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RATINGS: 175   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle. Opaque pour with considerable tan head. Smell is strongly chocolate and a bit of hazelnut. Very good beer, silky smooth, goes down easy. Taste doesn’t have the nuttiness I thought it might.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBeer45 (1429) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chucklemation (1426) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours a jet black with a long-lasting off-white foam head. Aroma is lots of roast and caramel. Flavor is roast and sweet caramel. Has lots of flavor. This is very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1392) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Pout from a 12oz bottle. Deep dark reddish brew with tan head. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee - very stoutish. Taste is deeply roasted grains with coffee overtones _ I expect it to get heavier as the swallow continues but it gets lighter and more agile while still delivering a great complex malty roasted grain taste. Most schwarzbeir’s that I have tried ahve been somewhat enhanced lagers but this one really rocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours very black with a tall cappuccino head that settles to a thick ring and leaves some spotty ropes of lace. Nose involves earthy and herbal hop notes, some dark fruit, toasted malt, mint, and savory spice. Fairly sweet, decently bitter. Medium bodied, fairly active, oily and coating, with a drying toasty finish. Very nice brew, a style that probably doesn’t get enough love but this shows that, done well, they’re very enjoyable, complex and drinkable at the same time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Draft. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Good alce left on the glass. Smooth taste. Coffee notes both in the taste and the aroma. Slight bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Tasty but not something I woul search out for myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (1374) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Aroma is nice, light roasted malt, roasted nuts maybe. Appearance is not quite black, more like dark brown. Taste is solid, like a good porter, roasted malt and a touch of something sweet. Can’t put my finger on that. Mouthfeel is perfect, super thick. Overall it is pretty great, good work Short’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to my friend in MI. Pours dark brown to black with a small, brown, fading head. Nose is roasted malts, fresh toasted breads, munich malts, chocolate, light caramel, coffee, and wood. Taste is breads, cereal, chocolate, nuts, toasted malts. Starts sweet then finishes bitter and slightly dry from the roast character but is very pleasant with some earthy hop flavor backing. Full bodied and smooth on the palate. no lace. no hop aroma. Good beer. I could easily mistake it for an American style porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - OCT 3, 2011
Botella de 330ml servida en vaso Lager.Saboreada en sep´11.Color caoba claro.Espuma beige claro con bastante buena retención que deja algo de encaje.Levaduras,canela y tabaco en nariz con matices de chocolate.Al primer sorbo, sabor a café tostado seguido por sabores de malta muy torrefactada.Paladar con liviano especiado y pimientas. Cuerpo y carbonatación medios.Final de amargo seco y retrogusto igualmente seco con sutiles notas de ahumado y trazos de regaliz.Buena asimilación.330ml bottle served in a Lager glass.Enjoyed on sep´11.Medium mahogany in color.Light beige froth, pretty good retention, some lacing rings.Yeast,cinnamon & tobacco to the nose,hints of chocolate too.Coffee at first sip followed by intense toasted malt flavor.Slightly peppery on palate.Medium body.Medium carbonation.Dry bitter finish & aftertaste with subtle smoky notes & hints of licorice.Good drinkability.

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