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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
outstanding

187 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 52
Gots: 27 | 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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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-02-2013 16:50:39 | More by ssimpson89
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dlello2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.6%

01-27-2013 02:39:06 | More by dlello2
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schmityl


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-14-2013 00:17:08 | More by schmityl
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -25.6%

01-10-2013 07:53:45 | More by chippo33
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djmichaelk

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-10-2013 05:04:24 | More by djmichaelk
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Devi0us

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

10-28-2012 18:53:57 | More by Devi0us
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness info apparent.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of tan coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Huge bourbon and oak aromas up front followed by some sweet vanilla notes. The barrel characteristics dominate the nose with only light roast aroma coming through from the base beer.

T - Bourbon and oak up front with roast, chocolate and pitted fruit notes present as well. A touch of barrel funk going on here but not enough to be distracting. More of the base beer comes through than the nose indicated.

M - Light to medium body with a slight chew. Moderate carbonation. A touch thin.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 22:18:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-16-2012 05:10:20 | More by TonyTalon
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-16-2012 00:20:30 | More by ROGUE16
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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

09-29-2012 01:32:54 | More by sgoro
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

09-28-2012 15:51:20 | More by seeswo
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Nachos4two, Thanks!

Pours dark brown almost black with finger of head that shrinks rather quickly. Smell is a big punch of sweet bourbon with a little bit of chocolate. Wow is that bourbony. Taste follows the nose with a big bourbon presence with a slightly boozy taste. The beer is rather thin but surprising amounts of carbonation. Overall, a beer unlike any I've had. Not an incredible beer but definitely one of a kind and worth a try. Wouldn't mind drinking this frequently.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 03:08:04 | More by hopswap1
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from fvernon; thank you!

A dark brown (to the point of black) with subtle mahogany hues near the very edges. A tiny bit of cream-colored head forms, and leaves a good amount of lacing behind. Aroma is of bourbon, toffee, toasted marshmallow, caramel, a bit of milk chocolate, and some vanilla. Tastes pretty similar, but with an emphasis on the bourbon and a tiny bit of raw ethanol tacked on the end. Caramel, toffee, toasted sugars, and vanilla all come through quite well. Mouthfeel is thinner than anticipated, and this one finishes relatively clean. Warming alcohol on the end. Overall, this one took to the bourbon very well. I'd be happy to have another anytime.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:17:13 | More by eclipse54
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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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MSEGUIN

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

07-20-2012 03:15:14 | More by AgentZero
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sukwonee

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown to black body with 1 finger head, good amount of lacing

S: Bourbon, chocolate, Breadiness, some cheese? I smell something like a chocolate cheesecake.

T: I cannot say I have ever had anything like this before. Starts off with bourbon, chocolate, slight booziness, sweet malt, then some sourness kicking in. Sour apple maybe? Finishes off with more booziness. Sweetness is also there.

M: It's thin but syrupy. Carbonation is pretty sharp for a bourbon aged beer. Finishes dry.

O: I would say, this beer is very solid. I am not sure though what the hell I just drank though haha (not familar with the style and such style beer aged in bourbon barrel).

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:19:59 | More by sukwonee
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, almost opaque black with red highlights at the edge of the glass. Very little head, and low carbonation yielding a silky but otherwise unremarkable mouthfeel.

Stellar aroma of roasted dark malts and aged barrel tannin smokiness. The flavour is equally well delivered, a sweet caramelized & toasted malt portfolio with a well balanced vanilla & oak background and a decent hop bitterness at the end. The finish is pleasantly dry with a slight & surprising black licorice note and lingers for an impressive length of time.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 22:19:51 | More by hopsolutely
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adamdd

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-25-2012 13:38:31 | More by adamdd
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-21-2012 12:20:39 | More by Zaphog
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

06-18-2012 00:42:08 | More by duceswild
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Dontcounttoday

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-09-2012 23:10:22 | More by Dontcounttoday
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FosterJM

California

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1336th Review on BA
Bottle to Mug
12 oz

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- A nice darker brown pour with some decent density and a bit of red around the edges. A small 1/4-1/2 in head was there and then left. No lace or cling.

Smell- A good amount of bourbon is there on the nose with a little bit of a peat/smokey malt. Wasnt a nose basher by anymeans, just a bit light and one dimensional.

Taste- I like the fact that the bourbon is more prevalant on the taste and that the smoke takes a back seat. A little bit of plum and fig came in on the back of the flavors.

Mouth- A lighter medium with a light carbonation. A bit prickly with some residual bourbon/smoke being felt.

Drink- It was okay. Wasnt a wow but wasnt bad. I not being a fan of schwarzbiers came into this with an open mind. I wouldnt mind another bottle to age though.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 15:18:27 | More by FosterJM
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travMI13

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-05-2012 02:32:45 | More by travMI13
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-01-2012 02:12:52 | More by atone315
Short's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.