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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RumRunner101 (808) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
Dark pour with a good amount of tan head. Aroma is nice with dark roasted malt giving off cocoa, espresso and vanilla notes with a hint of sweetness. Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel. Body is quite sweet with molasses, burnt sugar, some berry notes and the cinnamon is noticeable towards the finish. Finish is a roasted bitterness like burnt toast. A nice treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (991) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Pours mahogany with a large brown-beige head. smell hints of roast, chocolate, hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is cocoa nibs, and roast. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and light prickly mouth-carbonation, Schmaltz Reunion ’12 finishes with some cocoa bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Decent brown. Can really taste the alcohol. Light tan head with some lacing. Aroma is sweeter than the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Reunion
Date: September 09, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy beige head, heavy icy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, caramel and vanilla adds a candy sweetness, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, lots of vanilla enhances the chocolate, light roast, light spicyness
Overall: chocolate candy drenched in vanilla

Name: Reunion
Date: November 01, 2012
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: compared side by side with the terrapin version shows a lot more sweet chocolate and vanilla in the aroma, just a hint of the spicy character
Overall: flavor is drier compared to the draft, even the terrapin is coming out sweeter in comparison, rich chocolate, just a touch of the cinnamon, vanilla is all in the aroma, only upon warming does the sweetness begin to emerge

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6955) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2012
22oz bottle, shared. Cocoa, big cinnamon, spice. Cola. Spicy taste, light bitter. Clear dark brown color. Thin khaki head. Some dots of lace. Smooth, lighter carbonation, bigger body. More dry texture. Interesting brew to sip and share, but wouldn’t be so easy to drink in quantity

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5831) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Bomber to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; an opaque brown with beige lacing. Smells malty. Tastes the same with cocoa too. Good on the palette. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2010) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Dark brown in color... Flavor is chocolate malts, cocoa and prominent notes of cinnamon... Delicious beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
Great aroma of cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is first malty chocolate and vanilla, with subtle spice, then the cinnamon kicks in and leaves a peppery and deep spice tingle. This is my kind of warming ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jonas (5844) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, creamy cappucino head. Spicy aroma, slight sour note, cocoa, cinnamon. Milk chocolate and spices, liquid praline. Nice enough at first if you get into a dessert mood. Fairly sweet, mellow full body. Vanilla, light hoppy finish. Gets too candyish and sweet after a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
deep brown with a red tint when held to the light. Nose is almost all cinnamon. Medium bodied. Flavor is a great blend of cinnamon and chocolate, and the vanilla finishes. Very drinkable, and a perfect winter beer.

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