Short's Sustenance Black Bier - Short's Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
$3 on-tap during Happy Hour at HopCat.
Appearance: Welp, it's black. What did you expect? Decent lacing, nothing special.
Smell: Ash. Smoke. Chocolate.
Taste/feel: Like the smell... tastes like ground up bricks, soil, smokey ash, roastiness, and a bit of chocolate. That should sound disturbing -- and it was disturbing to my dad and sister -- but it's what I thought the beer would taste like, and I enjoyed it. The smoke/ash flavor isn't massive, but it's definitely there, and the chocolate/coffee flavors follow. The feel is a bit thin for my liking, but it does make this a very drinkable beer.
Another tasty brew from Short's. I'm not too sure I like this more than their Black Diamond, which is a pretty similar beer, but it's still one that I'd like to have again when I want a dark beer that's not quite a stout or a porter.
Serving type: on-tap
12-28-2013 00:52:50 | More by Alextricity
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Equal parts brown and black make up the color of this beer. A lighter shade of brown makes up the head portion, about 2/3" on this one. Lacing was clumpy and spotty, retention was average. Aroma was somewhat hoppy like a good schwarzbier should be. Has a bitter, roastiness to it that is similar to coffee malt.
Taste is a lot thicker, has an almost smoky meatiness to it like a fortified rauchbier. Maybe thats what the 'sustenance' is all about? Minor anise in the mouthfeel. Alcohol and bitter notes follow. Needs a little more toffee to balance it out, the hops, roasted malt, high carbonation give it a slightly unbalanced situation. Dark fruit raisin creeps in.
Decent enough. I think they tried to do too much with this one. Instead of the acidity/acrid notes, I'd like to see a little more sweetness, maybe honey added to this one to give it a little better presence.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2013 16:21:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle thanks to Andygirl. Cheers, Andrea!
A- looks pretty black to me, nice 1/2 finger head of foam, and it's a lacer.
S- big notes of Bourbon, some fruitiness, a sweet, almost milk stout like aroma.
T- tastes of Bourbon, very fruity....kind of like black cherries, and to me some milk stout like sweetness. Lots of flavour here and at a reasonable abv for anything that gets put in Bourbon barrels.
M- a pretty light bodied brew, good carbonation.
O- I like this brew. Especially the fruity character I get out of it. A nice thumbs up here, from me.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2013 23:14:48 | More by Bitterbill
Short's Sustenance Black Bier from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.