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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2011 (Shmaltz Brewing)



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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the first time, Shmaltz Brewing joins the tribe as a production partner for Reunion ’11. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in this venture - Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise finds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).

This year’s beer is a dark, complex ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert that we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. This brown ale leads with a sweet and subtle spicy aroma. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss. Just when you thought it was over, the heat from the chilies sneaks in and coats your tongue with tantalizing heat.

Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s memory.

Cheers - Pete & Alan

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Rated on 7-22-2012 (Bottle from Siciliano’s Market-Grand Rapids, MI) The appearance is a large tan head with a long retention, semi-opaque reddish brown body, fizzy carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is malt, cocoa, vanilla and spicy. The flavor is chocolate, semi-roasty and light vanilla. The mouthfeel is semi-lively and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer did not leave a big impression as the flavor was a little odd as it just did not come together all that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
The aroma is full of chocolate, paste, caramel malt, and grass. The appearance is brown with an average head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. The overall beer has a very good aroma and a better than average taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Foil wrapped, 22oz bottle. $7.00(cheaper than the Terrapin edition). Collaboration with Terrapin Brewing. Vintage 2011. ABV 7.3%.
Black pour, thick, creamy, light tan head. Aroma of dates and figs, roasted grains, burnt malt powder. Loads of roast flavor, very much like a Porter. Not much of a peppery tingle at all. In fact, there is no detection of chili pepper. I taste a distant vanilla bean character, not much sweetness. Far away cocoa as well. Mostly just the roasted character. Although there is not much to this special release, as far as unique ingredients, I enjoyed it more than the chili-pepper’ed Terrapin version. Medium-heavy bodied, Porter like brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4311) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Pours a dark brown color that turns a rich ruby color when held to the light. Ring of white head. Aroma is dry malts, se chocolate and a bit of peppery spice. Flavor is dry malts with a lingering sweetness, dry hops, perfume and other fresh spices. Almost has a chocolate finish. Interesting, and pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kerenmk (4225) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2011
bottle, beer of the month club. black-opaque with a small head. smells of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some vanilla that takes over when beer is left to warm up. apparent taste of chocolate and a little chili that becomes more dominant as time passes. long, chocolatey finish, medium body and medium carbonation. nice beer for the winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle... Poured dark brown with a huge head. Sweet with lots of chocolate flavors. Vanilla bean, oats, malts, nutty. Couldn’t detect much from the chilies. Came off like a suped up brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bomber from TheEpeeist. Nose is light chili, dark chocolate, and a little vanilla. Clear dark cherry brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is a lot of chocolaty cocoa, moderate vanilla, and a hint of peppery heat but not much, the chocolate dominates. Good beer but would probably be better with a little more of the peppers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Sampled at the Richmond 17th Gathering. Sampled with side by side with the Terrapin version. This one was much more chocolatey, almost tootsie roll, and much less chili pepper. Vanilla, honey, and milk chocolate. Medium chewy body. Pretty good, but I prefer the terrapin. And the mix of the two, is not as good as the Terrapin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (4031) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and heavy malts with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is at first a nice chocolate with a little vanilla aftertaste. I don’t get and chili pepper but I’m Ok with that. Finish has some creamy chocolate covered vanilla ice cream. Decent beer for a low price and a good cause.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 24, 2011
22oz bottle. a clear brown with a medium tan head. robust nose of cocoa and chocolate chip cookie. the flavor is mostly sweet milk chocolate with hints of vanilla. not really peppery at all. palate is moderate to high carbonation and light to medium. odd empty bitterness in finish. i like most things about it but dislike a few others.

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