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RATINGS: 244   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1462) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Old rating. Aroma was of a lot of bourbon and chocolate. Has a little tartness to this and some sour. Not bad at all but not what was expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2009
22oz bottle @Pauls Gathering Thanks JoeMcPhee-pours a brown ring for a head and dark brown color. Aroma is sour, bourbon, medium/dark malt. Taste is bourbon, medium/dark malt, secondary earthy hops. Somewhat hot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3524) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2011
sampled at RBSG 2010 - Pours near black and smells of roast malt and bourbon. The flavor is roasty with a light bourbon character. Itís medium bodied and while itís alright, seems to be lacking something. It doesnít come together as well as I expected nor have the bourbon character one would think 11 months would give it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2144) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2011
reviewed 6/15/2009 Received in trade from jtrockchalk in the Black Booty Bif, Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a deep dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights and a huge bubbly off white head that sticks around forever. Smells of lemony citrus, bourbon, vanilla, faint bit of bretty horsehair, and cocoa. Slightly sour on the nose, is that supposed to be there, or did some bugs hitch a ride from barrel to bottle? This would certainly explain the spirited carbonation. Taste is a bit sour with some chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla thrown in. Carbonation is quite high, body is medium but filled with bubbles, mouthfeel is creamy but slick. I enjoyed this one, but Iím not sure its a schwartzbier anymore. Very flavorful, but the carbonation ruins the mouthfeel for me. Iíd love to try a fresh bottle if someone wants to send me another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 14, 2011
Botella. Black colour, beige big head, lively, good lacing. Sweet caramel roasty malty vanilla bourbon like aroma. ”k mouthfeel, rather thin like. Sweet roasty malty spiced bourbon woody flavour. Sweet well lasting woody bourbon malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2160) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle. Deep brown body. Fizzy, light tan head, quickly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla with hint of licorice and alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. The bourbon compliments the beer rather than overpowering it. However, the beer is too sweet to compliment the bourbon. The roasted flavors and bourbon work together well. Tastes of molasses, bourbon, vanilla, cocoa and bourbon. An interesting beer.

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