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Short's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black BeerShort's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer

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BA SCORE
90
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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 51
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sustenance Black Beer aged it in bourbon barrels for 11 months.

(Beer added by: Baileyuk on 04-28-2008)
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Derek for this 22oz bottle!

Poured a dark brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood/oak, vanilla, some bourbon, nutty, chocoalte, roast, and earthy. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, nuts, roast, and wood. Very nice!

Notes from 5/20/08

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:06:44 | More by hopdog
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MSEGUIN

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

08-03-2012 02:59:17 | More by MSEGUIN
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alfie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

09-06-2013 15:10:55 | More by alfie
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KevSal

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-12-2013 08:19:04 | More by KevSal
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schmityl


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-14-2013 00:17:08 | More by schmityl
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-01-2012 02:12:52 | More by atone315
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Sparty55

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

08-22-2013 18:24:40 | More by Sparty55
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-10-2012 00:03:42 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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Nachos4two

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-05-2013 21:58:04 | More by Nachos4two
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-30-2011 03:03:56 | More by brandoman63
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TheConnMan

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-14-2013 00:29:01 | More by TheConnMan
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c64person

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-28-2013 18:52:43 | More by c64person
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BeRanger

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

12-13-2011 02:44:51 | More by BeRanger
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MichiganBrews

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-05-2013 23:32:17 | More by MichiganBrews
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Slay40

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-20-2013 03:14:30 | More by Slay40
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HopHeadHerman

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-31-2014 05:22:22 | More by HopHeadHerman
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MarkGleason

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

08-10-2013 23:11:15 | More by MarkGleason
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dejones

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

05-23-2014 22:15:43 | More by dejones
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DLucky

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

09-04-2013 18:52:04 | More by DLucky
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back from my trip to Michigan. Drank after the golden delicious...at around 12:30pm on a Sunday...

A - A thick head with a pour, retains about a inch or so of head after the pour and holds onto it for a while. Black and brown with a ruby hue. Slight lacing retention.

S - Fresh bourbon and a little sweet toffee, carmael and light brown sugar.

T - Zesty vanilla and a bit earthy. Only slight bit of bourbon. Suprising difference between the smell and taste in that I expected the taste to follow the smell, but it was only slightly the case. Very enjoyable though.

M - Lighter than I thought based on the nose and the taste. I expected it to feel thicker than it was. The carbonation is perfect and crisp, easy and enjoyable to drink.

D - A very nice treat. The senses say one thing while the texture says something different. Very complex and a nice suprise. I'm very please and wish I bought more.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 21:04:22 | More by joshuaseresse
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Lothore

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear dark brown / blackish hue with little to no head.

S- Smell is fairly faint, non destinct sweetness along with a small roasted malt backbone.

T- Now this is what i'm talking about! Roasted sweetness followed by deep candied fruit notes mixed with dark chocolate. This is all tied off with a nice roasty coffee-esque flavor. Definitely subtle yet delicious.

M- Medium viscosity with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is definitely an easy and balanced drinker. I was a little worried about this being heavy but it isn't at all. All in all an excellent brew!~

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 00:08:54 | More by Lothore
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warnerry

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from summer 2010

Pours pitch black with minimal head that dissipates pretty quickly. Does leave some nice lacing behind.

Smell is wonderful sweet bourbon and malt, with notes of chocolate and vanilla and some ripe dark fruits.

Taste is similar to smell, with wonderful subtle bourbon notes and a nice smoky malt.

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is very high. This is one of the best examples of bourbon barrel aging really improving a beer, as the regular Black Sustenance is pretty underwhelming. A very nice beer that I would love to see Short's do again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 01:45:50 | More by warnerry
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shand

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

This one gave me some headaches just wondering what to pour a bourbon-barrel aged lager into! It pours out pretty black, with a small head that quickly shrinks to the edge of the glass. The aroma? Goddamn, that's bourbon-y. The taste is also great and interesting. It is very strong on the bourbon at first, but goes interestingly tart pretty quick. The finish cancels out the tartness for some roasted malts and some more of the bourbon flavors (and a touch of wood). The body is extremely light, especially for a beer with such a bourbon taste. It works with that tartness in the middle though. The drinkability is good. What an interesting brew from Shorts, I was a little skeptical, but it works out better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 03:29:22 | More by shand
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle I bought from Short's, picked up for me by the ever generous Northernbrews. You da man Jeff!
Pours black in color with just a bit of froth for a head. Smell is bourbon, cocoa and some vanilla to round it out. This smells absolutely incredible. Taste is more of the bourbon, some cocoa and a bit of roasted malts. This is very good for a schwarzbier. Very smooth and I can't even put into words how drinkable this is. It's often overstated, but I could drink this everyday, allday. Wonderful beer from Short's. Thanks again Jeff, you da man!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 02:16:50 | More by FtownThrowDown
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewery release only for the Short's Fourth Anniversary party. Only 350 bottles.
Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tasting snifter.
The brewery confirmed that this is Schwarzbier that was aged 11 months in a bourbon barrel. The beer was 6.3% abv before barrel aged.

Pours a very dark caramel color, with some copper highlights around the egdes. Half inch, off white head forms, but dissapates quickly. Some spotty lacing is left behind.
Aromas of dark bitter roasted malts upfront, with the bourbon taking a backseat. As the beer warms, more aromas of bourbon, oak, and vanilla come through.
Very nice balanced barrel aged beer!! The bourbon blends well with this lager. Neither one dominates the flavor. This is how bourbon aged beers should taste!! You can pick out the roasted malt flavors, and the bourbon seems to complement this schwarzbier perfectly. More bourbon, oak, and vanilla flavors peak through as the beer warms.
The mouthfeel is a little thin, slightly oily, but thats par for the style. This black bier holds up well to the bourbon. This is the first barrel aged beer I've had, that doesn't leave you feeling full.
Extremely easy too drink, due to the lighter body and alcohol. I don't know what the final abv is after barrel aging, but its hidden quite well. There is a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish.
Overall, a fantastic barrel aged lager and another fine beer from Short's Brewing Co!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 12:49:26 | More by BigDaddyWil
Short's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.