hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear, dark, dirty-orange ale with a small, creamy, taupe head. Cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa, along with a suggestion of sarsaparilla, are easily picked up in the nose. Light to medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and buzzing carbonation. The perfectly-balanced flavor provides notes of vanilla and sassafras, but also hints at beef broth, and is thin and uninspiring overall. Finishes minerally and mildly tongue-numbing.
tricyclist (444) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample pour. Deep amber/brown with khaki head. Nose is cedar? Super chocolatey, dry, smooth malt, roasted. Flavor is somewhat sweeter, very chocolatey again with plenty of malt backbone. Moderate lacing for a lighter body. Not bad, not my favorite.
BlackIPA (716) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear deep amber with no head. Strong aromas of chocolate powder, vanilla bean, some light roast. Taste is similar... Very powdery, chocolatey, slightly minerally. Actually, quite nice. This has all the characteristics of a great Baltic Porter, even though this one is an ale. Still good though. I love beers that surprise you, like this one. No hint of the ABV. Very powdery, light on the mouthfeel. Nice.
FROTHINGSLOSH (3977) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at the Zeno’s in State College this beer poured a very dark brown color - almost black with nutty highlights and a medium sized foamy tan head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was vanilla, Dr Pepper, nut and cinnamon toast. The flavor was nutty cocoa, licorice, cola, strong vanilla and faint cinnamon toast. Very long finish of vanilla, cola and cinnamon toast. Moderately full bodied. Odd but interesting.
sjohnny (254) - - NOV 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty sweet aroma with just a hint of cinnamon. Pours a very dark brown with a medium light tan head. Lots of lacing. Bitter cocoa, cinnamon. Very dry. Not bad.
Iphonephan (1198) - Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared from a 22 oz bottle at home. Pours a dark murky brown with almost no head. Cinnamon dominates the nose. The cinnamon takes more of a back seat in the flavor, with cocoa coming through front and center.
drfabulous (2946) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce thanks to James. Cocoa powder. Cinnamon. And slightly odd vanilla taste. I get the Mexican hot chocolate description. A bit of that here. Different.
wlajwl (2897) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is chocolate and very spicy/slightly vegetative. The flavor is chocolate, malts, medium spiciness, a hard to describe element, almost like juniper berries/mint and a mildly tart finish.
sloshgator (170) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This 2012 Reunion beer is a delicious savory brown ale with the rich flavor of chocolate and cinnamon. Aroma is light but sweet. It really is like drinking a fine liquid chocolate!
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Aromas of roast, cinnamon, and some chocolate. Tastes of vanilla beans, chocolate, lighter cinnamon, and caramel.