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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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paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2012
More like a black alchemical potion than a beer and what a potion. Medicinal anise with other herbal notes. Something to drink while you’re working on your philosopher’s stone...

3.6
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle. Not bad. Black pour with medium head and no retention. Nose is malty with maybe a hint of licorice and pepper. Taste is fairly herby and spicy but fairly well balanced. Very light in the palate like most lagers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. nose is sharp spices, coffee and banana. Taste is bittersweet with a small amount of salt in the back. Sharp and fizzy with a light body however the taste lingers for a long time after the sip. This was better than expected. What a treat.

4.5
lundy (47) - - JAN 13, 2012
Pours black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, anise. Pleasantly bitter with a smooth, long-lasting finish. Creamy, full-bodied palate. Delicious beer. Would be great with a steak.

3.5
rand (1700) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle 12 fl.oz from erzbierschof.ch. Beer in fact all black, average beige-brown head. Roasted aromas, chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla. The taste is cery malty and rosted grains, burnt and dark bitter chocolate. There is also of the fig, acidity, coffee marc, but creamy and dry. Long finale, earthy by hops and torrefied.

4.1
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown color with a thick finger of thick frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - The aroma is full of lightly roasted chocolate malts, a bit of lactose sweetness, some earthy hop, and just a touch of smoke. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts and some milk sweetness. There is a bit of earthy hop in the background as well. Through the middle, some bitterness comes through with some earthy bitterness. The finish is a mix of earthy hop, roasted milk chocolate, and a touch of smoke that lingers. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and just a touch creamy with a roasted and lightly smokey finish. D - Very drinkable. Very nicely balanced with a nice kick at the finish. Maybe a bit too roasted for the style, but I am really enjoying it.

3.5
MaartenRF10 (1950) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2012
Aroma is a bit funky, hops and roasted malts. very dark beer with red glow and brown, fading head. Taste is some chocolate, roasted malts, hops and a dryish finish.

3.8
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2012
Aroma is nutty, roasty, liquorice, some tobacco and more. Impressive. Flavour is the same with some coffee. Lazy rate, great beer.

3.8
erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2012
Murky brown and a head that keeps up. Some sharp dry hops, lots of liquorish candy. Tasty, funky taste. Very nice. (At the De Molen brewery tasting.)

3.6
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2012
Bottle at monthly tasting @ De Molen. Black pour, foamy off-white head. Aroma is roasty, slightly fruity, nuts and caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet, somewhat roasty, a hint of bitterness. Nice balance and interesting palate of flavors.


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