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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle from Brian - thanks! Black pour with a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is bourbon with vanilla and light alcohol spice, roast, chocolate, and darker raisin. Remarkaby heavy bourbon influence that remains balanced on a 6.5% ABV beer. Taste is dominated by the bourbon and itís hard to pick out the roast character although the darker fruit notes seem intensified by the bourbon. There is also chocolate and even some light hop bitterness in the taste. Smooth, coating mouthfeel and the bourbon integrates well with the base beer even if some of the roast characteristics are lost. If you like bourbon in your beer, this is your beer. Very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4460) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2012
355ml bottle. Clear darkest brown to black colour with small, minimally lacing, tan head. Intense Bourbon aroma, vanilla, oak, leather, overlays any other flavours. Taste is initially moderately sweet dark malty, some vanilla flashes up, then dry oak and leather notes gain ground. In the finish the malt and barrel flavours mix up to a slightly fruity, dark berry note. Intense aroma is suggestive of a substantially heavier beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Reynolds314 (2679) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Interesting beer. Very light smokey roastyness is sadly overshadowed a bit by spirity bourbon flavor that is a bit boozy and underdeveloped. I think this could use more time in the bottle to smooth out the flavors. Interesting concept.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (925) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2012
This stuff is great. I loved the original, this is better. Black pour with a small beige head. Very inviting aroma full of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and hints of vanilla. Almost like a big stout. Huge aroma given the size of this beer. Flavors were packed with oaky bourbon, roast, dark bittersweet chocolate and a light bitter finish. Carbonation was light and very creamy. I canít believe this is >7%, drinks like a big beer. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Easily the best Iíve had from Shorts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (4311) - Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2012
light bourbon notes are still overwhelming this light background of A beer. Very nice sweet bOurbon finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1426) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Appearance: dark cola brown with a light brown bubbly head, syrupy legs, and minimal lace. Aroma: very boozy, with notes of roasty malt, smoky leather, coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste: toffee, caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate up front, over roasty malts, wood, and a slowly building boozy note. Finish: the alcohol burn crests slowly and is the last to fade. Notes: Seems big, rich, and boozy, even with the low abv. Clearly the barrel-aging played a major role in the development of this one. Definitely a sipper. Would have liked to try it against the regular version to compare. On tap at Birch & Barley. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5311) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color, relatively translucent still, not a bunch of head - mostly wispy off-white. Aroma was caramel, sweet roasted malts, vanilla notes, bourbon notes. Flavor was smooth bourbon, vanilla notes, with notes of wood and sweet toasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Ar: Bourbon, rum, raisins, and a bit of toffee. Ap: Black with brown highlights - small tan head with poor retention, settling to a spotty lace. T: Sweet raisins and rum up front - transitions into boozy alcohol and some earthiness - bitterness is low, but there is a very rough tannic quality - ashy on the finish P: Medium body with medium carbonation - finish is dry. O: There are some interesting flavors here, but the alcohol heat and harsh tannins are just too prominent and compromise the better qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
#1490 bottle; Nose Is heavy vanilla, smoke note, oak, coffee whiff, earth, later leather, feel is quite watery, carb is mediumlow, taste is iron, some rotten fruit, soy, kale, coffee, wood chip, vanilla

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (1065) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle from the anniversary party. Pours dark with little head. Aroma is rich with bourbon and is pleasant. The taste starts and ends with bourbon. It is there throughout the drink, but isn't overwhelming. They took a good beer and made it better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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