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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2011 (Shmaltz Brewing)

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RATINGS: 139   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


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (2737) - Nepean, Ontario, - NOV 20, 2012
17NO12. Bomber from Finger Lakes Beverage Centre, shared with Billy, cold, tulip. Deep brown-black with a so-so tan head. Nice dark chocolate with green hop notes, some vanilla, big chocolate and coffee, a bit fruity, molasses, nice stuff. Huge chocolate and molasses, pleasant vanilla, really rich and lovely; dry? With fair bitterness and a huge chocolate and vanilla finish. Dang. Beautiful.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nlderricks (16) - Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
So this was gross. I've had chocolate stouts/porters and chili beers from dogfish head that were all okay or even great. This reunion ale is a bomb IMO at incorporating those flavors. Gross haha. Get a bottle though, just to check my work. The Derricks ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5863) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Randallís. Pours a deep brown with reddish amber highlights and a finger of beige head. Aroma of toast, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, earth, and only a bit of chili spice. Flavor follows the same lines. Sweet, dry, and toasty malts, and only minor vanilla and chili. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. Good ale, and I imagine the spice has faded over 2 years.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigaddie (74) - - MAY 22, 2013
Dark ale aroma of stewed bananas and vanilla hits you right off with a strong (predictably) molasses aroma to the bottom. Milk chocolate aromas also stand out a bit. Pours a dark ale with vanishing head and a bit of lacing. The color is nice. Great mouthfeel with nice coating on taking the first sip. Bananas again hit me in the front with a quick sweet release. The middle of the palate feels warm, with the high alcohol content. A smooth and bitter finish. Chillies play a prominent role in the middle of the palate giving good heat and substance to this drink. Good stuff that I am enjoying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a very dark brown with red highlights in the sun. A foamy, taupe colored head forms quickly and stubbornly lingers. Aromas of toffee, white chocolate, sorghum, and wood. The mouthfeel is viscous and smooth. Sweet flavors of chocolate and sorghum occur first. The bitterness of fresh chili pepper and coffee acidity compliment the hop finish. itís ok. Not super. I was excited to try it, so I was a little let down.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 4, 2013
This was nice. I donít like many beers with chili peppers but the balance with the cocoa nibs works. A nice finish, a good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (760) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
650mL to flute Cocoa, vanilla, nutmeg, and blackstrap molasses. Deep brown in appearance with a thin creamy off white head. Taste is chocolatey, with late vanilla and chilies. Mouthfeel is creamy with a warm finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandman (1992) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2013
Dark brown body, light brown head. Arom ahas sweet vainilla, raisins, alcohol, vegetables, chili, milk chocolate. Surprisingly thin, chocolate vainilla soda with alcohol. Bit like cola with ice cream and chilli burn at the end.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (6070) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2013
355 ml bottle. (State Line Liquors) Elkton, MD.
Dark brown almost black colour with small tan head. Aroma is sweetish malt, chili as a vegetable, milk chocolate, mild vanilla and some chili burning in aroma. Flavour is milk chocolate, milk, vanilla sweetness, some hops and sweetish malt. Flavour is not very good. Chili is only somewhere in the background as a warming effect. Iím slightly disappointed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottled. Poured coffee colored, compact head that stayed around. Some lacing from the thin head. Aroma was chocolate and coffee, roasted malt. Maybe some vague vanilla. Not strong. Flavor was sweet coffee leaning to mocha, toasty and smoke, a little cinnamon and nice hit of chili pepper at the end that lingers and brings a sweetness out. Body was medium, thought the carbonation was OK. Overall liked the taste and it was enjoyable enough. The pepper tingle is pretty long lasting and I like that.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
12oz bottle, served at around 55F.

Pours clear dark brown to black with red highlights and a one finger light tan head that leaves some sheets of lacing and recedes to a light wispy cap.

Aroma is chocolate/cocoa, roasted malts, grain, hint of vanilla and chillies, some mild oxidation. Good strength.

Flavor starts with nice chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malts, and coffee, the chilies move in with a touch of heat, some vanilla, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, chilies come back on the finish with some warmth and spice, but not overly hot. As the beer warms the chili finish diminishes and is replaced by more chocolate instead. Flavor is much more robust than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy and sticky, light to moderate carbonation.

Took me longer than I anticipated to try this...had it stuck away in the cellar and forgot about it. Pretty good. Never tried the Terrapin version, but I heard this one was better anyway. The chocolate is the star here, with the chilies and vanilla playing just minor supporting roles.


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