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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11920) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2011
clear broqn, small white head. Sour and tart aroma, almost citrussy, but also sweet dark fruity. Flavor is sweet malty, red fruity, mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle. Medium high creamy and lasting light brown head. Very dark red brown body. Almost black. Powerful and lovely roasted malt carame coffeel cocoa aroma. Spicy (coriander like) caramel roasted malt cocoa slightly sour flavor with low carbonation and a long sweet aftertaste. Alcohol level seems just right. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3192) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle shared by BenC - Pours chocolatey brown with a thin tan head. Smells like rye bread and chocolate, lightly toasted. Tastes roughly the same, with a dry, ashy finish. Mixes some dry stout characteristics in there--nice. Thinner body, but it works. Smooth, very nice. Probably my favorite Shorts beer so far!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle at home. Black - offwhite head. Coffee. Sharpness. High malty. Oiley notes. Burned. Light dark chocolate. Light sweet notes. Licorice. Ryebread. Pleasant body and finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin feel to it as it pours. A thin film of tan head sits on the surface. Aromas are weak... a faint whiff of chocolate and earth is about all I pick up. Flavor is a little more interesting... chocolate and caramel malts play off each other nicely with just a hint of topsoil after a rain or something poetic like that. It has a kind of creaminess to it (mouthfeel and maybe even a little in the flavor) and ends in a coffee/peat-like bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Pours a very dark brown with a single-finger tan head that sticks around for a bit before fading and leaving a bit of light lacing. The nose has a bit of light roast and a bit of dark fruit as well. Mild anise character. The flavor has a moderate amount of roast along with some sweet malt. Dark fruit and cherry come through a bit, along with some slight black licorice. There is a bit of a cardboard character in the finish as it warms, however. Medium body and lightly sweet throughout. Pretty decent. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-04-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1433) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle. Opaque pour with considerable tan head. Smell is strongly chocolate and a bit of hazelnut. Very good beer, silky smooth, goes down easy. Taste doesn’t have the nuttiness I thought it might.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13077) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Draft. Small beige head, dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, some smoke, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast, some smoke caramel. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5613) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Nice slightly hazy, relatively opaque cola coloured body with a darker brown tint and a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of licorice, concord grapes, permanent marker, a touch meaty and some smoked peat - but not much. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasty flavour with caramel and a touch of earth that fades pretty quickly to the permanent marker flavour, aniseed spicey taste and a little funk and cardboard near the end. Aftertaste shows a good complex finish, but still showing some off tastes like meat, mushrooms and a touch of bitter spices. Overall, an okay schwartz, but nothing great - and to me, way too highly rated. That’s okay considering most of the other Short’s beers I’ve had are great - but this one wasn’t. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from the Beer Baron in Livonia, Michigan on 30-April-2011 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 06-June-2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7373) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4oz pour at Churchkey. Pours an opaque black with zero head. Inviting aroma of biscuit, crackers, malts, toast, light coffee. Flavor is sweet, toasty, malty, light chocolate, caramel. Medium bodied, dry finish. Very drinkable.

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