watchman146 (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Without hesitation, I can assure you, this is the greatest beer I have ever had. It is dark and rich and contains a mysterious richness without falling into a bitter finish. If you’re into creamy, dark beer, you must try Sustenance.
lundy (43) - - JAN 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Bov (8158) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted 4/17/10. Schlafly’s Repeal of Prohibition Festival. Dark with an opaque hue. Great dark roasted malts with an almost burnt quality, which I loved! All malts in the palate. But very full, rich and delicious. The roasty aspect lingers in the finish. Very full and complex with a great flavor and mouthfeel. This was my favorite of the festival! Wonderfully done!
superspak (1474) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
XmnwildX12 (1472) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great big bourbon chocolate roast. Taste is similar with a bit of cherry tartness.
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ngeunit1 (1541) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mixmasterob (830) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from rayl101. Black pour with a small beige head, good lace. Aroma was outstanding. Incredibly clean mix of dark roast, cocoa and hints of burnt marshmallow. Flavors were where this one shined though. Fantastic roasted malt flavors yet it retained a soft, clean palate lending to extreme drinkability. So refreshing. This is what the style should strive for. Top notch.
Terminus (2891) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at repeal prohibition festival at Schalfly in Maplewood, MO. probably my favorate beer of the festival for sure! pours deep brown/mahogony hue in the light with a soapy beige head. very nice looking beer! chocolate, nuts (almonds) with a hint of vanilla and roast on the nose. flavors of dark chocolate dominate along with roast, char, and nutty notes. slightly chalky feel on the palate, but that didnt detract-pretty common for this style. Very nise for the style-better than Black Bavarian and reminds me alot of Rio Salado’s version way back when it was around. i dig it!
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a spotty cap of medium brown. The aroma reeked of deliciousness.. warm chocolates and molasses surrounded by sweeter mocha, vanilla, and a touch of caramel.. moderate roast throughout.. perfectly balanced. The flavor found more of the molasses and mocha at the semi-sweet, lightly-burnt core.. sweet milky chocolates, vanilla, and a touch of earthy husk around.. finished on the sweet side with a lovely complement of dry-roasted coffee bitterness. Medium-bodied at most, dry, and well-balanced on the palate.. this was one of the easiest-drinkin’ beers I’ve had in a while, and it somehow maintained tubs of character too! I’d love to have this on tap in the basement (seriously.. anybody with a hook-up, please let me know!).