KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight mahogany hue and a thick frothy light brown head that dissipated slowly down to a layer of fluffy residue that puddled on top and lasted throughout, which created some really excellent sheeting of lace on the glass.
The aroma was upfront with a strong alcohol scent followed by a dark roasted malt and a sweaty doughy yeast with notes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a peppery spice (probably from the chili’s).
The taste was mildly sweet and very malty with hints of chocolate and vanilla at first and then had a nice dose of coffee and dark fruit take hold with a pronounced peppery finish. The flavor lasted a short while after the swallow leaving behind a chili pepper bite to linger on well after everything else faded.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and a bit oily and quite creamy in texture with a soft carbonation.
Overall definitely a different twist on a brew, bold tasting with a surprising spicy finish.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: dark brown with a finger of mocha foams which falls over to a mirrored surface against an opaque base. (3)
S: Plenty of cocoa and vanilla, sweet sugary tone similar to a BlackWater Series from Southern Tier. A bit too sweet on the nose. No peppers. Just sweetness. (3.5)
T: Lots of cocoa, less sweet than nose. The vanilla is a little less potent than before. Some bitter coffee tones. No peppers. (3)
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb and a dry finish. would like a bit more body here. (2.5) O: this beer was forgettable. I was stoked at the listed notes and wish the beer had more thought put into the balance of the adjuncts. Too bad, I like both of these breweries. (3)
Serving type: bottle
Thewade (322) - USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite reunion ale from terrapin. Cocoa on the front, and a little heat on the back.
shigadeyo (3026) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/06/2011: Schmaltz & Terrapin Reunion Ale ’11... Aroma: Freshly ground espresso; Appearance: Dark cola brown color with an amber hue; opaque; small beige crown. Flavor: Sweet, caramelized malt; milky chocolate hard candy; a splash of vanilla; the chili pepper spice and heat comes through in the finish, but isn’t overdone and is definitely tempered by the vanilla. Palate: Medium-bodied; very smooth and just slightly carbonated. Overall: Wow, very good and extremely drinkable; Schmaltz is definitely under-rated and not known as much as it should be.
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle (ALC./VOL. 7.3%) shared by Jay @ Dutch’s. Thanks Jay! Rating #98 for this beer.
DiarmaidBHK (3466) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville. Pours coca cola brown with a thin khaki head. Nice vanilla on the nose. Big, big cocoa on the tongue. After this time the peppers have faded butit does have a bit of a vanilla thing on the finish. I wish it hid its alcohol better but it’s otherwise solid.
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Root Cellar. Terrapin version; gold foil over the green turtle cap. Pours a deep brown color with some haze to it and a bit of red tint, with a small off-white head. The aroma has chocolate and caramel malts, faint vanilla, dust, and finally some peppery spice. The flavor follows the same pattern; gritty chocolate and caramel up front, with some middle sweetness that gives way to a spicy finish. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer.
HonusWagner (1424) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drinks something like a Maduro brown infused with about 25 percent of the espresso in a Cubano Maduro and 50 percent of the vanilla in Vanilla Maduro. Held up well to months of aging, which I don’t see the 2012 doing.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a semi-opaque light brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was malty. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt burnt malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
NikkTwist (1668) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Khyber. Very dark ruby red with a small off-white head. Vanilla beans. Red plums. Vegemite. Cocoa. Mushrooms. Sweet rotting caramel apples. Low carbonation. Medium body. Interesting. Like a younger lighter wee heavy. Unusual. Worth a try.
mikem409 (1491) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at club house. Pours brown with medium white head. Aroma of spice and sugar. Taste is toasted burnt sugar
burg326 (3765) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle shared, poured a dark brown color, almost black. Aromas of chocolate, light roasted malt, light caramel, cinnamon, and peppers. Flavors are light compared to aromas except the peppers, more heat than what was expected.