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 (47) - - 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.
bowlnman1990 (90) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
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!
Bov (10182) - 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
ebone1988 (307) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
mixmasterob (938) - 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.
ngeunit1 (1555) - 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.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - 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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bpar73 (604) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Black pour with a brown head. Aroma of roasted aromas, chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla. The taste is malty with roasted grains, burnt and dark bitter chocolate. Smooth creamy finish with a hint of raisin. Joe knows Schwarzbier!