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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pepperboy (3) - - OCT 19, 2012 does not count
Fantastic brew. A lot going on. Definitely recommend for any beer geek like myself ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3173) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Super beer! Poured at a good temperature with a collassal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, light tan head that settled very slowly and lots of lace. Color is a dark mahoganey with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is great - vanilla, roast, malt, hint of cinnamon. Flavor’s like nose and has very good balance all the way around, sweet, carbonic tang, and bitter. The rich flavors are tamed just right. Body & carbonation are just right. Finish is like flavor although there’s a medicinal component that detracts. Finish is also long. I had a piece of habanero jack cheese and it messed up my mouth, so this review is provisional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (820) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Aroma..malt, dark fruit. Fairly sweet. raisin, cocoa. Ohh, taste is unexpected but wonderful. Cinnamon, cocoa. Very smooth, medium body, nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
Pours an almost opaque black with a red hue. Aroma of vanilla, sweet cinnamon sugar, light cocoa, chocolate and some mild nutty overtones. Taste is bitter cocoa chocolate, vanilla, nuts and a nice smooth sweet cinnamon on the finish. Medium carbonation with a full body that’s well balanced and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (1191) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (556) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Dark brown with thin layer of white head. Really nice original aroma of Mexican chocolate with cinnamon as the first think to hit the nose. Complex layers of flavors going here: milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, and hazelnut

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pours a dark brown color with a thick fluffy khaki head that leaves pretty good lacing. Smells of chocolate and vanilla and roasted malt. Tastes of all the same things in the smell and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and silky with medium carbonation. This is the definition of a great desert beer. The use of cocoa nibs, vanilla, and cinnamon work perfectly. Slightly better than last years version in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crit (3835) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2012
Brown, thick massive tan head.Great chocolate cinnamon nose.Palate of dry malt, earthy & chocolate,cinnamon& vanilla notes.Light roast. Great lace, very complex

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Very good. Chocolate and vanilla are most prevalent. Slight citrus hints. Coffee finish. Thick and full but smooth. Good stuff ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
Pours very dark brown bordering along opaque with a small off white head and a small amount of lace. Aroma is vanilla, cocoa nibs, chocolate, cinnamon, overall decently sweet, malty and nutty. Flavour is cocoa, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malt, mild alcohol when it warms up, mild bitterness, a little grainy, nutty and a mildly dry finish. Really tasty brew I wish I would see every years collaboration here...

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