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Short's Sustenance Black Bier - Short's Brewing Company

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 06-07-2009)
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MacStinson, Aug 12, 2014
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zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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Jas45678, Jul 03, 2014
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Sirvis, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

beergorrilla, Feb 27, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +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.

Alextricity, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rpenterics, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

tommy5, Nov 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

seeswo, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

strohme2, Sep 09, 2013
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adrienne, Sep 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

rjcoy06, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

alfie, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Drk93TT, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Sparty55, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

kp29, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

BHansen214, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ellswrth, Jul 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 05, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

Bitterbill, May 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

sirsteve42, May 15, 2013
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Short's Sustenance Black Bier from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.