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RATINGS: 251   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (3710) - Connecticut, 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 (1269) - 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 (4641) - 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 (427) - 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 (938) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - MAY 6, 2012
Bottled . Pours clear dark chess nut brown with a large off-white head. Fair lacing. Nose of toasted malt chocolate and caramel. Sweet flavor with, dark malt, berries, caramel and smoked notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2014 12th July 2009
Cloudy dark brown beer. Dry crisp palate. Mmm bit sour this - like a very sour Porter. Unsweet wood provides dryness. A splash of bourbon adds to the sourness. Finishes tangy and dry. Dissapointing beer from Shorts (who I love). Too dry and sour with nothing to balance. 2.6

2014. Much more mellow sourness now. The bourbon and oak come through. Mild dark fruits. Still a little woody bitterness. Finishes light and semi dry. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2012
Bottle from "hannont". Colour...very dark brown. Nose...burnt cotton candy! Palate... A quick burst of violets, then lots of sappy oak and Bourbon with more burnt sugar/ cotton candy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2617) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2012
Bottled . Pours clear dark chess nut brown with a large off-white head. Fair lacing. Nose of toasted malt chocolate and caramel. Sweet flavor with, dark malt, berries, caramel and smoked notes. Medium bodied, watery to creamy texture and soft carbonation. End up dry with a little malt bitterness. Pretty good for a schwartz beer.

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