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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2010 (Terrapin Beer Company)

Formerly brewed at Terrapin Beer Company
Style: Scotch Ale
Athens, Georgia USA
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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REUNION ‘10— Belgian-Style Scotch Ale. Terrapin Beer Co. and Taco Mac are once again participating in the Reunion: A Beer for Hope fund-raising campaign. The Campaign raises funds to support The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research in the name of Virginia MacLean who succumbed to the disease in 2007. This year’s beer is a Belgian-Style Scotch Ale – a nod to Virginia’s Scottish heritage. The beer boasts a deep amber color with a rich malt palate and subdued hop notes in the finish. We used an authentic Belgian yeast strain for complexity. The beer will be available in 22oz bottles and will be features on draft at Taco Mac restaurants in Georgia later this summer. ABV: 8.5% OG:1078 30 Units of Bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5993) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
7/30/10. Big thanks to Byron at Liquor Loft & Proof for sharing this beer with his regular beer nerds! Cloudy amber pour. Huge sweet aroma but with a fresh fruity (almost bubblegum) and soapy Belgian hint in there as well. The flavor is big sweet maltiness with a dash of smokey lingering and again a touch of bubblegum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Quite an interesting beer. There is a lot in the mix. A bit of maltiness, some banana and and spiciness, some alcohol, a little fruitiness, and a bit of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2633) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Bomber pour. Pours slightly thin and reddish brown with a little thin head. Malty, peat, Belgian yeast esters and toffee sweetness in the nose. Sweet fruity malt taste with peat notes as well as yeast phenols. Not great, but a good change of pace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandler0201 (640) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Pours a hazy red/brown with traces of a light tan head, which dissipated quickly. Sugar and vanilla in the aroma, taste was bittersweet and twinged with molasses. Interesting flavor, complex.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SSSteve (3755) - - JUL 25, 2010
amidst the recent onslaught of 22oz bomber terrapin offerings, here sits yet another for my drinking enjoyment. a brown beer with ruby highlights and a small beige head. a lot like the beer i just had (GA theatre double feature) only toned down a notch. banana and belgian yeast notes. cola flavors. medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rajendra82 (951) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Belgian Style Scotch Ale, really? Wouldn’t that put the brewing country in the North Sea somewhere? Anyway, on with the show. The pour was similar to a quad, with deep reddish brown color, and not much carbonation. The smell was different than most beers, with a high concentration of ripe fruits and vanilla, a brett like wild streak, and then whiff of hops. The taste was exceptional. The richness of the malt shine through but avoided any sort of cloying tendencies. The ripe fruits were present throughout the sip, and finish was actually quite dry. There was a significant warmth in the finish. The body was soft and creamy and not very thick. This dis not exhibit much in terms of the Scotch influences, but the Belgian Yeast strain made you forget all that. One of the finest American interpretations of Belgian style brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernovice39 (3120) - Montana, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bomber pours a hazy red/brown with traces of a light tan head. Sugar and vanilla in the nose big time but the taste is mild sweet fruitt with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Wow, guess I’m the first to review the bottled version. Purchased July 21st at Toco Hills Package Store in Atlanta. Brown-copper pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a faint whiff of alcohol. Nice carbonation and body. Very strong, malty flavor with some dark fruit and definitely some Belgian phenols. Hops are evident towards the back-end with some lingering bitterness and a little residual sweetness. Alcohol is evident but it is appropriate given the style and it’s warming but not distracting or unpleasant. I liked it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Cask. Dark mahogany, tiny soapy head. Aroma of sweet malt, medicine. Taste is cloyingly sweet malt, cherry, medicine. No hop flavor. Thick, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel, low carbonation (cask). Hopefully better in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Pours a deep, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes quickly to a thin collar with little lacing to speak of. The aroma is a cross between a scotch ale and a belgian dark. It’s got some chocolate and banana sweetness with caramel malts. There is only a hint of the smoked peat character that I like in scotch ales. The taste is a bit maltier with the caramel malts and hints of smoke coming out a little more than in the aroma. The bananas are still present with the Belgian yeast making its presence felt. The finish is dry but still very fruity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sugary sweet. This is one of the fruiter scotch ales I’ve tasted which shouldn’t surprise me given the description but still doesn’t match up with the best in the style if you really enjoy the smoke and peat character (which I do). Tasty beer though.

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