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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
12oz bottle from my Secret Santa - thanks, deyholla! Nice to try this, having had the barrel-aged version a couple times. Nice frothing dark brown pour, with a nose that’s far more chocolatey than roasty. Certainly more sweetness turns up in the flavor too, with the nice caramel flavors coming out nicely. But the roasted goodness of the schwarz is in there too, and it’s a lively and refreshing take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle. A black color pour with a small off white head, medium carbonation , spotty and jagged lacing . Aroma is caramel and roasty grain , coffee ,black licorice, and spicy hops . Flavor is very roasty , lightly sweet , lightly bitter with some roasty malt,caramel, black licorice, and earthy spicy hops . medium body , smooth creamy mouthfeel , very sessionable and very good , Nice work Shorts .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
On tap at Shorts. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of lots of roasted malt and grains, creamy bitter chocolate, and a hint of lactose. Flavor of toffee, lots of bitter chocolate, roasted malts. A light mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Very nice and quite a tasty schwarzbier. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Pours mahogany with micro thin off white head. The aroma is pleasing with dark fruit, black licorice, dark roasted malts and a bit of burnt malts. The taste seems to begin with a thin layer of astringent like tartness with dark to burnt malts, sweet black licorice, earthy and a sense of yeastiness filling in toward the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2010
12 oz. bottle - deyholla hooking it up; pours clear dark cola brown; 1" foamy tan head fading quickly to thin film; caramel, licorice, dry chocolate and ashy malt on the nose; light, crisp mouthfeel with a dry sweetness and light roast; chocolate and dry malt with sticky dry finish and lingering licorice sweetness; easy to drink with crisp, clean flavor profile

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Thanks to Northernbrews. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and strong roast. Flavor is more of that strong roast and cocoa. Almost reminds me more of a brown ale than a black beer. Very good and roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2010
Thanks Jdubfl for the share. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma and flavors, dark chocolate and roasted malts, hints of coffee with a lingering dark fruit bitterness coupled with some grains.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4646) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Thanks to the Tampa Crew for sharing. Pours brown with a tan head. Nose is roast, spice, chocolate, licorice, a hint of smoke, and dark stuff. Flavor is some dry roasted coffee along with the flavors in the aroma. Light to medium body and very surprising for a Schwarz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBeer45 (1308) - 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.

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