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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demitriustown (1112) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2011
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice roasted malt characteristic and there are some nicely pungent hops backing that up as well. Nutty, caramel, slightly citrus note from the hops, and a nice chocolate tone as well. Appearance is almost a opeque black with a medium siuzed tan head that lingers. Taste is malt forward then melding into a really nice hop chacteristic and then finishes almost clean and clear. Wow..this thing changes in your mouth three different way. I really like this for some reason. It tastes good and is really drinkable. Complex as well. Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
I drank from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours a light black with a ligh tan head, good retention and lacing...The aroma is totally dead, shows off only light chocolate, really boring...The taste is also light, gives a little smoke and chocolate. Usually i want more taste, but for some reason I like this, a light roasty porterish type beer that is really easy to drink. Nothing special here, but if you’re in the mood for a roasty dark beer that’s easy to drink, not a bad call.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle on 11/12/2010. Clear black body with a small tan head. Sweet roast and molassas aroma. Sweet chocolate, roast and molassas flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle. Deep brown approaching black body. Frothy brown head, fully diminishing. Roasted malts dominate the nose. Notes of chocolate and toast. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. The finish is lightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture turning slick in the finish. Lively carbonation. Taste of roasted malts, vanilla, light black coffee and earthiness. Tart aftertaste with a touch of metal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10045) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Dark brown pour. Light tan head. Very roasty aroma with some molasses, licorice, and light coffee. Flavor is roasty, bitter, dark cherries and some brown sugar. nice. Thanks to hellbilly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Pours deep brown almost black, thin almost tan head. Aroma has notes of roast, biscuit, burnt toast, and some caramel. Taste is bitter burnt malt, some biscuit and caramel sweet, and a roasted bitter finish. Good brew, balanced and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyReynolds (1030) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2011
bottle thanks to Bigmmartin. Pours a dark brown with a very thin mocha head. Aroma is roasted malts with notes of coffee and burnt toast. Palate is very chewy, but a little more carbonated than I expected. Flavor really brings out a nice roasted maltiness, finishing dry. Pretty impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
bottle thanks to nellie. poured deep ruby with an off white head. aroma was chocolate, bourbon, and fudge. flavor was chocolate, bourbon, and fudge also. body was slick with low carbonation. i am not sure why i got bourbon out of this, but i did.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to my friend in MI. Pours dark brown to black with a small, brown, fading head. Nose is roasted malts, fresh toasted breads, munich malts, chocolate, light caramel, coffee, and wood. Taste is breads, cereal, chocolate, nuts, toasted malts. Starts sweet then finishes bitter and slightly dry from the roast character but is very pleasant with some earthy hop flavor backing. Full bodied and smooth on the palate. no lace. no hop aroma. Good beer. I could easily mistake it for an American style porter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12 ounce bottle shared by maniac. Thanks! Pours a clear brown color with a medium frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty notes, toasty notes, caramel and a fruity finish. The taste is bitter hops, nutty notes, lightly roasted malts, faint cherry and citrus. Medium bodied. Nice beer.


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