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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bomber shared by Butters at the 17th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 1/28/12. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of dates, dark fruits, chocolate and citrus. The taste is chocolate, cocoa powder, chili peppers and dark fruits. Medium bodied. Decent but I prefer the Schmaltz version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Sampled at the Richmond 17th Gathering. Clear dark brown pour with good tan head. pour Sampled side by side with the shmaltz version. This one was MUCH heavier on the spicy pepper character. The chili pepper is very nicely prevelent. Like this one better than the shmaltz version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2012
tulip.Purple color small white head. the smell is actually weak all I get is medicinal alcohol. It taste Mostly like prunes and I can sense the coco and at the back I do get some of the chilli but absolutely no vanilla. The best about the beer it has to be the mouth feel, it has a sense of dustiness like a cocoa would feel like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (2221) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2012
on draft at wwbf (asheville) poured dark brown and you could smell the chocolate and vanilla up front. gave it a few seconds to breathe and the flavor was quite enjoyable with that chocolate and vanilla mixing well with the sweet maltiness and the hops. a little bit of a back bite on the end i do believe the pepper was kicking in overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcmisko (356) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a light brown fluffy head. Vanilla and cocoa is very easy to smell. Nice simple taste, with hints of cocoa, vanilla, and a little bown sugar and banana. Texture is pretty thin. Not much of an after taste. Just a little bitterness from the hops to leave you with. I enjoy it, but is not the most interesting collaboration, and a very safe beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bomber from GBX. This is a very dark brown ale, looks more like a porter or something of the sort. Good head retention and lacing as well. The aroma is sweet and balanced with pronounced bite from the peppers. The vanilla is thankfully quite mild. I was surprised at the amount of heat in the flavor. It is not overwhelming at all, but is noticed after every sip and provides a pleasant burn to counter the sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla. I am so impressed that Terrapin has managed to use spices, especially vanilla which is so often overdone, in good taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight mahogany hue and a thick frothy light brown head that dissipated slowly down to a layer of fluffy residue that puddled on top and lasted throughout, which created some really excellent sheeting of lace on the glass. The aroma was upfront with a strong alcohol scent followed by a dark roasted malt and a sweaty doughy yeast with notes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a peppery spice (probably from the chili’s). The taste was mildly sweet and very malty with hints of chocolate and vanilla at first and then had a nice dose of coffee and dark fruit take hold with a pronounced peppery finish. The flavor lasted a short while after the swallow leaving behind a chili pepper bite to linger on well after everything else faded. Mouthfeel was medium in body and a bit oily and quite creamy in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall definitely a different twist on a brew, bold tasting with a surprising spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Tasted on 1/12/12 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Midtown. Pours a muddy dark brown with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to fairly thick lace, leaving a ton of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is full of toasted cocoa nibs and vanilla, with additional chocolate and caramel malt, and maybe a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is the same with sweet chocolate and vanilla up front, moving to the toasted and roasted cocoa nibs, and some chili pepper spice starting to kick in. The body is full with a creamy texture, average, but very smooth carbonation, and a long finish that starts off with some vanilla and cocoa, but ultimately finishes with pretty intense chili pepper burn on the back of my throat and belly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2536) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Thin head which dissipates rather quickly. Very chocolaty aroma, almost heavy as you need to take a deep inhale to pull the aromas away from the surface of the beer. Some anise, vegetal aromas, some strong brewed tea and a bit of spicyness. Color is a dark reddish brown. Lots more chocolate in the flavor with a bit of vanilla and a late onset of heat from the chilli peppers. Just as the description states. Just a hint of the peppers so they don’t dominate the flavor which is nice. Lingering spicy and dry chalkyness. An interesting and decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear reddish brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of maple syrup, caramel and grain. Caramel and chocolate malt flavor up front, then a bit of pepper before a sweet malty finish.

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