TorbenJensen (1548) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2015
The beer is black with moderate nougat colored foam. It is a further development of the brewery Sustenance Black Beer, which was very popular in a very short time. The brewer got the idea to barrel age it 11 months in bourbon barrels and the result is a beautiful black beer that smells of oak, vanilla, bourbon and some smoke. The taste is weak bourbon with oak distinct flavor of fresh wood, a little acid and a little vanilla sweetness. Moreover schwarzbiers licorice flavor that is clear and long-lasting. It has a retracted hop bitterness that prolongs the aftertaste of licorice and vanilla in union. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Another bonus bottle from mbirder. Way to rep the MI, my man. Really strange beer, but Shwartzbiers certainly deserve barrel treatment as this one proves. Nose is probably the best scent I have come across in a BA selection: nice round bourbon, vanilla, fruity wood, spice, light banana from the base beer, roast. Flavors of the same with wheat and light grains showing up and milk chocolate. The finish is sudden and belies the thinness of the base beer which kind of separates the end from the big beginning. However, as roasty and fulfilling as most stouts in the world. flatmatt (1604) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2011
12 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma, holy hell, it’s all kinds of sweet vanilla frosting, molasses, bourbon, cocoa. A bit more restrained in the flavor department, but still similar, sweet with molasses, bourbon, vanilla, smoke, oak, cocoa, red grape. Again kind of frosting-esque in its sweetness. Deep and complex beer, yet it has the refreshing palate of a lager. Very surprising and extremely good. egajdzis (6693) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Poured a lightly hazy black / red color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla oak, bourbon, roasted malts, some chocolate, and brown sugar. Taste of more roasted malts, light smoke, cocoa, dried fruits, toasted oak, vanilla, and a bit of bourbon in the finish. mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2012
This stuff is great. I loved the original, this is better. Black pour with a small beige head. Very inviting aroma full of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and hints of vanilla. Almost like a big stout. Huge aroma given the size of this beer. Flavors were packed with oaky bourbon, roast, dark bittersweet chocolate and a light bitter finish. Carbonation was light and very creamy. I can’t believe this is >7%, drinks like a big beer. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Easily the best I’ve had from Shorts.
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2013
From the bottle, black pour, tan head. bourbon and booze and sweetness. Pretty Damn good!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ColovianTrader (464) - - MAY 16, 2014
Smooth bourbon balanced with unsweetened chocolate. Dark fruits, light tartness. Caramelized candy and slightly boozy finish. Awesome and unique brew. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Thank you Derek for this 22oz bottle! Poured a dark brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood/oak, vanilla, some bourbon, nutty, chocoalte, roast, and earthy. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, nuts, roast, and wood. Very nice! jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
bottle from mibirder. This is a great example of the depth and complexity that bourbon barrel aging can add to a beer. Bourbon really complements this brew. Very good, very smooth, and very drinkable. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Recieved this in an ongoing trade with hoppymeal, thanks again Derek! Sustenance pours black with deep chestnut highlights when backlit. A creamy two fingers worth of mocha head rose on the pour and as it slowly fell left thick sheet lacing down the glass. Each drink leaves great, thick drink lines behind. The head eventually settles to a half finger cap atop the black body.
The first thing that hits my nose is the effects of the barrel "soaking" as the bottle implies. Damp oak, bourbon, and vanilla come forward in that order of intensity and although the barrel aging is most prominent it’s soft and allows the schwarz to come through nicely. Each swirl of the glass brings along a solid roastiness and espresso. A mouthwatering beer the second I bury my nose in the glass.
Flavor keeps in stride with the aroma. Roastiness and coffee grounds upfront lay the foundation for the barrel aging. The maltiness is present throughout the drink allowing the bourbon to be a complimenting, as opposed to dominating, characteristic. The damp oak falls back compared to the aroma. The bourbon is brought to the front, followed closely by vanilla, and last but certainly not least is the damp oakiness. The bourbon finishes things off with a nice heat and hit of booziness. This is a super high quality schwarz from Short’s.
One of the reasons I love schwarz biers is the body. This follows stride with some of the best but adds a bit of creaminess from the barrel aging. Medium body that leaves a slickness on the tongue.
For a barrel aged beer this is highly drinkable. The lighter body and a manageable abv keep this flowing without a problem. As a matter of fact I’m drinking this glass way too fast. I can’t slow down.
I thought this would be a good beer, just as all Short’s beers are, but I didn’t expect to be drinking something so good. This is a phenomenal beer. So many barrel aged beers are over the top in whatever liquid the barrel previously held but Short’s hit it on the head here. Another great beer from a brewery that’s becoming one of my favorites with every passing beer I drink.