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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1361) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
A - pours opaque black/brown with orange ring. No head with some legs but no lacing. S - nice rich aromas. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, molasses, toasted coconut, brown sugar, vanilla, graham crackers, marshmallows. Dried husky cereal grains. Surprisingly rich. M - amazingly light. Average carb. Weak palate for such a strong rich nose. Lingering fake grainy chocolate. Lightly sticky end. T - burnt sugar water. Wow, bland. Fake chocolate, sweet toasted caramel, toasted coconut. Toasted malts. Some cereal grains. Strong cola. Earthy damp oak. O - great nose, weak execution. Bourbon barrel aged malty water 3.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1342) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle from trade. Pours black with light Brown head. Aroma is bourbon. Taste is lots of vanilla and bourbon. Flavor fades

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1333) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering, Ulfborg 2011. #1000. I was lucky enough to have a decent beer for my 1000 rating, since that day we had a lot of crappy ones :D. Black color with a small creamy bege head. Roasted malty aroma, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, wood, alcohol. Tastes smooth roasty, with lots of bourbon and a sligthly alcoholic finish. Very nice nevertheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2008
From a 22oz Bottle. Courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Mostly transparent, dark rootbeer brown colored pour with a finger of fizzy, light tan head. Aromas of bourbon are clearly present, but not overpowering, bringing forth notes of caramel, rye seed, vanilla and a warming booziness. An underlying chocolate maltiness lies beneath, but its not really distinguishable as a schwarzbier. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a relatively thin, light texture. Flavors of light chocolate and caramel malt up front on the palate with a hint of roast. The bourbon flavors develop mid-palate, and have a distinct, rye-like character hidden in there with the oaky vanilla. Finishes with a lager-like cleanness and quickness before shades of bourbon booziness makes it’s way back to linger in my breath. Enjoyable beer overall, especially in the relatively high drinkability with bourbon complexity. Unfortunately, the distinguishing schwartzbier qualities are hidden behind the bourbon, so the lack of bigger malt flavors is apparent and missed, keeping the flavors from meshing just right. Thanks for the special treat, Tom!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Thanks jhenry04. Poured dark brown, bourbon, wood, vanilla, roasted malts.

   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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1243) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2011
12 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma, holy hell, it’s all kinds of sweet vanilla frosting, molasses, bourbon, cocoa. A bit more restrained in the flavor department, but still similar, sweet with molasses, bourbon, vanilla, smoke, oak, cocoa, red grape. Again kind of frosting-esque in its sweetness. Deep and complex beer, yet it has the refreshing palate of a lager. Very surprising and extremely good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbeatty (1194) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Sarro, 03/01/2012. Pours rich, deep brown, thin tan head fades to splotchy surface haziness, fine lacing rings the glass. Rich aroma, buttery caramel with sweet chocolate fudge, vanilla, prominent bourbon profile, light roasted black malts on the end . Taste does not match for me, a lactic tartness throughout, with bitter caramel, sweet roasted malts, stale woody aftertaste. What was buttery in the aroma perhaps indicative of beginnings of infection, a shame.

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