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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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3.6
flatmatt (1576) - 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.

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.

3.3
BigBeer45 (1532) - Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2010
This Short’s beer has a black-brown pour (it is a dark ruby when held up to a light) with a one to two finger tan head that recedes to a broken cover and ring after a few minutes, and left some lacing on the glass as I drank, there were aromas of dark caramel, dark toast, dry chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and a dark honey sweetness with a little vanilla, the beer had flavors of dark bread, licorice, some roasted malt sweetness and little notes of dry bitter chocolate, finish has barely a bite to it but there is a little bitterness, licorice and earthy mint run along on the palate after each drink, has a medium mouth feel, I thought this beer had more licorice and sweetness than the other Schwarzbiers I had tried, I do not mind a little licorice but more than that is too much for me, so, my rating will reflect how much I enjoyed this beer, it’s not the beer, it is me, if you like licorice, you will more than likely prefer this beer more than I.

4.1
Onslow (1495) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Pout from a 12oz bottle. Deep dark reddish brew with tan head. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee - very stoutish. Taste is deeply roasted grains with coffee overtones _ I expect it to get heavier as the swallow continues but it gets lighter and more agile while still delivering a great complex malty roasted grain taste. Most schwarzbeir’s that I have tried ahve been somewhat enhanced lagers but this one really rocks.

3.8
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle from Brian - thanks! Black pour with a quickly fading fizzle of a tan head. Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of nuts like a brown ale. Taste has a nice roasted character with chocolate, hop bitterness, and darker raisin notes into the finish. Airy and coating mouthfeel. This is a great beer.

3.8
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle. Opaque pour with considerable tan head. Smell is strongly chocolate and a bit of hazelnut. Very good beer, silky smooth, goes down easy. Taste doesn’t have the nuttiness I thought it might.

4.1
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours very black with a tall cappuccino head that settles to a thick ring and leaves some spotty ropes of lace. Nose involves earthy and herbal hop notes, some dark fruit, toasted malt, mint, and savory spice. Fairly sweet, decently bitter. Medium bodied, fairly active, oily and coating, with a drying toasty finish. Very nice brew, a style that probably doesn’t get enough love but this shows that, done well, they’re very enjoyable, complex and drinkable at the same time.

3.5
kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Draft. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Good alce left on the glass. Smooth taste. Coffee notes both in the taste and the aroma. Slight bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Tasty but not something I woul search out for myself.

3.9
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to my friend in MI. Pours dark brown to black with a small, brown, fading head. Nose is roasted malts, fresh toasted breads, munich malts, chocolate, light caramel, coffee, and wood. Taste is breads, cereal, chocolate, nuts, toasted malts. Starts sweet then finishes bitter and slightly dry from the roast character but is very pleasant with some earthy hop flavor backing. Full bodied and smooth on the palate. no lace. no hop aroma. Good beer. I could easily mistake it for an American style porter.

3.9
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Thanks to Northernbrews. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and strong roast. Flavor is more of that strong roast and cocoa. Almost reminds me more of a brown ale than a black beer. Very good and roasty.


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