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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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?


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7920) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours turbid deep chestnut with minimal tan head. Nose is malty, with notes of cacao, vanilla, brown sugar. Tastes rich, very cacaoey, with roasty malt, nuts, brown sugar, and vanilla notes. Complex on the palate, and above average density. This one is a great ale.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2012
bomber. Rich brown ale, average grey/white head. Sweet booze nose hinted w/ cinnamon & spice. Taste is sweet & so smooth. The layers of vanilla, chocolate, & hops are divided by continual cinnamon and alcohol. Very delicious & exceptionally well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark amber hued brown with a quickly subsided head.

Aroma: Cinnamon raisin toast, vanilla and some banana esters.

Taste: Sweet dark bready malt, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate cover banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodies with prickly bubbles.

Overall: Super tasty, on the sweet and malty side of the spectrum.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3792) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Clear brown. Don’t know why this is split from last year’s batch. The cinnamon i guess. Pretty nice. Not overly done on the spice or heat. The cinnamon is subtle. Much more so than Cocoa Mole. Very nice and surprisingly smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1432) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Tastes like cherry cola. Smells like cherry cola would smell if it didn’t have that strongly chemical nose, and all that carbonation mucking things up. End of the day, its a beer I’m not nearly as impressed with as I was with the 2011 version.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Strong aroma and taste of cinnamon with an amber brown pour and basic mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
abcfan (729) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours brown with no head. Taste is huge spice in the front, slightly mellowed finish. Very close to a belgian style. Pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4226) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
22oz bottle. gold foil wrapped. Vintage 2012. Same match up with Shmaltz as last year. This year is different, cinnamon as opposed to chili pepper, but again this one brewed at Terrapin (the other, same recipe, at Shmaltz). Dark medium brown color. no head. Appearance differs from the Shmaltz Brewing Version. Aroma of Spiced chocolate, toasted malts, candied roasted nuts, spice cake, loads of vanilla. Very sugary & nutty nose. Flavor is a medium bodied sweet malt, light fizz. Flavors of sweet malts, spice cake crust, loads of sweet cocoa, chocolate bread pudding. Finishes with a cream topped winter dessert character. Even the Yeast notes are unique to this beer, adding the Terrapin flavor element. Not as much cinnamon flavors as the Shmaltz brew, this one had much more vanilla. (3430)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1086) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Very dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is cinnamon, caramel, chocolate and bread. Taste is the same with some vanilla. Nice dessert.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3391) - Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Pours a dark, somewhat clear sienna with a fairly thick wheaty-tan head. Strong aroma fills the nose with malty, cinnamon, caramel and nutty notes plus a hint of wood. Flavor has a strong cinnamon and woody overtone floating atop good malty, chocolate and nutty notes plus hints of hops, caramel and horehound. Absolutely lip-smacking! Firm texture has plenty of fizz, leaving a tasty finish that has cinnamon, chocolate, nutty and caramel tones. Pity this is a one-and-done.


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