Thewade (223) - USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite reunion ale from terrapin. Cocoa on the front, and a little heat on the back.
shigadeyo (2917) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/06/2011: Schmaltz & Terrapin Reunion Ale ’11... Aroma: Freshly ground espresso; Appearance: Dark cola brown color with an amber hue; opaque; small beige crown. Flavor: Sweet, caramelized malt; milky chocolate hard candy; a splash of vanilla; the chili pepper spice and heat comes through in the finish, but isn’t overdone and is definitely tempered by the vanilla. Palate: Medium-bodied; very smooth and just slightly carbonated. Overall: Wow, very good and extremely drinkable; Schmaltz is definitely under-rated and not known as much as it should be.
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle (ALC./VOL. 7.3%) shared by Jay @ Dutch’s. Thanks Jay! Rating #98 for this beer.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville. Pours coca cola brown with a thin khaki head. Nice vanilla on the nose. Big, big cocoa on the tongue. After this time the peppers have faded butit does have a bit of a vanilla thing on the finish. I wish it hid its alcohol better but it’s otherwise solid.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Root Cellar. Terrapin version; gold foil over the green turtle cap. Pours a deep brown color with some haze to it and a bit of red tint, with a small off-white head. The aroma has chocolate and caramel malts, faint vanilla, dust, and finally some peppery spice. The flavor follows the same pattern; gritty chocolate and caramel up front, with some middle sweetness that gives way to a spicy finish. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer.
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drinks something like a Maduro brown infused with about 25 percent of the espresso in a Cubano Maduro and 50 percent of the vanilla in Vanilla Maduro. Held up well to months of aging, which I don’t see the 2012 doing.
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a semi-opaque light brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was malty. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt burnt malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
NikkTwist (1235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Khyber. Very dark ruby red with a small off-white head. Vanilla beans. Red plums. Vegemite. Cocoa. Mushrooms. Sweet rotting caramel apples. Low carbonation. Medium body. Interesting. Like a younger lighter wee heavy. Unusual. Worth a try.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at club house. Pours brown with medium white head. Aroma of spice and sugar. Taste is toasted burnt sugar
burg326 (2707) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle shared, poured a dark brown color, almost black. Aromas of chocolate, light roasted malt, light caramel, cinnamon, and peppers. Flavors are light compared to aromas except the peppers, more heat than what was expected.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed: 3/26/12. Bottle split and shared at a tasting this last weekend.
Pours a ruddy dark brown. An inch-thick beige head caps it off. Light lace left behind. The aroma bursts with vanilla notes. Mild spiciness to it as well. This is another sweet one for the night. This beer is a little on the thin side. This drinks really "wet." Wouldn’t mind this being a little on the thicker side to bolster the sweetness. Starts out with the vanilla leading the pack, melds into a mild cinnamon and allspice concoction. This is where I think it finishes, but oh does this finish. The heat from the peppers, though seemingly absent at first, bring up the rear and add a nice tingly singe to the palate. This lingers for awhile too, until I can get another sip, where the sweetness brings everything back to balance. I love the complexity to this one. Each flavor was noted, and each worked together well. One of the highlights of the night.