. I missed Part 1 last year, but these guys brewed more this year and there was not the mad dash to grab it in one instant this time around. You can see from the first link above there that they made a website just for this beer. They have some technical details about the beer, a story, and some food pairings. But what I liked most were the photos (Sierra Nevada, feel free to add some of mine, LOL) and the video featuring Ken Grossman and Sam Calagione speaking about the brewing and collaborative rationale and process. It's fun and informative (and Sam doesn't rap). You should check it out.
The label art on the corked and caged wine bottle is beautiful as usual,
depicting two intertwined trees decorated with all kinds of fun
goodies, a syrup tap and barrel, and a mountain lake. Now, I was going to type the entire stories from the front and back label, but I decided you can get most of the gist from either reading my pictures, going to the site, or being happy with my summary here.
I almost lost some beer on the pour, giant head. Syrupy caramel, molasses, and sweet brown sugar aroma. Sweet caramel and maple meet 10.2% alcohol right up front, first thing, no screwing around. Thick texture yet creamy smooth. Lots of brown sugar and candy sugar (which based on the video seems should be attributed to the tree syrups) come next. Even some raisins and cherries are there if you imagine them. Carbonation is high but also very fine.
My initial thought was that this was a bit too sweet, though the flavors are excellent. I also noted that I thought that the beer was fairly simple, lacking many nuances. But you know what? I had an entire wine bottle to work with. As I savored this beer for over an hour, it came to almost room temperature, and I liked it more and more along the way. The sweet edge was taken off by the alcohol with was actually disguised more. Double bonus. Toffee and some spicy flavors dodged in and out. This beer really grows on you and while the sweetness never goes away, you will forget about it.
Great beer. Still finishing the bottle. Looking forward to Life and Limb 3!
Coombs Family Farms 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup Grade B, 32-Ounce Jug
Beyond the Pale: The Sierra Nevada Brewery Story -- Ken Grossman