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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2011 (Terrapin Beer Company)

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
Teaming up with Schmaltz Brewing for the first time, Terrapin Beer Co. returns for a third year 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5369) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (8178) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Don’t remember much from this brew but I tick’d it high. Enjoyed it at the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

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. [20120202]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2012
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3456) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2012
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. Enjoyable beer. 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.

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