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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerman6686 (6325) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2011
This poured a darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel malt, light light roast and nothihng else. Flavor was mainly plain american dark lager even though this is no lager. Very bland, but the heat comes on in the swallow which is the only thing enticing about this one at all

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Pours a clear very, very dark brown, black at first glance, awesome creamy head. Aroma is chocolate, a bit of roast, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is a match. There is some fruitiness on the finish, honestly didn’t get any heat on the finish though. Not bad, but not my favorite either. There was a lingering sweetness that I just didn’t care for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hivemind (890) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle from 9th Ave Vintner enjoyed on 10.29.2011 with Tony the Tiger, a clown, an Eastern European trainer, two priests, and two cats wearing kitten mittens. Pours dark brown to black with an enormous coffee-colored head. Smells like sweet chocolate and earthy malts, but somewhat muted. Palate consists of chocolate, nuts and booze. Slightly warming. Mouthfeel is a little on the heavier side but consistent and still smooth to drink. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours almost black with a fair tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts and a little bit of chilies. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and a strong finish with some chilies and malts left on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14401) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split 3 ways, pours a dark brown / black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, chili peppers, and sour funk. Flavour of vanilla upfront, chocolate, some roasted malt, and some subtle chili peppers. Medium-bodied, with a slightly sour finish. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, and lots of coffee. Taste is More vanilla, coffee, licorice, chocolate, and roasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jlo7399 (218) - Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Aroma is sweet chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar. Taste is malty up front that leads to big sweetness with the chocolate, vanilla, and leaves that brown sugar on your tongue. Then the heat...whoa. Lots on the back of the palate and throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle provided by Ed Roberts. This has a nice spicy chocolate aroma with slight hints of vanilla. Flavor is a tad on the spicy side but mostly the chocolate and vanilla come through the most with the peppers on the back end. Sort of reminded me a bit of Hunaphu’s but not as big and bold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Hazy mahogany brown is topped by a very dense and long-lasting head. Chile is a note in the aroma, but more about the sweet malts. The chile really comes through in the burn in the back of the throat at the swallow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freekyp (1925) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2011
This is one hellofa reunion. Skor bars reunite with mild milky coffee resulting in a massive strong armed off spring rife with dessert beer potential. Watch it. Those chili peppers aren’t apparent in the flavor, but they’ll creep up on you 3/4 through the glass. A juggernaut. May I have another SIR!

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