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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?


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
In short: A fun burgundy beer with fresh cocoa beans, fresh vanilla beans and fresh many things. Highly drinkable for the style.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed 9 months after the beer release.
The look: Mostly clear burgundy body topped by a small beige head.
In long: Nose is full of cocoa beans, some vanilla, spicy notes. Taste is a little more fruity than the aroma hinted on. Figs dancing with cocoa beans, chocolate covered dates, molasses cookies, peanut butter, a mild ‘hot’ spiciness along with cinnamon, finish turns into caramel. Funny thing is the beer never feels sweet despite most of the flavors being of the sweet-related genre. Body is oily and with a relaxed carbonation. I liked this beer more than I thought I would. I liked the label so I bought a bottle and took it home, and judging by the number of beer bottles I buy and bring home just because I find the labels cute I really need to stay away from pet stores. A nice calorific beer that is too easy to drink, and now I’ve finally adapted the “no pain, no gain” motto but for beer drinkers like me, it is “no liver pain, no gain of weight” and trust me, it works!!!

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (3972) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2013
On tap at the bocktown. Dark pour with a tan head. Barely any aroma but there is a tad of this mild beery thing hitting my olfactory. First taste is stronger but has lots of chocolate or malt in there. Chocolately feel fer sure. This stuff was way too expensive for what it is. Finish is lots like choco flavored medicine. wew. Not impressed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Rich deep brown, cocoa head. Immense melanoidin nose speckled with vanilla nuances. Chocolate malt smells intensify and red pepper spice gently showers the olfactory senses. True to the aromatic signals, the body is a malted up beast with vanilla undertones. Malt ball melanoidins dominate throughout. Although malty sweet, this was quite enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Complex aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, and malt. Dark brown with a disappearing head. Sweet with subtle bitter hints. Full bodied and complex with a sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geologyguy (641) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2013
Smells very good and strong... a malty beer with good light spicy flavor that dissipates slowly...not great though

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1163) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown, with a thin, bubbly, tan head. The aroma is malted cocoa, pine, toffee, and molasses. Very sweet throughout, with very faint bitterness in the finish. Heavy body, sticky, and a little dry in the finish. Overall, this is a smooth, chocolaty, malty beer. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3575) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2013
22 ounce bottle poured a dark brown color with aromas of roast, light cinnamon, some vanilla, and some cocoa. Flavors are the same with cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, and roast. Decent beer overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear dark brown with a medium, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is alcohol, brown sugar, dates, cookie and caramel malt with vanilla and coconut notes, earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with spicy alcohol, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark drown with a ruby tint when held to the light, nice one finger frothy beige head that had pretty nice retention. The nose is quite nice for a spiced beer, they seem to have really dialed in the right amount of vanilla and cinnamon to complement the cocoa aroma. It really does do quite a nice job at suggesting a Mexican hot chocolate. The cinnamon and vanilla almost combine to suggest a peppery note. The flavor is surprisingly well balanced as well, I was really expecting a spice overload, but they let the sweet caramel malt take over the front and reserved the back end for the adjuncts. I’m really surprised at how well balanced the vanilla and cinnamon are, and how they don’t overpower the cocoa nibs either. Medium bodied, nice light fizzy carbonation, it’s on the sweeter side overall, but there’s no sticky or clingy qualities. This was really very good, a total surprise for me, I kinda just grabbed this without looking around the store too much because I was in a hurry. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (1673) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a nice lasting head. The cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon flavors all come through and blend well together. Palate is a bit on the thin side but overall it is an interesting an enjoyable brew.


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