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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 06-07-2009

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 79
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

pours out a nice dark color with a small head of tan that seems to sit on top for the duration of the session. nicely done and really a very interesting look and quite big for the style

aroma is simply chock full of campfire and smoke notes. rich with hints of bitter chocolate, rich and seemlingly neverending doses of smoked malts and a rich and complex air. as the first sips go down i notice how it is not as full as i thought given the look and aroma but it still seems to work quite nicely for me given the overall presentation. rich smokey malts, lots of brown sugar hiding in the back and a lovely sense of dark chocolate all wrap around a very well carbonated and luscious finish that really sealed the deal for me.

one of my favorite styles and this one certainly did not dissapoint in any way. would do this again in a heartbeat.

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Sparty55
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Hokenfloken
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of amrozga
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Elijah for this bottle.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black.

Dutch process cocoa powder on the nose.

Nutty toffee, caramel, cocoa, and coffee with a tinge of grassy, floral hop bitterness on the finish.

Drinks like a thinner, lighter stout. Exactly what you want in a schwarzbier. Darker richer flavors delivered in a more sessionable method.

Photo of ellswrth
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BeRanger
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
4/4/4/4/4

Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap during the short's throwdown at the roadhouse, in brookline, ma, on april 24, 2009, the week of the craft brewers conference.

very dark, almost black. reddish brown and clear under the light. head recedes to wispy layer, then just wisps and thin ring. lacing exists but is somewhat sparse.

aroma: dark caramel and molasses with roast note, almost coffee. hint of licorice? light whiffs of earthy, grassy hops.

taste: sweet dark caramel, hint of molasses and fruit, with more roast malt and coffee note, mixing with earthiness of the hops. moderate to bold bitterness, both resinous from the hops and roasty from the malt. more sweet caramel with dark fruit hint, peeking through the bitter, resinous finish.

medium body, with moments of light syrupy quality. resinous astringency in the finish is accentuated by the crisp carbonation.

perhaps a bit unconventional for a schwarzbier, but quite flavorful overall.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of alelover
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesod
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of semibaked
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a pitch black with a thin layer of brown foam.

S - Big roasted malt aroma strikes me first then dark chocolate and a bit of licorice.

T - The taste is similar to the smell big roasted malt flavors, good bitterness from the dark chocolate and some of the licorice too. Nice flavors!

M - Medium bodied with good creaminess and has some chew to it too.

D - Definitely happy with trying this and you should too. Great effort from Short's here.

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Short's Sustenance Black Bier from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.