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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
$3 on-tap during Happy Hour at HopCat. Appearance: Welp, itís black. What did you expect? Decent lacing, nothing special. Smell: Ash. Smoke. Chocolate. Taste/feel: Like the smell... tastes like ground up bricks, soil, smokey ash, roastiness, and a bit of chocolate. That should sound disturbing -- and it was disturbing to my dad and sister -- but itís what I thought the beer would taste like, and I enjoyed it. The smoke/ash flavor isnít massive, but itís definitely there, and the chocolate/coffee flavors follow. The feel is a bit thin for my liking, but it does make this a very drinkable beer. Another tasty brew from Shortís. Iím not too sure I like this more than their Black Diamond, which is a pretty similar beer, but itís still one that Iíd like to have again when I want a dark beer thatís not quite a stout or a porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2008
2008 MiBGF: Very deep brown, nearly black with a very good creamy head. The aroma has notes of prune, walnut, grassy hops, slight smoke and roast, minty and yeasty. The taste has a nice malty, fruity, and herbal balance. Slightly nutty and bready upon the finish. The mouth feel is smooth and quite drinkable. Mikey Likey this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Draft at MBGF Summer08. Poured cloudy black color with medium brown creamy head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy roasted coffee and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Medium to heavy flavor of toasted sweet malt with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Interesting solid brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
On draft, Schlafly Beer Fest. Was at first quite skeptical when I saw "dark" and "spring seasonal" in the description. One smell and one taste later, I am all over this great beer. Like the "Hangin Frank" this shows the skills of the Shorts brewers. Roasty, licorice, coffee, all the things youíd say about a great stout BUT much lighter in body while still weighing in at 5.7%. If I lived in Northern Michigan, this would be in my regular Spring lineup. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
On tap at Shorts. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of lots of roasted malt and grains, creamy bitter chocolate, and a hint of lactose. Flavor of toffee, lots of bitter chocolate, roasted malts. A light mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Very nice and quite a tasty schwarzbier. 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle. A black color pour with a small off white head, medium carbonation , spotty and jagged lacing . Aroma is caramel and roasty grain , coffee ,black licorice, and spicy hops . Flavor is very roasty , lightly sweet , lightly bitter with some roasty malt,caramel, black licorice, and earthy spicy hops . medium body , smooth creamy mouthfeel , very sessionable and very good , Nice work Shorts .

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to Spica66 on BA. Pours darkest brown with a nice lacey tan head. The aroma is great - roasty and coffeeish, pretty good. The flavor is very dry and charcoaly. Roast and coffee are big. A little coffee tartness on the finish even. Medium-bodied and dry with a good carbonation level. Great schwarzbier overall, very roasty and intense.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
bottle thanks to nellie. poured deep ruby with an off white head. aroma was chocolate, bourbon, and fudge. flavor was chocolate, bourbon, and fudge also. body was slick with low carbonation. i am not sure why i got bourbon out of this, but i did.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle. Deep garnet body, medium to thin tight clumping off-white head. Nose of roasted malts, toast, brown sugar, soy, and leafy hops. The body has a dense flavor profile, with bitter, leafy hops, roasted malts, chocolate, and modest dark sugars that lend sweetness to a mostly bitter beer. Finishes with leafy, charred hops, soy, and dark fruits. A very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5477) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4oz pour at Churchkey. Pours an opaque black with zero head. Inviting aroma of biscuit, crackers, malts, toast, light coffee. Flavor is sweet, toasty, malty, light chocolate, caramel. Medium bodied, dry finish. Very drinkable.


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