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RATINGS: 262   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3477) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
A big thank you to FlandersNed for sending this beer my way in our last trade. Split with Adam. The beer is dark brown, nearing black. The beige head stands in at a finger’s width, and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite sweet. Booze, vanilla, malt, light roast, chocolate. The flavor is definitely bourbon forward. Grandiose vanilla presence. The sweetness is formidable, and I can see that my six ounces will be sufficient. The bourbon, while overpowering to some degree, is bold and tasty. Chocolate and roast play a secondary role, and blend nicely with the the bourbon character. Mildly roasty, perhaps the other aspects of the beer overshadow the roast somewhat. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Sweet and boozy. An interesting beer. Not my favorite bourbon barrel aged brew by any stretch, but worth a try. I enjoyed this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-01-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2182) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 15, 2012
On tap Birch & Barley Wash. DC. Pours a deep dark brown color with faint ruby highlights and a huge bubbly off white head that lasts. Aroma is of dark fruits, oak, smokiness, vanilla, roasted malts, yeast, burnt caramel, and , and a nice bourbon character. Taste is crisp, dry and oaky up front. Beer then settles into some cocoa, light booze, and sweet toast flavors. Finish has a light sour taste, with some roasted nuts, a light burnt and smoke flavor and some mineral like hop bitterness. Medium bodied with tingly carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (14396) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark, dark brown / amber with a small beige head. Aroma of light bourbon barrels, some slight red wine qualities and not much else surprisingly. Flavour certainly shows the bourbon barrels on top of toasted nuts and crusty bread, finishing quite burnt and crusty. Never had the regular, but this one seems quite barrel heavy, as well as burnt. Not refined at all and thus low drinkability. Not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6188) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2012
From a bottle at t klooster in delft. Aroma is smoky with a hint of urine, perhaps from the glass. Nice flavor though. Very balanced. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (11016) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle at Klooster. Pours black with a ring tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, raisin, wood and roasted malt. Flavour is over medium sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (8999) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
Sample from kermis. Woody aroma. Very thin tan head. Clear dark pour. Complex aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7021) - Utah, USA - AUG 14, 2012
12oz bottle from Tim, thanks
Appearance: Pours black with a mediums sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and woody
Taste: Toasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate with a bitter finish
Nice, lots of bourbon. I haven’t had the base beer, but this is all bourbon and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1461) - 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 it’s 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 (6409) - 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 (3315) - 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.

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