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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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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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (1531) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2013
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. Canít put my finger on that. Mouthfeel is perfect, super thick. Overall it is pretty great, good work Shortís.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle split in the beer garden at King William IV on the Rainbow IPA day, sourced from a bin end sale at the Cask, 21/09/13. Light black with a good sized off white head. Nose is dark malts, toffee, dark fruit notes. Taste follows, light cocoa, a touch lactic. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Mediocre.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (5032) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 03.10.2013, 0,35l bottle @ home:
Big brown-ish longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet and rich, dark malts, dark sugar, licorice, dark fruits, burnt caramel, grass. Taste is kind of sour-ish dry, dark malts, grass, sour coffee, sour unripe berries, burnt caramel and ashtray. Medium bitterness, veru thin sour-ish mouthfeel. Bad bottle??

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bowlnman1990 (94) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17574) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle from Cask Pub & Kitchen and drunk at home. Black beer lasting beige head. Itís a toasty roasty chocolate type beer. Itís half decent, quite drinkable and I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3538) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2013
Bottle @ GBF 2013. Dark reddish brown with a small tan head. malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, roasted and bitterness. Medium body with a bitter / sour finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Draft @ beer exchange, pours a dark brown. Flavor is dark roasted malt and chocolate. Easy drinkin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6816) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2013
Bottled, large sample. Dark brown color, medium frothy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, caramel, earthy and grassy hop. Lots of roast and quite high on bitterness in taste. Fairly dry. High on aroma and taste, but finish is a bit watery and dry, which is actually the only thing that lacks in the beer. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpar73 (991) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2013
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!


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