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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bourbon Barrel Soaked Sustenance Beer is our spring Schwarzbier (black lager) aged in bourbon barrels for 10 months. It features rich roasted malt qualities with bold flavors of vanilla, charred oak, and even a slight nuttiness. The light, crisp finish makes this bourbon soaked beer light in flavor, which is wonderful because it highlights the complexities of the bourbon aging process. The light body also makes it an ideal beer for a springtime refreshment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6995) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle. Very dark brown with a medium off white head. The aroma is very fruity with notes of light roasty, vinous, light hoppy notes. Oak and vanilla. The flavour is vanilla, roasted malt, oak, caramel and dark fruits. Creamy texture. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of TheCheeseMan. Pours a clear dark brown with a warm tint of red with and a beige head. Fat bourbon nose. Rather light body, roasted malts, plenty of vanilla and roast, some dried fruits and loads of Bourbon. A fun beer - try serving this for a German! 280110

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (35128) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2010
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is distinct bourbon and wooden, dark caramelish. Mild fruity note. Sweet vanilla malty flavoured. Light bourbon warmth from back of the tongue. Smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Black is the new gold and bourbon is the new wine. Don’t believe me? Find a bourbon barrel aged beer, let sit for a few months, pop, pour, smell, sup, and savor. As her warm nectar kisses your lips, you too will be a born again believer. Short’s Brewing is a little old brewpub located in Bellaire, Michigan and they have been offering up some fantastically innovative beers. While all have been tasty, some have been out-of-this-world fantastic. Their S’mores Stout comes to mind, and seeing as I am gazing fondly at my glass filled with their Bourbon Barrel Soaked Sustenance Black Beer, my hopes are reasonably high.

Very deep clear brown-black with little head, a khaki necklace, and a scattering of large bubbles decorating her surface. Being a growler of fresh brew, I wasn’t expecting a voluminous head; tis the nature of the game, but neither is she flat and oxidized. No need to dilly-dally as her nose reaches out with drunken authority and smacks me right upside the head before piercing my heart with bourbon soaked dark fruits: raisins, plums, figs, and dates. Licorice root meets bourbon-stewed black cherries, pits included, while wood lingers in the background with a hint of warm brown spices. Burnt molasses and caramel? Mm… tasty. Licking lips already damp with anticipation, we meet in a dry, slightly burnt sweet kiss as cinnamon and nutmeg dry the front of my palate. Where’s my bourbon? Oh! There she is. Bourbon comes rushing in for a long finish rich with steeped dark fruits, burnt sugars, particularly molasses and caramel, charred wood, licorice root, and a hit of chili spice for added warmth. Toasty and tasty, my chest immediately picks up a joyous glow. My breath is peppered in chili powder, charred wood, and bourbon nectars. Overall, her body is of a pleasantly balanced medium weight, making for a dangerously easy quaffing session as my empty glass testifies.

The Short’s Bourbon Barrel Soaked Sustenance Black Beer was mighty tasty and well-balanced. The bourbon shone through with deep riches which for some may be a turnoff, but I am an unabashedly unashamed bourbon freak. The more bourbon the better, in cases such as these. I am also pleased to say though that her character as a Black Beer was not overshadowed; in fact, the two worked together in almost flawless perfection. Where one started and one stopped, I could not tell, making for a seamless marriage of palates.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2009
22oz bottle @Pauls Gathering Thanks JoeMcPhee-pours a brown ring for a head and dark brown color. Aroma is sour, bourbon, medium/dark malt. Taste is bourbon, medium/dark malt, secondary earthy hops. Somewhat hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Thanks to JW77 for another cool beer! Dark pour. Aroma is loaded with some sweet bourbon notes, oak, coconut, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. Flavor has a nice hit of bourbon right off, followed by dark malt, wood and some coconut and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2009
Deep black pour with a sticky off-white head. The nose is fairly unusual. Toasty/cocoaish malt with a bit of lightly salty toasted malt. Fairly salty with a kiss of toasted malt and light cocoa on the back. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3569) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with mibirder. Pours a very deep reddish brown, not quite black, that is barely translucent when held against sunlight. The head is creamy and bubbly lasting through the first third of the glass and leaving patchy lace. Very pleasant aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and oak along with a few alcohol vapors. The flavor is less intense than the aroma and includes bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak and malt. Lacks the rich textural mouthfeel I associate with bourbon barrel aged beers like this, which is no fault of the beer as this is not a stout. I guess I am a victim of Pavlovian conditioning, but I do miss it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle at the release of Flaming Fury. Pours a brown to black color. Bourbon, fruit, wood, and vanilla on the nose. Crisp and lightly bitter with a bit of fruit behind it. Finishes up a little boozy with a touch of wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottled. Very bourbony aroma, buttery, mild oak, cream. Really creamy flavor, delicious vanilla and oak and roasty malts, elegently balanced and very drinkable. This isn’t a schwarzbier at all so much as an American Strong, but it works really well. I haven’t felt so good about the Shorts adjunct beers in the past but this one really does it for me. Excellent.

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