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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 9/22/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over. Mahogany with transparent edges and a creamy tan cap that fades. A little bit of bourbon, dark malts, molasses, and some chocolate. The flavor is a little bit strange. The flavor is light - chocolate, molasses, dark unroasted malt, some bourbon. It finishes kind of watery. Somehow this has a creamy feel but a watery body. Boozy in the back of my throat. Sticky. This is all right at best. In terms of barrel aged beers, it does not stack up well, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2753) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2012 Bottled. Pours clear black with a brownish glow and a small tan head. Fair lacing. Nose of roasted malt chocolate and notes of coffee + bourbon. Sweet flavor with chocolate, roasted coffee and bourbon. Medium to full bodied, creamy to oily texture and soft carbonation. Ends up more dry and slightly bitter. Quite complex for a schwartz beer.★★★

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3458) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2012
33cl bottle from Ölbutikken. More black than brown, lacing beige head. Aroma has light roastedness, light vegetable aroma and some bread. Flavor is roasted malt and lots of caramel. Dry, hoppier finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3591) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2012
0.33l bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours a deep brown body with a small quickly fading and bubbly tan head. Light roasted and some sweet chocolate with a faint faint acidic vinegar touch. Average carbonation and it has a somewhat thin and light texture. Yeah, definitely something sour here alright. Thin chocolate, coffee with cocoa hints, is it wild yeast in this one? Licorice in the quite sweet finish and a distinct hoppy bitter aftertaste. It kinda grows a bit on you this one. Started off quite septic, but when I put away all prejudiced thoughts I have when it comes to the schwarzbier genre, it’s actually quite delicate. 27.01.2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4099) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2012
355ml bottle. Opaque black with medium to huge frothy beige head, collapsing to a thin film. Bitter chocolate aroma, bitter hop accompanied, decent roasty notes. Taste has also dark bitter chocolate, grain, a matallic note, in the course nourished by sweeter chocolate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
paintedmaple (445) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2012
More like a black alchemical potion than a beer and what a potion. Medicinal anise with other herbal notes. Something to drink while you’re working on your philosopher’s stone...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle. Not bad. Black pour with medium head and no retention. Nose is malty with maybe a hint of licorice and pepper. Taste is fairly herby and spicy but fairly well balanced. Very light in the palate like most lagers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. nose is sharp spices, coffee and banana. Taste is bittersweet with a small amount of salt in the back. Sharp and fizzy with a light body however the taste lingers for a long time after the sip. This was better than expected. What a treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lundy (47) - - JAN 13, 2012
Pours black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, anise. Pleasantly bitter with a smooth, long-lasting finish. Creamy, full-bodied palate. Delicious beer. Would be great with a steak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rand (1299) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle 12 fl.oz from erzbierschof.ch. Beer in fact all black, average beige-brown head. Roasted aromas, chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla. The taste is cery malty and rosted grains, burnt and dark bitter chocolate. There is also of the fig, acidity, coffee marc, but creamy and dry. Long finale, earthy by hops and torrefied.

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