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RATINGS: 174   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Tap at ChurchKey. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Taste dominated by roasted malt, with a bit of hops. Rather light body, finishes clean. Refreshing for a darker brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6673) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
At Short’s Brewing Monster Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a dark, almost black color brown, with a small tan head. Aroma was chocolate, roasted malts. Flavor was roasted malts, earthy hops, chocolate malts. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with an average tan head. Earthy aroma with chocolate and nuts also present. The anisette comes out in the flavor, but its subdued by a heavy roasted malt backing with a lingering earthy, soy taste. Dry texture with good carbonation. Light enough in body to enjoy on a hot day but still has plenty of complexity to make it interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Roasty, toasty, with the characteristics of a very robust porter. Medium bodied. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle. Deep garnet body, medium to thin tight clumping off-white head. Nose of roasted malts, toast, brown sugar, soy, and leafy hops. The body has a dense flavor profile, with bitter, leafy hops, roasted malts, chocolate, and modest dark sugars that lend sweetness to a mostly bitter beer. Finishes with leafy, charred hops, soy, and dark fruits. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1382) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours almost black with a light tan head. Aroma is strong on aniseed backed by nuts, while some coffee comes in afterwards. Flavor is again strong aniseed, with some roasty coffee and nuttiness. Palate is on the cleaner side. Nice flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demitriustown (1175) - 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3504) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2487) - 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.

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