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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown color with a thick finger of thick frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - The aroma is full of lightly roasted chocolate malts, a bit of lactose sweetness, some earthy hop, and just a touch of smoke. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts and some milk sweetness. There is a bit of earthy hop in the background as well. Through the middle, some bitterness comes through with some earthy bitterness. The finish is a mix of earthy hop, roasted milk chocolate, and a touch of smoke that lingers. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and just a touch creamy with a roasted and lightly smokey finish. D - Very drinkable. Very nicely balanced with a nice kick at the finish. Maybe a bit too roasted for the style, but I am really enjoying it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaartenRF10 (1606) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2012
Aroma is a bit funky, hops and roasted malts. very dark beer with red glow and brown, fading head. Taste is some chocolate, roasted malts, hops and a dryish finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3834) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2012
Aroma is nutty, roasty, liquorice, some tobacco and more. Impressive. Flavour is the same with some coffee. Lazy rate, great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (3701) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 10, 2012
Murky brown and a head that keeps up. Some sharp dry hops, lots of liquorish candy. Tasty, funky taste. Very nice. (At the De Molen brewery tasting.)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3396) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2012
Bottle at monthly tasting @ De Molen. Black pour, foamy off-white head. Aroma is roasty, slightly fruity, nuts and caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet, somewhat roasty, a hint of bitterness. Nice balance and interesting palate of flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2012
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle date(probably from spring 2011). Pours almost opaque dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with awesome retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, caramel, herbal hops, and some smoke. Nice and well balanced aromas with nice strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, light coffee, herbal spiciness, and a bit of smoke. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and herbal hops on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Very easy to drink at 6%. Great balance of flavor and bitterness. Overall this is a damn nice lager offering from Short’s, and it has held up very well since last spring. Very easy to drink and well balanced!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2011
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 211211. Black with beige head. Aroma of coffee. Flavor with notes of chocolate and liqourice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9624) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2011
draught@erzbierschof - dark black beer with a moderately persistent beige foam; pretty roasted with fair hoppy tones and notes of red fruits; slightly perfumy; full-bodied and fairly tasty, pretty dry and bitter, gently sticky with very long roasted coffeish aftertaste and notes of black cherries - deeply balanced

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemmingwillum (1011) - Nysted, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2011
Rating #665, flaske fra Lagersalget på Grønjordskollegiet

En sort øl med brunt skær og stort, tæt skum. Aroma er meget porter-agtig med tjære, kaffe, alkohol og lidt chokolade - dog også lidt syrlighed. Ligeledes er smagen meget porter-agtig med en god portion røg, kaffe, alkohol, men dog også syrlighed og gær - den er næsten helt brett-agtig i smagen. Til at starte med en smule alkoholisk, men efter et par tåre en rigtig lækker øl. Jeg troede faktisk at dette var en letdrikkelig porter brygget med brettanomyces. Nok den bedste schwarzbier jeg har smagt. Medium tykkelse og tyngde. Lækker.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (11459) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2011
Clear very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and a little coffee. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 181111


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