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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - 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 (2140) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
orange/brown body with a small light brown head.the aroma is a nice mix of bourbon,vanilla,wood,and some roasted malts.flavor is much of the same with some dark fruit thrown in.well balanced and still full of that b"ba" flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, BVC! Crystal clear rubied dark amber. Thin, loose tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and caramel on the nose. Creamy, medium body. Figs, vanilla, caramel, bourbon and oak on the mid-palate. Nice mild finish. This one jumped up and grabbed attention; nice stuff for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Special thanks to Beerlando for bringing this great brew. Brown with a tan head. Funky vanilla, red grape and oak flavors with a slight mustiness and bitterness. The bourbon barrel aging really adds to this. A little Jolly Pumpkin-esque. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Bomber. Pours a dark cola brown color with a small, foamy, cream colored head. A sudsy, sheeting wash of froth rejoins the body almost entirely. The aroma is completely out of left field....I can not believe how much it reminds me of a Jolly Pumpkin beer. A dark cocoa malt base shows formidable notes of soured, funky oak, vanilla, moderate spices, and dry brett. Sour mash Kentucky bourbon shows subtly on the nose. The flavor profile is even more sour and bretty than the aroma indicates. The funky, old, vanilla laden oak gives just the right amount of bourbon heat, while lactose serves as a bridge to the bittersweet, dark cocoa maltiness. Substantial in both body and carbonation, the brett imparts its signature dry, parching mouthfeel, sourness intensifying on the finish. This is a great beer. If I had to sum it up into a single phrase, it would be - Bourbon Barrel Aged Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura. It really is almost a dead ringer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6624) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
All hails to mighty tpd975 for making my 600th review a good one. Pours black with tan head. Aroma has plenty of the bourbon nose, rich but remains very subtle and light. Taste, lots of roastiness, chocolate malts and light hints of bourbon. The overall mouthfeel is very enjoyable and leaves an aftertaste almost mocha. I really could not pick up any bitterness or tartness. This is definitely a new and interesting twist to Schwarzbier. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, and molasses. Flavor is bourbon, fruit, malt, and chocolate. Medium body. Ends a little sour and tart. Very good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Pre MiBGF taste at northernbrews, thanks Jeff: Basically opaque with a creamy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of bourbon (oak, vanilla, alcohol), chocolate and heavy roasted black malts, hint of lactic acid and brett, nutty. The taste has a nice fruity start with toasty and nutty malt profile before heading off towards a acidic finish and oak undertones. The mouth feel is lush and oily, dry finish. Outstanding balance and complexity, show the Schwarzbier character without overpowering Bourbon flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Really dark with not much head. Some lacing and nice body. Aroma is roasted malts, wood, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Flavor is similar. Nice bourbon flavor but not too overpowering. Very good.

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