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RATINGS: 132   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?


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerbewa (211) - - NOV 14, 2013
Not much of an aroma. Taste of brown ale first then cinnamon then chocolate. It’s unique. Not my style. Would not buy again

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (617) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle- pours out dark brown with medium thick off white head. Nose of vanilla, cocoa, and malt. Taste is initially of sweet vanilla malt. This is then countered by bitter chocolate and cinnamon. Finishes on the dry side. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jamesthebrit (253) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Paired with 2013 version. A: strong cinnamon and cola. Brings more than 2013. A: Looks the same at 2013. Dull, thin, poor head retention. T: Wow, totally different than 2013. Big vanilla note. Cola finish (tastes like vanilla coke). Some honey sweetness. A little dull in the finish. P: More smooth than 2013. Flavors are more vanilla. More coka cola flavor development. Not as bitter on the finish. Not as acidic. Overall a much better beer than 2013 version but still not great. It drinks too much like a vanilla coke. Unique but maybe not for the best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thewade (311) - USA - OCT 2, 2013
Vanilla and cinnamon. Didn’t enjoy as much as the 2011, but solid nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6669) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle, shared by Grippitis with me and Parksy. Dark brown, light brown head. Distinctly Mexican chocolate aroma and flavour, with a lovely vanilla sweetness. Denser malt structure than the Oatis, and a better flavour overall. I’ve had this three years running now, great series, great cause. Special thoughts of Camillo while savoring this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2080) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Draft. Pours clear dark tawny brown with a thin white head and some decent lacing. Tastes strongly of cocoa and coffee beans, light bitterness. Light body and medium carbonation. Smells like sweet cocoa and coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3496) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Tap at Max’s. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, espresso beans, vanilla, earthy notes, and some dried dark fruit. Flavor is dry, roast malts forward, cocoa, espresso, earthy hops, and light woody notes; dry, roasted finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBeerFanatic (850) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Dark red copper amber with a silky creamy head. Aromas cinnamon, ginger, slight cocoa, vanilla, and cola. Flavors of cinnamon, slight ginger, cocoa, cola, vanilla and slight grass. Medium sweet, slightly cloying (mostly the cinnamon) with just a slight wheat malt aftertaste. Interstingly good stuff. L’CHAIM!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle. Poured a cola brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet toffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, and brown sugar. The flavor found milk chocolate and roasted malts. Medium body and a roasted malt aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
jesse8966 (8) - morristown, USA - JUL 27, 2013 does not count
Nice pour with some great chocolate aroma. Never had this collaboration before. Overall not bad


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