Short's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black BeerShort's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sustenance Black Beer aged it in bourbon barrels for 11 months.

Added by Baileyuk on 04-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
28
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of udfan07
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice bourbon barrel beer. A nice dark beer and I smell raisins as well as maybe some vanilla. No bitterness on the finish and all around a pretty good beer.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tracker83
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Advertises itself as "Bourbon Barrel Soaked," which is a phrasing I like.

Pours very dark and still. VERY dark. Practically opaque. No head of which to speak.

Smells of bourbon vanilla, light barley char, and some raisins. Not the most variegated of bourbon-aged beers, but well composed.

Taste starts with raisiny, aged grain and a whiskey sharpness. This smooths into a middle of straight vanilla that lasts all the way through to the finish.

It's pretty good. Perhaps I let it age too long, but honestly I think age has brought forward some of its fruity complexities.

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Photo of zaraspook
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krl2112
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KAF
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of EricTKole
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of domfreego
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of UcDru
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of amalburg
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of olafphysics
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of gearbike
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, maybe dark mahogany. A small tannish head that fades quickly and leaves nothing behind. Completely opaque.

Smell: mostly bourbon. Maybe some chocolate.

Taste: lots of bourbon. Low alcohol. Some chocolate. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: very light. A little bit of lager aspect to it.

Overall: a nice light bourbon barrel beer. Pretty light and nicely simple. Some lager aspects to it in taste and feel. I'd say it's a strong bourbon tasting beer with very little others tastes and very low other character.

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Short's Bourbon Barrel Sustenance Black Beer from Short's Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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