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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 52
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

jz989, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

DrDoitchbig, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

schmityl, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

adrienne, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

benpopper, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MSEGUIN, Aug 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

HopHeadHerman, Mar 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle 2011 edition poured into my bells goblet.

A- Dark brown, almost black, like a dark porter with a 2 inch hea that is tan in color.

S- Hmmm. Butterscotch, vanilla, some sweetness, maybe some toffee and sweet caramel. A little booze.

T- vanilla, subtle butterscotch, which makes believe a little dyactyl(spellcheck), boozey, some sweetness, toffee, bourbon. We'll see how it warms up. I can revise after.

M- creamy, good mouthfeel, little boozey, quick finish.

Overall- Good, I'm a little indifferent at this point. A little less complexity then I remember from years past.

GrandCruDrew, May 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

gearbike, Jun 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MarkGleason, Aug 11, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - brewed in 2011

Appearance – This beer is dark as motor oil. It poured out with a 2 inch head that dissipated and left a haze of lacing.

Smells – - Aged in Bourbon barrels, you catch a light bourbon smell that is sweet in character. It's almost candy-like, kinda like a dark brown sugar.

Taste – Aged in Bourbon barrels, there is a heavy sweetness that mellows out after the swallow. While this is a dark beer it's more like an ale than a porter or stout. The beer isn't as heavy and it lacks the dryness that sometimes come with those beers.

Mouthfeel – A lot of body but not creamy or think. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall – Not my type of beer. I read the notes about the style and I didn't get any of the hops that are supposed to be present. I was also not a big fan of the sweetness so while I'm glad I tried it, I would be ordering it again. It's almost like a port - but lighter.

Serving type: bottle

qua17, Jul 29, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from bottle I picked up on summer trip through Michigan.

A: Black coffee appearance with fair head that dissipates into a lacy film

S: Roasty wood tones, very warming.

T: Robust earth tones, full of flavor that starts with sour wood notes and mellows into a pleasent sweetness. Quite complex and very enjoyable.

M: Crisp, bold and clean.

D: Very high on the drinkability scale, bold but not over the top.

sailbretthd, Nov 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BjornRK, Sep 09, 2013
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Short's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.