RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Bourbon Barrel Soaked Sustenance Beer is our spring Schwarzbier (black lager) aged in bourbon barrels for 10 months. It features rich roasted malt qualities with bold flavors of vanilla, charred oak, and even a slight nuttiness. The light, crisp finish makes this bourbon soaked beer light in flavor, which is wonderful because it highlights the complexities of the bourbon aging process. The light body also makes it an ideal beer for a springtime refreshment.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
A lovely schwartzbier. Pours black, white head, with mollasses and pleasant bourbon aroma. Above average mouthfeel, a little grain substance. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
22 oz. bottle - thanks bvc!! clear, roasty brown; crisp aromas of caramel, vanilla and leaves; bourbon seems pretty minor here, but not the wood, which adds a yummy sweet goodness; malty sweet finish; very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Bottle shared by bvc. The aroma is that of dark malt sweetness with some softer secondary bourbon barrel notes. Dark brown pour with auburn hues and a thin tan head. Soft dark malt sweetness is followed by light roasted malts and a good dose of bourbon barrel. Woody notes in the finish create a dryness. Rather light feel on the palate all things considered. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4671) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Big ol thanks to JCB for sharing this. The pour was dark brown that allowed some light. The head was creamy and light tan. The nose was very interesting, fruity and twangy, tart, oaky, sweet, vanillins, reminds me of a de dolle yeast. The flavor is tart and fruity, tastes yeasty, vinous tannic feel from the barrel, oaky. Very interesting Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (10069) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Draft @ Shorts. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a small tan head. The aroma was dark roasted malt, char, ripe dark fruit, and a hint of smoke. The flavor was roasted malt, char, fruits that lend a slight tart quality, oak , with a dry bitterness to the finish. The bourbon barrel adds a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle at Tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting. Dark brown pour with amber highlights and wispy light tan head. I definitely think this had some infectin to it. Very highly carbonated body. It was pretty decent even with the tart acidic notes though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Black color, thin sparse light tan head. Mild sourness funky roast, some barrel character but very light. Taste has a mild acidity with a light roast, nice sourness on the back end. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009
Date: December 12, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black with ruby edges, wispy beige head
Aroma: light roasted aroma, touch of dark chocolate, just a hint of vanilla and bourbon sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, dark caramel and vanilla sweetness brings out the rich chocolate, light bourbon grows as it warms, just a touch of balancing bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

Name: Sustenance
Date: July 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, light dry caramel, light oak and earthyness
Flavor: rich caramel and chocolate flavor, just a touch of caramel sweetness, lots of earth and oak

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Bourbon wet wood aroma along with sweet carbinated hardd to explain it. Black body with tan foamy head and good lacing. Mainly a sweet carbinated beer. Bourbon is bresent along with some sour tart. Odd brew but last brew for 2008. Thanks Chris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
This poured brown in color with a moderate light beige head of large bubbles that fades away. The nose is not very expressive but has aromas of mineral, dark chocolate and a tart bourbon-like aroma. In the mouth this is a lighter style with lots of carbonation. The palate shows a lot of bourbon flavor along with sweet and sour sauce, chocolate and wood. This is a bit strange but well-balanced.

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