Short's Sustenance Black Bier - Short's Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
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Again, thanks Josh!
Appearance is black, really black with a thin tan head. Smell is roasted malts, dark fruits, anise, and some pine thats kind of burie. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and maybe some molasses. Mouthfeel is okay, astringent, and drinkabilty is pretty low, one is enough, still glad I had a chance to try this one.
09-15-2010 03:42:22 | More by Lukafer
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
Deep black with moderate to light carbonation that forms a head that falls to a ring of foam. No lace. Fairly complex aroma of dark chocolate, burnt caramel and smoke. Tastes of dark chocolate, dark molasses, a touch of burnt caramel. Finishes with roasted chicory and espresso. Tastes moderately to lightly hopped; most of the bitterness tastes like it's coming from the malts with no real hop flavor. Fairly complex yet highly drinkable.
06-07-2010 22:46:57 | More by marcobrau
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
4.05/5 rDev +8%
120z undated bottle into a pint glass.
pours a dark, chocolatey brown and forms a thin cap of tan head that lasts for most of the beer. got some nice leggy lacing too.
smell is roasty, earthy, and grainy with a bit of herbal hops.
taste comes through with lots of roasted malt and hints of smoke. has bit of a peppery spiciness to it and a pleasing herbal hop character. strong malts up front are well balanced by bitterness in the finish.
lighter in body with prickly feeling carbonation.
very drinkable and a great dark beer for the hot summer months. short's definitely did good with this one. added to my shopping list.
05-29-2010 03:01:50 | More by divineaudio
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
12 oz. longneck with no best before dated seen.
Force poured into a stemmed chalice produced a opaque black liquid with no highlights to speak of. The loose khaki head decreased to 1/4" after sitting for a few minutes. Moderate amount of broken rings of lace.
A few swirls of the chalice evoked wonderfully lush and fresh aroma of fresh dark chocolate truffles and Mackinaw Island chocolate walnut fudge. Malted milk and sour dough bread too.
The flavors are all dark, decadent and delicious. Even though the aroma was thick and sweet, the initial flavor is chalky, semi-bitter (as a fine dark baker's chocolate should be) and a tad bit charred. The coffee and woody notes blend nicely with the figgy undertones. The flavors are clean and agile, not cloying in the least. The flavors also are intertwined quite nicely but are very discernible on their own. I didn't have any trouble detecting what I was tasting, but they all blended together quite masterfully.
Mouthfeel is a smack-dab between light and medium bodied with a lower than moderate amount of prickly carbonation. It was slick and oily on the tongue with a clean, bitter and somewhat chalky flavorful (charred) finish.
Drinkability is great for such a full flavored 'big' tasting beer.
Overall I was fearing this beer would very sweet upon smelling it. The flavors really went into the opposite direction once it hit my mouth. So it's really the best of both worlds...Sweet, lush and thick aroma with clean, dry/bitter and flavors and textures. I don't know how Short's did it, but I will definitely buy it again when I see it. Hat's off to the Short's crew once again!
06-07-2010 00:59:32 | More by malty
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
A- Pours a near black with shades of cherry and chestnut. Some head, but slight. Small amounts of lacing.
S- Extremely roasted aromas. Slight chocolate and coffee creeps through. The roasted aroma is somewhat dominant over everything. Hard to pick much else out.
T- Roasted malts and very slight amounts of caramel malt. A bit of cocoa can be tasted in the aftertaste as well as some sweetness.
M- Not quite stout or porter thickness, but very close. Has a considerably dry finish. Carbonation is spot on.
O- Another good brew from shorts. The only downside for me was reading the line under the bottle "For When You're Hungry and Thirsty" and having it fall a little short of the sustenance thing.
That aside, it tastes good, but will probably be forgotten.
06-17-2011 02:31:32 | More by BBP
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Shaped Pint glass. Thanks to rfraga77 for the hookup. The bottle says "for when you're thirsty and hungry" and that advice seemed to fit the bill here.
A: Pours a thick dark brown body with a tan colored 1 finger head that dissolves into a 1/4 finger head as I drank it down the glass. Lacing seems pretty thick and consistent.
S: Toasted chocolate malts, coffee, molasses, tobacco, light hop presence and a yeasty tinge to it as well.
T: Malty up front, a hint of coffee, hops, and the toasted malts are definitely present as well. Not one flavor stands out on its own - a nicely balanced brew. It definitely warms the insides on its way down.
M: Light, yet creamy. Perfectly carbonated. Coats the mouth nicely with a light bitter coating that is only quenched with the next swig.
O: A good beer. Nice light flavor, nothing overpowering yet there are a bunch of good flavors in it to enjoy. This one was an easy drinking, good beer. Although I'm still hungry.
11-17-2011 02:18:41 | More by suspect
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from the bottle into my Foothills pint glass
A - Black body with a nice sized tan head.
S - Smokey malt notes with a hint of a salty taste. Not especially aromatic.
T - Nice malty beer with a a nice smokey taste. This beer doesn't overdo the smoke flavor however and I really like that. Not much to say about the hops here.
M - medium body with that is a little too bubbly for my taste.
D - pretty easy drinking. I don't tend to like smokey beers but this one has just a enough of it to make this enjoyable. Only real negative for me is the mouthfeel but that might be because I'm used to the body a stout offers. I would drink this beer again.
08-13-2010 01:44:28 | More by jpmclaug
4/5 rDev +6.7%
black pour. little tan head. some lacing. nose is roasted and milky and chocolate cocoa with sticky bun glaze. the flavor is delicious and makes for an easy to quaff drank. chocolate and some chalky tones with a modest hop bitterness and light roasted quality are the main notables. mouthfeel is around medium. overall this is a nice little dance across my face. it does go well with food and i feel as though i lived the label being totally stuffed on alton brown's artichoke dip recipe and this here schwarzbier from short's. this is a semi sessionable dark bier toward the heavy end of the spectrum that remains true to style as it circles the stout and porter realm but never goes inside. thanks.
04-20-2011 04:10:56 | More by SupaCelt
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
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
12oz to standard pint
pours a nice black (dark dark brown) with a tinge of red in light, cream colored head fades quick
smells of roasty malt, chocolate, light hops
taste is thinner than expected, roasty and smokey all the way, chocolate, coffee, lots of flavor, citrusy hops in the back bitter nicely
mouthfeel is thin but creamy, very sessionable for me, i could drink a ton of them
06-19-2010 02:50:02 | More by drxandy
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
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
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
4/5 rDev +6.7%
A: black with nice foamy brown head; lacing is great and retention is okay. Not overly carbonated, but looks pretty good.
S: Coffee, Toffee, Alcohol, Chocolate, Licorice. Straight forward blend of five awesome flavors.
T: Very malty and full. All the smell flavors come out in the taste. A very nice beer, once again Short's impresses.
MD: Very much so in both cases.
Unique dark beer. Very much black, and very much good.
05-14-2010 00:36:40 | More by jt31914
Short's Sustenance Black Bier from Short's Brewing Company
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