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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12079) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Skjold Burne, Aarhus.
Deep brown to black with a medium, fairly creamy, beige head. Aroma has heavy vanilla caramel sweetness, almost like Werthers Echte. Rye bread, oak, sweet toffee. Lowish carbonation, fat and quite oily mouthfeel. Flavour has surprisingly little toffee - there is some, but fairly subdued. Heavy oak at first, roasted malts,lots of vanilla, milky chocolate, dry and roasted. Very nice, even if the aroma is a bit much. And the original was better.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (11974) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 27, 2012
from Erzbierschof - black beer under a long lasting dark beige foam; strong woody aroma, notes of roasted malts, licorice and black cherries; fairly astringent, a good malt body, a subtle carbonation and a strong bitterness; heavy woody notes in the finish; pretty dry with more licorice, chocolate and whisky notes

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2010
clear brown, smooth offwhite yellowish head. aroma is nutty, roasted grains, licorice flavor is licorice, wood (barrel aged notes) , roasted rains. well balanced, well tasting i’d say imperial stout, not schwarzbier. barrel aged notes dominate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Served on draft at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Pours a dark brown color with a thin white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of bourbon with a big buttery note and some faint cherry notes. The taste is bourbon, cherries, a buttery note, faint nuttiness and faint hops in the finish. Medium-full bodied. Decent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Thank you Derek for this 22oz bottle! Poured a dark brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood/oak, vanilla, some bourbon, nutty, chocoalte, roast, and earthy. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, nuts, roast, and wood. Very nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11369) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
Bottled. Dark brown head with a red gleam. Light brown head. Aroma of spice, light roast, sweetness, vanilla and fruits. Flavour of vanilla and barrel, fruits, sweetness and light herbs. Medium to full bodied. Sweetish and spiced end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11176) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
A lovely schwartzbier. Pours black, white head, with mollasses and pleasant bourbon aroma. Above average mouthfeel, a little grain substance. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (11038) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10944) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle 355ml @ TFODRBSG11, Ulfborg
Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009
Date: December 12, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black with ruby edges, wispy beige head
Aroma: light roasted aroma, touch of dark chocolate, just a hint of vanilla and bourbon sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, dark caramel and vanilla sweetness brings out the rich chocolate, light bourbon grows as it warms, just a touch of balancing bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

Name: Sustenance
Date: July 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, light dry caramel, light oak and earthyness
Flavor: rich caramel and chocolate flavor, just a touch of caramel sweetness, lots of earth and oak

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4


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