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

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2539) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out a dark brown color with a small white head. Aroma is of lots of chocolate, cocoa, and light roasty notes. Taste is very rich chocolate, sweet vanilla, some spice, roast and a building lingering chili pepper note on the finish, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Very tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a white head. Roasted malt aromas. Dark toasted malts, coffee, caramel, and chocolate notes. Well done..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, chocolate, and a hint of chili. Poured dark brown/mahogany in color with a small, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium spicy. Tastes of malt, chocolate, chili, and a hint of soy sauce. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, chili finish. 7.6%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
(bottle) dark brown. Malt aroma. Flavor of chocolate. Don’t really note the chili.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle... Clear, dark crimson ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nutty, chocolaty bouquet offers pistachio, praline, toffee and vanilla. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is a nicely balanced melange of rich, malty caramel, praline and toasted tree nuts. Finishes crisp and brown-sugary with a parting kiss of vanilla. Unusually excellent one-off brew by Terrapin and Schmaltz. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
On tap at the Pourhouse in Westmont, NJ. Deep dark espresso color with faint reddish highlights and a thin medium tan head. Aroma of sweet cocoa syrup. Rich chocolate milk flavor right up front followed by a hint of dark fruit and vanilla. A steadily building cayenne chili burn starts about midway through the fourth sip and sticks around through the semisweet chocolate, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11213) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
22oz bottle-Natifest courtesy Dutch’s owners Jay & Pam-pours a tight tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-cocoa. Taste is dark malt-cocoa, vanilla, hint of hops. Chile is slight in there, in the after taste and then slightly builds over the next few minutes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Pours light brown and a white head. Nose is dusty chocolate, slight roasted malts, hint of vanilla and chilli peppers. Flavor is sweet chocolate malt with vanilla and lots a pepper in the back end and finish. Kind of bland and boring with no body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GMCC2181 (1515) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle picked up at SL.... Dark pour decent little mocha colored head.... Funky aroma of some hot spices, chilly and chocolate. Kind of a unique taste.. Sweet chocolate, little malt, some spices... Medium body: Decent but very forgetable. Meh.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a very deep brown colored body with an inch thick, dense, foamy and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is grainy toffees and a solid amount of cocoa nibs with a moderate sweetness accompanied by a nice, light vanilla. A touch of toast, some dark fruits, and maybe just a hint of pepper. Flavor is cocoa nibs with a bit of a cocoa powder up front with some toffees, grains, and vanilla. Gets fairly earthy in the middle with a few dark fruits as the cocoa picks up towards the end. There is a light chile pepper flavor in the finish alongside the cocoa, vanilla, toast, and earth. Pretty dry with just a hint of chile heat coming in during a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Well balanced with a good amount of cocoa nibs, vanilla, toffee, and earth. I was hoping for a bit more chile pepper, but it is noticeable in the aftertaste. Not bad at all.

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