Short's Sustenance Black Bier - Short's Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI.
A-Deep copper bordering on deep ruby. A medium off white head reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lace.
S-Earthy, musty malt with a noticable peppery spiciness. Underlying notes of citrus rind that pops more upon warming.
T-Bold up front spicy citrus rind with supporting, but light, caramel malt. Not overly sweet.
M-Medium bodied, sharp and crisp with a long lasting bitterness.
D-A fairly spicy hop infused schwarzbier. Just enough citrus pressence to keep things in check and a light malty sweetness that creates a near perect balance. Very nicely done.
08-18-2009 08:59:16 | More by Deuane
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Notes from last summer.
Pours pitch black with one finger of quickly dissipating head.
Smell is mostly roasted malt but a pretty subdued smell overall.
Taste is a nice lingering roasted malt. Flavor is actually a bit thin, but a nice bit of hops to stimulate the palate.
Light mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation.
Pretty drinkable with no overpowering flavors. Alcohol is very well hidden.
02-24-2011 02:55:38 | More by warnerry
4.35/5 rDev +16%
A - Pours a dark brown color with a thick finger of thick frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - The aroma is full of lightly roasted chocolate malts, a bit of lactose sweetness, some earthy hop, and just a touch of smoke.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts and some milk sweetness. There is a bit of earthy hop in the background as well. Through the middle, some bitterness comes through with some earthy bitterness. The finish is a mix of earthy hop, roasted milk chocolate, and a touch of smoke that lingers.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and just a touch creamy with a roasted and lightly smokey finish.
D - Very drinkable. Very nicely balanced with a nice kick at the finish. Maybe a bit too roasted for the style, but I am really enjoying it.
01-12-2012 06:48:08 | More by ngeunit1
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
sampled on tap at hopcat june 12/09.
pours deep brown with a few garnet highlights peeking through at the edges. a small dense dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace.
aroma is good. smells mostly portery at first. dark chocolate. light caramel. coffee. bit of alcohol. hint of smoke. i also get just a hint of yeasty spice. roasty. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit.
taste is good. dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. roasty. light smoke. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. earthy and a bit woody. touch of dark fruit. bit of floral character too.
mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.
drinkability is good. nice balance. neat overall. bit of complexity, but overall not much smoke for a schwarz.
06-30-2009 21:44:43 | More by grub
3.9/5 rDev +4%
Absolutely jet black in color with a slight tan head-more stout like then a schwazbier but that's ok! Average aroma-somewhat spicy with a slight coppery/metallic note. Wonderful flavor-nice mix of roasted grains and a caramel like toffee flavor. Slight trace of licorice as well. Just enough hop bite to balance the whole thing out. Lingering sweetness. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. While it lacks the overall clean crispness of a lager and is far more stout like to me, this is one damn fine beer and very, very drinkable. Almost gone in 3 large "sips".
08-20-2010 23:06:02 | More by lackenhauser
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
I picked up a bottle of Short's Sustenance Black Bier the other day for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I have had a Schwarzbier so when I saw that Short's made one I knew I had to see what they can do with this style. No visible bottling date, 2011 vintage. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Pilsener glass.
A- The label is a little weird, it looks like a couple sitting down for dinner, the label might be implying that this beer is meant to go with dinner. It poured a pretty dark black color that let just a little bit of light through with some ruby highlights. It had a big, four fingers worth of fluffy, rocky and bubbly tan head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time and left some lacing.
S- The first thing I pick up is lots of roasted dark malts that smell like they were heavily roasted and they have a medium amount of sweetness to them that give it a brown sugar like aroma. I also picked up some black coffee, chocolate, and a slight amount of toffee. It has a pretty nice roasty aroma and I didn't pick up any hop aromas.
T- The taste mirrors the aroma nicely. It starts off much like the aroma with loads of heavily roasted dark malts that aren't as sweet as they were in the aroma. The heavily roast of the malts made for a nice subtle smokey flavor that was unexpected but I felt like it worked well with this beer and it helped set it apart from all the other Schwarzbiers. The black coffee and chocolate flavors from the aroma were present but the chocolate seemed to stick out much more. The finish was very smooth and there was no presence of hops or alcohol at all.
M- Smooth, medium light bodied and nicely carbonated, it may have had a little bit more carbonation then I would have liked, but with Short's I will gladly take a little extra carbonation then a mild amount.
Overall I though this was a pretty damn good Schwarzbier, I haven't had a ton of this style but I would have to say that this was my favorite Schwarzbier I have had to date. I find most Schwarzbiers to have a good amount of hops in them and this one wasn't hoppy at all, it was focused on the roasted and smokey malts and I liked that. It had a very rich and roasty flavor that was somewhat similar to a porter but every thing else was pretty true to it's style especially the mouthfeel. I could see how this beer would make a great choice to drink with dinner, the flavor is roasted and robust while the body is light enough to not be too filling to go with dinner, I will have to try and pair this beer up with a nice dinner next time I have it. I would for sure buy this beer again, it would represent it's style nicely in my fridge, I hope there is some more left at the store so I don't have to wait till next year to enjoy this fine brew. If you like roasty and robust beers then this beer is for you, it has great drinkability while retaining all those great flavors. Short's comes through with another great beer, I like the fact they can take an often overlooked style and add their own personal touch to it to make it a truly unique and great tasting beer, lets see what you guys can do with a Hefeweizen, yes that is a challenge.
06-14-2011 04:05:42 | More by StoutHunter
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
12oz bottle into a snifter. Graciously shared by Arp and enjoyed with Paul at his place.
This beer looks nice in the glass but lacks the head retention of the best Schwarzbiers in the world. The color is dark brown to black with a hint of red and even gold around the edges. There is a tan head that left the building in the time it took to write this sentence. A soapy film remains and lace is less than stellar. Great color, bad head.
Sustenance smells of sweet caramel malt at first, then some heavier notes come in. There's some black strap molasses, roasted chocolate hints from the malt and a touch of smoke or maybe toasted or burned malt. This is pleasant and well-integrated, but there is a touch of black malt acidity that scares me that this may be stale or slightly tart. But at least the typical Shorts infection is absent from the smell.
The beer tastes better than expected. The biggest win over the smell is the way everything is balanced and pleasant. Some acidity that I noted in the nose is present, but happily not sour. Some bitterness and touch of light smoke hit mid-way through the palate. I get some notes of coffee, which are contrasted by sweet caramel and a touch of licorice. There is also a touch of bitter citrus rind, I'm assuming from the hops. A good beer with depth and a myriad of flavors, but nothing that valuts this over the bar into the top tier of schwarzbiers.
The beer is medium bodied with some thin gaps but it has a relatively pleasant and substantial feel. The carbonation is a bit high for my tastes. Overall, Short's Sustenance Black Bier
is very pleasnat and comes together well. I'm very much looking forward to trying the barrel-aged version.
11-19-2010 15:00:13 | More by jampics2
4/5 rDev +6.7%
A huge thanks to Erik (erikkoppin) for this great extra. Cheers!
Appearance – Pours a dark chocolate color into my glass with over two fingers of dark tan head that dissipates slowly leaving great looking lacing.
Smell – A great aroma of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and just a hint of hops. A clean crisp smell.
Taste – Actually spot on with the nose, however, I do believe there is even a more predominant roasted flavor throughout. Reminds me of being at a campfire, and honestly I feel this would be great to have while around a campfire on a crisp autumn night. More cocoa than chocolate (dry and a hint more bitter), just a hint of coffee on the back end, and finishes with a crisp dry hop flavor.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, finishes slightly dry and roasty.
Overall – Pretty damn impressed with this. While more along the lines of a stout, this is extremely quaffable and the flavors meld perfectly. I would certainly pick this up in the future if I saw it.
04-23-2011 01:25:55 | More by SpdKilz
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to gratefulbeerhead a.k.a. Eric for this beer. Your kindness is over the top. Review from phone notes.
A- Pours a deeep dark brown color. Light red hues when held up to the light. Half finger tan head that dies down fast. No real lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Roasted malts with a light licorice aroma in the front end. Chocolate notes in the middle. Darker fruits come and go toward the ending of the aroma. Finishes off with a earthy hoppy tone.
T- Roasted malts right off the bat with this beer. Some light licorice notes in the ending front of the beer. Coffee in the middle with some light chocolate notes. This washes way to a light molasses. Earthy hops in the tailend of the beer.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Oily slickness left all over the palate. Smoked malts left on the palate with some light hoppy smokey alcohol left into the aftertaste. Flavors blended well and individual flavors could be picked out as well.
D- This is yet another beer from Short's that is very drinkable. The flavors blended well overall. This would be a couple pints and then move onto something else personally. A great beer nevertheless.
06-12-2010 06:12:30 | More by alleykatking
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
A- A very deep dark brown, bordering on black liquid with a creamy light brown head that settles to a thin covering with some bubbles and leaves some nice lacing.
S- Anise, smoke, cinnamon, coffee, and dark chocolate. Very aromatic and intriguing.
T- Smoke, anise, coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of earthiness. Meaty with strong lasting favors.
M- Slightly watery but there are some strong lasting flavors and a nice level of carbonation.
D- An interesting beer that I am glad to have the please of enjoying. Something worth trying.
05-10-2010 03:15:10 | More by david131
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
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into an English dimpled "pot" pint glass
Dark, black in color with amber highlights-nice head of off-white foam
Aroma-Subtle chocolate and coffee notes
Taste-Coffee, black patent malts,dark chocolate-Dry, black-coffee finish.
Overall, rather medium to light bodied, with a dry finish. Pretty tasty and very drinkable.
06-21-2010 15:07:33 | More by hosehead83
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
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
330ml bottle served in a Lager glass.Enjoyed on sep´11.Medium mahogany in color.Light beige froth, pretty good retention, some lacing rings.Yeast,cinnamon & tobacco to the nose,hints of chocolate too.Coffee at first sip followed by intense toasted malt flavor.Slightly peppery on palate.Medium body.Medium carbonation.Dry bitter finish & aftertaste with subtle smoky notes & hints of licorice.Good drinkability.
10-03-2011 23:06:52 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Shorts Brewing Sustenance Black Beer
A - Pours a pitch black with an inch of off white foam that quickly faded and left some decent lacing
S - Roasted malts with a good amount of smokiness but not too much, there is a bit of cocoa and dark fruit, roasted coffee and brown sugar. Its like all of these flavors blend together and it is hard to pick out just one.
T - Taste is very similar to the aroma, roasted coffee, dark malts, some chocolate, a bit of plums. There is a bit of an alcohol flavor in the finish along with more chocolate. Interesting flavor, not an every day beer, but i'd go for another one.
M - smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.
D - Very enjoyable and mild beer. I like it because its not over the top on flavor. Its just easy to drink and very nice.
06-17-2011 02:41:56 | More by mikereaser
Short's Sustenance Black Bier from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.