The Life and Limb 2 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware pours out a very dark brown with just a little light getting through on the edges and is topped with a large, mocha colored head that reduces down to a thick film very slowly. On the nose, bitter roast aromas with a good deal of earthiness. In the mouth, the bitter is prevalent again but it does not seem to be from the hops (which I'm sure have subsided by now) but from the roast grains, coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Some maple like flavors as well but without sweetness as well as a touch of earth. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Some lacing on the glass. Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel with a good deal of weight to it. The finish is incredibly long with coffee like bitterness persisting to the end.
Over a year old now and still going strong. Wonderful flavors and while the hop bitterness is gone the other flavors more than make up for it. It will be interesting to see how long other bottles of this hold on. It seems stronger now. More robust but still the alcohol is well hidden. Highly recommended.
750 ml bottle, 10.2% ABV
Beer 261 of 366 for 2012
Note: I think this is the first bottle I've had where the cork was so tight I literally twisted the top off the cork when I was opening the bottle. I checked the cork and it still had good integrity and wasn't overly dry. It was just such a tight fit that a corkscrew was required to remove all of it.