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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1060) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
On tap on RBSG bus. Imperial brown-ish. By that I mean it is like what lots of brewers would call an imperial brown. A bit less roasted than an RIS with more biscuity, toasted malts. Aroma has that black lager, milky caramel sweetness. More maple syrup than Canadian Breakfast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Courtesy GoT. Pours a dark brown almost cola like color with a small and foamy tan colored head. The aroma shows dark chocolate, spices, oak, and some sour mash bourbon. The flavor follow suit with the dark chocolate and spices up front then followed by a lot more sour mash bourbon. The oak imparts a nice vanilla flavor to round things out and smooth over the sour mash. The body is substantial with ample carbonation leading to a dry, cocoa finish. This is a really nice take on a schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1054) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours a clear dark brown amber with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Taste is the same as aroma with a heavy emphasis on the bourbon. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Good but a Schwarzbier is too light of a beer to barrel age and have some sort of balance between the base beer and the bourbon, oak, and vanilla from the barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
bottle from mibirder. This is a great example of the depth and complexity that bourbon barrel aging can add to a beer. Bourbon really complements this brew. Very good, very smooth, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2008
22oz bottle: Midnight black pour with a beautiful head that is creamy and leaves lots of lace. Dry cocoa dusted nose of bittersweet chocolate and nuts. The body is creamy with a nice complexity. Lots of vanilla and fudge, balanced with a punch of bourbon and oak. Drinks easy and is actually pretty refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
750ml bottle courtesy of iceicebaby on BA. thanks, sean! pours a dark brown with a thick, creamy, khaki head and sticky rings of lace. aroma is great with big notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon layered atop buttery cinnamon rolls, dark malts, and toffee with hints of raisins, dates, and maple bars. flavor is quite tasty as well, slight let down from the aroma, with more prominent dark fruits, bitter cocoa, and smoked nuts with the sweetness of the vanilla, oak, and light maple syrup coming in late with just a hint of spiced bourbon. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a bittersweet finish. overall, a damn tasty bourbon barrel brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbeatty (1020) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep brown color with some auburn highlights and a moderate beige head that faded to a ring. Aroma consists of smoky bourbon and brown sugar glazed ham. Sweet, lightly fruity entry leads into a moderately smoky malt profile end fairly bland. Thin, not much body a all. A pretty big let down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ICEatALAMO (913) - 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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