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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2012 (Shmaltz Brewing)



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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 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 (6511) - 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 (2486) - , 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 (687) - Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Poured black with a good head...smelled more cinnamon than tasted.....tasted vanilla with chocolate ending

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (3819) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Pours a deep dark brown with faint ruby highlights and a huge fluffy off white head that sticks around forever. Smells of caramel and chocolate malts with a spicy earthy herbal edge. I’m reminded of patchouli with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is is sweet and malty with lots of caramel and chocolate. The cinnamon comes out a bit in the flavor as well as some vanilla and a hint of earth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. This tastes better than it smells, but the spices make it seem like a Christmas beer. Not my favorite, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Dark brown pour with pillowtop light brown head. Nose and flavor is much more pronounced on the cinnamon than the terrapin version. Seems ’fresher’ also. The cocoa is more present on the flavor, as well as some vanilla and hints of tobacco. Creamy body and texture. I liked this one better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 10, 2012
22oz bottle. Deep mahogany with a big foamy light tan head. Aroma of cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and mint. Flavor is lots of rich chocolate, caramel, vanilla and some light pie spice. Medium body with average carbonation. This is a really good chocolate beer, lots of chocolate flavor but not too sweet and a nice subtle addition of spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2702) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Round 3 in my week 1 drinking. This one is special for me as my father had his own battle with multiple myeloma which he has won up to this point. However has greatly change his quality of life. He has been in remission since 2008 thanks to cutting edge pharmaceuticals. Pours deep amber capped by a tan head with great retention. Slight lacing on my glass. Nose of cocoa and vanilla. Mouth starts with a creamy but full body. Vanilla, cocoa, caramel, and faint grass. Wow what a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2012
A nice surprise. NBlack, huge head. Lots of vanilla and cinnamon in the aroma, plus some chocolate and coffee. Flavor is cinnamon and vanilla, with traditional porter flavors emerging as it warms. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5260) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Deep brown pour with a cream head. Chocolate, syrup, molasses, chewy, and light alcohol. Nice palate, heavy chocolate, fudge, cocoa, syrup, chocolate finish.

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