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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Onslow (1301) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rand (1297) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1293) - 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 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 (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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GBZ59 (1211) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demitriustown (1155) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2011
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice roasted malt characteristic and there are some nicely pungent hops backing that up as well. Nutty, caramel, slightly citrus note from the hops, and a nice chocolate tone as well. Appearance is almost a opeque black with a medium siuzed tan head that lingers. Taste is malt forward then melding into a really nice hop chacteristic and then finishes almost clean and clear. Wow..this thing changes in your mouth three different way. I really like this for some reason. It tastes good and is really drinkable. Complex as well. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1148) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemmingwillum (1108) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1096) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle shared by thirdeye11. Black pour. Aroma is rich roasted coffee. Taste is coffee, caramel and slightly creamy. Smooth finish, with some warmth. Good stuff.

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