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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2011 (Shmaltz Brewing)



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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Teaming up with Terrapin Beer Co. for the first time, Shmaltz Brewing joins the tribe as a production partner for Reunion í11. 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 yearís 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 Virginiaís memory.

Cheers - Pete & Alan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Dark roasted grain and barley malt. Roast beef accents are also present. Garnet brown, almost black, thick tan head, nice lacing. Primarily meaty flavor with kibble overtones. Subtle chocolate notes are detected. Rustic, dirty finish of bark and charred oak. Alcohol not noticeable. Full bodied, big brown ale, not hoppy, malt bomb. Itís like an imperial southern english brown ale, but I doubt weíll ever see that as a sanctioned style. Great beer for people who enjoy this type of thing. Would be a fantastic compliment to beef stew, which Iím suddenly craving despite my plans to eat dinner at my cityís annual seafood festival. Best of the Reunion series so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3755) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3748) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (3687) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2012
weak, way way too chocolately, couldnt really taste anything else, and moo-hoo was so good. Whoops

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3378) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear deep reddish brown with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. No aroma to speak of except for maybe a few wisps of malt and thatís about it. The flavor is thankfully much different and is filled with rich malt and lots of cocoa. Some vanilla coming through as well. Mild bitterness at the finish. Iím not getting any of chili peppers at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bomber. Pours a dark and inky chestnut color, showing some coppery translucency at the edges when backlit. A small, smooth head of dark beige foam clears out quickly, leaving only a thin outer ring. Tiny wet spots of lace are few and far between, and even they mostly rejoin the body. The nose is very fruity, suggesting of caramelized figs and dates over a bed of semi-sweet cocoa roast. Yeast lends a milky element, matching the cocoa nibs nicely. Vanilla adds a hint of spicy sweetness, while the pepper brings just a subtle wisp of capsaicin. The flavor is quite lactic. The yeast, vanilla, and cocoa do a good job of mimicking chocolate milk in the malt base. Caramelized fruit and roast lend depth and some balance, while the pepper adds just a touch of warmth. Itís nicely crafted, if not just a bit too sweet for me. The palate sports a medium-plus body, with round, milky sugars and slightly above moderate carbonation. Some heat lingers after the swallow. Interesting brew, overall. Pretty much a Hunahpu clone in a much smaller brown ale body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Pours to a super deep cola colored body with a tall foamy tan head. The aroma is cocoa and vanilla with a light spicy heat. The flavor is tons of cocoa nibs with sweet vanilla milk and a light spice and pepper. The palate is peppery and medium bodied and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
22oz bottle 9/1/11(Binnyís St. Charles)-44į in Snifter-Pours a dark brown almost black with a ssmall one finger tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste of the vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Very minimal chili flavor coming thru. This full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down way too easy. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours a deep brown to black at the Richmond 17th. Aroma is lightly chocolate. Flavor is loads of vanilla, a touch of chocolate. More vanilla. And more vanilla. A bit over the top with that element. Very faint hint of spice on finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3196) - 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 donít get and chili pepper but Iím Ok with that. Finish has some creamy chocolate covered vanilla ice cream. Decent beer for a low price and a good cause.

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