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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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2.9
jgb9348 (6583) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Nice slightly hazy, relatively opaque cola coloured body with a darker brown tint and a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of licorice, concord grapes, permanent marker, a touch meaty and some smoked peat - but not much. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasty flavour with caramel and a touch of earth that fades pretty quickly to the permanent marker flavour, aniseed spicey taste and a little funk and cardboard near the end. Aftertaste shows a good complex finish, but still showing some off tastes like meat, mushrooms and a touch of bitter spices. Overall, an okay schwartz, but nothing great - and to me, way too highly rated. That’s okay considering most of the other Short’s beers I’ve had are great - but this one wasn’t. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from the Beer Baron in Livonia, Michigan on 30-April-2011 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 06-June-2011.

3.8
nimbleprop (8927) - 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.

2.5
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Tap at Churchkey for Shorts Tap Takeover. The pour is a clear ruby looking near black. Tan head fades quickly. Nose at first is a giant whiff of Shorts’ proprietary Mars-derived bacterial infection complete with all of its complexities like blood, vomit, sweat, iron metallic. Taste is luckily not infected so much with astringent coffee and ash coming through. Or maybe the coffee and ash covers the infection. Palate is thin and drained, probably from Shorts’ alien derived bacteria which I shall from now on refer to as SBC3830-X. Pretty harmless and boring body with a nose that is a play off between nothing and SBC3830-X. It would be interested to have NASA lab SBC3830-X.

3.5
TheChampion (119) - Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Tap at ChurchKey. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Taste dominated by roasted malt, with a bit of hops. Rather light body, finishes clean. Refreshing for a darker brew.

3.4
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
At Short’s Brewing Monster Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a dark, almost black color brown, with a small tan head. Aroma was chocolate, roasted malts. Flavor was roasted malts, earthy hops, chocolate malts. Pretty darn good.

3.7
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with an average tan head. Earthy aroma with chocolate and nuts also present. The anisette comes out in the flavor, but its subdued by a heavy roasted malt backing with a lingering earthy, soy taste. Dry texture with good carbonation. Light enough in body to enjoy on a hot day but still has plenty of complexity to make it interesting.

3.7
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Roasty, toasty, with the characteristics of a very robust porter. Medium bodied. Solid.

3.8
Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, 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.

3.6
flatmatt (1627) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours almost black with a light tan head. Aroma is strong on aniseed backed by nuts, while some coffee comes in afterwards. Flavor is again strong aniseed, with some roasty coffee and nuttiness. Palate is on the cleaner side. Nice flavors.

3.9
demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2011
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice roasted malt characteristic and there are some nicely pungent hops backing that up as well. Nutty, caramel, slightly citrus note from the hops, and a nice chocolate tone as well. Appearance is almost a opeque black with a medium siuzed tan head that lingers. Taste is malt forward then melding into a really nice hop chacteristic and then finishes almost clean and clear. Wow..this thing changes in your mouth three different way. I really like this for some reason. It tastes good and is really drinkable. Complex as well. Cheers!


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