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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Another bonus bottle from mbirder. Way to rep the MI, my man. Really strange beer, but Shwartzbiers certainly deserve barrel treatment as this one proves. Nose is probably the best scent I have come across in a BA selection: nice round bourbon, vanilla, fruity wood, spice, light banana from the base beer, roast. Flavors of the same with wheat and light grains showing up and milk chocolate. The finish is sudden and belies the thinness of the base beer which kind of separates the end from the big beginning. However, as roasty and fulfilling as most stouts in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle… O’sS&BS-I-T-YVBThrowdown… Pours very dark and burnt orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is a monster blend of heavy, acidic sourmash, moderate dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Chocolaty, bourbony and a touch acrid. Lengthy, mildly sweet, sourmash and chocolate finish. Thanks to GoT for sharing the bottle!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this. Pours out near black with just a hint of light coming through the edges of the glass and a dense white had with great lacing. The aroma is mostly bourbon with some mildly roasted malt and bread. The flavor is the same with a hint of sweet vanilla and a fair amount of alcohol. The body is medium-thin and aqueous with soft carbonation. Good brew but only ’cause I like bourbon beers, but otherwise the balance is pretty off. I don’t think the base beer just has enough flavor or body to handle the bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this. Pours a dark brown with thin dark tan head that dissipates quickly, very little lacing. Aroma strong of alcohol and bourbon, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor matches well, but wasn’t quite as hot as aroma would have suggested. Had a slight acidic nature and a lot of chocolate and vanilla. Overall very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Shared at Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice. Poured into a snifter, dark brown with beige head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and hot booze, hotter than the abv would indicate. Taste of chocolate, coffee, bourbon. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2009
12-oz. Thanks, BVC! Pours dark amber with a lacy off-white head. Light body and carbonation. Bourbon-laden caramel nose. Coffee and chocolate taste with with a soft bourbon finish. I don’t get much of the barrel, mostly the bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Old rating. Aroma was of a lot of bourbon and chocolate. Has a little tartness to this and some sour. Not bad at all but not what was expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle shared by JCB, our local Shorts hookup. Funky yeast and lost of malt and bourbon/oak. Vanilla, a bit of smoke. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
A lovely schwartzbier. Pours black, white head, with mollasses and pleasant bourbon aroma. Above average mouthfeel, a little grain substance. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
22 oz. bottle - thanks bvc!! clear, roasty brown; crisp aromas of caramel, vanilla and leaves; bourbon seems pretty minor here, but not the wood, which adds a yummy sweet goodness; malty sweet finish; very nice

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