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

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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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Photo of JayAre46


2.25/5  rDev -40%

A - thanks to elephantrider for the extra. pours black....whatta ya know, big mocha head very creamy shows great retention.

A - caramel,molasses, very grainy, light hops. tobacco leaves.

T - tastes like shitty smoked tobacco leaves, maybe some burnt anise, bitter hops. not a big malt profile at all. it tastes like...shit. the finish is especially bad

M - a bit watery, easy going like it should be, creamy, moderate carbonation.

O - the aroma was decent, but the tastes is just off, and not good. i will say my next beer is going to be amazing no matter want, thanks short's.

09-28-2011 03:13:00 | More by JayAre46
Photo of ne0m00re


2.4/5  rDev -36%

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Black with red hues, it seems undercarbonated with a thin collar and a quick head.
S: Very faint roasted malts with caramel and charred oats. Not bad.
T: Lighter, with a thin roasted flavor that bellows and lingers. That familiar clean lager finish. As a beer that advertises you can make a meal out of it, it is extermely disappointing. The flavors don't really have any depth.
M: Thin and undercarbonated.
D: Very good, but only because it is so damn light. I wouldn't have another.

05-18-2010 00:39:29 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of jophish17


2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

12-24-2011 00:25:19 | More by jophish17
Photo of chippo33


2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

12-04-2012 03:31:25 | More by chippo33
Photo of KickInTheChalice


2.8/5  rDev -25.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.

Appearance: Mahogany with transparent edges and a creamy tan cap that fades.

Smell: A little bit of bourbon, dark malts, molasses, and some chocolate.

Taste: The flavor is a little bit strange. The flavor is light - chocolate, molasses, dark unroasted malt, some bourbon. It finishes kind of watery.

Mouthfeel: Somehow this has a creamy feel but a watery body. Boozy in the back of my throat. Sticky.

Overall: This is all right at best. In terms of barrel aged beers, it does not stack up well, though.

09-22-2011 01:46:33 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of Trilogy31


2.93/5  rDev -21.9%

Pours a drak cola black with a brown khaki fingers worth of head. Nose has a slight metallic scent with coffe rum barrel and really only an earthy funky note i can find. Light notes of smoky roasted malts when tasting along with some turkish cofee and maybe some dark red fruits. Easy to drink and refreshing but really quite average.

05-03-2011 05:14:34 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of chicano4craft


2.98/5  rDev -20.5%

Thanks to LostCook for the generous extra.

Pours very black with a finger of tan head. Can't see through the black when held to the light. Head fades to a thin tan line.

Sweet roast dominates the nose. Some chocolate. Reminds me more of a milk stout than a schwarzbier.

First drink reveals the smokey, roast malt. Carbonation hits the tongue pretty hard.
Lacking the smoothness I was expecting. Quite a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is lacking for me due to the "shock" every drink has on my tastebuds. Drinkability is average. I had no problem finishing the beer. I was just left wanting more.

09-23-2010 00:51:58 | More by chicano4craft
Photo of IlPostino


3/5  rDev -20%

12-06-2011 03:05:09 | More by IlPostino
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3/5  rDev -20%

11-21-2011 03:29:53 | More by FedExPope
Photo of seeswo


3/5  rDev -20%

10-22-2013 17:19:44 | More by seeswo
Photo of CortexBomb


3.08/5  rDev -17.9%

I'll try pretty much anything that Short's brews because, in a general sense, I think they're brilliant brewers who can squeeze extra flavour and interest out of almost any style. I ran into this at Ashley's in Ann Arbor and I quickly ordered it based on their name alone.

The beer has a wonderful appearance, jet black, no light can make its way through the beer. Light head, but still nice looking. Nose is mildly malty, not a lot of bite to it.

In terms of the flavour, I was surprised by not being surprised. This struck me as a fairly standard Schwarz, it has that dark malt flavour profile without any of the bite of a stout or porter with the lighter body and easy drinking nature one would expect of the style. It's not bad in any sense, but it's not doing anything particularly well either.

The bottom line: Surprisingly average take on the style by Short's. Perhaps worthwhile for big fans of the style, but I didn't think there was anything remarkable here.

06-24-2009 16:55:06 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of Zaphog


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-27-2012 00:30:59 | More by Zaphog
Photo of glazeman


3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

A: not quite opaque black with a nice one finger tan head.

S: Smells quite good, and is very similar to KBS on the nose. Lots of roasted malt, and some coffee.

T: Not as rich in flavor as I would have liked. To be honest, this tastes like a good stout blended 50/50 with a bud light. There's some roasted coffee bean flavor, and chocolate in there, but it's a little deeper down behind the BMC flavor.

M: Not as thick as I was expected from a beer whose label reads, "for when you're hungry and thirsty". Nice feel though, and nice aftertaste.

D: It goes down easy enough, but is not very exciting or noteworthy. Not one that I'd really be excited to find again, but not that bad either.

08-09-2010 04:58:37 | More by glazeman
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

a - pours a deep dark brown, just a few shades short of black, one-finger tan head with decent retention and lacing, good amount of haze

s - deep roasted malt aroma, light earthy hops, dark chocolate notes, no alcohol heat

t - smooth roasted malt flavors mixed with dark chocolate and light cherry, very light floral hop notes, no alcohol detectable

m - medium-bodied, moderate to lower carbonation, fairly dry finish, no alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable in that it's easy on the palate and the alcohol is well hidden, but the flavors just aren't that interesting or complex

Decent beer, but pretty unmemorable overall. Worth a try if you see it on the shelf or you're looking for a schwarzbier, but not one of the brewery's best offering, in my opinion.

08-06-2010 23:21:57 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of kbutler1


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

Draft. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Good lace left on the glass. Teh aroma is very clean and crisp with slight coffee. Smooth tasting with coffee and dark raosted malt notes. Slight bitterness in the backend. Medium mouthfeel. Tasty but not something I would search out for myself.

08-19-2010 15:17:46 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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.

06-05-2013 16:21:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-27-2014 13:17:06 | More by beergorrilla
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-19-2011 02:10:58 | More by brydog22
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-28-2013 23:27:38 | More by Drk93TT
Photo of Tone


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, roasted malt, and slight coffee. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness level. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hops, and yeast. Overall, a little strong on the roasted malt / coffee flavors, but still good.

04-18-2010 22:11:43 | More by Tone
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-01-2012 23:28:14 | More by Marti403
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-15-2013 03:08:10 | More by sirsteve42
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-14-2013 01:33:23 | More by BHansen214
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-12-2014 03:14:47 | More by MacStinson
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-05-2012 21:44:01 | More by MIP229
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Short's Sustenance Black Bier from Short's Brewing Company
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