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RATINGS: 260   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Bomber from masonjer. Thanks. Shared with my girlfriend Cyn and friends over dinner. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is sweet, smoky, malty with a touch of bourbon. Taste is sweet and malty with a big malty back bone, well balanced and tasty.

   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1435) - 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6256) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (4124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to unclerudy. Thanks! Pours a lighter brown with a beige head of foam. Aroma is tons of vanilla and bourbon oaky notes. Pretty sweet. The barrel really comes through in this beer and it is fantastic. I’m not usually a big fan of bourbon barrel aged beers, but this one rocks. My hat is off to this beer. Superb.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
depre1am (11) - - APR 27, 2013
Tap. As a craft beer head turned bourbon drinker, im a huge barell aged fan. Not being the biggest fan of Shorts, I have to admit this beer does not disappoint. Strong alcohol scent on the nose with a smooth vanilla finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Pours thick dark, unclear forest blackish brown with a light sandy colored head. Aroma brings huge sweet dark fruits, brown sugar, and smooth bourbon so complex and rich on the palate! Flavor is just as rich and complex with dark fruits, raisins, and smooth bourbon sugar on a rich but smooth balanced body!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Bomber. Cherries, vanilla, oak all on the nose. Pours very dark brown black at the center. Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, bourbon, very tart and funky flavors. It reminds me of something from Jolly Pumpkin. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2890) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Big thanks to Beerlando for this awesome beer. Pours blckish red with a thin off white head. Really nice bourbon vanilla oak roasted grain and slightly sour aroma. Very light and sour flavor, yet has nice hints of roasted grain, vinegar, sour apple, and bourbon. Very complex and light, yet bursts with so many flavors and is so easy to drink. This is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours dark amber brown with a beige head. Epic aroma, lots of bourbon obviously but also dark fruits, bananas, and chocolate. Flavor is roasty and chocolatey with some tart bourbon, vanilla, and a woody dry finish.

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