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RATINGS: 162   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBeer45 (1259) - Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2010
This Short’s beer has a black-brown pour (it is a dark ruby when held up to a light) with a one to two finger tan head that recedes to a broken cover and ring after a few minutes, and left some lacing on the glass as I drank, there were aromas of dark caramel, dark toast, dry chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and a dark honey sweetness with a little vanilla, the beer had flavors of dark bread, licorice, some roasted malt sweetness and little notes of dry bitter chocolate, finish has barely a bite to it but there is a little bitterness, licorice and earthy mint run along on the palate after each drink, has a medium mouth feel, I thought this beer had more licorice and sweetness than the other Schwarzbiers I had tried, I do not mind a little licorice but more than that is too much for me, so, my rating will reflect how much I enjoyed this beer, it’s not the beer, it is me, if you like licorice, you will more than likely prefer this beer more than I.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Black pour with a loose tan head. Lots of deeply roasted malt, with hints of licorice, tobacco, and coffee. The flavor follows through from the aroma but with a more pronounced licorice note, some spicy hops on the finish with a clean lager crispness and a lasting bitterness. Oily medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2010
12oz bottle as an extra from Attitude Brew. Pours deep cola brown with a nice frothy beige head, decent lacing. Nice roasted malts and toffee with faint herbal hop notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6124) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Another awesome beer shared by Timbo! Pours a pure black color with a large brown head. The aroma is sweet chocolates, some hops for sure, caramel and toasted malts. The flavor is a really well-made Schwarzbier; chocolates, rich earthy malts, caramel, very flavorful. I could drink a ton of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1101) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2010
out of the white-labeled and white-capped bottle comes a black beer, not stout opaque but certainly porter black. tiny barely mentionable beige head circles atop, and clean caramel and burnt sugars float around in the aroma with classic schwarz lager yeast. molasses and slightly green balanced finish; neither cloying nor dry and no perceptible alcohol heat. an uncommon style to take to market, but it’s sweet and clean enough to appeal. pricier at $11 a sixer, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (6714) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma has notes of dark grains with some roast and a bit of caramel. Flavor is full of dark grains and caramel with a bit of a roasted kick towards the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2010
A pretty average beer to me. One of my favorite style,s but this one just has all of the typical features of the style without anythin being wonderful. Slight head, nice dark color, a static, carmel malt profile without much depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4423) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
This poured a black as night color with a beige head. Aroma was grassy hops, some lightly toasted malt, and some other things. Flavor was light bodied toasted malts, very light chocolate, and light german grassy hops. Typical Schwartz but nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
milewide (1536) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Pretty black color is this beer’s only claim to fame. Bland!!! No tastes or aromas that are worth describing. No hops anywhere. Thin body and head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3422) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Very dark brown pour -- almost black. Very subtle tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, light roast. Some dark fruits. Flavor of licorice, dark chocolate, oreos. I detect a bit of creaminess which makes this taste like an ice cream sandwich. Really delicious. Full mouthfeel, thick texture, nice carbonation. Finishes with chocolate wafers. Easily my fav schwarz ever.

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