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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
watchman146 (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2010 does not count
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.

4.5
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bowlnman1990 (84) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Aroma: sweet caramel and roasted malt. App: black with thin tan head. Taste: good mix of bitter chocolate with sweet tones. Palate: full with a long finish. Overall: very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2010
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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9245) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (203) - Wyoming, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2419) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
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.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Great big bourbon chocolate roast. Taste is similar with a bit of cherry tartness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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