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RATINGS: 257   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2819) - 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 (2243) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2960) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Deep dark brown bordering black with a thin latte head that left some sticky, web-like lacing inside the glass. Light wood in the nose accompanying subtle bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, and charred malt. Flavor is more assertive than the aroma with the before-mentioned observations being magnified significantly. Rich, hearty, enjoyable. Really nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11822) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
On tap at HopCat during RBSG. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that was mostly lasting and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted malt, bourbon, wood and vanilla aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted malt, bourbon and wood bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Standout drinkable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Pours deep brown with a tan head. Full smooth Bourbon and vanilla in the nose. Burnt caramel like creamed brule but not as sweet. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2012
0.33l bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours a deep deep brown - near black - body with a small quickly fading and sidesticking light tan head. The aroma knocks your head back a bit. Lots of bourbon here alright! It’s roasted with chocolate and dark caramel, but it’s definitely the bourbon that’s the most prominent, aka. The King, here. It has a average carbonation level and a medium oily to watery texture in the mouth. The first thing noticed with this compared with the non-barreled is that this is so much more warming. Almost as if it has more alcohol or something. Nice and rounded chocolate and coffee touches, hints of something almost salty before it’s ended of both hoppy and sour with a lasting bourbon finish. Yeah, really nice and the flavors are extremely well blended. Please start barreling ALL schwarzbier’s! By far the best one I’ve ever had. 27.01.2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mittenator (1595) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours and tastes like a delicious barrel aged stout. Lots of bourbon and vanilla with a medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpar73 (652) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
On tap at Short’s Summer Kickoff Party. Pours black with a thin tan head. Bourbon and booze in the aroma. Taste is the same with a bit of sweetness in the finish. Pretty spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of hoppymeal. Thanks, Derek! Pours a dark, reddish-cola color; light tan head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Very nice, blended bourbon presence in the aroma; toasty oak, milk chocolate, and caramel; generous, toasty barrel presence in the aroma; soft, chewy nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lightly carbonated; soft, toasty bourbon character showing vanilla and minimal alcohol, if any; dark chocolate, caramel, nougat, and soft, toasty vanilla; velvety mouthfeel, toasty wood and oakiness; just a carefully blended, toasty and generous beer; very drinkable. Lengthy finish, showing cocoa, dark chocolate, and toasty oak and vanilla; barrel presence is beautifully integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle. Deep brown in color with a little off white head. Malty fruity vanilla and chocolatety aroma. Molasses smokey notes. Sweet chocolatety roasty flavor. Vanilla notes. Sweet tasting. Full bodied. Very drinkable. Great.

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