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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 í11. 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 yearís 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 Virginiaís memory.

Cheers - Pete & Alan

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Not much aroma, maybe a hint of spice and vanilla. Flavor comes in distinct phases that donít really gel and is very light on the palate. Starts off tasting like a cream soda followed by a light chocolate flavor. Ending and finish is pepper, pepper and more pepper that dominates the flavor of the first half of the beer. Interesting but not a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6977) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Lounge - on tap. Dark black pour, khaki colored head, light lacing. Aroma has some spicy peppery notes, a hint of vanilla. Flavor is interesting and complex. Initially it is sweet and subtle with some vanilla notes and a touch of cherries. Spicy pepper notes come through in the back end and dominate. Flavor fades a bit near the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the flavor. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Had both the Terrapin and Shmaltz versions back to back the other night at Johnís Apt. Thanks Ryan Dank for sharing. Iíll start off by saying that Iím not a big fan of either. Theyíre just not my style at all. The Terrapin is hot. Itís spicy as can be. Not much balance here. The palaate isnít as terrible but the flavor and aromas are lacking. Especially the nose. It was borderline gross. Somebody will love these beers. Not me though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Rustyham (1829) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Just like everything else from schmaltz, this beer tastes muddy, old, dusty, and unfocused. I donttaste any of the listedingredients, I taste prunes. I couldnítít finish my pour, sorry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1215) - USA - SEP 24, 2011
Muddy brown with an off white head. Aroma is vanilla and chilies which makes for an odd but not unpleasant combination. Flavor is a bit more muddled. Strong cocoa with vanilla overtones followed by a heavy spiciness which almost burns. Reminiscent of dark chocolate bars with chilies but oddly less complex. This beer could benefit from a fuller body, I think it would have worked better as a porter. Itís wildly inventive and very interesting, but I canít say it works overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5872) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a medium, frothy tan head. Aroma is caramel, toasted malt, cocoa and light toffee. Taste is toasted malt, cocoa, light chocolate notes, light chili pepper heat, and caramel. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and a lingering peppery heat. Ends with more caramel, chocolate, cocoa, peppers, and light toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bomber shared with Jack at Lunar Brewing Co., and decided on Duvel glasses for presentation. Poured a dark brown with some ruby highlighting, tan, silk & cream head foam, and clingy waves of lacing. This brew experience started with a mellow, peppery dryness and finished that way. In between were nicely layered notes of smooth malt, roastiness, brown sugar sweetness, molasses, caramel, and toffee. Loved the variety that the yeast instigated, and intensified nicely as it warmed. Full bodied, but not syrupy or cloying, with subtle alcohol warmth. An interesting take on a Strong Ale that was highly appreciated!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1797) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a large tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is coffee and chocolate, caramel, and hay. The flavor is sweet up front, mellow through the middle and burning spiciness in the finish. The palate is light to medium, smooth and clean. The spiciness is powerful and lingers for a long time. Overall, this beer defies style. Like a baltic porter with chiles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4743) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Comes out of the bottle a clear dark cola brown with a thick, fine-bubbled and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some respectable lacing. Strong aroma is spicy with malty, nutty, earthy and caramel notes. Malty flavor has spicy, nutty, caramel and molasses notes as well as a peppery zing. Average-bodied texture is fairly fizzy with needle-sharp jabs from the pepper. Fortunately, the chili zing is just another player in this delightful beer rather than trying to dominate both taste and texture - they make it feel as if small fireworks are going off on oneís tongue. If you are adventurous when it comes to beer, grab a bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pours murky dark brown with ruby highlights and one finger of creamy tan head. Nose is lightly sweet with caramel and java notes, hints of vanilla beans and spicy chiles. Flavor is a bit more dichotomous, vanilla and chile heat. Some light coffee roast. Spicy palate and dry and light bodied.

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