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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2012 (Shmaltz Brewing)



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RATINGS: 136   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2824) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3868) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy beige head leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong cinnamon, toast, and dark fruits. Thin mouthfeel with a rich chocolate malt with cocoa, vanilla, and light spice. Alcohol hidden well with a nice light bitter finish. A good spice from Shmaltz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with garnet glints and a 2 finger creamy/fluffy beige head. Primary aroma is chocolate. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, a good dose of cinnamon, and a suggestion of something else - which might be vanilla, but there’s so much cinnamon I’d be willing to consider chile. It’s very flavorful. Finishes very spicy in a cinnamon bark way.Quite an ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5890) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Bottle. Deep ruby red, brown, the head big and frothy like an ice cream float. The aroma is big and chewy ... rife with caramel, malt balls, cocoa. The beer drinks with a chocolate milk character up front, a bit thinner than that but otherwise good enough for a Saturday breakfast. (#4785, 9/19/2012)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2728) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick well retained beige head, with some lacing, over a clear brown (SRM 25) body.....nose is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, toffee/caramel, cinnamon hints......taste is vanilla, chocolate, toffee/caramel, finishing with a harsh coffee hop bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation adds a foamy quality. There are too many ingredients fighting for attention in this beer. The result is interesting aromas but a melange of flavors that just does not work. The finishing taste was particularly off putting. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
22 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Natomas. The aroma has a good deal of sweet chocolate character. Lightly peppery, too. Vanilla extract is also detected. Mildly transparent mahogany body with a creamy, medium off-white head present. Decent lacing. Starts sweet and sugary with hints of chocolate, before the mouth gets blasted with vanilla extract. Holy fuck, this is out of balance. Lightly vinous and roasted late. Just awful, awful shit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2012
22oz bottle. Deep brown pour with some sticky tan head. Big time chocolate aroma - a bit like a Mexican hot chocolate. Flavor is slightly sweet with vanilla and more chocolate. Unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottled, dark brown suede pour with tall fan foam, aroma of chocolate milk balls, flavor of chocolate brownies, lots of chocolate here

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle poured into glass. The aroma is pretty outstanding, hints of cocoa and cinnamon are a great combo. The flavor, however, doesn’t really match up. Hints of chocolate but other then that it’s somewhat bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Poured black with a good head...smelled more cinnamon than tasted.....tasted vanilla with chocolate ending

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