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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5174) - 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 one’s tongue. If you are adventurous when it comes to beer, grab a bottle!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freekyp (1949) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thewade (340) - USA - OCT 2, 2013
My favorite reunion ale from terrapin. Cocoa on the front, and a little heat on the back.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (8275) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Draft. Pours brown, getting close to black, with a big head. The aroma has sweet and roasted malts, vanilla, herbal hops, and light dark fruity notes. Te flavor has sweet malts and dark fruits, vanilla, an odd hint of pumpkin that I think I’m just making up, and light herbal hoppy notes. Unique, and well put together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3769) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle. Medium mahogany brown with a robust tan head that shows good retention. Aroma is very reminiscent of Kahlua, lots of chocolate, vanilla, treacle. There is a vegetal, fresh-cut-pepper kind of edge to the aroma too. Palate displays beautiful malt structure, with rich cocoa flavour, creamy vanilla, dark rye breadcrusts, and a distinct capsicum vegetal note in the mildly bitter finish. Very mild peppery heat at the back of the throat, subtle and unobtrusive. Loved it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bomber poured into pint glass. Dark brown in color, surprisingly clear when held to light with a lot of ruby red color shining through. Slightly tan, half finger wide head. Fairly light one-dimensional nose of dark, roasty malt, bread, and a hint of chocolatey booze. Very porter-esque. Taste picks up however. Medium bodied and viscous going down, flavor starts with creamy chocolate tones upfront supported by a lite vanilla backbone before giving way to a bittersweet middle. The finish is all about the peppers! I can see many being turned off by this, but not me! They are VERY present at the end and linger long after swallow. A little spicy, many would likely find it more hot than me...but a wonderful heat level for my palate. I wonder if it was even hotter before, have had this in the cellar for at least 9-10 months. Was a little leery based on the aroma but the taste makes up for it. Interesting and complex brew, well-done Terrapin and Shmaltz!

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