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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2012 (Shmaltz Brewing)



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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Teaming up with Terrapin Brewing Co. for the second time, Shmaltz Brewing returns as a production partner for Reunion ’12. We brew Reunion each year in memory of our dear friend and partner in the venture - Virginia MacLean. Virginia lost her battle to Multiple Myeloma in 2007. It was her wish that we continue to raise funds and awareness on behalf of The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org).

This year’s beer is a dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla and cinnamon. 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 cinnamon aroma. Complex malt overtones quickly give way to a chocolate and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss.

Many thanks to all who have supported this project and have helped us honor Virginia’s memory.

Cheers - Pete & Alan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2012
22oz bottle 9/30/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-42° in Lager Glass-Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and malt. Taste of the same with a lot of cocoa and vanilla coming though. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and goes down super smooth. I love these two breweries collaborating on this brew. It kicks butt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
oRos (1097) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Has a cinnamon aroma color is black with off white head. Taste is cinnamon and kinda of a brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Good beer for a good cause. Dark mahogany with a thick off white head. The nose shows off the Cinammon and chocolate. The palate is extremely sweet, backed up by a massive malt backbone. This is good, but extremely rich and sweet. One to share for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a brown color with a two finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is cinnamon and toasted malt. Flavor is toasted malt, vanilla, light chocolate, and cinnamon. All the flavors linger in the finish. Medium to full body. A good beer. Thanks Jason.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2121) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a dense dark brown color with a frothy medium khaki head that has good retention. The aroma is mild with vanilla, cocoa and well roasted grain. The flavor is a big blast of cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, walnuts and vanilla. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering bitter chocolates. Overall: Very impressive!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6114) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Draft at sb. Pours a hazy and very dark brown with a gigantic dense and creamy tan head. Sweet malty cinnamony nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel cinnamon and malt sugar mid palate. Mild sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours brown with ruby highlights and a medium pillowy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate with some cinnamon and sweet floral vanilla.

The flavor is nutty roasted malts with lots of cinnamon and slight chocolate and a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, interesting but the flavors didn’t really come together for me - a bit of an acidic mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3022) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Doing a side by side tasting with the Terrapin version. Appearance - T: dark caramel color with thin tan head. S: a little darker brown than the Terrapin version with a larger tan head. Aroma - T: mostly chocolate, vanilla and toasted malts with some caramel and cinnamon. S: similar aromas to the Terrapin but with cinnamon being more dominant. Flavor: T: toasted malts, chocolate and caramel with some vanilla, cinnamon and nuttiness. S: cinnamon, toasted malts and chocolate with some vanilla and nuttiness. Mouthfeel - T: medium body with average carbonation. S: medium body with softer carbonation and creamier mouthfeel than the Terrapin. Overall I liked the Terrapin version better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with solid brown foam. Interesting arom could be noodles, coul d be desert could be a casserole. Hint is spice, and uniqueness. Flavour is similarly weird and tasty. Building heat, cocoa. Tasty but in a way a bit of a weird thick slurry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2572) - Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malt, nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of toffee, vanilla, caramel, toast, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malt, clove, and light pepper. Lingering notes of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, toast, cinnamon, and light pepper on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors with a good amount of robustness. No cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Flavor was not as robust as I expected for 8%. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial brown ale. Nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth to drink with no cloying sweetness. Seemed a bit weak for 8%, but was still very enjoyable.

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