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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2012 (Shmaltz Brewing)

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RATINGS: 130   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark brown colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, vanilla, chocolate, peppery. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130223]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (29691) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate malt. Toasted toffee caramelish and vanilla. Medium sweet, toasted malty and caramelish, vanilla.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Pours a deep dark brown with a vague tint of orange and a creamy beige head. Cloyingly sweet vanillaish milk chocolate aroma. Medium body, dry and dusty cocoa powder with a rather bitter, roasty finish. Not really a favourite. 230213

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (19665) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle at Alex. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dark chocolate. Sweet and light roasted flavour of caramel and dark chocolate with notes of hops. Hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. has a fruity malty spicy vanilla aroma. Sweetish malty spicy chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy vanilla finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Dark brown color, the head reduces quickly. The aroma is like perfume, talc, artificial vanilla. Dry mouthfeel, highly carbonated; cheap chocolate flavor and artificial vanilla; some roasted malt, and accentuated bitterness.
Odd. Not my kind.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (13417) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
7th November 2012
Opaque black - brown beer. Good head but an odd muted off tan colour. Dry palate, a little crisp. Mild minerals. Bitterish chocolate and a trace of coffee. Sweetish vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon. The dominant taste here is bitterish chocolate. Finishes fresh and semi dry. Nice list of ingredients on this beer but overall they not brought together in a cohesive whole. Getting to be hard work.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2012
22oz bottle. Large rocky beige head atop cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some cinnamon, vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, chococaramel, light cinnamon. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10361) - 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!


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