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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 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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2901) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2011
The aroma is chocolate, nuts, vanilla. The appearance is brown, white head. The flavor is malty, chocolate, brown sugar, resiny hops, hot peppers (just enough to be enjoyable). The finish is peppers, resiny hops. Again, the peppers are pleasantly subtle. Medium/thick in body. Prety good, unusual and unique.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Mahogany in color, lacking in lacing and head retention. Aroma not huge, but flavor profile. Cocoa nibs first, then vanilla, then the head from the peppers. Nice chocolate notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Draft. Caramelly malts on the nose with brown sugar aromas. Pours a rich brown color. Caramel malts up front with chocolate notes after about the 3rd sip you get a tingle in the throat. Nice spice!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Muddy dark brown with a small white head. Nose of cocoa, peppers, light vanilla, spices, pumpkin. Peppers are more noticeable in the flavor, cocoa and vanilla are more faint. A little one-demensional, but drinkable. Doubt Iíd drink this again though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bomber from Whole Foods, Raleigh. Woo-ha this fucker is not shy about the chilis. Iím not saying itís like pure habanero salsa, but itís more than the modest Chocolate Yeti thing I was expecting (and more along the lines of that Danish chili tripel whose name I canít remember). Dark ruby pour with a moderate head and carbonation, leaving sticky lacing. Nose is mild bourbon and sweet malts. Body is medium, but the taste is pretty aggressive. The vanilla and oak in the nose are more or less scorched here, and the chilis run riot. Decent but 22oz seems pretty imposing for such a one-dimensional beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
This one had a deep amber body with a sudsy thick head. Aromas were light yet floral of yeast, vanilla and peppers with some roasted notes as well. Tasted pretty malty upfront, but settled into a mellow cocoa and vanilla aftertaste. Sip by sip revealed a nice spiciness from the peppers. Light drinkable and unique is all I can say here.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zizzybalubba (1506) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2011
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Muddy brown pour with a foamy khaki head. Cola-like aroma with sweet caramel malts dominating the nose and hints of floral hops faintly in the background. The flavor is hard to pinpoint although I guess vanilla is the easiest flavor to recognize. It almost comes off as a strong brown ale in trying to compare it to anything. Nothing really jumps out at first but the heat from the chilies does make itself known eventually. Overall drinkable but very forgettable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4423) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Appearance: Pours a medium brown body with a fairly high-standing cap of lightly tan foam, though it founders quickly.

Smell: Sweet-scented aroma of sugary chocolate, caramel, and vanilla bean, with a bit of dark fruitiness underneath and even less of that chopped green chiles.

Taste: Toasty, chocolaty, caramelly malts with a medium degree of sweetness at the start, then, some of the promised vanilla, some of the nibs (though more of a Tootsie Roll element), and some of the spicy chili peppers (delivering no more heat than needed - or wanted). Slight hint of raisin. Modestly nutty. Herbal undertones preclude a mild bitterness. Lingering chili pepper spice beyond the sweetish, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Fairly flavorful and interesting. Itís not great, but itís pretty good. Always glad to use my alcoholism to help sick people.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (7024) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Canít remember who sent this, but thanks for the bottle! Pours a cloudy deep brown with a slight ruby hue and a earthy white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains with some toffee and vanilla. Flavor begins with sweet grains and a bit of earthiness, with some vanilla and toffee coming out in the finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roonai (245) - - SEP 2, 2011
Shared by deyholla- thanks Derek! Pours a deep fig-mahogany. nose is malts, slight deep /dark fruits and a hint or red wine. taste shares the notes, but ends in a distinct red wine taste i cant shake. Im torn; super interesting and semichallenging beer but also not my cup of tea.


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