KajII (799) - 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.
rdixon77 (1695) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating. cola brown pour. Chocolate and vanilla with decent pepper heat in finish. Solid effort.
harrymel (1551) - 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 (340) - 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 (3388) - Cincinnati, 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 (3850) - Lewisburg, 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 (8006) - 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 (1872) - 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 (5215) - 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 (2135) - 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 (1913) - 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