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Bison Reunion - A Beer For Hope (2007)



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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
REUNION - A BEER FOR HOPE is an organic imperial brown ale brewed by Pete and Dan Del Grande at Bison Brewing Company’s organic brewery in Berkeley, CA. It will be sold in 22 ounce screen printed bottles via Shapiro’s SBS-Imports distributor network in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois. It has a suggested price of $4.99 per bottle. All profits generated by SBS from the sale of REUNION will benefit The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research in Los Angeles, CA (www.imbcr.org).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
22oz bottle...pulled from the back of my fridge. Brown pour with a large sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, toasty, and bready. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, caramel, and nutty. I was getting some dark fruits in the finish. Not bad considering this has been sitting in the fridge for a few years.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2011
gotta love ghetto town beer stores that have a beer from 2007 just sitting on its shelf... warning this is no a gusher, have that glass ready... dark brown with a big tan head at first, falls fast but great lacing on the way, does leave a big thick cap... strong nose of molasses, raisins, tons of spice, and alcohol, almost a little sour... taste is better than I was imagining, tons of brown sugar, cinnamon, and molasses, interesting but not my thing and not a brown ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bison Brewing Company--Pete’s Brewing--Reunion Ale A Beer For Hope--Imperial Brown Ale--USDA Organic--2007 22 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 25 IBU’s? (3.75 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Imperial. Tan mild lace head. Hazy no sediment amber brown color. Cocoa biscuit mild nut hop Brown Ale front. Dry sweet crisp malty mild milk chocolate light toasted body. Mild EtOH hop crisp clean end. Rich bad Brown. Sampled 5/21/2007.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle. Now called just Bison Imperial Brown, but note on bottle describes it as this beer. Very nutty aroma, walnuts and pecans. Poured dark brown with medium fast dissipating head. Dry nutty flavour with roasty notes., Dry finish, with toasted unsalted nut notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009. Notes say "Reunion Brown". Clear amber brown body with a small frothy off-white head. Big malty and nutty aroma. Malty and nutty flavor, slightly cloying. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Definitely one of the best brown ales I’ve ever had. Dark mahogany pour with a walnut colored head and significant lacing. Didn’t get the CrAzY carbonation the others noted. Molasses, chewy caramel, and brown sugar in the nose. A little nuttiness accompanies chocolate and roasted coffee bean. Thick but not at all syrupy. A great beer for a great cause!!! DRINK IT!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Every beer geek likes head but this was ridiculous. I couldn’t drink it for 10 minutes until it subsided. It was worth the wait. Lace... huge pillows sticking to the sides of the glass. Beautiful deep garnet color. Nice sour aroma. Sweet chocolate and coffee flavors. Godiva beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2009
This beer has aged well over a year, yet I drink it now because I could really use some ’’hope’’. Opens as a gusher, making a mess of a butcher block table and a plate of leftover pizza. Settles slowly, thick yet highly effervescent, with a hazed mahogany body beneath a rocky, sand-colored head. Fruity aroma, yet somewhat dry to the nose. Exotic and pitted fruits... peaches dominate with caramel and a dank whiff of crawlspace. Initially astringent to the cheeks and throat. Sugary sweetness starts the flavor, reducing to fruits and coffee, then sugars return to cloy. Ever-so-slight metallics. Drinkable, once... but this beer’s negatives outweigh its positives. ~~~~~Bottle of forgotten origins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2008
As noted this foamed over ... a lot... then while drinking the first glass and the bottle half full... I looked over and there was a 3 inch tall column of foam sticking out of the top. Pours a dark murky chestnut brown with a huge sudsy rootbeer-float-like foam on top. A bit of oxidation in the aroma, expected, hoppy, sweet light brown sugar. A very sweet brew, maple and pineapple, light brown sugar, lightly burnt and just a hint of coffee. The oxidation plays nicely against the sweetness. I’ve got some pulled pork bbq going in the kitchen and I can’t wait to pair it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2008
Ditto, Vac. Aged over a year, but as soon as this one hit the glass it fizzed like mentos being dropped in a Coke. Very obnoxious with it’s carbonation to say the least. Appears like a thick cider with sandy colored foam everywhere. Loaded with cinnamon and green apple on the nose that compete with hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, and (I swear) cream of tartar in the flavor. Improves as it warms, but still a very strange brew.

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