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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Shared by notalush. Unforunately, this was another cool sounding Shorts beer that just turns out very average. Pours dark brown with a fizzy head. Aroma is light booze and light bark/earth. Taste is a bit bland with light watery dark malts. Easy drinking and a well attenuated lager.
22oz bomber, Southampton snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2563) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Thanks to thickfreakness for sharing this biyatch!
Pours dark brown with light tan head. Smell is roasty and lightly smoky. Taste is slightly chocolatey and roasty with some strange light tartness. Fuck. I guess it was a bit above average. I LIKE FIRE PONIES!

   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 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this. Pours out near black with just a hint of light coming through the edges of the glass and a dense white had with great lacing. The aroma is mostly bourbon with some mildly roasted malt and bread. The flavor is the same with a hint of sweet vanilla and a fair amount of alcohol. The body is medium-thin and aqueous with soft carbonation. Good brew but only ícause I like bourbon beers, but otherwise the balance is pretty off. I donít think the base beer just has enough flavor or body to handle the bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10570) - SÝborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (15586) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
bottle at home ... deep brown ,... thin tan head ... soft roast malts ... dark chocolate malts ... heavy roast ... dark roast malts ... heavy malts ... big big bourboun ... dark malts ... dark blackcurrant roast ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Chocolate-cola pour with mocha foam. Green apple, minty herbs, dark chocolate, graham cracker crusts in the aroma; hugely tangy and almost tart with the swift buttery sweetness of bourbon; too much presence really. A touch of cuban mocha sits sweetly with a fitting, darkening character that distantly balances the almost unbearable tang of the bourbon; additionally, some dark spicing of anise and sweet tobacco forms a semblance of malt build, but the the confronting tart sweetness of the bourbon is simply too ostentatious.

The flavor is much the same; lots of dusty sweetness and almost-sour apple-like tang; full of white fruit and sparkling effervescence that seems quite out of place in this style built on munich and caramel malts and their characters, none of which are even difficultly visible, although there is a steadfast and somewhat cloying sheen of vanilla throughout. The fruit character of its sweetness has some vinousness to it, but itís sharp-edged and brittle; not raisins, plums, and dates but pears, apples, and pineapple, consistently. Notes of a delicate bourbon, really. And itís so immersed in that fruity, tart texture that it almost seemed like an acetaldahyde-crushed beer at first, and I still canít definitely tell that it isnít.

Light-medium palate pushes the tartness through. Lightly effervescent. The finish really expands the borders of the flavor quite nicely, and tends to accentuate the bitter chocolate and pistachio bits of the malts; still tart, but itís interesting enough at the end to seem inviting and redeemable as a whole experience. Still I’d really love less bourbon mucking up my perception of this thing. Thanks Derek!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2008
22oz from GrandCruDrew - thanks! Nice reddish black body with a modest tan head, fairly minimal lacing. Initial notes in the aroma are brown sugar, slight yeast, and dark fruits. Not nearly as many roasted flavors as I’d expected, which was a mild disappointment, and the result was that the yeast flavors (which lasted throughout) clashed just a bit with the very well done barrel-aging, with wood, slight vanilla, and bourbon flavors emerging. Pleasant finish but not quite up to snuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
tronranerís Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to nearbeer. Dark dark brown with a thin light tan head. Reddish in the light. Big bourbon smokiness in the aroma. Taste is tart almost...weird. Bourbon smokiness and big malt underneath.

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