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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2822) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Big thanks to Beerlando for this awesome beer. Pours blckish red with a thin off white head. Really nice bourbon vanilla oak roasted grain and slightly sour aroma. Very light and sour flavor, yet has nice hints of roasted grain, vinegar, sour apple, and bourbon. Very complex and light, yet bursts with so many flavors and is so easy to drink. This is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Thanks again to tpd975. This is my first Shorts Brewing beer. Pours dark brown with amber and copper edges to go along with a light brown head. The aroma is wood, bourbon, vanilla and a sliver of caramel. The taste begins with a quick pulse of sweet malts, a hint of roasted malts and caramel. Then wood and bourbon rise up followed by a note of vanilla. Tasty stuff but for me it is balanced a little too much on the side of the barrel flavors. Just by a bit though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, and molasses. Flavor is bourbon, fruit, malt, and chocolate. Medium body. Ends a little sour and tart. Very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (7793) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
All hails to mighty tpd975 for making my 600th review a good one. Pours black with tan head. Aroma has plenty of the bourbon nose, rich but remains very subtle and light. Taste, lots of roastiness, chocolate malts and light hints of bourbon. The overall mouthfeel is very enjoyable and leaves an aftertaste almost mocha. I really could not pick up any bitterness or tartness. This is definitely a new and interesting twist to Schwarzbier. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Bomber. Cherries, vanilla, oak all on the nose. Pours very dark brown black at the center. Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, bourbon, very tart and funky flavors. It reminds me of something from Jolly Pumpkin. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 Pours black from the bomber with a creamy tan head. Brimming with vanilla, bourbon, roasted coffee, and red grapes. The best beer I’ve had from Shorts thus far. Awesome. Re-rated from a recent bottling and noticed a lot of bread pudding, figs, and lactose in the taste. You get all of the bourbon flavor in this beer without the alcohol burn. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
20080510 From bottle at Pauls 1st Hoboken gathering. Interesting idea, I think this is the only barrel aged schwarzbier I have tried. It works but maybe only because it is a pretty strong beer to begin with. Nice notes of dried fruits, cocoa, and where you might expect that usual schwarzbier ashy astringency this beer instead just becomes thin and lazy. Very molassesy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Bomber. Pours a dark cola brown color with a small, foamy, cream colored head. A sudsy, sheeting wash of froth rejoins the body almost entirely. The aroma is completely out of left field....I can not believe how much it reminds me of a Jolly Pumpkin beer. A dark cocoa malt base shows formidable notes of soured, funky oak, vanilla, moderate spices, and dry brett. Sour mash Kentucky bourbon shows subtly on the nose. The flavor profile is even more sour and bretty than the aroma indicates. The funky, old, vanilla laden oak gives just the right amount of bourbon heat, while lactose serves as a bridge to the bittersweet, dark cocoa maltiness. Substantial in both body and carbonation, the brett imparts its signature dry, parching mouthfeel, sourness intensifying on the finish. This is a great beer. If I had to sum it up into a single phrase, it would be - Bourbon Barrel Aged Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura. It really is almost a dead ringer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Special thanks to Beerlando for bringing this great brew. Brown with a tan head. Funky vanilla, red grape and oak flavors with a slight mustiness and bitterness. The bourbon barrel aging really adds to this. A little Jolly Pumpkin-esque. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3537) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
22 oz bottle. Clear, but deep purple brown with a splotchy beige and tan head. Odd nose of grapes and coffee with hints of bourbon. Medium body with a sour tang. Taste is equally as strange with plum, mocha and red wine. Bourbon and coffee to finish. Always a radical brew from Shorts.

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