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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1353) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a slight tan was that quickly dissipates. Light roast coffee notes along with slight leather. Medium mouthfeel. Dark fruit, cinnamon, coffee, and cocoa in the flavor. overall, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dodgrblu (617) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine Roseville; aroma of chocolate and fruit; bittersweet chocolate taste. Some roastiness a decent brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3401) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Shared from a 22 oz bottle at home on Christmas eve. Pours almost black with a thick tan head. Aroma of dark sweet cherries and cinnamon. Carries over to the flavor with bittersweet chocolate notes. BItter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1923) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, dark raisins and a hint of vanilla. Pours dark brown with a small filmy head. Taste is strong of vanilla, coffee and hints of cinnamon. Kind of bitter mouthfeel but fades into a great malt. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1373) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a small tan head that fades fast. BIG cinnamon aromas. Taste is very spicy with a big hit of chocolate and a bit of vanilla at the end. For all of these flavors, it’s a fairly well-balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6626) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bomber. Very dark pour with an off white head. Lots of spice in this - very flavorful. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3259) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2012
22 oz bomber shared by Indra. The pour is a dark brown with some ruby highlights and a smallish light tan head. The aroma is sweet cocoa malt, along with some faint vanilla raspberry sweetness. There is also an interesting floral character on top of the cocoa and vanilla sweetness. The taste is the cocoa sweetness primarily, with the vanilla sweet present, and roast and coffee in the back. More vanilla comes out as it warms. The palate is medium to light bodied, dry finish. Oddly, as this warmed some and seemed to get thinner. Thanks for sharing this one Eric.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3243) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice big cinnamon with some spice and chocolate. Flavor is again a nice big spice followed by a nice creamy vanilla. Finish has some cocoa with bitter dark chocolate. This was a fantastic spiced/cocoa/vanilla ale. One of those beers where each sip brings something different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1239) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown with amber hues and a big, tan head and thick lacing. Notes of chocolate malt, cinnamon, black bread, and hay. This is a sweet and malty beer, with a very mildly bitter finish. Light to medium body, with a powdery and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer, with a very forward cinnamon aspect in both the aroma and the feel. Interesting, and complex, but the palate is a little too much like eating cinnamon, which makes this a little difficult to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3782) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Well, I thought this was the 650 ml bottle version of the Terrapin draft version I already rated, but shows up here as a different beer for the time being. Opaque chocolate with a quarter inch head that endures. Nose is milk chocolate, roasted corn and white pepper. Flavor is milk chocolate, roasted hot pepper, toasted corn and some light bittering from wood and resin hops. Medium-heavy body is fairly well balanced, smoothly carbonated and a fairly easy drinker.

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