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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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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-29-2014 19:58:40 | More by StoutHunter
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-24-2013 19:48:14 | More by MinorThreat
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vurt

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Brewdan for including this one in a recent trade. This beer wasn't on my radar, but it should've been, and I'm very glad to have had the chance to try it. Enjoyed in a Becker glass.

Appearance:
This very dark brown beer looks opaque until you hold it up to a strong light, at which point it is revealed as a perfectly clear brownish-red brew. Beautiful ruby highlights. The head is dense, finely beaded tan foam with good retention. It leaves ghostly thin lacing behind.

Smell:
The first thing I get is a big bourbon aroma teaming up with a significant woody sourness. The bourbon is prominent, but really well integrated. Dry, dark roasted malt comes through next with a hint of oxidation. Brief glimpses of malty sweetness and fresh coffee are followed by the clean mineral character you get in a well-made lager.

Taste:
It pays to let this one warm up quite a bit. The first impression is a good dark lager with a touch of sweetness, notes of molasses and smoke, and riding on top is the woody sourness from the nose. A sweet nuttiness like toasted hazelnuts follows in the middle, with a mild fruitiness like bananas and golden raisins. The beer dries out in the end, and the bourbon which has been present all along comes to the front. The long finish is all wood and bourbon with hints of coffee and caramel cream. After the swallow, a lightly toasted coconut note from the barrel comes through on the breath. Very nice.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and silky. The carbonation feels a bit coarse at first, but diminishes nicely as the beer warms.

Drinkability:
This is a beer which rewards patient, slow drinking. Let it warm up and breathe. The base beer feels a bit overshadowed by oaky tartness, but the bourbon is amazingly well integrated. The hint of oxidation in the nose doesn't really show up in the taste. The beer displays alternating moments of sweetness and roastiness with tons of barrel character. It adds up to a beer I'd be happy to drink again, any time.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 06:29:23 | More by vurt
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Marti403

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-01-2012 23:24:50 | More by Marti403
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david131

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy dark leathery brown liquid with a thin mocha head. Thinner than I was expecting.

S- Vanilla, raisins, and German chocolate cake. A little on the faint side for a bourbon barrel aged beer, but considering the style it's fitting.

T- Vanilla, oak, chocolate, and raisins. Tasty.

M- Smooth carbonation with a slight oaky dryness on the end. The body is on the lighter side.

D- A pretty unique beer. I appreciate what the bourbon barrel aging has done to a somewhat simple beer. Drinks nicely, although I question the ABV a bit. Well done Short's.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2010 01:50:36 | More by david131
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mtrog313

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-24-2012 13:38:49 | More by mtrog313
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-13-2012 21:31:04 | More by klipper
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monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 18:24:32 | More by monitorpop
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wiltznucs

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-03-2013 01:03:14 | More by wiltznucs
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linnymtu

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-04-2014 02:28:30 | More by linnymtu
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jz989

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-02-2011 15:54:58 | More by jz989
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adrienne

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

09-09-2013 12:27:56 | More by adrienne
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Washtenaw_Beer_Guy

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-31-2014 14:18:59 | More by Washtenaw_Beer_Guy
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travMI13

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you to FlandersNed for sending this beer my way in our last trade. Split with Adam.

The beer is dark brown, nearing black. The beige head stands in at a finger's width, and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite sweet. Booze, vanilla, malt, light roast, chocolate.

The flavor is definitely bourbon forward. Grandiose vanilla presence. The sweetness is formidable, and I can see that my six ounces will be sufficient. The bourbon, while overpowering to some degree, is bold and tasty. Chocolate and roast play a secondary role, and blend nicely with the the bourbon character. Mildly roasty, perhaps the other aspects of the beer overshadow the roast somewhat.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Sweet and boozy.

An interesting beer. Not my favorite bourbon barrel aged brew by any stretch, but worth a try. I enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:00:14 | More by Huhzubendah
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Andrew526

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-30-2013 04:21:56 | More by Andrew526
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-16-2013 00:35:50 | More by ubenumber2
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-21-2013 16:02:55 | More by FrankHammer
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ltltony

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%

08-19-2013 04:03:12 | More by ltltony
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-30-2013 02:02:49 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-05-2013 12:04:14 | More by BMart
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-20-2012 23:58:09 | More by imperialking
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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
Short's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.