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RATINGS: 261   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Black color, thin sparse light tan head. Mild sourness funky roast, some barrel character but very light. Taste has a mild acidity with a light roast, nice sourness on the back end. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2010
2009 Bottle - Thanks hoppymeal! - Pours thin and almost black with a massive tan head that continues to grow...hmmmm....aroma is sour cherry and fruit, tannic oak and bourbon...flavour is similar, spiced oak, lemon juice, cherry, bourbon, coffee...I think some wild critters made they’re way into the bottle, but it still is quite enjoyable...tough to rate, probably different than what they were shooting for, but tasty...pretty torn...I’ll def need to try again to re-rate...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1500) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1459) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1450) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1432) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2015
The beer is black with moderate nougat colored foam. It is a further development of the brewery Sustenance Black Beer, which was very popular in a very short time. The brewer got the idea to barrel age it 11 months in bourbon barrels and the result is a beautiful black beer that smells of oak, vanilla, bourbon and some smoke. The taste is weak bourbon with oak distinct flavor of fresh wood, a little acid and a little vanilla sweetness. Moreover schwarzbiers licorice flavor that is clear and long-lasting. It has a retracted hop bitterness that prolongs the aftertaste of licorice and vanilla in union.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1395) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Draft. Stopped in the brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Very similiar to the regular version with the exception of the bourbon flavors and notes. Very distinct bourbon notes in the nose. Fairly strong bourbon flavors in the taste along with vanilla and chocolate. Very smooth. Tan head with good lace.

   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!

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