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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Sustenance Black Beer, classically referred to as a Schwartz beer, is a dark American lager brewed in the spring. Soft and sweet on the palate, the roasted, dark caramel grains lend to satisfying drinking experience, while lager yeast creates a refreshing thirst-quenching sensation. This combination provides a rich, full-flavored, light bodied brew.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smroush (137) - Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Aromas dominated by malts; hops are very mild; fairly pronounced caramel aromas. Fairly light bodied;medium sweetness; quite light bitter. Slightly creamy texture; average carbonation; finish is sweet and malty. Overall an ok but not very distinguished beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chucklemation (839) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours a jet black with a long-lasting off-white foam head. Aroma is lots of roast and caramel. Flavor is roast and sweet caramel. Has lots of flavor. This is very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1223) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours very black with a tall cappuccino head that settles to a thick ring and leaves some spotty ropes of lace. Nose involves earthy and herbal hop notes, some dark fruit, toasted malt, mint, and savory spice. Fairly sweet, decently bitter. Medium bodied, fairly active, oily and coating, with a drying toasty finish. Very nice brew, a style that probably doesn’t get enough love but this shows that, done well, they’re very enjoyable, complex and drinkable at the same time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mintzmeet (336) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Oh this is delicious. Smells like a pub in England . Nice thin creamy head. Maltiniceness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2851) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with a small foamy head that fades to a messy ring. Aromas are burnt marshmallows, some char, light chocolate, and toasted grains. Taste like burnt bread, marshmallow, charred wood, and light cocoa. Medium body. Really nice schwarz.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4154) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2015
dark brown color. Light brown color. Treacles an chocolate malt. Very rich flavorful and rounded. A touch acidic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4346) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Brandon. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark grain, and caramel. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1273) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Pout from a 12oz bottle. Deep dark reddish brew with tan head. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee - very stoutish. Taste is deeply roasted grains with coffee overtones _ I expect it to get heavier as the swallow continues but it gets lighter and more agile while still delivering a great complex malty roasted grain taste. Most schwarzbeir’s that I have tried ahve been somewhat enhanced lagers but this one really rocks.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lukedarock (245) - Howell, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Smell is almost stout like very good caramel cocoa, deep dark beer with a reddish brown tinge, flavor has character everything from chocolate coffee caramel to, earthy and alcohol (not to much just right) really like this beer, the lager like approach turned to really work for this beer will buy again good job shorts

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3500) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2015
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/2/2015. Pours slightly hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Fair amount of herbal hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean in lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly creamy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent schwarzbier style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.


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