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Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2012 (Terrapin Beer Company)

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Dark Ale Brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla and Cinnamon Collaboration with Shmaltz Brewing Company This year’s beer is a similar dark ale to the one we brewed for Reunion ’11. It’s  brewed with cocoa nibs from our friends at Olive and Sinclair in Nashville, vanilla, and this year cinnamon. The flavor begins with complex malt overtones and quickly gives way to the chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Inspired by rich mugs of Mexican hot chocolate this is going to be especially good with BBQ, Mole and Churro…maybe from your favorite local food truck?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2012
On tap. Dark chestnut with a lasting creamy ring. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and a touch of earthy spice. Taste is caramel cola, cocoa, and a bitter pill of dry cocoa and cinnamon on the finish. Medium body has light carbonation and is sweet with an over-spiced bitter, powdery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Pour is dark brown. Nose immediately smells of spice and cinamin. The chocolate comes through as well. Taste is impeccably balanced. A perfect blend of all the elements involved. I hate beers that attempt to be spicy. This beer has assuaged my fears with ease. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Deep brown with a smaller tan head that fades quickly... Starts out very chocolaty, becomes big red like, then finishes very vanilla-y... Medium full bodied...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Reunion
Date: August 04, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: clear dark brown with ruby edges, fint tan head, drippy bits of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, caramel, vanilla, lots of rich chicolate, plenty of cinnamon balancing and enhancing the sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, sweet vanilla, cinnamon present without being dominant
Overall: like a cinnamon dusted chocolate candy

Name: Reunion
Date: November 01, 2012
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2012
Aroma: side by side with the smaltz version shows a lot more aroma of the spicy cinnamon, drier chocolate
Overall: sweeter than the shmaltz, nice spicyness, plenty of cinnamon, sweet vanilla brings out the chocolate

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2012
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Sweet light malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2012
22oz bottle from smith4498, thanks Jason! Pours a clear, deep ruby-amber colored body with a thin, creamy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is cinnamon and cocoa nibs with a light herbal spicing and a moderate vanilla. Some fruity esters, cola, and a touch of bread. Flavor is similar. Smooth cocoa nibs with some vanilla, a good amount of cinnamon, and a light bready caramel note. Finishes sweet, but somewhat dry and lightly bitter with a nice cinnamon spice. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a softer, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer. Sweeter, but spicy enough from the cinnamon to balance the cocoa nibs and vanilla. I’ve liked some of the other "mole" inspired beers more than this that I’ve tried recently, but this was still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlruthven (609) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bomber, pours dark brown with slight clarity. Big, billowy tan head that steadily recedes. Gloppy lacing. Big spiced chocolate on the nose, with a slight herbal bitterness from the hops, and a hint of vanilla. Taste follows suit: mostly chocolate and vanilla, bits of nutmeg and cinnamon providing a balancing spice. Sorta one-note, but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a clear medium brown color with a thin fizzy head. Fair head retention. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, tart berries, spice, citrus. The taste is tootsie rolls... big chocolate notes... vanilla, soft fruits, spicy finish and mild hops. Medium bodied, smooth, faint lingering spice, drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3272) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2012
10oz pour at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, sweet. Cocoa, vanillla, cinnamon all show up with a solid Caramel malt base. Tad hazed brownish orange, small head that faded quickly to a ring. Sweet flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet spiced finish. Pretty darn good, aroma was my favorite part. Nice sweet scent with all the mentioned spice dancing around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1986) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown with white head. Aroma of vanilla and nuts. Taste is medium body sweet brown sugar butterscotch

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