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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 í12. 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 yearís 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 Virginiaís memory.

Cheers - Pete & Alan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3882) - 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 (4003) - 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 (1929) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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 (4877) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Poured into a perfect pint. 4.0 A: Mahogany brown color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and plenty of irregular lacing is left. 4.0 S: Flavor explosion of everything listed on the label. Lots of cocoa, even more cinnamon, and just as much vanilla. Canít really smell anything else besides a moderate neutral maltiness and perhaps a touch of toastiness. In any case, it smells good. 3.5 T: Cinnamon is the most aggressive flavor in the taste. Cocoa and vanilla arenít far behind though. Moderate sweetness, caramel, light toastiness, and a mild bitterness. Itís tasty, but it isnít "beery" enough for me. 3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but otherwise smooth. 3.5 D: Good beer if you are in the mood for a combination of bold ancillary flavors. Otherwise, just decent. Drink when you are burnt out from the typical. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-06-2012 01:49:23

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Ian. Dark brown, finely bubbled tan head. Distinct flavours of chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon-- lots of cinnamon actually. Dry finish with astringent bitterness balances out the sweetness. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2012
22oz. bottle. Nose is full of cocoa, plenty of dark malt and sweetness present as well, with lighter notes of cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, cola and hazelnut. Clear deep dark brown in color with a lasting, fine, ivory head. Flavor profile is comprised of copious toasty, dark malt, brown sugary sweetness, some chocolate and cinnamon overtones with a mildly spicy finish, showing some of the vanilla faintly here at the finish, also. Bitterness is very faint, some earthy hop flavors late, though. Full and creamy on the palate with a medium-full body. Just kind of expanding on the theme, this would have been even more interesting with some light chili pepper character, I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma sweet . caramel, spice , Arabic gum, brown sugar, alcohol on top. 7-
Appearance garnet, dark ruby with beige creamy top. Good lace. Presentable. 4-
Flavor and Palate : Medium full bodied, vanilla , caramel, sweet side. Fine carbonation. Mellow finish. Fine notes of spice. Late bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2667) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted, nutty, milk chocolate and mild coffee, herbs for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with notes of wood, vanilla and root beer. Head is large, frothy, tan with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark red/brown. Flavor starts faintly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then the long finish is lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, almost creamy and has a lively carbonation. Not sweet enough to be a dessert beer, but this Spice Beer has the right adjuncts to make it go well with a lot of baked goodies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bomber. Deep brown colored brew with some amber shining though. On top is a good sized fluffy head that leaves ample lacing. Lots of cocoa upon first whiff. Thatís followed by strong cinnamon spice, some toffee notes, and a light toasted marshmellow scent. The cinnamon spice prevails in the end as the strongest aroma. Chocolaty malt flavors with something resembling cocoa powder used for hot chocolate. Cinnamon spice picks up right where the scent left off and is strong in the flavor department. A bit of sweet caramel counters the spice but canít equal it. I do pick up a little vanilla but it didnít stand out. This is a pretty good all around festive fall brew thatís well crafted. I did, however, get sick of it rather quickly. This is a small quantities beer for me I guess.

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