burg326 (5253) - 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.
blipp (7896) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours brown, getting close to black, with a big head. The aroma has sweet and roasted malts, vanilla, herbal hops, and light dark fruity notes. Te flavor has sweet malts and dark fruits, vanilla, an odd hint of pumpkin that I think I’m just making up, and light herbal hoppy notes. Unique, and well put together.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a large tan head that left some good lacing. Aroma was lots of roasted malt, some caramel, chocolate. Flavor was roasted malt, caramel, chocolate (milk and bitter), touch of vanilla. Chili was muted -- maybe supplied a bit of fruit. Heat slowly built. Carbonation was quite soft, mouthfeel was slightly oily.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Don’t remember much from this brew but I tick’d it high. Enjoyed it at the time.
Scopey (11759) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the ColLAboration Winterfest 2012, as "Schmaltz Reunion, 7.3%". It pours very dark brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is spice, cocoa, sweet, sticky fruit, alcohol and molasses. The taste is spice, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, some alcohol warmth, wood, sweet sticky fruit, molasses and fiery gingerbread. Good balance of flavours. Full body and moderate carbonation. An interesting and well put together brew.
fonefan (43166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate, dark chocolate, cacao. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into pint glass. Dark brown in color, surprisingly clear when held to light with a lot of ruby red color shining through. Slightly tan, half finger wide head. Fairly light one-dimensional nose of dark, roasty malt, bread, and a hint of chocolatey booze. Very porter-esque. Taste picks up however. Medium bodied and viscous going down, flavor starts with creamy chocolate tones upfront supported by a lite vanilla backbone before giving way to a bittersweet middle. The finish is all about the peppers! I can see many being turned off by this, but not me! They are VERY present at the end and linger long after swallow. A little spicy, many would likely find it more hot than me...but a wonderful heat level for my palate. I wonder if it was even hotter before, have had this in the cellar for at least 9-10 months. Was a little leery based on the aroma but the taste makes up for it. Interesting and complex brew, well-done Terrapin and Shmaltz!
DuffMan (9018) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium mahogany brown with a robust tan head that shows good retention. Aroma is very reminiscent of Kahlua, lots of chocolate, vanilla, treacle. There is a vegetal, fresh-cut-pepper kind of edge to the aroma too. Palate displays beautiful malt structure, with rich cocoa flavour, creamy vanilla, dark rye breadcrusts, and a distinct capsicum vegetal note in the mildly bitter finish. Very mild peppery heat at the back of the throat, subtle and unobtrusive. Loved it.
SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a tall, long lasting, thick tan head.
Malty caramel aroma.
The flavor is sweet and rich. Malt and nuts, this heads into Scotch Ale territory a little. The additives don’t stand out on their own; they just sort of add their complexities here and there where they are hard to pick out.
Oh, and did I mention that about ten minutes after you think you’ve got this beer figured out, you notice a pleasant, slightly fiery tingle in your mouth from the peppers.