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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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4.8
watchman146 (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2010 does not count
Without hesitation, I can assure you, this is the greatest beer I have ever had. It is dark and rich and contains a mysterious richness without falling into a bitter finish. If you’re into creamy, dark beer, you must try Sustenance.

4.7
chucklemation (1680) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours a jet black with a long-lasting off-white foam head. Aroma is lots of roast and caramel. Flavor is roast and sweet caramel. Has lots of flavor. This is very enjoyable.

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.

4.5
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.

4.4
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2010
Tasted 4/17/10. Schlafly’s Repeal of Prohibition Festival. Dark with an opaque hue. Great dark roasted malts with an almost burnt quality, which I loved! All malts in the palate. But very full, rich and delicious. The roasty aspect lingers in the finish. Very full and complex with a great flavor and mouthfeel. This was my favorite of the festival! Wonderfully done!

4.4
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2011
[email protected] - dark black beer with a moderately persistent beige foam; pretty roasted with fair hoppy tones and notes of red fruits; slightly perfumy; full-bodied and fairly tasty, pretty dry and bitter, gently sticky with very long roasted coffeish aftertaste and notes of black cherries - deeply balanced

4.1
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Bottle from rayl101. Black pour with a small beige head, good lace. Aroma was outstanding. Incredibly clean mix of dark roast, cocoa and hints of burnt marshmallow. Flavors were where this one shined though. Fantastic roasted malt flavors yet it retained a soft, clean palate lending to extreme drinkability. So refreshing. This is what the style should strive for. Top notch.

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.

4.1
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Great big bourbon chocolate roast. Taste is similar with a bit of cherry tartness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
bpar73 (1118) - 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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